Requisition ID
Ameristar Casino Hotel - Council Bluffs, IA
Position Type

Be the Best You

Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) is a dynamic and growing casino entertainment company with more than 15,000 team members working at 16 casinos and racetracks located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Ohio - and PNK has a management contract for Retama Park Racetrack outside of San Antonio, Texas.

At PNK, we are guided by our team member promise - Be the Best You. Through this promise we strive to support our team members in living their best lives by offering them challenging and rewarding work, a competitive benefits package and opportunities to build lasting relationships.

Property Details

Photo - Council Bluffs

Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs, which includes the largest riverboat in Iowa, was modeled after the historic riverboats that plied the waters of the Missouri River in the 1800s. Located in the greater Omaha metropolitan area, this property has received the prestigious Four Diamond designation from the American Automobile Association and, in 2004, was named "Property of the Year" by the Iowa Lodging Association. The property also features a 38,500 square-foot casino, five dining options, three bars, an entertainment venue and 8,000 square-feet of meeting and event space.


Ameristar Council Bluffs

2200 River Road

Council Bluffs, IA 51501


The leader in this position will be responsible for the oversight of several functional areas within the finance department and will report to the Director of Finance. The Operations Controller will oversee the following functions/departments: Revenue Audit, Count Room, Casino Services, Inventory Control, Invoice Processing (A/P functions) and SOX Compliance.  The Operations Controller may also occasionally be asked to provide leadership assistance of other finance departments and/or functions at the direction of the Director of Finance.


These functions are intended as a general illustration of the work performed in this job classification and are not all inclusive for this position

  • Adhere to established department and property policies and procedures regarding guest service standards
  • Provide oversight of Cage Operations, Count Room, Revenue Audit, and Invoice Processing/Inventory Control functions. For purposes of career development, each of these could be traded out for oversight of Planning & Analysis, Risk & Safety, Procurement, or Warehouse operations.
  • Provide leadership, training, coaching, monitoring and development of team members for improved performance.
  • Issue timely performance evaluations on subordinates and offer developmental guidelines and resources to achieve goals
  • Must maintain the strictest confidence of any and all confidential information disclosed by a Pinnacle Entertainment entity
  • Formulation of and periodic review of department policies and procedures and system needs and implementation; update as needed
  • Facilitate monthly departmental financial statement reviews and quarterly business reviews for functional areas
  • Ensure adherence to accounting policy and procedures as set forth by LVSC, the coordination of systems and procedures and the preparation of operating data and special reports as required
  • Work directly with the LVSC accounting team to ensure financial statements and account reconciliations are prepared timely and accurately.
  • Reviews general ledger accounts and activity for trends and errors
  • Reviews monthly and quarterly financial statements using analytical procedures and inquiries; ensuring variances are addressed and/or explained.
  • Ensure compliance with all finance/accounting SOX-related requirements, as well as coordinate and interface with, gaming regulators, SOX auditors and internal auditors; oversee filing and reporting requirements
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget for responsible departments
  • Reviews daily flash and operating report for accuracy; and assists with the forecasting of financial information
  • Review and analyze work schedules; ensuring schedules are in accordance with Company policy and meet previously established labor standards.
  • Reviews and analyzes management reports.
  • Develop (with the assistance of the Director of Finance), plan and execute projects related to optimizing cash access for guests, cash handling for team members and cash on hand for the property
  • Assign and oversee special staff assignments/projects
  • Work closely with Compliance Department and Internal Audit to ensure compliance with internal controls


Related education and experience may be interchangeable on a year for year basis

  • Leadership, communication, decision making and organizational skills required
  • Excellent verbal communication required with sound administrative skills
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel, advanced Excel skills preferred
  • Working knowledge of computer systems for Infinium, Coupa, Blackline, Oasis, Stratton Warren, Showcase
  • Must have strong analytical skills, accounting knowledge, leadership skills, and financial acumen.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Accredited Institution in a Finance-related field
  • Five years previous casino experience; financial reporting responsibilities and/or revenue audit oversight preferred
  • Two years of managerial experience

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: (Licenses, Certifications, Testing, etc.):

  • Possession of, and ability to obtain and maintain a valid drivers and gaming license within assigned state of employment and other jurisdictions
  • Must successfully pass background check
  • Must successfully pass an alcohol and drug screening
  • Must be 18 years of age


Rare. 2%-4% per year.


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