Director of Finance

Chicago, IL 60612

Posted: 03/24/2019 Industry: Hospitality Job Number: J-158 Pay Rate: 84000-148000

Our client is looking for an experienced Director of Finance (Finance Director) to oversee all financial aspects of business and drive the company’s financial strategy and planning. You will be responsible for assessing the financial performance of the company as well as possible risks and investments. You will have the responsibility for this major function and will work with Senior leadership on strategy and policy. Position reports to the Sr. Director of Finance. Position will manage multiple unit controllers.  You will lead and coordinate general accounting and financial reporting, cost accounting, auditing, budgeting and forecasting, and systems.

Responsibilities for Director of Finance

  • Drive the financial planning of the company by analyzing its performance and risks
  • Retain constant awareness of the company’s financial position and act to prevent problems
  • Provide support in the preparation of the Divisions' three-year Strategic Plan, including preparation of financials, market/competitive analysis, trend analysis, segmentation, etc. 
  • Anticipate impact and implications of actions on other components of the organization. 
  • Monitor and ensure accountability for financial performance, processes, and policies.
  • Monitor control environment (Internal control, Policies, DOA) throughout operating entities. 
  • Set targets for and supervise all accounting and finance personnel (management accountants, internal auditors etc.)
  • Oversee all audit and internal control operations
  • Prepare timely and detailed reports on financial performance on a quarterly and annual basis
  • Conduct analysis to make forecasts and report to executives
  • Ensure adherence to financial laws and guidelines

Requirements for Director of Finance 

  • BS/BA in Accounting, Finance or relevant field; MS/MA is a plus
  • Proven experience as Director of Finance or similar role
  • 5 years of management
  • 7-10 years in functional accounting or finance roles
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate finance and accounting principles, laws and best practices
  • Solid knowledge of financial analysis and forecasting
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office and financial management software (Excel, Essbase/SmartView)  
  • Able to support business development and retention to be competitive and successful while looking after business profitability 
  • Able to drive customer interactions at C-suite level, to negotiate and resolve issues. 
  • Able to interact at senior level internally 
  • Able to work in matrix environment. Will need to work with division, segment and region finance team members and leadership. 
  • An analytical mind with a strategic ability
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Must reside in the Chicago metro or Chicago suburban areas
  • Excellent compensation and benefits
  • Some flex remote work
  • Bonus potential 15%+

Linda Nicholls

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