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Director Accounting, Controller



Accounting & Finance
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 25, 2023

Studs is a category-defining ear piercing and earring brand named one of “the 10 most innovative companies in retail for 2023” by Fast Company. Studs connects ear piercing with aftercare and earring shopping to create an end-to-end Earscaping® experience. We offer a better retail and digital experience that prioritizes safety and expertise in a cool, fun and welcoming environment, along with a wide earring assortment—all at an accessible price point.

Based in NYC, Studs is looking for a Controller to oversee accounting and financial reporting. The Controller will ensure the accuracy of Studs’ general ledger and accounts payable system, lead the month end close process and end of year audit, manage the Studs corporate card program and employee reimbursements, and maintain business and tax compliance in the jurisdictions that Studs operates. The Controller will manage a Sr. Accountant and a 3rd party firm, and will report to the VP of Finance & Analytics.

The Controller must have solid communication, technology, analytical and management skills, as well as possess knowledge of all aspects of GAAP.

Salary Range: $175K-$200K, plus equity

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee all accounting operational functions for an accurate and timely close, offering recommendations for improvement and implementing new processes as the accounting function comes 100% in house
  • Prepare internal and external financial statements and reporting
  • Act as the main point of contact and manage activities of external auditors
  • Coordinate with business owners for just in time payments and accurate coding in accounts payable system (
  • Manage existing credit card program and employee reimbursement platform (Expensify), evaluate ways to improve controls and make more efficient
  • Hire, train and retain skilled accounting staff
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Skills & Requirements
  • 7-10+ years of prior business experience
  • Professional experience with brick & mortar retail, revenue recognition, COGs, lease accounting, and fixed assets
  • Professional accreditation such as certified public accountant (CPA) preferred
  • Demonstrate strong management skills to oversee accounting staff
  • Proficient in accounting and tax preparation software
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite / Google Suite or similar software
  • Experience with ERP implementation highly preferred

Benefits & Perks

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as 401k
  • Flexible Work Environment (3 days in office, 2 days work from home)
  • 4 weeks accrued Paid Time Off, 7 days accrued Sick Time, 11 paid holidays, and 4 Quarterly Wellness Days (where the whole team takes time off together to recharge)
  • Three months of paid Parental Leave (biological, adoptive, and foster parents are all eligible)
  • A paid sabbatical after four years of full-time service
  • Exclusive employee piercing and jewelry discounts (plus discounts for friends and family)