Controller/ V.P. of Finance
The Controller/V.P. of Finance (C/VPF) reports to the CEO and serves as a strategic partner to the CEO for Fundraising and BOD/Investors Communications and the Leadership Team. The C/VPF is responsible for all daily accounting operations including the end of the month closing and the timely consolidation of all financial statements, including but not limited to; planning, directing and coordinating all accounting operational areas including Treasury, Invoicing, Cash Receipts, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable & Collections. This leader will own and directly participate in the end of month closing process and coordinate and prepare internal and external financial statements. The C/VPF is responsible for currently working with external accounting/tax preparation support firms, and eventually hiring, training, and leading a team of accounting professionals to deliver reliable results that support the business.
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is illustrative ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.
- Lead the financial strategy and provide strategic leadership to ensure the financial health of the Company.
- Oversee the entire finance function’s day-to-day operations from monthly reporting to required audits and lead the strategic planning, forecasting, modeling, policy and budgeting processes.
- Assist the CEO with investor relations, including reporting the Company’s financial results and projections at quarterly Board of Directors meetings.
- Assist the CEO with growth and capitalization strategies, including debt and equity financings and M&A activities.
- Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting the organization and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash position.
- Oversee financial compliance and controls and partner to provide solutions to risk management issues.
- Implement and maintain accounting and financial management systems
- Plan and coordinate all accounting operational functions
- Manage the accumulation and consolidation of all financial data necessary for an accurate accounting of consolidated business results
- Coordinate and prepare internal and external financial statements
- Coordinating activities of external auditors
- Providing management with information vital to strategic decision-making
- Managing the budget process and comparison of actual results versus the budget
- Assess current external accounting operations support, recommend and implement improvements and new processes
- Evaluate accounting and internal control systems
- Evaluate the effectiveness of accounting software and supporting database, as needed
- Develop and monitor business performance metrics
- Oversee regulatory reporting, including tax planning and compliance
- Hire, train and retain skilled accounting team as the Company grows
Experience and Certifications
- Bachelor’s in Accounting or Finance or equivalent experience is required. MBA degree preferred.
- Certified Public Accountant status preferred.
- At least ten years of experience in the financial function of a company required, experience working in a venture-backed company and communicating with board members and investors preferred.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Thorough knowledge of financial best practices and requirements, with a proven ability to provide sound and ethical financial counsel to executive leadership.
- Thorough understanding of and involvement with systems and methodologies of finance and administration.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to details.
- Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
- Strong organizational and administrative skills.
Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes
- Proficiency with MS Office Suite and other Financial/Accounting Software
- Strong ability to manage up or down in the organization.
- Conscientious about timeliness of assignments and quality of work product.
- Accountable for specific performance.
- Possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including ability to articulate recommendations in a concise and timely manner.
- Communicate new direction or changes with clear rationale and appeal and advocates for new direction, takes it on personally, even countering conventional practice.
- Adjusts communication style to changing situations and to respond to audience concerns (including culture, background, or style).
- A secure, self-confident “servant-leader” who can lead by influence and support as much as by organizational reporting structures.
- Builds strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust. Demonstrate genuine care about leaders they work with and is seen as a confidant.
- Able to handle multiple tasks and maintain control and order over same.
- Displays exceptional work ethic.
- Impeccable attention to details.