Oct 10, 2018

Financial Controller

  • Royal Caribbean LTD
  • CocoCay (Royal Caribbean), The Bahamas
Contract Worker Banking & Finance Finance Financial Controller

Job Description

Financial Controller

Perfect opportunities begin at Perfect Day!

Combine your experience and sense of adventure by joining our exciting team of employees in CocoCay, Bahamas. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is pleased to offer a competitive compensation & benefits package, and excellent career development opportunities, each offering unique ways to explore the world. 

Position Summary:

All duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s brand standards, SQM standards, USPH guidelines, environment, and safety policies. In accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s philosophy, The Royal Way each employee conducts oneself in a professional and courteous manner at all times. This consists of physical and verbal interactions with guests or fellow employees and/or in the presence of guest contact and employee areas.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the Island employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor or management. All duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with the Company's Safety, Quality and Environmental standards.

This position is responsible for all financial transactions and maintaining the integrity of the Islands overall financial reporting including, but not limited to, cash, transactions, inventory balances, phone cards, expense review and recording of payroll funds disbursement.

This position must fully understand the financial controls set forth in the SQM for all positions having control over company assets and audit each area according to SQM procedures to provide assurance that the system is operational. The Financial Controller will conduct the Payroll Administration and manage all employee expense reporting as well as local. This position will oversee the process of paperwork associated with logistics, tax etc. She/he maintains the integrity and follows compliance as established in the SQM policies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages all financial matters at the Island office including, but not limited to, responsible for collecting cash, set up of time stamp system, monitoring budgets effectively. Control of C&R, expense Management and Food Cost for contractors and employees.
  • Work with the Inventory analyst to ensure that Island warehouse beverage stock is being disbursed and controlled accordingly.
  • Preparation and distribution of the semi-monthly payroll.
  • Conducts payroll audits on every semi-monthly payroll cycle as well as quarterly, in accordance with the established SQM policies.
  • Reports all transactions to the Financial Analyst shore side.
  • Has working knowledge of US cash handling procedures and foreign exchange.
  • Supports all Department Heads in managing their budgets for consumables, replaceables, overtime and payroll, food cost by reporting consumption on a regular basis.
  • Meets with GM and Department Heads on a regular basis to discuss consumptions and measurements to stay within budget.
  • Checks daily transactions in the Crunchtime system related to the issuance of requisitions (posted and non-posted), checks inventory levels in Crunchtime for all stores to ensure the par level requirements are met.
  • Conducts inventory spot checks, as per SQM requirement, of all storerooms, by selecting specific items and comparing them to the physical count against the perpetual count in Crunchtime (system). Reports any count variances to the GM.
  • Understands the Safety & Quality Management Program and his/her responsibilities in the Safety Organization.
  • Must be available, capable and ready to act in the event of an emergency.
  • Is aware of and/or acquires the necessary knowledge to comply with the standard operation in order to assist with employee inquiries.
  • Attends meetings, training activities, courses and all other work-related activities as required.
  • Performs related duties as required. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the shipboard employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor or management.

Financial Responsibilities:

  • This position is responsible for supporting the financial accounting aspects of all activities.
  • Responsible to track, monitor and reconcile all cash and credit card transactions. Prepares a variety of financial reports utilizing personal computer system and equipment.
  • Responsible for the safe handling and distribution of the entire cash flow
  • Preparation for future advancement.
  • Manages and realizes efficiencies in the budget as is related to expense Management, payroll overtime, travel expenses, spare part ordering, and food cost.

Leadership Effectiveness:

  • Stays _above the line_ and accepts ownership for achieving results in all areas of accountability including SGI, ratings, revenue, and expenses, USPH, Workplace Safety and Employee Satisfaction.
  • Continuously displays inspirational leadership capabilities through encouragement and recognition.  
  • Addresses challenges in a transparent fashion using a fact based approach at all times.
  • Inspires commitment and pride by acting as a role model and fostering a team environment.
  • Creates a climate of trust and mutual respect.
  • Collaborates well and works up, down and across the organization.
  • Active ambassador of the brand
  • Knows our brand standards and is accountable for executing against them at all times.
  • Guest and employee facing communication are professional, on brand, and visually appealing.
  • Exhibits professional presence, positive energy and passion in all situations.
  • Brings out the best in others through authenticity, care and humility.


  • Minimum of two years managerial experience in Operations or Finance position within upscale hotel resort or cruise ship.
  • Previous shipboard experience preferred.
  • Able to multi-task and work in a high energy environment.
  • Previous Accounting/Finance experience required.
  • Demonstrate aptitude for the financial aspect of the overall ship's operation, including the successful identification of expense reduction through cost control.
  • Superior customer service, teambuilding and conflict resolution skills.
  • Very strong management skills in a multicultural and dynamic environment.
  • Very strong communication, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
  • Intermediate computer software skills required.
  • Strong understanding of basic accounting principles such as numbering flow “Debits/Credits”, adjusting and correcting entries.
  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, business administration, accounting, finance or related field from an accredited college or university. Completion of high school or basic education equivalency required.

Language Requirements:

  • Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests.
  • Ability to read and write English in order to understand and interpret written procedures.
  • This includes the ability to give and receive instructions in written and verbal forms and to effectively present information and respond to questions from guests, supervisors and co-workers.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • All employees must be physically able to participate in emergency procedures.
  • Full use and range of arms and legs as well as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to receive and give instructions in the event of an emergency
  • The employee must have the ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:

  • Environment on an Island is an outdoor environment where high temperatures and humidity are experienced.

Join us at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., where great vacations begin with great employees!

RCL is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.