States Title is a top 10 title and escrow provider, and through its family of companies -
NATC & NATIC - is able to impact 90% of real estate transactions in the US. States Title is
intelligently transforming closings by applying machine intelligence to the age-old processes
and procedures in the $25B Title and Settlement industry. Making residential real estate
simple and efficient, and allowing lenders to close more loans, faster, and at a lower cost.
Currently used by national lenders, States Title is rapidly expanding coverage for their
groundbreaking predictive title lender solution and expects to have 90% of the country
online by the end of this year.
Customer Obsessed – We always put our customers first.
Solution Driven – We solve problems that other people are afraid to.
People leaders – We grow all our people into leaders.
One Team – We believe inclusion and teamwork produce the best results.
Direct with Respect – We communicate with honesty and respect to our colleagues,
customers, and partners.
The Title industry is an evolving industry, heavily shaped by regulation, with roots that go
back to before the Great Depression. The industry was built to bridge the complexity of the
non-digital world, where trust was processed over time and between people, with companies
built brick-by-brick and town-by-town by individuals with a genuine passion for helping
families realize their dream of home ownership. The challenge is all of this happened before
our current age of smartphones and big data.
States Title has spent the last two years harnessing available data, creating and validating an
industry leading predictive model, all with the focus of continuously improving the
partnership with its customers. To further enhance these partnerships, States acquired North
American Title in 2018, an industry leader and unusually forward-thinking title company,
where combining new technology with an iconic brand would allow States to meet the
changing customer expectations for speed, transparency and accuracy.
States Title is seeking an Assistant Corporate Controller to be located at their corporate
finance HQ in Chicago, IL. This is a strategic leadership role within their accounting
organization. This is a critical and very important for the company and we are looking for
someone that has the potential to grow and progress within the organization. Because of the
breadth of responsibilities and exposure, this is a very exciting opportunity for someone.
Besides the accounting and financial reporting responsibilities, this person will be exposed to
strategic business initiatives, M&A activity, consolidations, financial analysis/planning as well
as statutory and tax reporting among other things. The successful person will be excited
States Title is seeking an Assistant Corporate Controller to be located at their corporate
finance HQ in Chicago, IL. This is about the diversity of work and should also be willing to roll-up their sleeves and dive into
the details to solve problems if needed. Strong candidates will need to demonstrate their
experiences with being Solution-Focused with tremendous leadership abilities.
The Assistant Corporate Controller, working with the Chief Accounting Officer, will be a
critical role in designing and implementing processes and controls to ensure timely, accurate
recording and reporting of business performance, to safeguard the assets of the company
through the development of documented controls and procedures, and to identify and help
develop opportunities to enhance processes, across all company operations. In this capacity,
the Assistant Corporate Controller will oversee Corporate Accounting, the monthly close
cycle and be instrumental in monthly reporting as well as the Company’s overall control
States Tiles is looking for a well versed “athlete” - not someone that is just technically
strong, but someone with business savvy, great leadership, and outstanding communications
skills. This role will have substantial interaction with individuals internal and external to the
organization, including senior management and independent auditors. This is an opportunity
to join a great organization and be able to build a strong team with the chance to bring a
fresh perspective to the leadership team.
This role will report to the Chief Accounting Officer and will have substantial interaction
with senior leadership. This position will directly manage a combination of people within
the Corporate Accounting function.
Manage a team of people to close and consolidate the financial statements along with the
preparation of Financial Reporting. Preparation of reports will include monthly, quarterly
and annual reporting requirements for Investors, Lenders and Other Stakeholders.
Experience with related earnings release materials and investor presentations to ensure
compliance with GAAP / SEC rules and regulations, compliance with U.S. GAAP guidance
and consistency across all communications.
The candidate selected for this position will be a creative, out-of-the-box thinker who is
intellectually curious with a demonstrated interest in learning. This person will also need to
be a Solution-Focused, self-motivated, high-energy individual who can easily function in a
high demand, performance-driven environment. He/she must be accustomed to working on
multiple tasks in parallel. This professional must demonstrate strong leadership skills, best
demonstrated by the individual’s ability to gain credibility with team members and senior
Primary Roles and Responsibilities Include:
Ensure timely and accurate Closing the books for monthly, quarterly and annual
management reporting in accordance with US GAAP.
