Career Opportunities

Staff Accountant

Position Summary

The Staff Accountant will report directly to the Senior Accountant with exposure to the Assistant Controller and Corporate Controller.  You will be part of a high-performing team who is expected to lead, take ownership of your areas of responsibility and ensure accurate and timely completion of the company's reporting requirements. You will work closely with the Senior Accountant and in directing the company's accounting functions. These functions include establishing and maintaining the company's accounting policies and procedures, preparing accurate and timely monthly/quarterly/annual financial statements, managing the external audit process and maintaining data integrity in the company's financial systems. The ideal candidate is one who collaborates well across multiple functions, explores and embraces opportunities for doing things in new ways and initiates, and/or supports, improvements in work processes to increase efficiency.

Essential Functions

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Maintain fixed asset module and ensure depreciation, fixed asset additions and disposals are properly recorded monthly
  • Maintain prepaid expense reconciliations and amortize prepaid balances over service periods
  • Maintain intangible asset schedule and ensure amortization expense is properly recorded monthly
  • Maintain various deferred revenue accounts and ensuring revenue is recognized appropriately
  • Responsible for the accounting of all debt transactions and maintaining the debt rollforward schedule
  • Utilize Blackline to track month-end close tasks and prepare month-end account reconciliations
  • Assist in the coordination of the external audit including but not limited to preparing supporting schedules and managing open items list
  • Critically review current accounting and reporting processes and identify ways to improve and automate
  • Support M&A transactions from due diligence through integration
  • Develop and maintain thorough knowledge and understanding of the company's accounting policies, financial systems, transaction processes, internal controls and chart of accounts
  • Critically review the company's operations to ascertain accounting needs and to recommend, develop, or maintain solutions to business and financial problems
  • Manage and perform ad hoc analysis or special projects as needed

Position Qualifications

  • Knowledgeable in US GAAP including ability to understand complex accounting processes and methodologies
  • Knowledge and experience with SOX and internal control compliance
  • Strong IT skills and exposure to ERP systems, preferably Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks; ability to perform well under pressure and meet time-sensitive deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong customer service mindset with the ability to communicate effectively and balance different stakeholder needs
  • Excellent organizational ability and keen attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the workplace
  • Ability to work independently and within a team to solve a problem or reach a goal

Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience

  • BS or BA Degree in Accounting or Finance (Accounting preferred)
  • 1-3 years accounting experience, Big Four accounting firm experience preferred

Computer Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with intermediate to advanced-level Excel skills
  • Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and Blackline experience a plus

Send resume to careers@vfogroup.com or fax to 727-803-8014.

Senior Accountant

Position Summary

The Senior Accountant will report directly to the Assistant Controller with exposure to the Corporate Controller and CFO. You will be part of a high-performing team who is expected to lead, take ownership of your areas of responsibility and ensure accurate and timely completion of the company’s reporting requirements. You will work closely with the Assistant Controller in directing the company’s accounting functions. These functions include establishing and maintaining the company’s accounting policies and procedures, preparing accurate and timely monthly/quarterly/annual financial statements, managing the external audit process and maintaining data integrity in the company’s financial systems. The ideal candidate is one who collaborates well across multiple functions, explores and embraces opportunities for doing things in new ways and initiates, and/or supports, improvements in work processes to increase efficiency.

Essential Functions

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Directly supervise, manage and continually develop a team of 1-2 staff accountants
  • Efficiently and accurately close the books for the Freedom Scientific subsidiaries including review of the staff journal entries, general ledger, sub-ledgers, supporting schedules and balance sheet account reconciliations.
  • Coordinate the monthly close process using Blackline to ensure all month-end close deadlines are met
  • Perform month-end close tasks and account reconciliations for high risk/complex areas including the global intercompany reconciliation
  • Calculate and analyze reserves each quarter (allowance for doubtful accounts, inventory excess and obsolete, warranty)
  • Responsible for the accounting and reporting of the services business unit
  • Assist in the coordination of the external audit including but not limited to preparing supporting schedules and managing open items list
  • Critically review current accounting and reporting processes and identify ways to improve and automate
  • Support M&A transactions from due diligence through integration
  • Responsible for preparing and filing monthly sales tax returns
  • Develop and maintain thorough knowledge and understanding of the company’s accounting policies, financial systems, transaction processes, internal controls and chart of accounts
  • Critically review the company’s operations to ascertain accounting needs and to recommend, develop, or maintain solutions to business and financial problems
  • Coach and mentor team members and promote a team environment. Actively support career development for the team
  • Manage and perform ad hoc analysis or special projects as needed

