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Careers 2018-06-07T14:41:59+00:00

Careers

At VFO, you’ll find a commitment to excellence among our employees; an emphasis on respect and quality in how we treat our customers and each other; and a dedication to improve the quality of life of the visually impaired.

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 & Abilities:
Education:
BS or BA Degree in Accounting or Finance (Accounting preferred).   CPA preferred.
Experience/Language:
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.

EOE/M/F/D/V & Drug Free Workplace

If you have a passion for excellence and want to work with an outstanding team of experts, working in an exciting, challenging, fast paced environment for the world’s leading assistive technology company, please send your resume to careers@vfogroup.com.

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 & Abilities:
Education:
BS or BA Degree in Accounting or Finance (Accounting preferred).
Experience/Language:
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.

EOE/M/F/D/V & Drug Free Workplace

If you have a passion for excellence and want to work with an outstanding team of experts, working in an exciting, challenging, fast paced environment for the world’s leading assistive technology company, please send your resume to careers@vfogroup.com.

Quality Control Supervisor

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 & 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 & 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, 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 & 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 thru.
  • 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

Experience: 5 years of progressively increasing experience in the electro-mechanical assembly. At least 3 years of strong supervisory skills.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent education & work experience

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.

If you have a passion for excellence and want to work with an outstanding team of experts, working in an exciting, challenging, fast paced environment for the world’s leading assistive technology company, please send your resume to careers@vfogroup.com.

Software Engineer – Accessibility Technology

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 & ABILITIES

Education and/or Experience:

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

Programming 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

If you have a passion for excellence and want to work with an outstanding team of experts, working in an exciting, challenging, fast paced environment for the world’s leading assistive technology company, please send your resume to careers@vfogroup.com.

Senior Microsoft SQL Developer

Needed immediately in St. Petersburg, FL. 

Summary: We are looking for a talented Microsoft SQL Server database developer to join our team of highly qualified software engineers. We are building a modern, fully distributed, software as a service platform using the .NET framework which relies on a large-scale data repository built upon Microsoft SQL Server. You will be responsible for the design, development, testing and promotion of database objects to support the platform. In this role, you will be responsible for modeling and developing high-performance, scalable, database solutions using diagrams, tables, stored procedures, triggers, views and other Microsoft SQL Server facilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Develop data models using self-documenting diagram tools to ensure that the data objects provided are completely and accurately represented
  • Write and modify complex T-SQL queries, stored procedures, views and triggers in addition to the development of other T-SQL database objects to support overall platform objectives
  • Perform ad-hoc data queries in response to critical business needs
  • Optimize existing database objects and SQL queries for peak performance
  • Design, develop, manage, and support job processes to ensure service levels of the platform are met
  • Perform regular monitoring, analysis and tuning of databases to achieve optimum performance
  • Develop, implement and maintain change control / testing processes for migration and deployments of the database repository
  • Evaluate opportunities for generating meaningful insights from our data using big data and machine learning techniques
  • Create new database objects, maintain existing objects and produce comprehensive documentation of all developed objects within the repositories

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Education: B.S. in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field

Experience: Minimum 5+ years strong working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server

Computer Skills: Microsoft SQL, .NET, C#, C++, Java

Other requirements:

  • Proficiency in performance tuning, troubleshooting and writing T-SQL stored procedures in an application centric environment
  • Ability to analyze and comprehend complex big data environments
  • Experience with SOA, SaaS, multi-tenancy, AWS cloud technology
  • Microsoft SQL Certifications is a plus
  • Strong DBA skill sets working in an AWS cloud environment

If you have a passion for excellence and want to work with an outstanding team of experts, working in an exciting, challenging, fast paced environment for the world’s leading assistive technology company, please send your resume to careers@vfogroup.com.

Accessibility Engineers

Summary: As an Accessibility Engineer, you will help ensure accessibility of technology for people with disabilities and older users, with an emphasis on accessibility of Web technologies and guidelines, mobile accessibility, and native applications. The successful candidate must be able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and demonstrate the ability to prioritize and multi-task a variety of demanding assignments without a degradation of work quality.

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.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Engage in rapid prototyping in support of research and standards developments to evaluate potential technical solutions
  • Collaborate with other team members to find the best solution for the client
  • Perform accessibility audits of web pages, desktop applications, and mobile apps, using accessibility testing tools and assistive technology products
  • Write up audit reports, describing accessibility issues and recommendations for resolving them
  • Write VPATs
  • Provide accessibility training to clients, on-site and off-site
  • Answer accessibility related questions, through helpdesk tickets and client conference calls
  • Provide accessibility support to developer teams, either through consultancy or through contributing code
  • Keep up to date with latest developments in the field of accessibility and related standards
  • Be proficient with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and WAI ARIA. Display knowledge about the accessibility benefits and obstacles these techniques provide.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Have in-depth knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • Understand accessibility evaluation tools and methods
  • Have working knowledge with the user requirements of people with disabilities and older users, with regard to accessibility of the web
  • Must be motivated and a quick learner, able to work both independently and as team player
  • Effective working knowledge of accessibility verification tools, assistive technologies, and accessibility standards

Skills and Abilities

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Systems Engineering preferred, or equivalent degree/relevant experience.

