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Chief Financial Officer

Category: Experienced Professionals

Wage Rate: Negotiable

Is Full Time: Yes


 

 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Based in Wheeling, WV, the Ziegenfelder Company is part of the Armstrong Group. The Armstrong Group is a private, family owned and operated collection of diverse companies. What began in 1946 as Armstrong County Line Construction, founded by Jud L. Sedwick in Kittanning, PA, has now grown into an organization that encompasses multiple industries and employs over 2,400 individuals nationwide. Our brands include Armstrong Utilities, Guardian Protection, Armstrong Development, 4Front Solutions, Twin Pops and Armstrong Comfort Solutions.

The Ziegenfelder Company is a frozen novelty manufacturer that focuses solely on producing the highest quality frozen ice novelties, commonly referred to as twin pops. We are the largest manufacturer of twin pops in the country with production facilities in Wheeling, WV; Chino, CA; and Denver, CO.

The Ziegenfelder Company has averaged solid growth for the past 15 years while growing our tribe from 60 employees in one facility with three production lines to over 400 employees across three facilities and 12 production lines. Core to our success has always been making the highest quality, best tasting products in the market and selling them to valued customers at the best possible price. The Ziegenfelder Company owns and produces the brand Budget Saver, as well as, licensed and private labeled products for premiere retailers, such as Albertsons, Dollar General, Kroger, and Walmart. 24/7 operations in our three facilities, generates over 2.2 million pops per day.

Ziegenfelder’s growth and success is clearly due to our dedicated tribe. We value integrity, creativity and innovation, and are committed to positively impacting our workforce and the communities in which we live and work.

OUR VISION

Growing together, revolutionizing our company and bringing smiles to every home in America.

OUR MISSION

Making people smile with really cool treats!

OUR STRATEGY

Growing Better Together

ZIEGGY ESSENTIALS – T.W.I.N.S.

Think Tribe First

Win by Always doing the Right Thing

Inspire Each Other

Nurture our Zieggy Economy

Serve Others

POSITION SUMMARY

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for managing and supervising all accounting, financial reporting and analysis, and compliance operations for Ziegenfelder. The Chief Financial Officer will serve as a credible, knowledgeable, and trusted financial resource to the Ziegenfelder President, senior department leaders and the Armstrong Executive Management team.

DIRECT REPORTS

Both exempt and nonexempt staff including Accounting Managers/Director, Financial Analysts, Sr. Accountants and Accounting or Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerks

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of 10 years in accounting and financial reporting - Manufacturing experience preferred
    Bachelor Degree in Accounting (CPA and/or MBA preferred)
  • Proficient with software packages such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience in utilizing financial analysis and analytics to drive organizational profitability and productivity
  • Experience at collaborating with business leaders and working across functional areas to articulate financial priorities and influence decisions to improve financial results
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Microsoft Navision (Microsoft Dynamics NAV) or other ERP software experience a plus.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Accounting Policies, Process/Procedures & Controls

  • Implement and update policies and procedures as necessary, in accordance with GAAP, that enable accurate, timely and relevant financial statement preparation
  • Conduct recurring evaluations of business processes and procedures and implement appropriate modifications which result in improved data integrity and meaningful/useful information
  • Implement proper expense, headcount and capital expenditure control and approval processes
  • Implement logical and appropriate cost allocation methodologies and conduct recurring evaluations/reviews resulting in improved cost allocation
  • Ensure the integrity of the general ledger accounting system and the accurate processing of all financial transactions (sales journals, accounts payable, payroll-related processes, etc.)


Recurring Financial Reporting

  • Coordinate, review and distribute all monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements (internal and external) accurately and timely
  • Develop relevant, meaningful and comprehensive financial management reports timely and accurately
  • Prepare, review and submit all quarterly FIT tax estimates by the required due date

Operational and Financial Analysis

  • Manage the ongoing development, review, distribution and analysis of all recurring financial and operational reports which results in identifiable and actionable recommendations resulting in business process, financial and operational improvement
  • Develop an environment in which ad hoc operational and financial analysis is being conducted which identifies new opportunities for business improvement and/or recurring reporting

Budgeting & Forecasting

  • Annual Budget (Ziegenfelder)
  • Coordinate the development, review and final approval of the annual financial/operational budget no later than September 30 of each calendar year
  • Develop the annual budget based on (a) a reliable, accurate model, (b) incorporating valid business assumptions and (3) incorporating the input of key employees
  • Incorporate into the review and analysis of the annual budgeting process (a) meaningful/relevant metrics, (b) comparisons versus prior periods and (c) documented explanations for material changes

External Auditors and Consultants

  • Coordinate the completion of the annual financial audit resulting in final reports being issued by December 31 of each calendar year

Internal & External Business Partner Support

  • Provide strategic, financial and operational direction to internal Department Managers, Supervisors and others to develop and maintain an appropriate level of financial acumen and an environment of accountability and fiscal responsibility
  • Conduct recurring (i.e. monthly/quarterly) financial and operational reviews with Department Managers, Supervisors and others
  • Participate in the ongoing review, evaluation, implementation and monitoring of customer/vendor terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements, etc.
  • Participate in the negotiation of contracts with external customers and vendors (i.e. yearly pricing, rebates, etc.) and ensure contract compliance is followed

Staff & Organizational Development

  • Provide recurring (not less than twice per year) written and oral feedback to all direct reports
  • Conduct recurring evaluations of the Finance & Accounting organization structure focused on continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as provide individuals with professional and personal growth opportunities
  • Ensure that productive, non-threatening business relationships are established between members of the Finance &
  • Accounting department and the various departments (Operations, Sales, Purchasing, Engineering, etc.)
  • Ensure that members of the Finance & