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Financial Controller for Manufacturer

Finance & Accounting | Grass Valley, CA | Full Time

Job Description


Headquartered in Grass Valley, CA, Apex Rail Automation (Apex) manufacturers products for the railroads including main line switches, yard switches, rods and layouts, wayside electronics, dark territory switch control and solutions such as the Modular Yard Automation (MYA) system. The company supplies products and systems primarily to freight railroads, particularly Class 1 railroads (CSX, BNSF, UP, etc.).


  • Oversee and coordinate all financial activities and personnel
  • Set controls and budgets to mitigate risk and increase return on investments
  • Standardize and maintain a system of accounting records and techniques
  • Conduct internal audits to assess financial status
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations
  • Serve as primary contact for external auditors
  • Collaborate with executive team and partners to make efficient and effective firm-wide decisions
  • Generate financial reports for senior leadership
  • Monitor and analyze balance sheets, accounts payable and accounts receivable


  • Advanced knowledge of QuickBooks (preferred expertise with QuickBooks Online Advanced for manufacturing)
  • Advanced knowledge of Fishbowl manufacturing system
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Suite of products (especially Excel)
  • 5-10 years’ work experience in accounting/finance roles
  • Experience with financial reporting requirements
  • Understanding of Fishbowl for manufacturing (preferred)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Master’s in Business Administration, MBA (preferred)
  • Certified Public Accountant, CPA (preferred)

This role is a fulltime position reporting directly to the President of ARA. ARA offers competitive salary and benefits packages including healthcare and 401k. This role is located in Grass Valley, CA.