Firstrust Bank

  • Controller - Rancho Santa Fe

    Location US-CA-San Marcos
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Pay Status
    Salaried / Exempt
  • Objective

    At Rancho Santa Fe Thrift (“RSF”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Firstrust Bank, we are building a new paradigm of banking focused on a digital-first experience. Our team members constantly innovate and solve problems. We are dedicated to excellence, and we support one another to successfully deliver on our vision of the future.

    RSF is searching for a new member of the Accounting team to be the head of our accounting and financial reporting team. The New Role will also be expected to assure that the accounting practices, policies, and procedures of RSF comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), as well as federal, state and local laws and.  In addition, the New Role will direct the accounting, budgeting, financial and regulatory reporting of the financial institution and assist with operational matters as needed.

    RSF offers competitive compensation and benefits packages to our team.


    This position reports directly to the Bank President, and on a day-to-day basis, will work independently, collaboratively with the Firstrust Bank accounting team and/or CFO, or as instructed by the Bank President, on specific duties which may include the following, based on departmental priorities:

    1. Oversee the financial accounting functions of the institution
    2. Responsible for overall management of general ledger, journal entries, accounts payable, accounts receivable, account balances and reconciliations, and financial reporting in accordance with GAAP and regulatory requirements
    3. Responsible for accurate and timely preparation and submission of regulatory reports, including Call Reports
    4. Responsible for preparation of budgets and periodic analysis of budget variances
    5. Responsible for filing of accurate corporate tax returns with all taxing entities
    6. Prepare frequent financial management reports for senior executives and the Board of Directors
    7. Present and defend financial reporting decisions to Board of Directors, senior management, auditors, and regulators
    8. Build complex financial models to support the budgeting and forecasting process, as well as new products and initiatives
    9. Process electronic payments at the Bank, including ACH/EFT, wire, debit cards, credit cards, etc.
    10. Interface with technology companies and software providers regarding electronic payments
    11. Operate software to process electronic payments multiple times daily
    12. Represent the accounting function in various bank committees
    13. Execute the ongoing Capital Management Plan
    14. Oversee and manage payroll and benefits plans
    15. Assist with regulatory examinations, external financial statement audits, and internal audits, including preparation for audits and resolution of findings
    16. Manage correspondent banking relationships
    17. Assist with vendor management function, including annual review and the management of certain vendor relationships
    18. Enter daily transactions and journal entries into the Bank’s accounting systems
    19. Control bank expenses and implement cost control improvement programs

    Essential Functions

    While performing the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to operate a computer terminal with repetitive motion. Physical requirements of this position are considered sedentary work involving preparing documentation, preparing and analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer terminal, extensive reading, and resolving inquiries.  Some amount of mobility in order to access files, attend meetings, both on and off site, and perform property inspections is necessary.  The employee is expected to converse with internal and external customers and exchange information.

    Knowledge - Skills & Abilities

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance from accredited program; MBA preferred
    • 5+ years progressively responsible accounting roles in banking and/or financial services
    • Active CPA License with experience working for a Big 4 accounting firm preferred.
    • Passionate about new financial technologies
    • Experience originating and receiving ACH/EFT, wire, debit card, credit card and other electronic payments
    • Experience using electronic payments processing software, as well as the filetypes and structures (i.e. NACHA files,
    • Actively look for ways to use new technologies to replace old processes and workflows (and paper)
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and embrace frequent change
    • Ability to produce accurate and organized work with minimum supervision
    • Superior verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent relationship skills with an optimistic, can-do attitude
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to exercise sound judgement and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses
    • Strong technical knowledge and good understanding of general banking regulations, laws, guidelines, GAAP, accounting practices, and related procedures
    • Experience interfacing with executives and Board members
    • Experience interfacing with examiners and auditors
    • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), specifically Excel (pivot tables, data tables, advanced formulas)


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