San Francisco, California, United States Full-time


Who We Are

We are Mekanism.

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners with some of the world’s best brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, HBO, MillerCoors, Peloton, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Alaska Airlines. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling”: Communicating a brand’s purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.

Mekanism has been named to Ad Age’s “Agency A List” and twice to their “Best Places to Work”. We have also been listed on Creativity’s “The Creative 50” and have been recognized by Effie as one of the “Most Effective Independent Agencies”. We have been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s Nightline. Mekanism’s campaigns have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories. Our patented blend of storytelling for emerging media takes a small army of Mekanistas to pull off. What is a Mekanista you ask? Being a Mekanista requires a rare combination of being a strange, wonderful and talented person who enjoys coffee, Ping-Pong and impromptu rooftop jam and workout sessions. We are smart, strange, wonderful folks that brave our contentious and often spirited brainstorming sessions to make advertising magic.


The Controller

Reporting to the CFO, this role leads and manages accounting operations. The priorities of this role are to maintain high quality standards in our accounting practices while driving activities that deliver on company financial goals. As a member of the Finance team the Controller will lead and support initiatives that help to ensure quality of information and continuous improvement of the finance function overall.


Finance Operations:

  • Supervise and develop accounting staff
  • Develop and maintain accounting systems, processes, policy and procedure
  • Establish and enforce a system of internal controls and approvals
  • Supervise the payroll function and other HR finance related activities
  • Manage corporate bank accounts and reconciliations
  • Manage and maintain corporate credit card accounts and reconciliations
  • Manage and maintain corporate travel systems and information processing
  • Supervise vendor setup and the accounts payable function
  • Manage payments including wire transfers and electronic payments
  • Manage onboarding and training of Mekanism staff on finance related systems and procedures

Client Finance:

  • Setup new clients, and maintain client finance systems
  • Supervise setup in client payment systems
  • Facilitate and support development of client finance policy and procedure
  • Support development of client finance related reporting
  • Manage setup of project related vendors, purchase order and payment policies


Corporate Finance:

  • Manage month end close and trial balance review including reconciliation of sub-ledgers
  • Support monthly financial / management reporting
  • Liaise with corporate Accountants and manage the year-end review
  • Completion and filing of federal, state and city tax filings
  • Manage bank relationships and financing reviews and renewals
  • Manage company insurance policy annual reviews and renewals



  • 8+ years experience in a finance role with at least 2 in creative services industry
  • Post secondary education in finance, plus an MBA or accounting designation
  • A track record of effective supervision and management of accounting staff
  • Proven organizational skills and a track record in systems development
  • Strong Interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • A high level of proficiency with Excel
  • Experience with the Advantage accounting system an asset

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