Chief Financial Officer, North America – South Central U.S.

Our client company is conducting a confidential search for a Chief Financial Officer, North America to be located in a greater metropolitan area (MSA pop. 2.1 million) of the South Central US. The company operates globally in 27 countries and is headquartered outside the U.S. This is an innovative company with a broad vision and a mission that incorporates passion, knowledge, responsibility, and respect.

There is a dual reporting relationship to the North American Director and functionally to the Corporate CFO. The CFO-NA will have responsibility for a regional group with an ambitious development plan for organic growth. Areas of responsibility will encompass manufacturing sites as well as sales and service offices and a shared services function. The CFO-NA will ensure optimal management of available financial resources and the adoption and development of consistent control systems in line with the Group’s strategies.

The CFO-NA supports the Group in three major areas:

  • Accounting, Administration & Tax and Finance & Treasury departments – apply and supervise accounting policies, practices and processes such as: P&L and BS, annual budget and quarterly forecasts, cash flow and related forecasting, banks and financing, fixed asset and intangible assets, AP/AR management
  • Budgeting & Control department – supervising budgeting/planning processes, controlling operational indicators, appropriate reporting tools, supporting the Group’s growing needs
  • Legal & Group Affairs department – managing legal insurance, tax and company governance affairs

In addition, the CFO-NA will support the Group in implementing strategic plans; in external growth and M&A processes; in business development and special projects; and in corporate change management and integration processes.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor/Master’s degree/MBA; prefer financial background
  • At least ten years management experience
  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant) a plus
  • Proven strategic capabilities
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Willing to travel internationally
  • Exposure to working with international ownership
  • Experience in analysis, plan development and execution

PAST EXPERIENCE

  • Multiple manufacturing company experience
  • A controller from a larger company or preferably a CFO from a $250-$750 million company
  • Multi-site experience in a leadership role; international exposure a plus
  • Computer savvy to include software and enterprise systems
  • Minimum five years of experience in a complex manufacturing industry with keen understanding of manufacturing and operational issues
  • Solid understanding of sales cycles, forecasts, work-in-progress, MRP, costing, manufacturing, and job shop environment
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Significant hands-on experience in leading the budget process
  • Experience with ERP; could be good previous involvement in ERP implementation process
  • Fluent English
  • Experience with change management and restructuring a plus
  • Managed a staff of 15 or more people

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

  1. Analytical with strong critical thinking and numeric reasoning ability
  2. Work with the entire team to create a comprehensive budget that is realistic
  3. Ability to be future-oriented to predict trends and consequences
  4. A great communicator who collects information from VP’s to assimilate the information into reports and plans that will help the company in current and future planning
  5. Collaborative individual who can get inspire best practices and encourage employees to start thinking like one big company rather than a business made up of diverse entities
  6. Create a “no surprises” culture by paying attention to what is on the horizon and communicating vital information up and down in the organization
  7. Skilled at managing risk and adjusting forecasts as needed
  8. Understanding of each business unit and the drivers to success
  9. Ability to bring forward all problems that require attention and offer potential solutions and options
  10. Strategic ability to assess acquisitions and recommend targets
  11. Familiarity with SAP
  12. Tactically manage: risk, overhead and absorption rate, working capital needs, cash flow, sales processes and backlog consequences
  13. Team builder who holds people accountable
  14. Assemble best practices (policy and procedures) that can be centralized and duplicated in all enterprises but also be aware of the uniqueness in each business unit

Contact us with a letter of interest and your resume
Prior to receiving information about our client, you will be required to fill out a confidentiality agreement.

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