Position Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in US GAAP including ability to understand complex accounting processes and methodologies
  • Knowledge and experience with SOX and internal control compliance
  • Strong IT skills and exposure to ERP systems, preferably Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Familiar with international subsidiaries, including foreign currency valuations, international consolidations, transfer pricing and intercompany eliminations
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building, including staff development skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks; ability to perform well under pressure and meet time-sensitive deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong customer service mindset with the ability to communicate effectively and balance different stakeholder needs
  • Excellent organizational ability and keen attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the workplace
  • Ability to work independently and within a team to solve a problem or reach a goal

Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience

  • BS or BA Degree in Accounting or Finance (Accounting preferred). CPA preferred
  • 4-6 years accounting experience; 2-3 years Big Four accounting firm experience preferred

Computer Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with intermediate to advanced-level Excel skills
  • Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains, Blackline and Adaptive Insights experience a plus

Send resume to careers@vfogroup.com or fax to 727-803-8014.

Operations Supervisor

Position Summary

Supervises the daily activities of warehouse operations. This position plans and assigns work, implements policies and procedures and recommends improvements in production methods, equipment, operating procedures and working conditions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Hands on with all operations functions and directly supervises the assembly, packaging, and receiving of all inventories
  • Responsible for motivating employees and maintaining morale at all times to ensure high performance levels
  • Interview, select, and train operations staff. Use performance management techniques to monitor and demonstrate achievement of agreed performance levels and to guide employee improvement
  • Responsible for the time keeping of all production employees and communicates employee concerns to Director of Operations and HR
  • Monitors and writes processes and procedures to ensure quality, efficiency and accuracy are maintained in the operation
  • Notifies the Purchasing Dept when stock levels are low and plans production accordingly
  • Reports to management regarding availability of products and possible stock outs
  • Researches assembly, packaging and receiving errors in order to implement corrective procedures to improve the process for the future
  • Works with Director of Operations to properly plan product production in order to meet demand from our customers
  • Ensure all housekeeping, facilities, safety and equipment are in compliance
  • Support all internal and external customer requests for items need from the warehouse
  • Ensures all orders are pulled and packed accurately according to SOP
  • Gains awareness to the actual working style of the organization and understand the problem that crop up at every stage of the operation
  • Protects company assets making sure all equipment is used and maintained properly, building checked and secured nightly and monitoring employees so no merchandise leaves without proper receipts
  • Sets a good example for others and possesses the drive to pitch in when needed in all areas to get the job done
  • Maintains physical condition of warehouse inspecting equipment; issuing work orders for repair and requisitions for replacement
  • Managing fast-pace production lines and works closely with sales and customer service to plan when shipments will be ready. Assist in expediting orders when necessary
  • Working with the Quality Department to insure proper quality is being produced on the production floor
  • Helps resolve quality and manufacturing issues with both Quality Supervisor and Director of Operations in a timely manner
  • Insures that the work orders being process are accurate based on the BOM for each product
  • Other duties as assigned by company management

Position Qualifications

  • Accuracy - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly
  • Decision Making - Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures
  • Honesty / Integrity - Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace
  • Adaptability - Ability to adapt to change in the workplace
  • Consensus Building - Ability to bring about group solidarity to achieve a goal
  • Leadership - Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively and to be responsible for making decisions
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word
  • Management Skills - Ability to organize and direct oneself and effectively supervise others
  • Coaching and Development - Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas
  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task
  • Responsible - Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one's conduct
  • Time Management - Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines
  • Safety Awareness - Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety
  • Reliability - The trait of being dependable and trustworthy
  • Ethical - Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards
  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions
  • Initiative - Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal
  • Working Under Pressure - Ability to complete assigned tasks under stressful situations
  • Change Management - Ability to encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities

Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree (four-year college or technical school), or Work Equivalent
  • Four or more years of experience in Warehouse/Distribution Management

Computer Skills

  • MS Office, ability to create, access and utilize data reports and etc.

