Job Details

CFO and COO, Under the Weather

Location:   Cincinnati, OH

Salary:   based on experience


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THE OPPORTUNITY:

  • Would you like to join the leadership team of a small,  innovative, high-growth company?
  • Can you be in the trenches in the morning and debate strategy in the afternoon?
  • Do you have an owner’s mentality, with a passion to win and instinct to treat every dollar as your own?
  • Can you bring your expertise, but leave your larger-company baggage behind? 

 

CLIENT SUMMARY: 

Under the Weather® (“UTW”; https://utwpods.com/) sells a wide range of pop-up, portable pods, including a new line of Safety Pods developed in response to COVID-19.  CEO and founder, Rick Pescovitz, created a new category in Outdoor Sports with his invention of the first patented WeatherPod™ in 2010. Since then, UTW has continued to lead the category with new, innovative designs and products, with 100+ product styles and colors currently available. UTW products are sold through multiple channels including ecommerce (its website and third-party marketplace) as well as certain big box retailers.  UTW has experienced significant growth which is expected to continue.

 

JOB SUMMARY:  

This is a hands-on, dual finance / operating role in a small but rapidly growing company.  The CFO/COO will need to scale frequently between tactical and strategic tasks.  As examples of the former, the CFO/COO will oversee billing and invoice payments and ensure vendors provide required value at a competitive cost. As an example of the latter, the CFO/COO will anticipate and evaluate infrastructure investments necessary to sustain profitable growth and advise owners in that regard.      

 

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide advice and guidance to owners including financial analysis and decision support regarding new investments and business opportunities
  • Develop and maintain effective financial planning rigor including budgets and interim income and cash flow forecasts
  • Monitor cash flow and oversee cash management activities
  • Oversee timely and accurate financial reporting and present results with insights to ownership and Board of Advisors
  • Oversee recording of transactions, account reconciliations, accounts payables and accounts receivables functions, CAT tax and royalty reporting
  • Ensure a sound internal control environment, coordinate audit activities and maintain compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements
  • Anticipate regulatory changes (Wayfair Act, B2B sales tax, tariffs, etc.) and provide advice to owners re: necessary actions
  • Recommend / implement actions to augment future financial results
  • Review and negotiate vendor and service contracts
  • Manage professional partner relationships with audit, banking, insurance providers
  • Supervise Supply Chain and Warehouse Managers - ensure WMS is fully leveraged, service providers are value/cost appropriate, evaluate and improve receiving, warehousing, shipping activities

 

IDEAL CANDIDATES’ QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

 

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance
  • Fifteen years + progressive financial management experience including Controllership roles
  • Significant work history in privately-owned companies under $100mm revenue
  • Operational or Financial leadership experience in a rapid growth company
  • Prior management responsibility for some operational (i.e. non-administrative) functions

 

Preferred

  • MBA or CPA
  • Finance or operations experience in a company that distributes through retail channels
  • Experience with product importing and knowledge of tariffs

 

EVIDENT PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

  • Entrepreneurial, cost conscious DNA
  • Ability to effectively scale frequently between strategic and tactical issues
  • Proactive, forward looking, self-starting
  • Humility, humor and optimism
  • Hands-on and engaging; willing to roll up your sleeves
  • Aligned with the mission and vision of the company
  • Strong communication skills 

 

THE PAYOFF:

  • Have a direct impact on the success and growth of the business
  • Enjoy the culture of a small, entrepreneurial, family-owned business
  • Achieve professional and financial growth


Contact:

Rick Maier, Partner

rmaier@gilmanpartners.com

513.842.5313