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Hancock Forest Management, Inc. (“HFM”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hancock Natural Resource Group (“HNRG”), which is part of John Hancock Life Insurance Company and ultimately owned by Manulife Financial Corporation.  HFM is a property management company that serves global institutional investors through a related-party investment platform (Hancock Timber Resource Group) and third-party private investors.  HFM oversees the timber development and harvesting operations for properties across 18 U.S. states and Canada, and is actively involved in conservation and stewardship efforts for the 3.8 million acres under management. 


The Controller role is responsible for the integral participation and management of all non-property accounting operations, including budgeting, financial reporting, and certain shared service functions for HFM.  The ideal candidate will be a fully experienced, senior-level accountant with in-depth knowledge of U.S. GAAP, internal controls, accounting and financial reporting systems, and possess strong budgeting/forecasting/analysis experience.  This role is seen as a key advisor on significant business decisions, but is a hands-on manager that leads by example.



·        Responsible for administrative functions that support a $40 million company budget.

·        Assists with operational decision support for the forestry teams that manages approximately 100 client properties organized into four HFM geographical divisions.


Job Dimensions:

·        Supervises an accounting team of 2-6 people, but company growth and other activities influence the number of direct and indirect reports in the future.

·        Reports to the SVP – Finance & Accounting.



·        Provide tactical leadership by working independently or with direct reports, peers, and others to set the team’s goals/objectives and anticipate/provide solutions to problems.

·        Responsible for the oversight, supervision, and performance of his/her team, including the hiring and development of staff.

·        Perform detailed and high-level analytical reviews of financial results; coordinate monthly analyses at the posting account and financial statement levels.

·        Direct the month-end closing and reporting processes, including journal entries and account reconciliations.

·        Manage and review various areas of HFM accounting and reporting, including collection of miscellaneous receivables from third-parties, recording of property management fee income, and accounting for property acquisitions and dispositions.

·        Manage, administer, analyze, and recommend improvements to company-wide processes for HFM’s FAVR program through Runzheimer and HFM employee travel/reimbursements through Concur.

·        Manage the insurance administration for HFM and our clients’ properties.

·        Expand the benefit and use of our financial reporting capabilities by sharing financial insights and analysis to business leaders and other end-users.

·        Partner with other business management to implement assignments and financially guide the company’s decisions and results.

·        Lead the annual budgeting and forecasting efforts.

·        Share the monthly financial statements and other key analyses with the members of the leadership team along with insights and explanations of significant variances.

·        Assist with the development of, and on-going analysis that would result from, a financial shared services platform that spans across multiple divisions. Assist with the implementation of new technology, such as Esker Automated Accounts Payable, and reengineering the accounting and business processes to ensure the automation goals are achieved.

·        Maintain the chart of accounts and other master data elements (vendors, customers, property codes, etc.) within various technologies (e.g. Prophix, Microsoft Dynamics GP) with the appropriate controls and approvals.

·        Manage treasury and cash management functions as assigned; participate in process and control reviews, and analyze treasury process for potential enhancements.

·        Review accounting and business processes for greater efficiencies and to ensure strong control environment; oversee internal controls and policies/procedures for all areas of responsibility.

·        Recommend and implement approved changes in accounting methods, policies, and procedures.

·         Lead major projects/initiatives with little-to-no supervision.

·         Coordinate internal audit activities and conduct self-audit procedures.

·         Develop and maintain internal and external relationships.





·        Bachelor’s degree in Business/Finance/Accounting.

·        Minimum of 10 years of direct, relevant experience. 

·        Demonstrated proficiency with budgeting, forecasting, accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and policies & procedures.

·        Possess a working knowledge of U.S. GAAP.

·        Experience with managing accounting processes, financial information, and team performance through the use of analytics.

·        A genuine desire and proven ability to improve processes and lead organizational change utilizing project management skills and minimal supervision.

·        Ability to accomplish goals within a matrix organization.

·        Excellent problem-solving skills with complex accounting issues.

·        Ability to recognize urgent/important tasks, and prioritize them accordingly.

·        Self-motivated; strong commitment to get the job/task down well and on-time in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

·        Must be an effective manager of people and processes.

·        Must be able to work independently, as a team player, and as a team builder with a focus on developing others.

·        Highly supportive of others; promotes a positive office environment.

·        Highly organized with a keen attention to detail and accuracy.

·        Demonstrates the highest integrity.

·        Coachable personality that is willing to learn and grow.

·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·        Proficient skills in Microsoft Office applications: Excel, Word, Power Point.




·        Previous experience in Big 4 public accounting.

·        CPA certification.

·        Master’s degree in a relevant field.

·        Previous experience implementing or operating as an advanced user with Microsoft Dynamics GP, Prophix, Esker, SharePoint, and/or workflow automation tools that pertain to areas of accounting and contracts.


Key Relationships:

The role is expected to work with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels of our organization.  Additionally, external relationships with industry peers, staffing agencies, technology providers, and other companies and individuals may be beneficial.


This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by employees in this job. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this job classification.


Hancock Forest Management offers a competitive compensation and benefit package, a team oriented work environment and growth opportunities for its employees.  
Hancock Natural Resource Group is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.  The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.



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