Lithia Motors, Inc.

  • Area Controller - Texas

    Posted Date 9 months ago(7/21/2017 10:27 AM)
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    Lithia Motors SS - Texas
  • Overview




    Area Controller/Controller – Automotive Accounting  



    Lithia Motors, Inc., is the 4th largest publicly traded automotive retail company [NYSE: LAD] with over 150 dealerships, auto stores and service centers across the United States.  Our proven record of success comes from the empowerment of our store leadership teams.

    We are seeking an experienced Dealership Controller with strong accounting, office operations and management experience. This is the perfect opportunity for an experienced accounting professional who wants to push their career to the next level.  Our core values are: Improve Constantly, Take Personal Ownership, Earn Customers for Life & Have fun; if these values resonate with you and you’re ready to be a part of a thriving, dynamic team, join us on our journey to #1!



    The Dealership Controller reports to the Managing Partner with daily interaction and responsibility to the General Managers and department managers of 3 dealerships to identify operational and cost saving opportunities

    Job Description


    • You will be responsible for ensuring all store transactions are processed accurately and timely. To be successful in this position, you must be well-versed in all facets of accounting, cost control, collections, and margin expansion and financial controls. You must possess proven leadership and coaching abilities with a focus on communication and customer relations, we’re in the business of Earning Customers for Life.



    • Ensure timely and accurate posting of all store transactions
    • Maintain financial controls according to Company and manufacturer requirements
    • Maintain a positive Office culture, embracing the core values
    • Create and maintain position outlines for office staff
    • Ensure team is staffed with quality employees at the proper wage
    • Recruit, hire and train office positions as needed
    • Identify and train AOM and OM candidates for advancement opportunities, including cross training in all positions
    • Maintain semi-monthly communication with Senior OM regarding opportunities and victories
    • Participate in regular National OM communications
    • Notify Internal Audit and Regional Controllers of all external (manufacturer, DMV, etc.) audit notifications and findings
    • Manage lender relationships, serving as point contact for partners. Negotiate financing instruments and maintain / improve banking relationships.



    • Meet and exceed individual objectives as defined by supervisor
    • Adhere to schedules and deadlines
    • Thoroughness, accuracy, and timeliness in completing essential duties



    The following knowledge, skills and abilities are needed to be successful in this position:

    • Strong attention to detail and sense of urgency.
    • Excellent communication skills both written and oral
    • Active Listening – give full attention to the words and body language of others, take time to understand the points being made and ask questions as appropriate
    • Critical Thinking – using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
    • Time Management – ability to prioritize workload and manage one’s own time



    • Must have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Economics or equivalent experience.
    • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with all Store and Support Services personnel.
    • CPA


    Physical Demands and Working Conditions

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

    • Physical Demands: Standing, walking over 1/3 of the time, sitting to 2/3 of time, kneeling/crouching to 2/3 of time, reaching with hands and arms to 2/3 of time, talking or hearing over 2/3 of time; move, transport or place up to 1/3 of time up to 25 pounds
    • Working Conditions: Indoor office environment, considerable use of telephone, computer and other office equipment


    Lithia Hiring Requirements

    • High school graduate or equivalent.
    • 18 years or older
    • Possess an acceptable driving record and valid driver’s license in state of residence
    • A criminal history background check will be conducted prior to beginning employment
    • Clear pre-employment drug screen


    NOTE: This job description applies only to the specific employing entity and location of an individual’s employment.

    This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).



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