Physical Demands

This position requires the employee work in an air-conditioned warehouse environment where the employee will be required to stand, walk, sit frequently. May be asked to lift up to 50 lbs.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement:

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

VFO is an EEO Employer.

Send resume to careers@vfogroup.com or fax to 727-803-8014.

Quality Control Supervisor

Position Summary

The Quality Control Supervisor reports to the VP of Customer Success and Quality and will be a key member of the Quality team. This role will collaborate with Engineering, Production, Purchasing, Product Management, Suppliers, Customer Service and Technical Support to optimize our existing products.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct supervision for QA and QC inspectors and the IQC process and metrics;
    • Perform detailed failure analysis of all IQC rejects with SCARS to CMs, suppliers
    • Monthly reporting of IQC results
    • Ensure closed loop corrective actions with CMs and suppliers and continuous improving quality as measured by %IQC rejects and %OBF
  • Oversees the Service Centers repair technicians
    • Ensure service techs are well trained and have appropriate certifications
    • Manage service work with customer and business focused priority
    • Document detailed failure analysis, repairs made and test results for all service/repairs
    • Manage service center repair parts inventory to meet committed repair SLA of ≤ 5 business days
    • Measures:
      • SLA met for ≥ 95% of customer repair
      • Service Warranty returns < 5% for 30 and 90-day Service returns
  • Responsible for maintenance and execution of the company CAR database including Supplier CAR's
  • Responsible for MRB:
    • Makes sure IQC, OBF and Customer exchange units are returned to CM's for credit well within the CM/Supplier warranty period
  • Responsible for the quality and reliability metrics
  • Track and report RMA/total returns by products by month and as % of units shipped
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of inspection plans
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of service and repair procedures
  • Active participant in Quarterly Business Reviews and Quality Reviews with Contract Manufactures and major suppliers
  • Utilize new product introduction (NPI) techniques;
    • Need to define this role in the NPI process and contribution to the NPI teams
  • Improve existing operations, incorporating new methods and processes
  • Handle, identify, and define equipment/fixture purchase and installation
  • Investigate quality problems affecting production and dealing with them in a systematic, methodical manner
  • Instill 5s in the warehouse
  • Implement Continuous improvement and Quality control processes
  • Practice Lean Manufacturing, JIT, Six Sigma other quality improvement methods
  • Other responsibilities as defined by management

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge in new production introduction (NPI) Techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to be a team player in a collaborative and non-political environment
  • Extremely organized with good follow-through
  • Familiar reading engineering drawings
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task successfully in a deadline-intensive environment
  • Ability to learn quickly, self-teach, take initiative, and adapt easily to changes

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or equivalent education and work experience
  • 5 years of progressively increasing experience in the electro-mechanical assembly
  • At least 3 years of strong supervisory skills

Computer Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Physical Demands

This position requires the employee work in an air-conditioned warehouse environment where the employee will be requires to stand, walk, sit frequently. May be asked to lift up to 50 lbs.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

VFO is an EEO Employer.

Send resume to careers@vfogroup.com or fax to 727-803-8014.

Software Engineer - Accessibility Technology

Position Summary

The position of a Software Engineer – Accessibility Technology provides maintenance and enhancement of our screen reading and magnification engine in Windows.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is diligent and quality oriented while being able to meet target dates. You must be able to work independently, as well as collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.

Essential Functions

In the changing Windows environment and developing market place it is essential to provide a stable, performant, and exciting screen reading and magnification experience for users with vision impairments. In this position you will maintain, improve, and drive forward essential screen reading and/or magnification technologies.

