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Chief Financial Officer

SmartFactory add intelligence into the manufacturing process to drive continuous improvement, knowledge transfer and data-based decision making. We help companies move away from paper and spreadsheets – and guide them digitally through their work processes. We use wireless sensors and cutting-edge IIoT technology to capture, analyse and visualise KPI’s in real-time, so that you can spend more time fixing losses than finding them.

From a small beginning, SmartFactory are now entering a growth phase and are looking to expand our teams with people who share our vision and enthusiasm to re-skill and up-skill the world.

SmartFactory is looking to hire a full time Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to provide leadership, oversight and stewardship in all aspects of the company’s financial operations. While keenly overseeing all accounting processes, the successful CFO will play a key role in developing and implementing financial procedures to further improve the overall value of the business.

The ideal candidate will be proven in an entrepreneurial environment within a start-up/private or hyper-growth publicly held technology company. Experience with Investor Relations and Treasury Management are key to this role.

Ideally, the CFO will boast a successful track record of navigating a company through the full business lifecycle, from raising capital, through high growth and ultimate liquidity events. This is a chance to work in an organisation that values leadership, service and success where contributions and results are both recognised and rewarded.

Reporting Lines:

  • The CFO reports to the CEO
  • There is one direct report at present – a Senior Administrator

Responsibilities

  • Ensuring timely delivery of finance pack and presentation of same to the Board
  • Overall responsibility for all aspects of the finance function
  • Ensure effective Treasury Management at all times
  • Overall responsibility for integrity and timeliness of financial and management reporting
  • Ensure compliance with formal financial reporting requirements and relationships with financial institutions
  • Manage processes for financial forecasting, budgets, consolidation and reporting to the company
  • Provide recommendations to enhance financial performance and business opportunities strategically
  • Oversee financial records of the business and prepare financial records for independent audit
  • Management and motivation of finance department
  • Ensure institutional integrity on all fiscal matters by promoting best practices in finance
  • Management of professional relationships in all jurisdictions – audit, tax and legal where appropriate

Banking / Investor Relations:

  • Managing day to day banking relationships
  • Optimize funding as required

Commercial:

  • Mastering all financial data, providing real actionable insights and shaping and challenging business decisions
  • Provide leadership in the development of metrics for continuous evaluation of short- and long-term strategic financial objectives
  • Assess and identify operational strategies, performance metrics and financial challenges and opportunities to support the company’s growth
  • Serve as an advisor to executive leadership in evaluating the financial condition of the organisation and developing proactive recommendations for growth
  • Develop financial strategies by studying economic trends and revenue opportunities
  • Work closely with the CEO in the development of the annual budget to support a long-term sustainable financial model and advance the financial stability of the business
  • Enhance and establish best practices for optimal sales performance and tracking, including relevant sales information, customer and pricing trends, and pipeline management
  • Work with Heads of function (Sales, Marketing, Operations etc…) on commercial issues
  • Provide input into pricing decisions and sales models for all markets
  • Identify, advise and manage strategic acquisitions of target companies if/when appropriate

Commercial:

  • Develop effective solutions to deal with business challenges while making simultaneous decisions about capital structure, dividend and capital management, cash levels and the financial risk profile of the business
  • Support Operations in the investigation of cost-effective benefit plans and other fringe benefits that the organisation may offer employees, and potential employees, with the goal of attracting and retaining top talent
  • Direct and oversee all aspects of finance, accounting, contracts and pricing within the organisation
  • Ongoing identification of inefficiencies

Candidate Profile:

Professional:

  • Likely to have a minimum of 10 years PQE in a senior managerial financial position.
  • Professional Accounting Designation (CA, CMA or CPA)
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Masters in Accounting, Finance or related field (MBA preferred)
  • Leadership experience in a plc or rapid growth environment
  • Comfortable with full accountability for the success of the finance function
  • Direct experience in and skill in managing banking/investor relations while demonstrating the ability to establish a highly effective and efficient capital structure with the necessary funding to support continued growth
  • Proven experience leading teams through various stages of business in high-growth mode
  • Expert in developing financial strategies that support strategic priorities is essential
  • Have previously worked with a Sales function to manage the sales commission process including determination of commission plans and computation of commission
  • Experience with funding from government agencies and funds a distinct advantage
  • Staff senior managerial experience a pre-requisite
  • Strong track record in consulting with senior business leaders and managers

Personal:

  • Ability to function in a fast paced and innovative environment
  • Outstanding internal and external communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to connect with people on financial issues and very confident to argue a case for necessary change
  • Be willing and able to “roll up sleeves” and apply them self to any task
  • Strong team ethic
  • Excellent analytical and practical business skills with keen eye for detail
  • Leads and motivates people
  • Ambassadorial, Adaptable and Flexible

Package:

  • Highly Attractive Base
  • Generous Bonus system that rewards achievements
  • Considerable share options
  • Pension
  • High level health insurance

Other Information:

  • The role is currently based in our head office in University of Limerick campus

contact info@smartfactory.ie