Reporting directly to the President & COO, the Finance Director will provide coverage for a maternity leave for the current Head of Finance over a 15-month contract. The chosen candidate will lead the accounting and finance functions for the Canadian organization, managing a team of 5 and working cross-functionally with Commercial, Marketing, Innovation, HR and Operations. This role wears a lot of different hats and has a lot of Executive exposure, so you’ll need an entrepreneurial spirit with no hesitation to “roll up your sleeves” and dive into something new. It’s a lot of work, but the reward is being part of our amazing culture: fast-paced, employee-focused, and always exciting.

The contract will begin in July 2022 and end in September 2023.

Responsibilities:

General:

  • Responsible and accountable for financial results, reporting directly to the President & COO and Board of Directors on a monthly basis
  • Manage team of 5 (2 direct reports), providing coaching and development to help achieve their annual KPI’s, expand their capabilities, and grow their careers
  • Assist as needed in HR, Legal and IT functions

Accounting & Finance:

  • Oversee month- and year-end close proceedings, completing deliverables within deadlines and ensuring a high level of accuracy
  • Working with FP&A Manager on monthly P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash flow forecasting, gross margin and variance analysis, providing results to Executive Management. Actively measure results against business plan/forecast and last year, proactively calling attention to risk areas and mitigation opportunities
  • Oversee annual budgeting process (2023), participate in long-range planning updates
  • Work with Accounting Manager and FP&A Manager to implement AP (Accounting) and Planning (FP&A) systems
  • Actively manage credit facilities, ensuring compliance with bank covenants and seasonal cash flow constraints
  • Administer customer pricing functions
  • Represent Finance in monthly S&OP Meetings
  • Propose and/or assist with assessing and implementing cost-savings initiatives
  • Coordinate and be accountable for indirect tax compliance, oversee submission of all tax filings including annual corporate tax return
  • Coordinate year-end review engagement with Accounting Manager and external auditors
  • Oversee and implement necessary internal control measures, ensure effectiveness

Qualifications:

  • CPA (or equivalent) designation is an asset
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or finance
  • 5+ years direct experience in hands-on accounting operations (ERP system usage)
  • CPG industry experience required, beverage alcohol experience is an advantage
  • Strong demonstrable skills in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Critical thinker with strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, able to explain financial concepts to non-finance people
  • An entrepreneurial spirit – strong desire to “roll up your sleeves” and get involved
  • Comfortable with a constantly changing, high-growth culture
  • Excellent time-management skills: able to multi-task, manage multiple projects and deadlines, and re-prioritize as things change

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Culture fit is key, so we hope this job description appeals to you.  If it doesn’t, that’s probably a red flag.  Maybe this isn’t for you
  • Master multi-tasker – flexible and able to prioritize
  • Acts as a brand ambassador; we don’t have a large sales team, so you’ll need to tell all your friends & friends of friends about us
  • Friendly, outgoing, enjoys a casual work environment & fits in with a small team

Interested candidates should send their application to jobs@gbspiritco.com 

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