Corporate Controller


Bachelor’s degree in accounting. 5-10 years of technical accounting experience in public accounting auditing manufacturers or working in a manufacturing environment. Prior experience with cost accounting is required. CPA required Prior ERP experience, preferably Syteline Strong Excel & PowerPoint skills; proficient in all other Microsoft Office applications. Excellent analytical abilities. Strong communication and collaboration abilities. Ability to work in ambiguous roles/responsibilities to execute on an aligned vision for the future. Comfortable interacting and partnering with senior leadership. Prior private equity experience a plus.



NOTE:  Danville, IL is 2.5 hours from Chicago, 1.5 from Indianapolis, 0.5 from Champaign/Urbana.


Watchfire Signs is an 85+ year old company that is rapidly growing as an industry leader in the cutting-edge technology of digital LED signs.  Our electronic message centers (EMCs) are designed for 24/7 outdoor signage use in all weather conditions.  These cutting-edge outdoor LED displays may be as small as a time-and-temperature sign at a local bank or as large as 15'x50' and beyond.  Our on-premise division sells to sign companies and dealers who re-sell our EMCs as a portion of a complete signage / business identity package for their customers.


Vertically integrated, Watchfire does everything from product engineering and circuit board assembly through final product integration and calibration. Post-sale, we provide world-class technical service and support.  This allows us to sustain our position as the quality leader and the premium provider in our industry.


Based in Danville, Illinois, Watchfire offers comprehensive benefits including 401K with company matching, affordable health & dental insurance, paid time off in year of hire, continuing education assistance and career advancement opportunities.  We have been an employer of choice for decades, offering an opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial environment where decisions can be made quickly.


SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:  The Corporate Controller will be responsible for ensuring application of US GAAP to Watchfires financial statements.  This role also includes preparation of monthly, and annual financial statements while ensuring successful completion of an SEC compliant annual audit.  The Controller is also expected to draft accounting and spending policies clearly documenting Watchfires application of US GAAP to its business model and outlining other internal financial policies.  Additional responsibilities include managing financial operations, including: payroll, receivables, and payables (including employee expense reports) and regular standard costing related activities.


*Watchfire is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. 


  • Ensures Watchfire’s application and compliance with US GAAP.
  • Business Insurance needs assessment and renewal process.
  • Monthly, quarterly financial statement preparation.
  • Ensuring compliance with debt covenants and preparing monthly certification documents
  • Working capital management focused on managing DPO, DSO and DII
  • Drafting accounting policies documenting Watchfires application of US GAAP as well as other financial related matter
  • Other ad hoc projects and responsibilities delegated by CFO.