Director of Finance

Ridgedale, MO
Big Cedar Lodge
Depends on Experience  Annual
Full Time

Position: Director of Finance

Department: Information Systems

Reports to: Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Date: 12/2020


Position Summary:

Oversees all aspects of financial department. Responsible for company's financial health and the execution of the department's infrastructure by providing a strategic and operational direction. Provide leadership as well as financial planning and advice to lead the department and support business goals.


Essential Functions:

  • Supervises and assist the accounting department with training, instruction, setting the work pace, and evaluating performance

  • Communicate efficiently with other departments and establish budgets in accordance with requirements of companies departments

  • Ensures compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements by researching existing and new legislation, consulting with outside advisors, and filing financial reports. Advises management of actions and potential risks

  • Assess financial performance and possible risks

  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing internal controls.

  • Oversee audit and internal control operations

  • Prepare timely and detailed reports on financial performance on weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis

  • Conduct analysis to make long and short term forecasts

  • Oversee the entire budgeting process and develops guidelines to optimize budget

  • Provide leadership and motivates others to perform well; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates

  • Assists in hiring and training of all accounting staff; provides feedback to team members and management using company guidelines

  • Proactively strives to build positive working relationships through promoting diversity, teamwork and clear communication

  • Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow

  • Issues written and oral instructions

  • Assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures

  • Will perform other duties as required


    Strategy, Planning and Management

  • Act as strategic business partner to senior executive leadership team.

  • Assess and evaluate financial performance of organization with regard to long-term operational goals, budgets and forecasts.

  • Provide insight and recommendations to both short-term and long-term growth plan of organization.

  • Identify, acquire and implement systems and software to provide critical financial and operational information. Evaluate departments and make suggestions for automating processes and increasing working efficiency.

  • Communicate, engage and interact with Executive Leadership Team.

  • Help to establish yearly financial objectives that align with the company's plan for growth and expansion with Leadership Team.

  • Recruit, interview and hire finance, accounting and payroll staff as required.

  • Serve as a key member of executive leadership team and round table discussion panel.

  • Participate in pivotal decisions as they relate to strategic initiatives and operational models.

  • Interact with and bring department into line with company plans, initiatives and recommendations.

  • Implement policies, procedures and processes as deemed appropriate by senior leadership team.


    Financial Analysis, Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Prepare and present monthly financial budgeting reports including monthly profit and loss by division, forecast vs. budget by division.

  • Review and analyze monthly financial results and provide recommendations.

  • Identify, develop and execute analysis of business initiatives, product launches and/or new service offerings working closely with Revenue Management Team.

  • Develop and maintain monthly operating budget and annual company operating budget with Department leads.

  • Manage financial planning and analysis department. Supervise creation of reports, software implementation and tools for budgeting and forecasting.


    Accounting, General Ledger, Administration and Operations

  • Supervise the accounting department to ensure the proper functioning of all systems, databases and financial software. Provide regular maintenance and backup of all accounting systems and supervise company financial staff.

  • Review and ensure application of appropriate internal controls, SOX compliance and financial procedures.

  • Ensure timeliness and accuracy of financial and management reporting data for federal funders, foundations, investors and company's board of directors.

  • Oversee the preparation and communication of weekly, monthly and annual financial statements.

  • Oversee the preparation and timely filing of all local, state and federal tax returns.

  • Ensure SOX compliance regarding all financial functions.

  • Work with Human Resources to ensure appropriate legal compliance.

  • Oversee the month-end close process, constantly reviewing procedures while eliminating inefficiencies.

  • Oversee preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements.

  • Review all month-end closing activities including general ledger accounts, balance sheet accounts and overhead cost allocation.

  • Enhance and implement financial and accounting systems, processes, tools and control systems

  • Hire, develop and manage accounting directors, managers and staff

  • Serve as a key point of contact for external auditors;

  • Coordinate and strategize methods used to attain team goals with Chief Accounting Officer and

  • Regional Controllers.


    Financial Management

  • Manage cash flow planning process and ensure funds availability.

  • Evaluate new investment opportunities with financial modeling and provide recommendations on potential returns and risks.

  • Maintain outstanding relationships and strategic alliances with vendors and business partners.

  • Utilize forward-looking models and activity-based analyses to provide financial insight into the organization's plans and operating budgets.


    Financial Relations and Policies

  • Engage with Leadership Team to develop short term and long term plans, projections and budgets.

  • Finance and Accounting Team Management

  • Mentor and develop a team managing work allocation, systems training, performance evaluations, and the building of an effective and efficient team dynamic.

  • Guide larger, cross-divisional teams outside of direct span of control within the main company divisions for revenue management and cost benefit analysis.


    Cash Management

  • Supervise Accounts Receivable management and provide guidance relating to the collection process and all cash handling processes.


     Position Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Finance

  • CPA Required

  • Background in Big 4 Public Accounting

  • 10+ years total accounting or finance experience

  • Outstanding knowledge and understanding of GAAP, IFRS, compliance.

  • Background coordinating with I.T. staff to manage and/or upgrade accounting system. Systems implementation experience strongly preferred.

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, confidence and executive presence – ability to motivate staff.

  • Excellent analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills

  • Significant experience working with external partners, internal controls and compliance-related issues.

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  • Proficient Computer Skills - MS Windows 95, 98, 2000; Microsoft Office; General knowledge of computers and peripherals.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules that apply to job (e.g., OSHA, EPA, ADA, CFC, NFPA, ASI).

  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - The ability to gather and organize information using a logical and systematic process; recognize patterns and relationships in complex data; examine data to identify implications, problems and draw appropriate conclusions; generate alternative solutions to problems; evaluate strengths, weaknesses and consequences of alternative solutions and approaches to solving problems.