Experience: 5 years of accessibility experience

Technical Skills:  Strong background in web development with experience in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, WAI-ARIA, and the application of WCAG 2.0 AA requirements; the use of assistive technologies across multiple platforms, including screen readers, magnification, and read-aloud tools

If you have a passion for excellence and want to work with an outstanding team of experts, working in an exciting, challenging, fast paced environment for the world’s leading assistive technology company, please send your resume to careers@vfogroup.com.

Accessibility Tester

Remote Opportunity

Responsibilities & Qualifications

  • Broad electronic communications accessibility knowledge, a compassion for accessibility, and organizational abilities
  • Well-versed in a variety of common electronic communication accessibility barriers people with hearing, physical, speech, cognitive, and vision disabilities experience
  • Capable of conducting comprehensive website, native mobile app, desktop app and document accessibility testing against the WCAG 2.0 Level A & AA Success Criteria as well as the Section 508, Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and PDF/UA requirements using the following methodologies: automated scans; screen reader reviews; browser toolbars and plug-ins; color sampling; keyboard only interaction; and code reviews
  • Ability to productively work independently or collaboratively as part of a diverse team, with minimal guidance.

Experience & Education Requirements

  • 2+ years of electronic communications accessibility analysis experience.
  • Related assistive technology knowledge and experience with JAWS, NVDA, and / or WindowEyes screen readers
  • Solid knowledge of Section 508 and W3C WCAG 2.0 standards.
  • Understanding of accessible user interface design practices and principles a bonus.
  • Knowledge of electronic communication accessibility barriers encountered by people with hearing, physical, speech, cognitive, and vision disabilities.
  • Strong organizational skills are central to the position.
  • Experience with MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and PDF accessibility is preferred.
  • Knowledge of AMP, Compliance Sheriff, WorldSpace applications, SharePoint, and Documentum, CQ5 or other content management systems is additionally advantageous.
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

If you have a passion for excellence and want to work with an outstanding team of experts, working in an exciting, challenging, fast paced environment for the world’s leading assistive technology company, please send your resume to careers@vfogroup.com.

Accessibility Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Remote Opportunity

Responsibilities & Qualifications

In addition to the above responsibilities and experience the SME requires the following:

  • Ability to suggest testable solutions designed to integrate with a dynamic code base.
  • Capable of performing an expert assessment of wireframes or screen mock-ups, websites, and native mobile app screens.
  • Command a keen sense of dynamic UI coding and design to understand when less is more and when it’s not from both an accessibility and usability perspective.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills and be able to productively work independently or collaboratively as part of a diverse team, with minimal guidance.
  • Interface with key stakeholders from various quarters to explain electronic communication accessibility barriers and potential solutions in everyday language as well as tech speak.
  • Possess a strong command of the English language in written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to teach methods & techniques for addressing accessibility barriers in a variety of forums.

Experience & Education Requirements

  • 5+ years of electronic communications accessibility analysis, design and development experience in large and highly dynamic environments.
  • Related assistive technology knowledge and experience with JAWS, NVDA, and / or WindowEyes screen readers.
  • Solid knowledge of HTML4 & 5, ARIA, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, Java and .net coding techniques, as well as US ADA law, Section 508, ACAA, CVAA requirements, and W3C WCAG 2.0 standards.
  • Strong understanding of accessible user interface design practices and principles a must—better still if you can demonstrate experience relating to Internet or mobile usability/accessibility research.
  • S. or Master’s Degree in information technology, human computer interaction, or related field considered an advantage. Equivalent experience accepted.
  • Extensive knowledge of electronic communication accessibility barriers, as well as strong organizational skills are both central to the position.
  • Solid experience with MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and PDF accessibility is preferred.
  • Knowledge of AMP, Compliance Sheriff, WorldSpace applications, SharePoint, and Documentum, CQ5 or other content management systems is additionally advantageous.
  • Strong communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong techniques and methods for group facilitation and consensus building are a bonus.

If you have a passion for excellence and want to work with an outstanding team of experts, working in an exciting, challenging, fast paced environment for the world’s leading assistive technology company, please send your resume to careers@vfogroup.com.