AKIRA Controller

In 2002, AKIRA opened the doors to its first women's clothing boutique in Chicago. Since then, the company has extended its reach to 35+ stores across the United States, as well as a thriving eCommerce business (shopAKIRA.com.) AKIRA is extremely well-poised for sustained growth as we continue to build a nationally recognized brand. 

AKIRA’s culture has one very large, distinct difference from other high fashion competitors: Fanatical, Obsessive Attention to the consumer’s needs and desires. The core principle for all employees at AKIRA is to Act and Think Like an Owner, and this belief can be reflected across all areas of the company.


The Position:




Chicago, IL (On-site)



AKIRA is looking for a transformative Controller, who will be a collaborator and a change driver in the Finance team and throughout the Company. The Controller is responsible for the direct supervision of all accounting functions. A successful Controller for AKIRA will be extremely hands-on in all of the Accounting-related processes within the team. As the Controller, you will oversee and evolve a small (8 - 10 person) Accounting/AP team into one that is best fit for this rapidly growing business. The Controller will also continually evolve policies and procedures to identify, resolve and document accounting issues in addition to creating procedures to make the close and reporting processes more efficient and accurate. The Controller will also direct the implementation of new technology, including a new ERP/Accounting system. This position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer/VP of Finance. This is an in-office position, with flexibility to occasionally work from home.


Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the month-end close process, from journal entries, accruals, reporting, and analytical review of the monthly operating results to ensure accurate accounting records are maintained
  • Ensure that cash is properly handled, balanced and reconciled
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with all other departments, including Data, Distribution Center, Stores, e-Commerce, Construction and IT to ensure proper recordkeeping and reporting, and cost efficiency, including monthly reporting and cost review meetings
  • Coordinate with outside CPA firms for preparation of annual audits and tax returns
  • Manage any additional audit and diligence requests
  • Record, and evolve existing systems of accounting for all financial accounts, including:
    • 1. Accruals
    • 2. Leases
    • 3. Fixed Assets
    • 4. Receivables
    • 5. Inventory
  • Manage a small Accounting + AP team, communicating clear and high expectations, setting standards to measure performance, and providing a strong level of support
  • Work closely with intra-departmental groups such as Financial Analysis and Payroll to ensure that expectations are clear across the department
  • Review expenses and manage proper recordkeeping of important account data
  • Coordinate with Inventory team on store scans to ensure proper measurement of assets
  • Act as a liaison with banks and creditors
  • Implement, document and maintain adequate and effective internal controls
  • Implement, document and maintain adequate and effective processes to improve the close and reporting cycles to ensure timely and accurate reporting
  • Ensure compliance with GAAS, as well as all applicable laws, rules, and regulations – it will be the Controller’s responsibility to stay on top of new Federal, State and Local regulations with regard to accounting and payroll
  • Direct the implementation of ERP/Accounting software, along with VP Finance
  • Direct the collection and payment of Sales Tax and other taxes
  • Any other responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting
  • CPA is highly preferred - must be proficient in GAAP
  • 5+ years in an Accounting role
  • 2+ years of experience working as a Controller
  • CPA firm audit experience is highly preferred


The Ideal Candidate Has/Is:

  • Strong GAAP and financial reporting technical skills
  • Strong moral/ethical compass
  • Extremely risk-oriented
  • High standards for self and others
  • Ability to maintain professional in terms of job while in a laid back environment
  • Exceptionally detail-oriented
  • Exceptional work ethic and motivation to meet strict deadlines
  • Highly organized
  • Confidential, understands the ethical standards of a CPA
  • Conscientious about timeliness of assignments and quality of work product
  • Possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including ability to articulate recommendations in a concise and timely manner
  • Excellent reading comprehension skills
  • Empathetic, yet persuasive and decisive
  • Responsive team player with the ability to quickly prioritize among numerous pressing tasks
  • Task and goal-oriented and capable of functioning in an entrepreneurial and corporate setting


Diversity & Inclusion:

At AKIRA we believe that treating everyone in a first-class manner is essential to fostering an inclusive environment that reflects our values and our community. This is deeply rooted in our company's principles, culture, and fashion. We continuously strive to cultivate a company where employees feel a sense of belonging and contribute to a culture that values differences, ideas, and experiences. Our unique workforce is directly linked to our success and makes us stronger collectively.


Benefits and Perks:

AKIRA offers competitive benefits for full-time employees, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Pet, Life, LTD, FSA/HSA/Dependent Care FSA, Flex Transit (CTA), 401(k), and employee discount. We are committed to encouraging internal development and providing significant career enrichment opportunities. Most importantly, what has propelled AKIRA’s growth and success over the years has been the dynamic culture within the company - if you’re filled with passion, have a strong desire to get things done, and if you want to go to a place where you know your work matters and where you can implement your ideas and decisions, then AKIRA just might be the place for you. 


Job Type: Full time

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