Duties include:

  • Consults with Product Managers and software engineers to gather information about program intent, using that information to design and implement new product features
  • Writes product specifications based on consultations with manager and product managers
  • Creates software design based on specifications and consultation with manager, product managers, other programmers, and end users
  • Codifies necessary changes in high-level software to provide required functionality
  • Creates tests to find errors and confirm the software meets specifications
  • Analyzes code to find causes of errors and revises programs
  • Writes and maintains documentation of designs and changes to software
  • Reviews user and technical documentation written by others to confirm consistency with program operations
  • Reviews program for correction, enhancements, or system environment changes
  • Coordinates with other programmers about program revisions
  • Modifies and maintains software programs written by others
  • May lead software projects and small teams of software engineers

Position Qualifications

Competency Statement(s)

  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem
  • Communication - Ability to communicate effectively with others via email, Skype, phone and in-person
  • Self-Motivated - Ability to be internally inspired to perform a task to the best of one’s ability using his or her own drive or initiative
  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task
  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions

Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent, and one or more years related experience and/or training

Programing Skills

  • Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Visual C++
  • C#/.NET
  • Writing and debugging multithreaded code
  • Debugging and analyzing assembly code
  • HLSL and/or assembly language

Windows Knowledge

Strong understanding of the internal works of the Windows operating system Windows 7, 8 and 10 for the following components:

  • Windows SDK
  • COM interfaces
  • Application Document Object Models (DOM)
  • DirectX, DirectWrite, and/or Direct Composition
  • Windows 7 mirror driver, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and/or Windows Desktop Window Manager

Send resume to careers@vfogroup.com or fax to 727-803-8014.

VFO Group Technical Support Representative

Remote Position to Cover the West Coast - Hours 9:30 AM-6:00 PM PST

VFO™ is the leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products, dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with visual impairments and learning disabilities. Our innovative technology is designed to promote independence, allowing blind and low vision users the same access to information as their sighted peers. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, our team is passionate about what we do and committed to the communities that we serve.

Purpose

Provide timely, courteous and expert support to VFO Group's customers who need assistance with VFO's solutions for the blind and vision impaired customers including JAWS, ZoomText and other VFO software solutions, braille display hardware, and various hardware readers and magnifiers for low-vision users. Perform troubleshooting and triage by phone, email and remote access. Determine and implement corrective actions that may include training, online assistance, providing workarounds, and handling product updates or replacements as appropriate.

The successful candidate will be able to use a braille display to read braille content for all types of files and online information and will be able to use an industry leading screen reader to "read" all types of files and online information via audio output.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Respond to user inquiries regarding installation, configuration and operation of VFO software and hardware products to resolve problems for VFO dealers, end-users and other customers
  • Maintain records of daily customer communication transactions, problems and remedial actions taken, or installation activities and enter all details in VFO call tracking system
  • Read technical manuals and other online resources, confer with users, and conduct product diagnostics to investigate or gain remote access to customer systems to resolve problems or to provide technical assistance and support by phone or other online access
  • Confer with staff, users, and management to obtain technical information and confirm recommended response and recovery actions
  • Develop materials and procedures, train users in the proper use of applications or hardware devices
  • Perform various tasks including:
    • Adjust firmware, OS, application software
    • Conduct product diagnostics to determine nature of problems
    • Install Firmware, OS, application software
    • Install hardware, software, or peripheral equipment
    • Take calls from customers and respond quickly to their questions or requests for problem resolution
    • Use computers to enter, access or retrieve data for call tracking, problem analysis, etc.
    • Use support call tracking software applications

Education/Experience

  • Associate or Bachelor Degree in Technical or related field
  • 3-5 years relevant experience
  • Must have excellent working knowledge of VFO products including: JAWS, ZoomText and other VFO software solutions, braille display hardware, and various hardware readers and magnifiers for low-vision users

Send resume to careers@vfogroup.com or fax to 727-803-8014.