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Chief Accounting Officer

122653 Baltimore, Maryland
05/14/2019 Accounting
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Under Armour is all about performance. Because what we make empowers athletes in every form to push themselves, to turn good into great, and to stay hungry for whatever comes next. And this is exactly what we expect from each other.

Working with us means one key thing: no matter what you do, you see every day and every project as a chance to push your field forward. In every store and every office, we build teams where everyone is an MVP. And together we tackle every challenge head on. Because we work to push the gear, the game, and ourselves farther.

We’re looking for people who do more than good work.
We’re looking for the Best in Every Game.

Under Armour is the chosen brand of this generation of athletes... and the athletes of tomorrow. We're about performance - in training and on game day, in blistering heat and bitter cold. Whatever the conditions, whatever the sport, Under Armour delivers the advantage athletes have come to demand.
That demand has created an environment of growth. An environment where building a great team is vital. An environment where doing whatever it takes is the baseline and going above and beyond to protect the Brand is commonplace.
The world's hungriest athletes live by a code, a pledge to themselves and everyone else: Protect This House... I Will.  Our goal is to Build A Great Team!  Will YOU…Protect This House?!

Under Armour is looking to recruit an influential, highly visible, senior level accounting leader to step into the Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller & Chief Accounting Officer role.  Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, David Bergman.  The CAO will work closely with the entire Office of the CFO (OCFO) team.  Leading more than 150 professionals, the CAO will have full accountability and responsibility for directing the Corporate Controllership function, the accounting operations teams and Internal Controls functions.  This includes corporate accounting, international accounting, internal controls, consolidations, SEC reporting, technical accounting, billing/credit/collections, procure to pay, and payroll.

As Under Armour continues to define and evolve its operating process, there are many opportunities to influence and drive progress and change through this person’s leadership.  An area of particular strength of the organization is the company’s commitment to transparency and forthrightness in working with the Board and Audit Committee.  It will be paramount that this leader continues to enhance and foster this strong working relationship.  The incoming candidate will also be the liaison and partner with the external auditors (PwC) and will support FP&A, HR, Treasury, Risk and Compliance, IT, Internal Audit, Tax, Legal, Supply Chain and other key functions. 

With enthusiastic alignment across the organization about our aspiration to be the global leader in performance apparel and footwear, Under Armour embraces its next evolution.  This leader will be at the helm of driving operational efficiency both at the functional and organization level and engaging in the acceleration of international growth through strong accounting analysis, understanding and support.

As a visible part of the OCFO leadership team, the candidate must demonstrate a high level of executive presence, confidence and the ability to build credibility and influence others through a “roll up your sleeves” work approach.  The successful candidate must demonstrate unquestionable personal and professional integrity which aligns with UA’s corporate commitment to visionary leadership.  The Corporate Controller & CAO should possess the ability to create, develop and coach high performing teams and act as a strong collaborative partner across the organization. 


-Direct and lead accounting teams around the globe in the oversight and the development and implementation of Company-wide accounting policies and controls consistent with SEC, US GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance 
-Internal Controls: provide on-going review and updates of the accounting systems and procedures to ensure that all balance sheet accounts (including all tax-related accounts and intercompany transaction accounts) in all regions are fully reconciled and explainable in accordance with Company policy
-- Close plan and direct the monthly, quarterly and annual external and internal financial close and reporting process, ensuring that an “effective system” is in place to consolidate financial submissions from regional business units and subsidiaries across the globe within published “close” deadlines. 
-Manage the regional and corporate accounting functions for Under Armour, confirming a proactive and preemptive process that is defined and streamlined while ensuring accuracy
-Coordinate the timely and accurate completion of the Company’s Quarterly SEC Form 10Q and Annual Form 10K filings as well as any other filings required by the SEC in various transactions
-Communicate pending changes in accounting rules and regulations to senior management which carry financial or operational implications and partner with senior management to resolve them
-Oversee the Company’s annual SOX compliance process including financial statement risk assessment, identification of key controls and testing strategy
-Serve as the principle liaison with the Company’s external auditors (PwC) and internal auditor to ensure smooth annual and quarterly financial statement and SOX compliance audit
-Set appropriate standards for quality and efficiency of the financial reporting process to the CEO and CFO
-Monitor the effectiveness of information management and internal controls systems, while continually seeking to improve standards
-Lead and drive further optimization of SAP’s FMS and IBPf to ensure that all locations are properly and consistently transacting in global ERP system with a focus on automation and minimization of manual processes
-Develop, recruit, mentor and strengthen the accounting leadership throughout the organization
-Participate in and support any merger and acquisition, joint venture formation, asset and/or business sales/disposition accounting and analysis, with particular focus on the early identification and communication of how each transaction will be accounted for.
-Participate in and be able to explain the technical and operational accounting consequences of various intercompany transaction such as intercompany transfer pricing, intercompany dividends, intercompany returns of capital, intercompany investments in subsidiaries, capitalization of intercompany loans, etc. 
-Present key accounting issues and topics to the audit committee each quarter.
- Strong trusted partner to the CFO, the senior executive team, the Board and contributes across strategy and day to day operations


-Successful experience supporting the long-term view of a company’s business and vision through adherence to sound accounting policies and US GAAP
-A demonstrated and sound knowledge of financial activities, policies and processes, including consolidations, SEC reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley, and US GAAP compliance. 
-Experience leading the migration and integration of different reporting tools
-A strong history of focus on disciplined legal entity accounting, including the ability to consistently, correctly and timely account for intercompany transactions and related hedging activities
-Experience with international accounting practices and operations including foreign currency translation
-Well-developed negotiation skills and business management acumen as they relate to solving complex accounting issues that have operational impacts
-Experience in presenting to Audit Committees and other internal and external decision makers
-Keen ability to communicate and implement the strategic financial vision while effectively anticipating, driving and managing through change
-Possess strong leadership and mentoring skills to effectively delegate and develop teammates in the accounting department on an ongoing basis
-Successful leadership of a high performing results-focused accounting team with clear ability to lead and motivate
-Ability to utilize a direct and pro-active approach when dealing with difficult issues
-Prior experience driving finance/accounting teams through digital transformation
-Demonstrated project management skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities under a tight deadline
-The ability to influence policy making
-Listens well, and solicits ideas to get optimal solutions
-A minimum of 15 years accounting and controls experience in a global public company environment
-CPG/Retail industry experience is a plus
-Bachelor’s Degree in Finance/Accounting and a CPA are required.  An advanced degree is preferred

At Under Armour, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Under Armour believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. 

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