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About the Organization Palmer Holland is a quickly expanding international specialty chemical distributor based in Westlake, OH and operating in the United States and Canada. Palmer Holland represents many of the most recognized manufacturers from around the world. Our customers and principals are rooted in the Agriculture, CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers), Health & Nutrition, Lubricants, and Plastic industrial sectors.

As an independently-owned sales and marketing organization, we have the opportunity to make decisions which are in the best, long-term interest of the employees, customers, and principals we serve. Our sellers work with customers to solve problems and test and re-test different specialty products in order to find the one that will do what the customer needs. The dedication from our employees to continually improve their knowledge base and provide commitment to outstanding technical and customer service enables Palmer Holland to thrive as an industry leader.

As an employer, Palmer Holland's goal to remain independent is solidified through operating as a privately held Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) with an ownership team made entirely of employees. Palmer Holland views our employees as our most valuable asset. We offer our employees a fun work atmosphere, healthy work-life integration, and varying opportunities for professional development. We are known for having a culture that emphasizes having fun, being healthy, and working hard. Our office has advanced technology along with a shuffleboard table, putt-putt greens, and treadmill workstations. In the field, our sales team has the tools to make critical decisions on the spot to better respond to customer needs, ultimately forming strong relationships. We believe in providing a work culture that engages employees, encourages growth, and promotes success.  
Category Accounting/Finance  
Position Controller  


Position summary

Provide leadership and coordination of company financial accounting, debt financing, and financial management functions. Ensure company accounting procedures conform to generally accepted accounting principles.


Essential tasks of the position


Department Specific:

  • Maintain a system of controls over accounting transactions
  • Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures
  • Maintain the chart of accounts
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system
  • Support Accounting Manager in management of accounting functions
  • Provide for a system of management cost reports
  • Provide monthly cash, AR, AP, and BBR reporting to Management
  • Review and determine timely LIBOR borrowing renewal
  • Responsible for daily cash management
  • Coordinate and schedule month end close
  • Analyze monthly ledger activity
  • Prepare all closing journal entries for month end
  • Ensure that periodic bank reconciliations are completed
  • Issue timely and complete financial statements
  • Assist in management of outsourced audit, financial, insurance and consulting functions
  • Assist in management of liability, property, umbrella, ocean marine, foreign, auto, workers comp and ERISA policies and renewal.
  • Ensure proper and timely compliance for Export Letters of Credit
  • Provide financial analysis as needed
  • Maintain security in accounting system
  • Maintain security with access to bank on-line systems
  • Working knowledge of GAAP
  • Assist CFO with analysis and data necessary for renewal and maintenance of debt financing
  • Assist with inception of foreign entity with all consultants involved
  • Maintain and delegate duties for transactions of the foreign entity
  • Liaison with bank personal for all transactions and all departments
  • Administer corporate credit card program
  • Maintain all data and reporting for various states for sales tax reporting
  • Maintain all data and reporting for various states for annual report filings
  • Coordinate with outside accounting professionals for timely and accurate corporate estimated tax filings and payments
  • Provide support and training on financial principles to non-finance managers throughout the organization, provide necessary assistance
  • Plan and oversee preparations for annual external financial and compliance audit
  • Interact with external auditors; manage field work and subsequent negotiations
  • Provide all assistance needed for the annual audit
  • Assist Accounting Manager with hiring and recruitment of staff
  • Coordinate and administer profit sharing compliance documents
  • Administer and facilitate profit sharing loans
  • Ensure timely 401k and QNEC deposits
  • Provide financial analysis support to sales team with respect to customer credit extension
  • Other duties as assigned



Activities of the position affect quality including quality and the quality objectives. Responsibilities and authorities include where appropriate:

  • Initiating action to prevent the occurrence of any nonconformities relating to product, process or quality system, up to and including when necessary, stopping production to correct quality problems.
  • Identifying and recording any problems relating to the product, process and quality system.
  • Documenting problems, steps taken for resolution and preventative action in CRM software and notifying all parties required.
  • Initiating, recommending, or providing solutions through designated channels.
  • Verifying the implementation of solutions in areas under your control.
  • Controlling further processing, delivery, or installation of nonconforming product until the deficiency or unsatisfactory condition has been corrected.
  • Performing duties and tasks as prescribed in company policies, procedures, and work instructions.



The outline of duties is not arranged in order of priority. These duties are not meant to restrict initiative, but rather to describe baseline activities. These duties will from time to time be altered to suit the needs of the company. We are a tobacco-free, professional environment.


Location Corporate Office  
Position Requirements



Education: Bachelor's degree in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience.


Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible experience for a major company or division of a large corporation.



  • Intermediate level of expertise in MS Office and Contact Management Software
  • Ability to maintain professional conduct that exemplifies the corporate policies at all times, particularly when interacting directly with internal and external customers
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with confidentiality and discretion
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities
  • Strong customer service ability
  • Detail oriented and analytical ; strong, accurate clerical skills; proficient at multi-tasking
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Highly motivated



Customer Oriented, Analytical Skills, Communication Skills, Organizational Skills, Flexibility, Learner’s Attitude, Integrity, Relationship Building, Teamwork, Accountability, Conflict Resolution, Enthusiasm


Physical Requirements:

  • Satisfactory motor skills relevant to position
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Travel Requirements  

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