Accounting Specialist | Job Description

TITLE                          Accounting Specialist

REPORTS TO            CFO


Location:                     3445 36th St. Kentwood, MI 49512

Hours & Schedule:      Full-time on-location, Monday to Friday 8 AM – 5 PM


Howies Hockey Tape is a locally owned and fast-growing business that has been around the Grand Rapids area since 2002 with another distribution facility operating out of Burlington, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. Our focus is selling high quality hockey tape, accessories, apparel, and many other sporting goods. Over the years we have become a staple in the hockey community, and we are currently working with every team in the NHL, AHL, and the majority of division 1 colleges around the country.

In 2015 we launched our sister company, Howies Athletic Tape. This allowed us to branch into new markets and has given us the opportunity to work with all sports. We have built this side of the company to an elite level that allows us to supply products to MLB, NFL, MLS, and NBA teams. We are also supporting D1 football programs like the University of Michigan, Alabama, and Michigan State, as well as thousands of high schools across North America. If someone needs tape or sports medicine products, we want to be the ones to supply it.

All in all, we pride ourselves on providing the world’s highest quality products to pro shops, retail stores, teams of all levels, and international distributors. Another facet we are focused on is expanding our internet sales business directly to consumers so everyone can use Howies. Our team-oriented culture, industry-leading customer service, and ability to fulfill orders quickly and error free across all sales channels sets us apart from the competition.


“One Thing”: Handle the planning, organization, and coordination for all activities and functions required from a general accounting perspective

We are looking for a driven individual to join our team at Howies Hockey / Athletic Tape for the role of Accounting Specialist. This is a key role at Howies, and the responsibilities required are of the utmost importance to our company as a whole. The rapid growth we have undergone has created a necessity for someone to provide accounting assistance and overall organization to enable our operations, sales, and marketing teams to focus on maximizing sales and operational efficiency. If you are interested in working within the world of sports for an internationally recognized company, this is a great opportunity to thrive in an accounting capacity for fast-paced and culture-focused company!


  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of all company financial reports
  • Assist sales team and CFO with creating / analyzing monthly sales and financial reports
  • Prepare both the monthly and quarterly tax remittances, the bank deposit, and all cash disbursements for vendors
  • Manage accounts receivable, ensuring all customers are updated and remain current
  • Record and organize all cash receipts in the system and apply to customer accounts
  • Assist sales team and customers with questions in regard to their account in our system
  • Aid CFO with handling payroll processing through our 3rd party payroll administrator
  • Maintain the necessary documentation required for vendor and customer setup
  • Verify the receipt and accurate pricing of all vendor and customer invoices
  • Create and document appropriate, repeatable policies and procedures to ensure a consistent experience for anyone who interacts with Howies


  • Strong ability to build and maintain accountability from the entire office staff
  • Possess superior decision-making skills and be a skilled problem solver
  • Be able to work well independently and under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Present yourself with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Exhibit high proficiency with Microsoft Office and other business systems
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit – looking to take ownership and work for results


  • 2+ years of accounting or bookkeeping experience
  • Exceptional knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel
  • Experience with Great Plains or SalesPad preferred, but not required

GENERALAs a small business there are many other tasks that will be required

  • Represent Howies Hockey / Athletic Tape at tournaments and tradeshows as needed
  • Order fulfillment – know how to process and pack all orders that come into Howies
  • Work with production and operation teams to develop new product ideas
  • Work with the management and sales teams to develop new sales ideas
  • Communication and positive relationships with the entire team – top to bottom
  • Engage both the operations and sales sides of the business daily
  • Anything else required from Howies to be a best-in-class business


Here at Howies, we take the phrase “work hard, play hard” very seriously. When we are not busy assisting our customers, we are busy playing hockey and having a good time. When the days are just too perfect to be working, we will take a quick trip to the driving range, play pickup basketball, throw the football around, or get some batting practice in to stay seasoned for our summer softball league. Occasionally on one of these nice days in the summertime, we will grab some meat to BBQ and some drinks to share and enjoy each other’s company outside during lunch break. In the wintertime, we will crack open a couple of cold ones and watch the Red Wings or even pop downtown and catch a Griffins game at the Van. All in all, we are always up for a good time, both in the office and out. We strive to make the office an awesome environment that our team is excited to come to on a daily basis and put in a hard day’s work.