from Population Services International
Closing date: 26 Oct 2019


Title: Controller

Department: Finance

Based in Washington D.C.

Up to 15% international travel

Reports to the Vice President, Finance

Who we are

With over 45 years of experience, working in over 50 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world's leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer powered healthcare.

There are over 7,000 “PSI'ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.

Join us!

As a key member of the Finance leadership team, reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the Controller supervises a staff of approximately 20 professionals in Washington, DC. In collaboration with the Field Finance Director and the Finance and Accounting staff at PSI's locations worldwide, the Controller is responsible for ensuring proper recording and consolidation of each operating subsidiaries financial results, financial reporting to donors, global audits and compliance with Global Accounting policies.

PSI has a diverse funding portfolio, ranging from US government, European donors, Foundations, private individuals, institutions and social enterprises. We implement in approximately 50 countries around the world, moving health products through different channels, delivering services and providing technical guidance. The diversity means our Finance and Accounting team are working with our operational colleagues to ensure that we are not only recording transactions correctly, but are meeting diverse reporting and audit needs, as well as internal operating and reporting needs to manage our awards.

The ideal candidate is comfortable working in a dynamic, fast paced environment, and will bring deep technical competency and experience in large complex organization. You should be a proven team leader, with experience working across multiple countries and cultures, who collaborates well across teams and functions. Candidates should be comfortable communicating with executive leadership and the Board, as well as having experience with government and donor regulations and compliance.

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution

  • Provide key financial and accounting expertise and leadership in all aspects of the business;
  • Supervise a team of accounting professionals with full personnel management responsibilities;
  • Directing and coordinating the work of the general accounting department, payroll, accounts payable, account receivable, donor reporting and revenue, collection and cash posting, general ledger, intercompany accounting, treasury and cash management and financial reporting;
  • Responsible for leadership of the annual global audit and donor audits;
  • Liaise with key donor contacts on financial issues as required;
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of PSI's financial ERP system in collaboration with Deputy Director Financial Systems and Special Projects, PSI's Technology team and the Field Finance team;
  • Responsible for the preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements, country-specific financial statements for local and project-specific compliance audits and other donor mandated compliance activities, as well as special reports for PSI management as needed;
  • Overseeing the quality control of award set up and financial reporting submitted to funders;
  • Analyze financial data and present management financial reports in an accurate and timely manner to PSI leadership;
  • Develop, communicate, implement, train and maintain policy and procedural guidelines, which provide the prescribed standards for recording and reporting in line with regulatory and donor reporting requirements;
  • Ensure that the internal control policies within the organization are adequate, communicated and weaknesses are remediated on a timely basis, identify process improvements and implement changes;
  • Actively participate on various committees, provide support as necessary and prepare a variety of ad-hoc financial reports and analysis as requested;
  • Oversee organizational tax reporting and filing for 990, and coordinate with PSI's International Tax Manager on other tax issues as required;
  • Ensure timely donor reporting and collection of funds;
  • Lead and participate in process improvement activities to increase the effectiveness and accuracy of the organization's financial functions worldwide.Qualifications

What are we looking for?

The candidate we hire will embody PSI's corporate values:

Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don't let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren't afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You're independent and a free thinker, but you're ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.

The Basics

  • BA or BS from an accredited College or University in Accounting or related field (Finance) that includes at least 24 semester hours in Accounting;
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification required;
  • Twelve or more years of progressively responsible experience, in a senior-level finance or accounting position, with significant experience in contract/grant accounting and project accounting;
  • Proven experience in staff supervision and team building
  • Strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to navigate within various functions in the organization
  • Able to solve complex problems and successfully manage ambiguity and unexpected change
  • Must have proven qualifications in staff supervision and proven experience in managing and improving processes;
  • In-depth knowledge of finance, accounting principles, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles;
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of complex automated financial and accounting reporting systems (Infor Lawson, Oracle, SAP or similar ERP experience highly desirable);
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations, including familiarity with Uniform Guidance, and donor regulations such as those of the Global Fund, DFID, KfW;
  • Ability to develop and prepare financial reports, statements and projections;
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong customer service focus;
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills;
  • Must have the ability to work well in a cross-functional team environment;
  • Ability to travel globally (approximately 15% travel).
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

The successful candidate will have excellent writing, analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and cross-cultural skills; demonstrated ability to perform and prioritize a variety of tasks on short notice within designated deadlines.


  • Exempt

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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