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Detroit, MI

Posted: 02/08/2024 Industry: Accounting/Finance Job Number: 38462

Job Description


Location: onsite job at Ideal’s Detroit location: 2525 Clark Street, Detroit, MI 48209


Ideal Contracting is one of the premier general contractors in Michigan with operations across the U.S. Our tireless commitment to build what matters ensures that the quality of our work is second-to-none and that we continue to forge lasting relationships with our customers, partners, and team members.

Our close-knit, family atmosphere has directly transformed our company culture into one of openness, enthusiasm, and dedication. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization and our supplier relations. Ideal Contracting’s people-first approach is supported by a bestin-class safety program, our robust talent development process, and proactive engagement with our local Southwest Detroit community.

Under general direction from the CFO, the employee in the Controller position will be responsible for managing all aspects of the accounting department. This role requires a strong understanding of accounting principles, finance functions, and project job cost activities.  The Controller will be responsible for monthly reporting, accounting file maintenance, monthly financial statement preparation, audit management, and general financial analysis.   

Experience and Education Required:

  • Seven (7) plus years in the construction industry with extensive knowledge of the following is required:
    • Work-in-progress (WIP) schedule                  
    • Job costing 
    • Job forecasting
    • Month-end closing
    • Reporting requirements for general liability and worker’s compensation insurance
    • Builder’s Risk 
    • Bonding and Surety Management
    • Construction Lien Law
    • Progress Billings
    • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
    • Annual audits
    • Treasury management: daily cash flow and covenant compliance
    • Reporting. 
  • ERP experience required; prefer knowledge with Viewpoint.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Experience in leading and developing a team with a minimum of ten (10) direct reports preferred.
  • Previous payroll department oversight preferred.
  • Multi-state reporting preferred.
  • Ability to interpret construction contracts and understand insurance, bonding, and financial requirements.

Essential Job-Related Skills:

  • Ability to prioritize workload and meet established deadlines.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Teams.
  • Proficient in ERP
  • Ability to produce ad hoc financial reports timely.
  • Ability to maneuver through various software programs simultaneously.
  • Ability to use search tools, browsers, email, attach files, scan, and fax.
  • Possess strong oral/written communication skills.
  • Communicate effectively, tactfully, and courteously with all internal and external customers to exchange and convey information.
  • Ability to work independently where judgment and discretion are applied.

Essential Physical Demands:  

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Lift, handle, and carry materials, equipment, and supplies as necessary up to five (5) pounds. 
  • Lift five (5) pounds floor to waist, lift five (5) pounds waist to shoulder, lift and carry up to five (5) pounds, and push/pull five (5) pounds.  
  • Sit, stand, bend, lift, push, pull, stoop, walk, reach, and move intermittently during working hours.
  • Coordination necessary to operate computers and office equipment with pushbuttons and/or touch screens.

Essential Communication Skills:

  • Read and interpret documents. 
  • Read a diverse amount of printed and computer material.
  • Communicate effectively and listen attentively.
  • Write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Speak tactfully and effectively to internal and external contacts in one-on-one situations and small or large group settings.
  • Establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal communications.
  • Exercise independent judgment and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects.
  • Possess strong leadership and motivational skills.

Essential Mathematical Skills:

  • Perform addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.

Essential Interpersonal Skills:

  • High sense of integrity and ethics
  • Punctual, reliable, and dependable
  • Trustworthy
  • Desire for continuous improvement Ability to accept performance feedback. Goal and deadline oriented
  • Ability to adapt to change.
  • Detail oriented
  • Service focused.
  • Team-oriented.

Essential Reasoning Ability:

  • Remain calm in a demanding environment, assisting a diverse blend of people.
  • Solve practical problems in a variety of situations. 
  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

General Requirements and/or Disclaimers

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of personnel so classified. Other duties may be assigned by the Controller and/or designee.

Hours of Employment:

Normal business operation hours

hours of employment are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. reporting in person to the Detroit location at 2525 Clark Street. Schedule may be modified by the CFO due to department operations as needed.  


The employee in the Controller position is an exempt employee under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), 29 USC §§201, et Seq., and as a result thereof is entitled to accumulate or to be paid any compensatory time off or overtime.

Salary to be commensurate according to candidate’s skills and experience level.  

The position offers an attractive benefit package that includes medical insurance (Blue Cross

Blue Shield PPO, HMO and Health Savings plan options available), dental coverage, vision coverage, life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability plans on the first of the month following the date of hire.  Paid time off and 401K plan offered upon reaching eligibility.

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