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Brownells, Inc.

Brownells, Inc.

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VP of Finance

Brownells, Inc.
Brownells, Inc.

Posted 8 months ago

VP of Finance

Grinnell, Iowa

Are you passionate about adventure and our freedom-loving customers, and have a strong commitment to the 2nd Amendment? Do you have proven success as a leader in Finance, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves to join the team in developing innovative cost-saving solutions? If you are looking for a leadership role in a family-owned, growth-minded, customer-centric company just outside the Des Moines metro area…APPLY NOW!

As Vice President of Finance at Brownells, you will direct and oversee all financial activities of the corporation, including preparation of current financial reports as well as summaries and forecasts for future business growth and general economic outlook. You will also be responsible for the Finance department and shall perform as a key player in the strategic management of the business. This includes direct responsibility for finance, forecasting, budgeting and strategic financial planning.

Reporting to the CFO, the ideal candidate is a servant leader who will drive an innovative/growth mindset across the department and lead the charge to reduce costs and maximize return on investment. S/he will institute a disciplined and process-oriented approach to financial and operational management, taking the lead in communicating its value and importance throughout the organization and in holding all management accountable.

Benefits You Will Enjoy

  • Competitive Salary
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Health, Dental, and Vision packages to fit your needs
  • Additional voluntary supplemental insurance plans
  • Fully-vested 401(k) company match
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Career Pathing Program
  • Generous employee discount
  • Full range access at our Big Springs Shooting Complex
  • Opportunity to work alongside people who are passionate about adventure and the outdoors!
What You Will Do

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversees and directs budgeting, monthly reporting, ratio analysis, long-range forecasting, and alternative investments
  • Reviews the preparation of all financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, tax returns, and reports for government regulatory agencies
  • Coordinates departmental budget programs, variance analyses, and forecasts
  • Appraises the organization’s financial position and issues periodic reports on organization’s financial stability, liquidity, and growth
  • Reviews reports to analyze projections of sales and profits against actual figures, budgeted expenses against final totals, and suggests methods of improving the planning process as appropriate
  • Analyzes company operations to pinpoint opportunities for improvement and/or investments
  • Assists with setting overall financial strategy and metric objectives for senior executives up to and including the Board of Directors
Other Responsibilities

  • Works with department managers for financial guidance/management
  • Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates department staff
  • Establishes, manages and develops bank and other financial institution relationships
  • Assists in providing information to company ownership as it relates to company performance and governance
What You Will Need

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, or Finance required
  • At least 10 years of progressive financial leadership experience
  • 5+ years of strategic planning experience
  • Experience managing a company or division with sales in excess of $1B
  • Experience in recruiting and building a high-performing Finance/Accounting team, ensuring resources are aligned to drive success of the business
Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA, CFA
  • Fortune 500 experience
  • Experience with activity-based costing and cost allocation models
  • ETL experience with SQL Server, Power BI, Tableau and equivalents

Knowledge & Skills

  • Subject matter expert in multiple fields within functional area
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Ability to synthesize financial information into a concise story and communicate it effectively, leveraging strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of database and accounting computer application systems to supply the most accurate financial information
  • Comfortable in an environment where multiple stakeholders (with potentially conflicting agendas) must be served and influenced; related experience could have been gained in a highly matrixed corporate structure or in a multi-business units corporation
  • Politically astute with the kind of interpersonal skills that ensure open communication and transparency of motives among multiple constituencies; coupled with
  • Unquestionable integrity and business ethics
  • Broad perspective on business, yet one who is highly analytical, and data-driven in his/her problem-solving and influencing style

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic thinking: a visionary strategist who knows what the organization needs to be doing tomorrow, evidenced by having visions of possibilities and creating breakthrough plans to achieve them
  • Cost-conscious: business decisions are analyzed considering cost and benefits and by being fully immersed in the decision process, knowing how business works
  • Team player: puts aside his/her personal goals and works well with others, doing what he/she needs to do to strive for a common goal; identifies roles, jobs, tasks, rewards and objectives within a group and defines success in terms of the whole team, evidenced by building strong teams
  • Develop talent: is a people builder, evidenced by actively providing challenging and stretch tasks and assignments 

Physical Demands

Sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally, and other sedentary criteria are met.

Physical Hazards – Health and Safety Concerns

  • General office environments
  • Ergonomics 

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