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Chief Financial Officer at West Paw


Posted by West Paw on 10/23/2019

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Lifestyle

Job Categories: Management - Executive

Company Type: Accessories

State: MT

City: Bozeman

Country: United States

Required Experience: 7 - 10 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $70,000 +

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 50+ miles

Job Description & Requirements

Chief Financial Officer

At West Paw, our goal is to be “Dog’s Best Friend”. We do this by making things dogs love and by caring about how we make the things dogs love - from our own factory in beautiful Bozeman, Montana.

The talented, dog-loving, sustainability driven team at West Paw designs, manufactures, markets and ships high quality, planet and people conscious dog products to over 40 countries and 6000 retailers. Our products are proudly made by us in our eco friendly facility in Bozeman, and we pride ourselves on products that are safe, durable and made responsibly.

Beyond dogs, we care about people and the planet too. At West Paw, we envision a world where business success is friendly to people and the planet. We’re eco-friendly in our materials and manufacturing choices and people-friendly in our business choices.

We’re West Paw, a proud Certified B Corp and Dog’s Best Friend®.

To be the best fit we actively seek purpose-driven candidates that embrace the love of dogs, a curiosity to understand and passion for our vision of a better society and environment. Our best days at work often involve sharing a great dog experience that brought connection and joy.


Position Overview

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the leadership of all finance and fiscal management, human resource and information technology, furthering business success, while upholding and embodying the company values, vision, and purpose. This role leads, inspires and develops four to six direct reports, has low travel requirements and is full time. It is part of the Executive Team and reports to the CEO.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Leadership and tactical coordination in strategic business planning and budgeting

  • Support CEO, Executive and Core Team in preparation of the annually updated business plan

  • Manage the financial business planning process to ensure timely and accurate completion

  • Ensure depth, accuracy and timeliness of financial performance analysis and advice is provided to CEO,

    Executive and Core Team

  • Leverage business acumen to further organizational performance improvements

  • Communicate and champion strategy and financial targets to stakeholders

  • Leverage financial and business data to make strategic and tactical decisions that improve excellence in

    Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, and Information Systems

  • Leverage strong Leadership and Communication skills to inspire and engage employees to envision and

    implement improvements that improve Customer Experience and grow Cash Flow and Profit Before Tax

  • Leadership in finance team services and output to serve both internal and external customers

  • Protect company assets and value through optimization of risk management

  • Ensure open book and lean practices are constantly in development with implementation to improve

    responsiveness to opportunities and losses

  • Strategize and oversee the implementation of information systems, accounting and finance to proactively

    scale to the demands of the customer and company

  • Ensure employment standards and education bring increased engagement, coupled with increased


  • Ensure employees’ work is safe, they have opportunities to grow, and are recognized for the value they


  • Influence and support the strategic direction and financial success of West Paw

  • Embody West Paw Core Values in all work interactions, tasks, and decisions (act with integrity, be

    accountable, be tenacious, be friendly, be healthy, continuous improvement, create value)

  • Uphold West Paw’s Vision in all work endeavors (we envision a world where business success is friendly to

    people and the planet)

Come. Sit. Stay.

  • Champion West Paw’s Purpose in all work decisions (Humanize business by creating lasting connection with our people, communities, customers and their pets)

  • Other duties as assigned

    Company Culture

    West Paw is a small family-owned business with a strong history and new growth ahead. Through our diversified workforce, with most of us in one facility, we celebrate a collaborative, hardworking team. Our success stems from our values, our vision and purpose, and our willingness to learn and grow. We leverage Open Book Management allowing all employees to become better business people and to understand how they can further business success. We invest in financial literacy and transparency to engage employees to contribute to our current financial condition and future plans.

    Our team is united in our quest for a cleaner planet, healthier communities, safe and happy pets, and transparent business practices. Everyone from production to sales to accounting and beyond rallies around our mission with a shared sense of purpose and pride. Our culture is built on relationships – with each other, our customers, our pets, our community, and our planet.

    The joy of our work comes from sharing in success with people who are passionate about pets, contribute to our culture, appreciate a fast-paced atmosphere, share our values and further our vision.

    Essential Ability, Knowledge, And Skill Requirements

  • Identify and resolve problems collaboratively and in a timely manner

  • Gather data and analyze information skillfully

  • Speak and write clearly and informatively, listen and gains clarification, demonstrate group presentation skills

  • Able to delegate, inspire others to perform well, and set expectations

  • Contribute to a positive team spirit, give and welcome feedback

  • Willing to make decisions and exhibits sound judgment

  • Work within an approved budget, maximize use of organizational resources

  • Prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently

  • Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness

  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures,

    or governmental regulations

  • Able to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals

  • Able to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability

    and validity, analysis

  • Possess solid computer skills including knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, accounting, payroll,

    internet, and database software

    Education And Experience Requirements

    10 years related experience Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

    Environmental And Physical Requirements

  • Typically located in an indoor area with the possibility of mild discomfort from factors such as dust, material particles, temperature extremes, loud noise and bright lights

  • Frequent periods are spent standing or sitting in the same location with some opportunity move about

  • Frequent use of a computer, keyboard, and mouse

  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 36 inches from floor level, and weighing up to 30 lbs

  • Occasional travel to business related events 2-4 times per year


About West Paw


They bring happiness, comfort, love, and lightness into our lives. They’re called “man’s best friend” for a reason. But our goal—like yours—is to be “dog’s best friend.” We do this by making things dogs love. You know, anything that goes along with jumping, running, chewing, napping, cuddling, and playing. And we want the fun to go on... and on.

That’s why we guarantee every product. We’ll replace or refund any product that doesn’t live up to your customers’ standards. We also care about how we make the things dogs love. After all, we want our best friends to be safe and healthy. We make everything ourselves—in our own factory—so we know what goes into every product.

Beyond dogs, we care about people and the planet too. We’re eco-friendly in our materials and manufacturing choices and people-friendly in our business choices. It’s not easy being dog’s best friend, but, it’s worth it.

We’re West Paw, a proud certified B Corp™ company in Bozeman, Montana, USA, and #DogsBestFriend.