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Controller, Accounting Manager

Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, United States
78,000 - 83,000
April 20, 2017

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Cheryl M. Wagner

Mobile: (201) ***-**** -Email:


With 25+ years of distinguished experience in all areas of Accounting and Finance, Office Management, Human Resources and Project Management (with concentration in the construction / sub-contractor industry), I have an accomplished record and thrive in fast-paced environments.

I am energetic, reliable and hard-working and perform to a high ethical and moral standard. With a strong attention-to-detail; I have superior written and verbal communication skills and offer a hands-on management style that promotes teamwork and cohesion as well as encouragement to independent success.

In addition to implementing various cost-effective business solutions and successfully managing schedules and project deadlines, some key career achievements include:

• Creating, implementing and maintaining accounting and admin policies and record-keeping procedures that produced more accurate and efficient work-flow and ensured overall compliance.

• Developing, through a friendly, yet professional approach, conducive relationships with clients, financial institutions and vendor contacts that generated mutually-beneficial business agreements.

• And establishing an effective liason role between executive/mid-management and associates that improved conformity and performance and precipitated achievement of company goals and objectives.

I am seeking a secure position with an established corporation, where my skills and experience will benefit the company’s goals and objectives; and where I will have opportunity for personal growth and career advancement.


Corporate Accounting and Finance

Project Management (with concentration in construction and Manufacturing)

Human Resources

Insurance Management

Safety Compliance

Client/Associate Disputes and Claims

Tax Preparation and Filing (S&U, Quarterly Wage, Gross Income Tax, etc)

Policy & Procedure Development, Implementation and Oversight

Efficient Filing Systems Development

Managing of all Outsourced Functions•

GAAP Compliant


July 2014 – Sept 2016 Brookdale - Manahawkin, NJ

Finance Controller / BOM

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 – August 2013

NJ Landscape Concepts, LLC - Williamstown, NJ


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

GENERAL ACCOUNTING: Hands-on Management of all A/P, A/R, Credit, Collections.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING: Monthly Reconciliations, Financial Statements, General Ledger; Journal Entries, Budgets and Trend Reporting; Trial Balance, Month-End Close; Managed Lines of Credit/Payments; performed all Banking functions; Prepared and Submitted Tax Returns (S&U, Quarterly Wage, Gross Income Tax)

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Prepare & submit all Pre-Qualification Documents; Execute Contract Agreements; oversee Purchasing and Scheduling; Public Work Workforce Reoorting (Certified Payroll), Subcontractor Billing (AIA G702/G703) including all waivers and any client-provided documents. Generated job-cost analysis and weekly Project P&L's

INSURANCE MANAGEMENT: Negotiate, Procure and Manage all policies (Health, GL, Workers Comp, Umbrella, Auto)

AUDITS: Prepare reports and relevant documentation; conduct and finalize all (Taxation and Insurance)

December 2007– January 2009 Trademark Plastics Corporation - 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:

Reconciled bank accounts (7 total); researched un-cleared transactions and resolved any variance issues and returns/credits

Funded accounts from Lines of Credit / Money Market accounts and prepared and Submitted weekly “Cash Position” reports to CFO

Processed all Payroll and Commission reporting and funding

Register all Journal Entries and

Perform month-end close

Prepared Trial Balance for CFO review and approval as well as all

Monthly, quarterly and annual tax reporting and payments

Managed Asset-Based Lending credit documents and borrowing-base spreadsheets

Performed all sales reconciliations and depreciation / hedge fund schedules

Published quarterly newsletter; monthly meeting minutes; organized and ran annual golf-outing event, etc.

May 2003 – March 2007

Arrow Iron/USA 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 (Onboarding; 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 2003 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) - My Commission Expires 6/17/20

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®)

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

SOFTWARE PROGRAMS (Advanced Proficiency)

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


References and Salary History are available upon request.

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