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Controller, Project Accountant, Office Manager, Accounting & Admin Man

Jackson, New Jersey, 08527, United States
January 16, 2019

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Cheryl M Wagner

Mobile: 609-***-****



With over 25 years of experience in all areas of Accounting and Finance, Office Management, Human Resources and Project Administration (with a concentration in construction and manufacturing), I have an accomplished record and thrive in fast-paced environments.

Possessing superior written and verbal communication skills and being proficient in all Microsoft Office programs (MCAP Certified) as well as a multitude of accounting, payroll and project management programs; my background is diverse and I am accustomed to “wearing many hats”. An ambitious leader with a hands-on management style, I also know how to cultivate the ‘teamwork’ atmosphere among staff (and colleagues) that is essential to meeting corporate objectives and successfully completing projects.


Established cost-effective business and accounting solutions, successfully negotiated contracts and developed budgets that substantially increased revenue and reduced costs.

Performed all reconciliations, month-ends, year-ends and tax filings, etc “in-house”; saving thousands of dollars in CPA accounting/Filing fees per annum.

Developed accounting and administrative policies and record-keeping procedures that produced more accurate and efficient work-flow. These policies and procedures resulted in • streamlined e-filing/server records • accelerated the month-end closing process • reduced accounting discrepancies • eliminated record-keeping errors/omissions and • simplified new-hire training.

Generated beneficial relationships with clients, financial institutions and vendor contacts that generated lucrative business agreements and propitious affiliations.

Established an effective "liaison role" between the Executive Management team and company Associates that bolstered morale and improved overall job performance which resulted in a higher rate of employee retention and overall success reaching company goals and milestone objectives.


Corporate Accounting & Finance

Project Management (with a concentration in Construction and Manufacturing)

Human Resources / Benefits Administration

Payroll (Union & Non-Union)

Insurance Management

Safety Compliance

Tax Preparation and Filing

Financial & Insurance Audits

Development, Implementation, Oversight of all Accounting & Administrative Policies & Record-Keeping Procedures

Management of all Outsourced Functions•

GAAP Compliant


July 2014 – January 2017 - Brookdale Stafford - Manahawkin, NJ

Finance Controller / Business Office Manager

As the Finance Controller / Business Office Manager at Brookdale, I Coordinated and Managed all of the Accounting and Business Functions for the Stafford Community.

In addition to providing daily support to our Milwaukee Corporate Office and our Community Marketing Division; my position was directly responsible for the processing and overseeing of all AP, AR, Billing and Collections; Resident Information Management(RIM) and all Human Resource functions (including: onboarding, file maintenance, transfers, terminations; timekeeping and payroll, workers comp claims and employee benefits coordination). Conducted “Foundations" Associate Training and ensured safety and certification compliance. Processed Resident Medicaid claims; produced community budgeting and financial reporting and performed month-end close.

As the Assistant to the Executive Director, I also supervised associates and participated in disciplinary actions; convened staff meetings; prepared schedules and covered employee call-outs. Resolved resident and associate disputes and complaints and Managed the Community Property in her absence.

May 2010 – April 2014 - NJ Landscape Concepts - Williamstown, NJ

Controller / Business Office Manager

Managing three staff members, my responsibilities included the managing and overseeing all of the company's Accounting and Administrative functions; including all:

General Accounting (hands-on management of all A/P, A/R, Credit and Collections);

Financial Accounting (perform monthly bank reconciliations, generate financial statements, monthly general ledger maintenance/journal entries, budgets/trend reporting; trial balance/month-end close; managed all lines of credit and banking functions and prepared S&U, quarterly wage and gross income taxes);

Project Management (prepared all pre-qualification submittals; executed contract agreements; oversaw purchasing and scheduling; generated monthly workforce reporting (public works "certified payroll"); processed monthly billing (including AIA G702/G703 submittals with all waivers and client-provided documents); developed job-costing analysis' and provided project manager's with interim profit & loss reporting for projects; Human Resources (payroll (union, non-union, prevailing wage); all benefits administration (insurance, 401(k), commissions); personnel records maintenance; training and safety compliance;

Insurance Management (negotiated, procured and managed all policies for health, general liability, workers compensation and umbrella, auto, etc. and

Wage, Tax, Insurance Audits (which I prepared all necessary reports and documentation; conducted with Auditors and successfully finalized.

December 2008– January 2010 - Trademark Plastics Corp - Newark, NJ

Staff Accountant

Senior to six accounting associates, my responsibilities at Trademark included overseeing all of the General Accounting functions (A/P, A/R, Credit and Collections) as well as managing the Financial Accounting for the corporation; such as

Reconciling (7) corporate bank accounts; researching un-cleared transactions and resolving variance issues, returns and credits. Funding accounts from available lines of credit and prepared weekly “cash position” for CFO review. Processed/funded all payroll and commissions; registered all journal entries and performed month-end close. Generated all financial reports (trial balance, etc) for CFO review and approval as well as all

monthly, quarterly and annual tax filings and payments. Managed all asset-based lending credit documents and borrowing-base spreadsheets; performed all sales reconciliations and depreciation / hedge fund schedules; published the quarterly newsletter and meeting minutes and also organized the annual golf-outing event, etc.

May 2004 – September 2008 - Arrow Iron – Kearny, NJ

Director of Finance and Administration

Managing a four-member staff, my responsibilities included the overseeing of all General Accounting (A/P, A/R, Collections and Credit) and Finance Management (Reconciliation, General Ledger, Journal Entries, P&L/Budget Reporting; Trial Balance, Month-End Closings, etc); All Human Resources (On-boarding; Employee Benefits, Payroll -Union and Non-Union; Personnel Record keeping); Contract Administration and Project Coordination; including all subcontractor billing (AIA G702/G703). Procured and maintained all Insurance policies; Managed legal matters and ensured federal, state and local compliance. Maintained efficient record keeping policies and procedures.

June 1989 – April 2004 - Metfab Metals, LLC, - Orange, NJ

Executive Office Administrator

Starting out as a part-time secretary/clerk while attending high school, I worked for Metfab Metals for almost 15 years. During my tenor at Metfab, I gained extensive experience, knowledge and skills in every area of Accounting and Administration; and through consistently achieving company benchmarks and goals; I was appointed the company's Executive Office Administrator in 2001. Overseeing all Finance and Administrative functions for the company, I reported only to the CEO


NOTARY PUBLIC (NJ) – #50058682 My Commission Expires 4/13/2022

Jan 2016 University of Phoenix (Bachelor of Business Administration)

– B.B.A., Business Administration and Management, General

Aug 2011 MCAP Certification (Microsoft Certified Application Professional®)

June 1989 Saint Aloysius High School, Jersey City (Graduate 1989)


Advanced proficiency with the following; I quickly adapt when introduced to new software.

MCAP - Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Front-page and Access)

Accounting Software: PeopleSoft, BI-Business Intelligence, e-Site, Agresso, QuickBooks Pro; SAP Business One; SAGE-Peachtree Accounting; Nola-PRO; Timberline Construction Accounting

Sales & Project Management Software: SMS, "Connections", Smart-sheet Project Management Software; Lotus Organizer; ACT! Sales & Marketing; EADOC Project Management Software

Timekeeping / HR: KRONOS, eHR, Certiphi, Talx, 'Preview' Time-Clock Plus (Paychex® Payroll Processing software); NJ District Council Union Reporting Programs and custom AS400 Programs

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