The Great Lakes Group


Shipyard Controller

General Description

The Shipyard Controller shall be primarily responsible for providing the Controller and CFO with assistance on all financial-related and all tasks required for the efficient operation of the organization.

Job Duties

  • Prepare and consolidate detailed financial statements; the initial focus will be on Shipyard accounting activities
  • Prepare and issue all shipyard invoices
  • Responsible for maintaining Timeclock and job cost system
  • Assist in maintaining and analyzing shipyard job cost variance reports
  • Within one year able to perform all controller tasks of Controllership function including tugboat operations and small company affiliate accounting; produce month end financial statements
  • Previous public accounting experience a plus but not required
  • Establish and maintain internal controls
  • Manage all aspects of the general ledger
  • Provide monthly, quarterly, and year-end analyses
  • Research accounting issues for compliance with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Analyze and report cost variances
  • Serve as a liaison to external auditors
  • Assist with the coordination of financial audits
  • Direct experience with and assist with payroll processing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and fixed asset transactions
  • Attend periodic progress meetings for new ship construction projects and other major projects
  • Provide input for the development of estimates, progress reporting, and cost control management for new ship construction projects, commercial ship repair contracts, and routine fleet maintenance and repairs
  • Maintain an open communication path and coordinate with shipyard, engineering, project management, and purchasing departments
  • Augment IT Support function in addition to outside service providers
  • Complete special projects as may be assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with 3+ years in a similar role. CPA and cost accounting experience preferred. Must have supervisory experience. Must be a highly motivated individual who is proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft Dynamics NAV experience strongly preferred. Excellent critical thinking skills, attention to detail, strong work ethic and the ability to learn quickly are musts. 


We offer an excellent benefits package that includes healthcare, dental, vision, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) profit sharing plan, vacation time, sick time and company paid holidays.

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Attn: Human Resources
The Great Lakes Towing Company
4500 Division Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102


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The Great Lakes Group is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; M/F/V/D.