August Schell Brewing Company is a family owned and operated brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota. We began in 1860 when August Schell, a German immigrant, couldn’t find a traditional German beer in his new home. So, he made his own.

While the brewery has seen some changes, like plumbing, August’s legacy of being an innovative brewmaster remains. It has continued through six generations and over 100 variety of German Craft beer. Schell’s Brewery has a great opportunity for an individual to join our team as our Controller.


The Controller is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the corporation in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and other regulatory and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the industry. The Controller will provide leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. The position accomplishes this through a respectful, constructive and energetic style, guided by the objectives of the company.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the organization's fiscal function and performance.

  • Assist with driving the company to achieve and surpass sales, profitability, business goals and objectives.

  • Participate in the development of the corporation's plans and programs as a strategic partner.

  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.

  • Develop credibility for the finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends to assist the President, the Board and other senior management in performing their responsibilities.

  • Establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.

  • Provide technical financial advice and knowledge to others within the financial discipline.

  • Continual improvement and development of the budgeting process through education of department managers on financial issues impacting department budgets.

  • Work with Schell’s Brewery’s external accountants to complete required year-end audit and tax returns (federal and state). Be main point of contact for requested audit and tax schedules.

  • Optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash position.

  • Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.

  • Responsible for establishing, evaluating and implementing sound financial controls at Schell’s Brewery.

  • Report to Schell’s management team monthly on performance versus budget.

  • Evaluate the finance and purchasing division structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as provide individuals with professional and personal growth with emphasis on opportunities (where possible) of individuals.

  • Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization.


  • Financial Management.

  • Business Acumen.

  • Communication Proficiency.

  • Ethical Conduct.

  • Leadership.

  • Performance Management.

  • Personal Effectiveness/Credibility.

  • Problem Solving/Analysis.

  • Strategic Thinking.

  • Technical Capacity.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position is responsible for the direct supervision of the Accounting and Purchasing Team.

Work Environment

This job operates in a clerical office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field, 5-10 years related experience required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • CPA Strongly preferred

  • Proficiency with Microsoft office (Excel, Work, PowerPoint, Etc.) Required

Preferred Education and Experience

  • MBA.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Accounting: 5 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • New Ulm, MN (Preferred)


  • CPA (Preferred)