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Director of Finance

Chicago

We are looking for an ambitious, talented Director of Finance who aspires to become our CFO within three to five years and who truly understands how great financial processes can propel a fast-growth professional services firm to even greater heights.

Reporting directly to our COO -- with extensive interaction with our CEO, President and other members of our senior leadership team -- you will define our finance function: how we price our services, plan for growth, manage to the numbers, drive profitability, execute to KPIs, provide exceptional client service and develop a material competitive advantage over our competitors.

This is the perfect opportunity for a 7- to 10 year finance or accounting professional, with both financial and business acumen, who prefers not to work in a large bureaucracy where one's impact is not highly correlated to one's talents and potential.

If you want to work in an entrepreneurial, employee-loving environment where you can truly make a difference and in a job that requires near-zero travel and is centrally located in Chicago's loop, then this is absolutely a career opportunity and career path that you'll want to learn more about.

Responsibilities

You will work closely with the board and our senior leadership team to define and execute key initiatives related to the evolution and advancement of our firm's finance and accounting functions.

With an eye to improving firm profitability and performance management, your initial focus will be on basic financial operations such as planning, pricing, profitability analysis, ad hoc analysis, forecasting, and routine accounting operations. You'll inherit a well-run and professional accounting department and will focus your energy on using your analytical skills to help Walker Sands grow revenue and profits.

Your role will quickly expand to include additional responsibilities around enhancing the organization's financial performance, including managing the annual planning process, leading process improvement efforts, evaluating and selecting financial systems, overseeing annual audits and developing a robust multi-office financial reporting system for key metrics and weekly/monthly forecasts.

Opportunities to Advance

After showing the world that your talents lived up to their billing and demonstrating that you can help us to make progress on this very important work, you will be on track to become our CFO (or an equivalent senior leadership position within the firm). At that stage, you will also be entitled to participate in various programs we have designed to reward and retain our senior leadership team.

Requirements

Those who apply for this position should first confirm that they have the following requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience in Finance, ideally in an agency or professional services firm
  • A solid understanding of business operations and success drivers for a professional services firm
  • Experience defining and documenting financial processes to improve operational excellence
  • A working knowledge of GAAP and various accounting systems
  • Strong excel skills with the ability to look at large data sets and provide insights
  • Exceptional problem solving and reasoning skills, as well as an entrepreneurial mindset
  • A love for process, continuous improvement, and quality assurance
  • Excellent organizational ability and keen attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship development skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, preferably Accounting, Finance, MBA and/or CPA

A Simple and Highly Confidential Application Process

Here’s how it works. Apply online using the button below. If we like your resume and cover letter, we’ll ask you to come in for an initial interview.

If there seems to be a fit, for you and for us, we'll give you a short case study to read through. You'll then come back for the second round of interviews, we'll talk through your approach to the case study, and we'll finalize next steps from there.

Easy enough, right? For the right person, this can be an amazing opportunity, so we encourage you to start the process as soon as you can, and we hope to meet you soon.