Johnstone Supply - Corpor Controller in Portland, Oregon

Johnstone Supply, Inc., the nation’s largest HVACR distribution Cooperative, has a great regular full-time opportunity for a Controller to join our Corporate team in Portland, OR. Johnstone has been in business for over 60 years and has grown into an industry leader, while at the same time maintaining our culture of service and family-like atmosphere.

This position contributes to the financial integrity of Johnstone Supply, Inc. by managing the daily operations of the Finance Department, ensuring compliance with GAAP, accurate preparation of financial and managerial reports, as well as continuously improving processes and procedures for increased efficiency of the finance department.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Accounting/Finance from a four-year college or university.

  • CPA, CMA or MBA preferred.

  • 3+ years of hands on financial managerial experience in a fast paced environment.

Specific Responsibilities Include:


  • Manage department resources such as personnel, equipment, or supplies by identifying department needs, and obtaining and allocating resources to meet those needs.

Internal Controls

  • Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Finance Department by assisting the Chief Financial Officer in -

  • Setting accounting policies and procedures;

  • Selecting accounting methods;

  • Ensuring compliance with GAAP; and

  • Continuously improving the Department through the use of technology and streamlined processes and workflow.

  • Monitor controls and procedures:

  • Cash Disbursements;

  • Cash Receipts; and

  • General Ledger.

Financial Reporting

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial closing and analysis.

  • Prepare financial reports for the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and Corporate Office Management for evaluation and planning purposes by collecting and formatting necessary information.


  • Oversee daily operations of the Finance department.

  • Proactively identify opportunities to improve efficiency, reduce cost, increase working capital or support strategic initiatives. Lead, develop and implement changes with cross functional teams, as appropriate.

  • Cash flow – Manage and forecast existing cash and LOC availability when paying third parties, such as suppliers and service providers, as well as supplier rebates and patronage to Members.

  • Audit - Manage the annual audit by preparing audit schedules, providing auditors with substantiation and documentation, and coordinating the annual inventory test counts (or annual inventory, if needed) at the Distribution Centers.

  • Operating & Capital Budgets – Manage the Budget process to ensure accurate detailed information is available to roll up with requested budget information provided by Department Heads into financial statements and projections on a timely basis for review by the Chief Financial Officer prior to being presented the Board meeting.

  • Patronage Dividends Allocation – Manage the annual process of calculating the allocation of Patronage to Members in an accurate and timely manner for review by the Chief Financial Officer; as well as work with the Finance Administrative Assistant to set up and prepare accurate and timely patronage distribution documentation.

  • Reporting – Prepare financial reports for the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and Corporate Office Management for evaluation and planning purposes by collecting and formatting necessary information.

  • Tax Compliance – Ensures compliance with all State and Federal Tax Laws through the filing of quarterly Federal and State estimated income tax, annual tax returns, Property tax returns, and government census data reports.

  • Retirement Plan – Supervise the Accounting Manager ensuring the annual audit is run smoothly and completed accurately and timely completion, and that quarterly updates occur regularly with timely and accurate information and appropriate agendas.

  • Supplier Rebates –Supervise the Accounting Manager ensuring supplier rebates received are tracked, calculated and paid to Members accurately and timely.

  • Finance Representative – Participate on inter-department teams by helping design, implement and monitor new policies and procedures.

  • External Request for Financial Information – Respond to requests for financial information from vendors and D&B with minimum level of financial information needed.


  • Establishes and maintains positive and constructive working relationships with other internal departments by serving as liaison to and establishing open lines of communication with department heads and managers.

  • Participate in the development of the Company’s strategic and financial planning activities with senior management, including the evaluation and impact of new initiatives on the business.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned to meet the needs of the business.

Working for the Johnstone Corporate and Distribution Center team has its rewards. We offer a competitive pay and benefits package, including:

  • Paid Time Off

  • Medical, Dental, Vision coverage

  • 401(k) plan

We also take pride in creating a positive work environment where we work hard and accomplishments are recognized. At Johnstone you’ll work with dedicated people that not only know their stuff, but also know how to have a little fun now and then!