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Controller - Bellingham, WA

Northwest Pathology, PS
Bellingham, WA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description


The Controller will support the CFO in the plan and direction of the financial operations of the company. This role is responsible for producing accurate financial statements, supporting the outside CPA firm with tax returns and reporting, compliance reporting as needed, treasury and other management reports. The Controller will work closely with the CFO and senior leadership to aid in the development of priorities through financial management, budgeting and accounting, all while in compliance of State and Federal Laws.

Northwest operates on a 24/7/365 basis; an individual is required to be responsive and available days, nights, weekends and holidays as business needs dictate. Schedule flexibility with and without advance notice is required. 


  • Manage functions of the accounting department including accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets, and treasury management.
  • Maintain the accounting system and general ledger including month end close process
  • Assist the CFO and Financial Analyst with various financial analysis matters, budgeting, cash projections, cost accounting, and inventory management. 
  • Prepare monthly financial statements for multiple entities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. 
  • Evaluate, design, implement, and monitor internal financial controls, accounting processes and policies for efficiency, cost effectiveness, and accuracy.
  • Implement consistent and efficient accounting policies, practices, and procedures the company, upholding Federal, State, and local legal standards by remaining knowledgeable about existing, new, and future legislation.
  • Support the management of banking relationships, debt and bank covenants.
  • Prepare quarterly/annual financial reports in collaboration with company’s external accountant for tax reporting. 
  • Define, benchmark, and implement operational best practices.
  • Oversee regular compliance reporting including Federal, State and Local tax filings, reporting and tax returns.
  • Develop, implement and maintain department operational standards which include but is not limited to: work, workflow, client service, task assignments, policies, processes and procedures.
  • Recruit and retain respective team members which includes but is not limited to the following: job description reviews/updates, resume reviews/screen, scheduling and conducting interviews, hiring decisions, etc. 
  • Administers employment actions, provides coaching and guidance to staff and promotes staff training and development.  Ensures staff is properly trained and adheres to SOP’s. 
  • Communicates with other related departments to coordinate work and resolve issues as needed.
  • Provide effective guidance and direction to teams while creating an inclusive environment.
  • Manages team health and safety activities.   Collaborates with EHS Specialist on safety program, reports injuries and accidents and ensure ongoing Employee health and safety.
  • Review, update and approve team time cards within designated payroll deadlines.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field required.  
  • Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Professional accounting certification, including CPA, CMA, CGA, or, CA is a plus.
  • Active and valid US State-Issued Driver’s License with acceptable motor vehicle record as defined and approved by NWP-NWL vehicle insurance carrier. 


  • Minimum 5 years of experience required:
    1. Manager level progressive accounting, finance and budgeting which includes AP, AR, audit, tax, GL, and financial reporting across multiple entities and states, including GAAP.
    2. Supervisory role directly managing a team in a fast-paced environment.
    3. High demand, fast-paced, exceptional client operations environment providing and understanding company services, and policies across multiple states. 
    4. Development and management of operational standards which includes but is not limited to: work, workflow, task assignments, policies, processes and procedures.
  • Experience with Concur, QuickBooks and/or NetSuite is a plus.
  • Laboratory and/or healthcare environment experience is a plus.


  • Demonstrates ability maintain confidentiality at all levels; acts with high integrity.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, finance law and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local tax compliance regulations and reporting.
  • Strong understanding of economic, banking and accounting/finance processes within a complex environment.
  • Exhibits patience and approachability, sets positive tone and example for team member behavior, work ethic & quality, abilities, skills and overall performance.
  • Demonstrates ability to maintain confidentiality at all levels; acts with high integrity.
  • Exhibits effective team supervision/management/leadership abilities.
  • Establishes and maintains solid interpersonal relationships with team members across all levels of an organization. 
  • Demonstrates and facilitates professional communication skills; must be able to understand, listen, write and speak fluently, professionally, and, effectively in the English language. 
  • Motivated, responsible and organized self-starter who excels at time management, timely follow-up, meeting commitments, and, possesses a passion for continuous learning and improvement. 
  • Strong attention to detail, analytical, research and problem-solving skills. Pro-active ability to identify, assess, improve/refine and solve complex challenges, processes and/or situations.
  • Ability to successfully work collaboratively within a team as well as independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Flexible and able to thrive in a fast paced, high growth, team-based environment while successfully handling competing and ever-changing priorities and responsibilities with frequent interruptions. 
  • Solid track record of taking responsibility and holding one’s self accountable for high quality task deliverables within established deadlines. 
  • Effective facilitation, collaboration, negotiation and conflict resolution abilities. 
  • Exhibit personal presentation in a professional manner as it relates to appearance, communication and actions. 
  • Proficient software/computer skills utilizing various applications which includes, but is not limited, to the following:  MS Windows, MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, accounting/finance database/systems, health care database/systems, etc.
  • Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality.
  • Focused on overall NWP team success vs. solely on individual success. 


  • We share a collaborative obligation to ensure that we conduct ourselves in the utmost ethical manner and that we hold each other accountable to the values and standards of the organization. Every employee has the responsibility to ask questions, seek guidance, and report concerns and/or violations of company policy or ethical standards. 
  • The organization has several processes in place to communicate with leadership and expects that employees will have a commitment to integrity and uncompromising values.
  • This position works in a demanding, fast-paced office and lab environment with the need to meet daily workload requirements.   Incumbent may be exposed to chemicals and requires the use of personal protection equipment and universal precautions.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers/keyboards/mice, printers, phones, mobile devices, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines, etc. The noise level in the office work environment varies from moderate to loud.    


  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear; sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; grasp and/or reach with hands and arms; repetitive movements of the wrists, hands and/or fingers. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close visual acuity and ability to adjust focus to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; reading reports, various forms charts or records, transcribing; viewing computer monitor(s); extensive reading; and legally operate a motor vehicle.



The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties and/or work various shifts as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.   Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Northwest Pathology, PS


Bellingham, WA
98225 USA


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