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Area Controller

Location: St. Louis, Mo.

Job Description

The Area Controller manages the accounting workflow, provides accounting direction and analytical support to division management.  This position is responsible for the overall quality of accounting and statutory financial compliance.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Must be able to work through others to accomplish goals and objectives.

  • The ability to establish processes and procedures to ensure effective department workflow.  

  • The ability to track, measure and manage performance is required. 

  • Have MS Excel skills at anadvanced level. 

  • Strong analytical skills. 

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and tasks and meet deadlines. 

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment. 

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently within a team environment. 

  • Ability to complete projects and assignments with minimal direction from leadership. 

  • An understanding of business unit operational functions and related needs and requirements and the abilitytoidentify issues, weigh options and provide effective counsel to support sound business decisions. 

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP), Sarbanes-Oxley 404, and compliance requirements of other financial statutes. 

  • Knowledge of State and local statutory requirements that govern financial reporting and accounting. 

  • Experience with INTAACT accounting software. 

  • Advanced skill level with Excel.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Manages accounting and payroll personnel and provides direction to the different accounting functional areas (invoice processing, billing, cash receipts, work order processing, credit analysis, receivable collections, month-end close, journal entries, statistical data, and payroll). 

  • Manages financial internal control processes across all business unit functional areas (sales, customer service, operations, HR, payroll, etc.) to ensure compliance with company policies and procedures, including Sarbanes Oxley and all other statutory requirements. 

  • Ensures that all internal and external reporting deadlines are met. 

  • Manages reconciliation of all balance sheet accounts and reviews financial statements and supporting documentation to ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) and company policies and procedures. 

  • Interviews, hires, trains and develops accounting staff at the business unit. 

  • Provides analytical support to sales and marketing for customer pricing and profitability analysis, commercial and municipal bids, and any market development projects. Updates and maintains division pricing model per company policy. 

  • Provides the General Manager with financial analytics to support sound and profitable business decisions. 

  • Provides accounting direction and analytical support to all departments, as required, within the division. (General management, sales, operations, maintenance, customer service, etc.) 

  • Manages credit and collection function in an effort to maximize division cash-flow. Ensures division is in compliance with company credit and stops service policies. 

  • Manages the accounting aspects of capital expenditures, transfers, and retirements. Reviews and approves all related asset management sub-ledger transactions. 

  • Supports and provides financial expertise to the General Manager during the annual budget and interim forecasting process. Manages workflow, timeliness and analytical review of all budget and forecast data. 

  • Manages and provides the necessary support to financial audits including internal audits, external audits, and peer reviews. 

  • Provides support and responds to information requests from Corporate (accounting, tax, treasury, IT, HR, sales, environmental compliance, legal, etc.) as well as region and area field financial management as required. 

  • Ensures completion and submission of financial filings and returns required by contractual agreements and government entities (e.g., tax filings, franchise, host and royalty fees). 

  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned or apparent. 

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required by personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or closely related field of study. • Minimum of 5 years of related accounting or financial experience including a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience. Experience in the Solid Waste Industry preferred. 

Rewarding Compensation and Benefits
Eligible employees can elect to participate in:
• Comprehensive medical benefits coverage, dental plans, and vision coverage.
• Short-term disability.
• Life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment insurance.
• 401(k) plan.

Click to see our 2019 Benefits Overview 

About Meridian Waste

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Meridian Waste is a company defined by its commitment to servicing its customers, caring for and engaging its employees, and generating financial value for its shareholders while delivering a clean and healthy community. The company’s core waste business is centered on residential, commercial, and industrial non-hazardous waste collection and disposal. Currently, the company operates in St. Louis, Mo., Richmond, Va., Blacksburg, Va., Augusta, Ga., Northeast Florida and Knoxville, Tenn., servicing more than 114,000 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers. In addition to a fleet of commercial, residential, and roll-off trucks, the company operates one transfer station, three recycling facilities, three municipal solid waste landfills and two C&D landfills in which 890,676 tons of waste are safely disposed annually. For more information, visit

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