Chief Financial Officer at West Paw
Posted by West Paw on 10/23/2019
Industry Sector: Lifestyle
Job Categories: Management - Executive
Company Type: Accessories
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.
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.
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
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