Accounting Manager/Controller

Position Duties and Vertical Responsibilities

Qualified applicants must be well versed in all aspects of manufacturer/distributor bookkeeping, including preparation of general ledger and financial statements.

  • Maintenance of accurate, balanced books in compliance with standard accounting procedures.
  • Manage the month-end close process, including preparation of monthly financial statements.
  • Reconciliation of credit cards to the general ledger.
  • Reconcile third-party payment and finance transactions and entries to the general ledger.
  • Reconciliation of accounts receivable aging to the general ledger.
  • Reconciliation of cashbox and posting of deposits.
  • Reconciliation of bank statements to the general ledger.
  • Reconciliation and preparation of supporting schedules of prepaid expenses, customer deposits, and other assets to the general ledger.
  • Maintenance of fixed asset and intangible asset schedules and calculation and posting of depreciation and amortization expense.
  • Analysis of inventory and reconciliation to the general ledger.
  • Reconciliation of accounts payable to a general ledger.
  • Reconciliation and preparation of supporting schedules for all accrued expenses.
  • Preparation and reconciliation of payroll (payroll processed by outside vendor).
  • Reconciliation of gross profit to the general ledger.
  • Manage day-to-day cash flow forecast.
  • Manage budgets and forecast.
  • Manages payments to maximize vendor discounts.
  • Process credit memos.
  • Responds to vendor accounting inquiries.
  • Work closely with CPA to provide summary data to assist in the preparation of corporate tax returns and other tax filings.
  • Responsible for collection of house accounts receivable.
  • Responsible for the processing of payroll and other human resource functions.
  • Responsible for the accounts payable process which includes coding vendor invoices, and issuing payment via check, wire transfers, credit card.
  • Timely preparation of monthly, quarterly, annual, and any other reports requested by the owner and CEO.
  • (Other duties may be assigned)


  • Minimum – bachelor’s degree from a four-year college with focus in accounting or business administration.
  • MBA or master’s degree in accounting with finance emphasis (preferred).
  • Minimum 3-years of experience as an accounting manager or full charge bookkeeper.


  • Advanced Accounting/Bookkeeping skills and advanced knowledge of industry best practices.
  • Fluent in English language with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience using ERP-based Accounting Modules, or aptitude to learn quickly.
  • Familiarity and operational understanding of manufacturing-based business accounting.
  • Advanced skill in MS Excel/intermediate skill in MS Outlook and Word.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively and efficiently manage time, tasks, and records
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully.


To fulfill this role successfully, the selected candidate must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Maintains strict confidentiality at all times.
  • Communicates clearly and professionally both verbally and in document form with financial and business associates, vendors, and coworkers.
  • Ability to compose business correspondence with proper use of English language.
  • Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner.
  • Observes confidentiality and security procedures; reports potential loss or liability conditions.
  • Compliance: Complies with all federal, state and local laws, complies with generally accepted accounting principles, HIPAA confidentiality laws, and other applicable regulations.

Position Type:

This is a full-time in-house position, which requires living or relocating locally to the Bakersfield or Central Valley, CA area.

Salary Expectations: Hiring considerations will be expedited when candidate provides a salary range.

Other Duties

Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EEO Statement

Cognito Motorsports, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Cognito complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Cognito expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability for Cognito employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Information about Bakersfield:

Bakersfield has long been known as a stopover for those traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But people who consider putting down roots in the area will find a healthy job market and an affordable place to raise a family. In fact, it's Bakersfield's strong sense of community and family and its booming oil and agriculture industries that keep the region thriving.

In some ways, Bakersfield feels like Texas: Oil rigs dot the horizon, and honky-tonks are easy to come by. But the metro area's location in the fertile San Joaquin Valley has instilled in residents the love of fresh, locally sourced foods, which is at the heart of California culture.

Bakersfield has hundreds of miles of bike paths and lanes and nearly 60 parks, offering locals plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, residents are a short drive from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and some of California's expansive national forests.

Bakersfield is more affordable than most other parts of California. Purchasing a home in Bakersfield will cost nearly three times less than in Los Angeles. Additionally, Bakersfield residents spend more than the average American on everyday expenses like food, utilities and transportation, but that amount pales in comparison to what Los Angeles residents spend. As a result, some of L.A. County's workforce opts to live in the Bakersfield area. Bakersfield is home to a multigenerational, multicultural population. Diversity can be seen throughout the region from the wide variety of small mom-and-pop restaurants and shops selling international foods and goods. The metro area is known for its Basque restaurants, which have remained in the area long after people from the Pyrenees region of France and Spain first came to Bakersfield in search of gold.

Much of Bakersfield's population is of working age, with about 10 percent of residents older than 65 and roughly a third of the population younger than 20. Because of high-performing schools, neighborhoods in the northwest part of the metro area are particularly attractive to families.

Bakersfield residents find plenty of ways to enjoy the region's pleasant weather, from parks within the city limits to trails in the nearby Sequoia and Los Padres national forests.

Although major league sports don't have a presence in the area, hometown fans cheer on their minor league favorite, the Bakersfield Condors hockey team. Racing fans can take their pick of asphalt, dirt, autocross or drag racing at nearby tracks.

If museums are more your scene, the award-winning Bakersfield Museum of Art is a must-see, as is the California Living Museum, known as CALM, which exhibits animals and plants native to California.

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