EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

We are currently hiring to fill the following positions.  We recognize the need to hire and retain top skilled talent to provide the highest quality landscaping service to our clients.  We offer the opportunity to become a critical part of our operation with a voice to help shape our growth and future; whether it be in design, installation, garden care, nursery, purchasing or administrative departments.  We ALWAYS welcome resumes from any qualified candidates with landscaping experience interested in our company, and encourage you to contact us to discuss the potential of current or future employment.  We offer competitive salaries, employee health care, dental, 401K, flex spending, and performance bonus programs.  Casual, non-traditional work atmosphere.

Salary based on experience.  If interested, please send your resume and salary history to lfcbldjobs@gmail.com.

CFO/ CONTROLLER

The Controller will be directly responsible for all accounting and finance functions reporting directly to the President.

Major Responsibilities/ Activities

  • Oversee project accounting including jobs cost analysis, jobs maintenance, monthly project reporting, and performance against budgets
  • Oversee the Sage 100 accounting system, including the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll processing and ad hoc reporting
  • Accurate and timely completion of monthly financial statements for main company and additional entities and reporting to the President and COO
  • Preparation of year-end financial statements and work-papers and coordination with outside accountants for their accounting review, computation of estimated tax payments and preparation of annual returns
  • Oversee payroll processing, employee benefits, audits and related external reporting for company of approx. 80 employees
  • Directly perform HR function for sensitive employee matters
  • Responsible for monitoring accounts receivable and collections
  • Oversee computer and communications and coordinate hardware and software development as needed
  • Supervise department staff (3 employees) and coordinate workflow across departments
  • Develop internal reporting and metrics to access departmental performance
  • Coordinate development of budgets and forecasts with the executive team
  • Monitor internal controls, develop new processes as needed, and maintain documentation of all processes throughout the company
  • Special projects as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, CPA a plus
  • Strong computer skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft office, particularly Excel
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workloads to meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written
  • Working experience with and a full understanding of job costing
  • Team player, free thinker

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is an excellent opportunity to actively participate in the direction and management of a smaller business operation.  If interested, please send your resume and salary history to lfcbldjobs@gmail.com.

ACCOUNTANT

Lake Forest Design/Build Landscaping firm has a position open for an individual to assist the Controller in carrying out responsibilities of the Accounting Department.

Major Responsibilities/ Activities

  • Assist the Controller as needed with the day to day, monthly and yearly duties
  • Maintain standard ledger entries and account reconciliations
  • Maintain payroll processing in Ceridian and GL
  • Maintain financials including depreciation detail in Excel for additional entities
  • Responsible for monitoring accounts receivable and for friendly client collections
  • Responsible for computing monthly progress billing and invoicing
  • Assist with review and analysis of job cost data and billing
  • Assist in supervision of clerical staff (1-2 employees)
  • Special projects as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or Associates degree in accounting and relevant experience
  • Strong computer skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft office, particularly Excel. Familiarity with formulas, pivot tables, vlookups, etc. is required
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written
  • Course work in job costing
  • Team player

Salary is commensurate with experience and demonstrated ability to provide support timely for multiple related functions.  Excellent opportunity to learn all facets of a smaller business operation.  If interested, please send your resume and salary history to lfcbldjobs@gmail.com.

SENIOR GARDENER

The Senior Gardener is responsible for running maintenance crews overseeing several clients’ properties.  Maintaining the highest degree of customer satisfaction is paramount, as is ensuring that the vision inspired by Craig Bergmann and his design teams retains its beauty by applying their horticultural knowledge and design skills in garden aftercare.  We desire individuals who possess the following traits:

  • Advanced horticulture knowledge and formal training
  • Extensive plant identification skills, primarily perennial and seasonal plants.
  • Personable, outgoing, able to positively represent the company to others
  • Strong organization, communication, and supervisory skills
  • Minimum of 5 years of previous landscape experience
  • High degree of problem solving skills and sensibility
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications and computer use

Major Responsibilities/ Activities

  • Develop a good working relationship with the client and be responsive to their design preferences and budget.
  • Supervise and develop staff (3-5) to work productively and provide opportunities to learn and advance.
  • Perform field inspections to ensure the quality and completeness of work performed.  Identify potential additional work needed, and proactively address any watering, disease or maintenance issues and coordinate any needs with crew, head gardener or client.
  • Work with the head gardener in the development of realistic work plans with tasks and timeframes, and maintain resulting crew schedules on a computerized dispatch board
  • Coordinate activities and interaction with other contractors if requested by the client.
  • Monitor equipment use and maintain vehicles and equipment in good working order.

Related administrative functions with this position entail the following:

  • Process orders and billing for client visits.
  • Work with the client to develop garden plans for the following year and coordinate agreement.
  • Maintain time reporting, supervision and any disciplinary actions staff.
  • Monitor schedule, make purchases for clients, coordinate adjustments with nursery based on the availability of plant materials in order to maintain or improve crew productivity %.

Additional required Skills:

  • Ability to operate a light dump truck and trailer.  Possess a valid Illinois driver’s license.
  • Illinois pesticide operator’s license.
  • Good physical condition with the ability to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in all types of weather, and handle extended schedules seasonally.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  If interested, please send your resume and salary history to lfcbldjobs@gmail.com.

INSTALLATION LABORER

The Labor staff is the base on which CBLD is built.  Installation Laborers  grade and prepare garden beds and install the plantings to bring garden designs to fruition.  Work is seasonal.  Opportunity for advancement with increased horticultural knowledge and experience.

Major Responsibilities/ Activities

  • Install plant material properly and in the right conditions to allow the plant to thrive.
  • Layout areas according to the design planned.
  • Rough grading tasks include prepping garden areas, grade, install paving, steppers.
  • Transplant and install plant materials, prune and trim, water.
  • Load/unload trucks, job site cleanup.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, use basic garden tools and power tools.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish skills a plus
  • Additional compensation for candidates able to assist with foreman’s responsibilities possessing valid Illinois driver’s license, paperwork/computer skills, or pesticide license.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  If interested, please send your resume and salary history to lfcbldjobs@gmail.com.