Develop and maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures
across the organization.
Ensure policies and procedures are adopted within all areas with the operating finance
teams to support implementation.
Ensure the development of accounting and control resources across the entire
Assess productivity of existing shared service functions and identify opportunities to
enhance value, accuracy and speed.
Provide leadership to upgrade existing ERP/other systems (Netsuite, PBCS, Expensify,
TriNet) in areas of accounting and financial control.
Reporting and Technical Accounting:
Consolidate and review of monthly financial statements including income statements,
balance sheets, shareholder’s equity and cash flow statements in accordance with US
Prepare quarterly lender update presentations and related materials and assist the CEO,
CFO and CAO with presentation to external lender community.
Partner with FP&A to lead the preparation of monthly reporting package(s) to the senior
management and Board.
Prepare detailed monthly and quarterly analysis to support financial statements and
provide clarity to senior management and BOD regarding movements in key balance
sheet and non-operating income statement accounts, as well as cash flow.
Participate in writing technical accounting policies and procedures.
Manage and document the Company’s implementation of new Lease Accounting
Manage and participate in complex accounting and financial areas, including complex
debt and equity instruments and tax reporting.
Ad Hoc Reporting and Analysis requested by senior management.
Manage and lead the external audit process working closely with external audit partners.
Ensure the enterprise is well controlled while identifying opportunities to enhance
process and controls.
Ensure appropriate and timely filing of all lender reporting, including lender compliance
certificates and related materials.
Oversee tax operations for the enterprise and work with local tax manager(s) to ensure
filings are done timely and accurately.
In addition to the CAO / Controller, this position will interact regularly with the CFO as
well as a wide range of leaders across States Title. The Assistant Corporate Controller
will also work closely with key operational finance professionals at the regional level.
The Assistant Corporate Controller will need to establish and maintain close
coordination with treasury, legal, investor relations, FP&A, tax and functional
department heads to ensure proper input into internal and external financial reporting.
Communicate with Executive Management on the status of control frameworks across
Relevant Experience: Ten years or more of experience in accounting and financial
reporting gained through increased responsibilities within accounting/finance, ideally
within a regulated environment at publicly traded companies. In addition, experience
working in public accounting (preferably Big-4 or National Firm) is required. Experience
working with multiple business units and leaders is strongly preferred. Bachelors degree
in Accounting is required and CPA preferred.
Corporate Accounting Expertise: A right-fit candidate will have experience not only
in complex businesses but will also have demonstrated ability with establishing a robust
accounting and financial management controls environment. An experienced base set of
skillsets with specific exposure to the consolidation and reporting complexities of
complex or decentralized organizations.
Strong critical thinking and business acumen: Solution-Focused is required along
with Strong judgment, problem-solving and analytical skills, including well-developed
understanding of financial statements is a necessity.
Effective influencing skills: Ability to work cross functionally at all levels of the
organization and to manage and prioritize multiple tasks on very tight deadlines. Strong
project management, strategic communications and/or change management skills are
Powerful communication: Excellent communication and presentation skills, both
written and verbal, including confidence and presence to engage effectively with senior
Systems and Processes: Experience with systems implementation work, enabling
technologies and process improvements strongly preferred. Experience with Netsuite
preferred as well as other consolidation tools (PBCS, Smartview, Hyperion, Blackline,
Other: Substantial experience in management and leadership roles, Experience with tax
reporting would be a huge plus, Strong knowledge of Sarbanes Oxley section 404
The successful candidate will:
Be modest in nature, recognizing the accomplishments of the team before the individual.
Be highly motivated and possess vision and enthusiasm.
Be comfortable acting as an individual contributor and as a team manager
Be a solid strategic thinker who can also execute and seek the best (but sometimes not
the easiest) solutions
Demonstrate the ability to set clear objectives and aligning team members to achieving
Understand how to deliver on short time frames and be committed to meeting deadlines
“no matter what”.
Possess an understanding of the big picture coupled with attention to detail
Ability to remain focused in a fast-paced and changing environment
Exercise good judgment and drive change for competitive advantage
Have a sense of humor and an ability to balance the serious times and fun times
Communicate in an open and honest way that quickly builds trust and respect
Possess an entrepreneurial spirit.
Be comfortable on his/her feet making presentations.