Position Description

Assistant Controller
Location MN - Roseville
Job Code 2020-125
# of Openings 1
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Hawkins, Inc. is a formulator, manufacturer, blender, distributor, and sales agent for thousands of industrial chemicals, reagent grade laboratory chemicals, and other specialty ingredients sold to municipalities and a wide variety of industries. Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Roseville, Minnesota with 41 facilities in 19 states, Hawkins creates value for its customers through superb customer service and support, quality products and personalized applications.


Learn more about us at   www.hawkinsinc.com/careers .  (NASDAQ: HWKN)





Hawkins is looking for an Assistant Controller to join our Accounting and Finance team at corporate headquarters in Roseville, MN.  This individual will lead the team for all general ledger accounting activities, month-end close, complex technical accounting issues, accounts payable, and consolidated financial statement preparation, including SEC reporting.  The Assistant Controller is the primary lead on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and quarterly and annual reviews and audits.




  • Corporate Financial Reporting and Accounting:  Responsible for accuracy of the Company’s general ledger and its compliance with GAAP. Prepare internal and external financial reports, and ensure that they are timely, accurate, and in compliance with GAAP and SEC requirements.  Manage communication to the Controller and CFO to ensure all regulatory requirements are met, emerging accounting literature is understood, and properly and timely implemented.
  • Financial Control Policies and Procedures:  Assist the Controller in establishing and maintaining financial control policies, procedures, and documentation to ensure the Company complies with GAAP, SOX, and other regulatory requirements, while safeguarding corporate assets. Assist Controller in ensuring staff is trained and department is organized to support an effective control environment.
  • Audit and Tax Preparation:  Act as the primary contact for audit and tax-related questions, and provide schedules as requested by external audit and tax staff.
  • Staff Development:  Hire and train staff as needed.  Conduct performance reviews, ensuring staff members have accurate job expectations, training plans and performance development plans.
  • Process Improvements:  Assist the Controller in promoting a culture of continuous improvement to ensure department processes and procedures are reviewed regularly for efficiency and effectiveness, developing metrics to measure improvements. Foster proactive process reviews and improvements by staff.
  • Internal Customer Service:  Support staff in fielding requests from Hawkins’ internal customers to assist them as questions arise regarding accounting treatment of various situations.
  • Accounts Payable:  Oversee and support the following transaction cycles: Accounts Payable including P-Card program; Invoicing; and Sales Tax. Identify and remediate root causes to issues. Continuously assess processes and procedures to identify changes that could be implemented for increased efficiency and effectiveness. Communicate potential changes to the Controller, and work with all affected parties to incorporate the changes. Ensure work procedures are documented.





  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required; CPA or MBA preferred.
  • At least 10 years of professional accounting experience with a strong emphasis on public company experience.
  • Public accounting experience in audit (3+ years) strongly preferred.
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, ability to manage and motivate a team effectively, ability to foster cross-functional working relationships, and capacity to handle multiple priorities
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge and application of GAAP, SOX and SEC requirements and emerging trends in accounting and other regulatory standards.
  • Strong experience working directly with internal and external audits/auditors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary.  Must be able to effectively communicate with all levels within an organization.  Confident and persuasive with excellent analytical and negotiation skills, balanced with strong customer orientation and business sense. 
  • Strong project management skills.  Must be able to manage projects driving objectives to completion.  Demonstrated willingness and ability to analyze and document processes, monitor compliance & ensure high standards in department output.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel user, and prior use of general ledger applications in an ERP environment required (JD Edwards is preferred).






Hawkins offers a competitive compensation and benefit package and is an award-winning employer and organization!    Learn more about us at  www.hawkinsinc.com .



All resumes/applications must be submitted online.


Hawkins, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status.


Hawkins, Inc. is a Drug Free Workplace Employer

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