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Vice President, Controller

Vice President, Controller

Seattle, WA

We welcome your interest in joining the Holland America Group - a division of Carnival Corp. The Holland America Group includes Holland America Line and Seabourn (both headquartered in Seattle, Washington), Princess Cruise Lines (headquartered in Santa Clarita, California), and P&O Australia (headquartered in Sydney). The Holland America Group operates a combined total of 41 cruise ships with over 50,000 employees worldwide. This position will be located in our Seattle offices.

Holland America Group is a $10 billion turnover division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. The Controller will oversee the financial accounting for the four operating companies in the Group, in addition to HAP (Holland America Princess) Alaska tour operations and Princess Cruises operations in six countries and currencies within Asia. There will also be aspects of accounting other OpCos in Carnival Corporation (Cunard Line in North America, Carnival Cruise Lines in Australia, and Fathom).  Under Carnival Corporation’s dual-listed structure, some of these entities are reported under IFRS as well as US GAAP.

 

The Controllers’ function will be located in both Princess Cruises’ corporate office in Santa Clarita and the Holland America & Seabourn corporate office in Seattle.  The Controller’s team will provide service to the three CFOs of Princess, Holland America/Seabourn, and P&O Australia. 

 

The Controller will be responsible for the overall direction of all financial accounting activities and systems and oversight of Sarbanes Oxley and other internal controls for the above entities.  These accounting functions include ticket and onboard revenue accounting, cash management, accounts payable, inventory accounting, fixed assets, compensation accounting and corporate accounting.

 

The Controller will be responsible for the implementation (and influencing) of Carnival Corporation accounting policy, consistent with US GAAP and IFRS, and for ensuring that HA Group actual income statements and balance sheets are accurate and consistent with that policy.

 

The position is expected to be based in Seattle (but Santa Clarita, near Los Angeles will be considered).  The Controller will oversee four directors in Seattle plus the VP Chief Accounting Officer in Santa Clarita. The entire team is comprised of 190 people.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Provide leadership and drive for process consistency, simplification and efficiency improvement across accounting functions.  Continue the alignment and integration of accounting for the different brands in HA Group, sharing and leveraging best practice from other groups in Carnival Corporation and the Global Accounting and Reporting Services team in Miami. 
  • Provide leadership to enable the accounting function to prepare for and support a high volume of changes in the business (e.g. implementation of OCEAN including the Medallion, expansion in Asia, new payment mechanisms), external accounting and tax regulations, and internal policies (e.g. account reconciliation standards); including coordinating with the HA Group Tax Department to ensure that planned structures and reports are consistent with tax strategy.
  • Proactively communicate with CFOs and Carnival Global Accounting and Reporting Services about unusual accounting entries.
  • Evaluate and manage the organization, selection, performance management, coaching, and development of direct reports.  Oversee the organization and development of the rest of the accounting staff.
  • Review existing financial accounting policy and identify any appropriate enhancements consistent with US GAAP, IFRS, Sarbanes Oxley, applicable government laws and regulations and within (if necessary proposing changes to) Carnival Corporation’s financial accounting policy.
  • Review actual financial accounting practice and procedures to ensure that company consolidated income statement and balance sheets are accurate, reconciled and consistent with the defined policies.
  • Review income statement and balance sheet movements and ensure clear explanations are provided for material movements and appropriate treatment of unusual or infrequent transactions. 
  • Ensure ‘checks and balances’ are in place to verify the completeness, appropriate accuracy, and timeliness of financial statements and associated reconciliation/review/audit processes.
  • Evaluate financial control risks across the business and in Finance specifically and develop and implement appropriate procedures to mitigate.
  • Ensure high levels of coordination between accounting functions and other areas of Finance, helping to develop the customer service orientation.
  • Collaborate with other OpCo and Carnival Global controllers to align processes to achieve the best global outcome for process efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ensure necessary procedures are in place to accurately control and forecast cash balances, optimizing interest expense.
  • Maintain appropriate financial computer systems, ensuring that necessary developments are championed sufficiently in advance and that appropriate access, security, back-up and change controls are in place.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with auditors PWC and Internal Audit.
  • Ensure that adequate disaster recovery procedures are in place and maintained up to date.

 

 Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience: 

  • This position normally requires at least ten years of experience in progressively responsible positions in a complex, blue-chip, multi-national/multi-currency environment.
  • Outstanding leadership skills are required in order to establish clear priorities in a multi-brand group, assign responsibilities, allocate resources and direct action.
  • A very high level of financial accounting expertise (in addition to a CPA or equivalent qualification) is essential.

  • Experience of working within the requirements of Sarbanes Oxley.

  • Familiarity with Oracle would be an advantage.

  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills for presenting and resolving complex and controversial issues and leading change.

Benefits...

  • Flexible Work Schedule! – 9/80 alternative workweek schedule option providing each employee with one (1) weekday off every two weeks.
  • Time off benefits – 8 paid holidays, paid vacation and paid sick time
  • Travel – Generous Cruise and Travel Privileges for you and your family
  • Health – Complete benefit plans including medical, dental, vision and flexible spending accounts
  • Wellness – Health and wellness programs include discounted health benefits and memberships
  • Tuition Reimbursement – Up to 80% with a maximum of $2000 per fiscal year
  • 401(k) – Company match of 33% on employees first 6% contribution with 100% vesting after 4 years of service 
  • Profit Sharing Plan – Eligible after 1 year of service
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan – Discount on Carnival Corporation stock
  • Training – In-house Discover University courses on professional development
  • Rewards & Incentives – Employee Recognition and Reward Programs; rideshare, financial commuter incentives; special employee discounts for local venues, banking services and retail stores

Next Steps…For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking our guests to exotic destinations around the world. Apply today and set sail on an exciting new career course! Our application process is quick and easy, be sure to login to our Talent Center and create a profile and then apply directly to your specific job.Holland America Line is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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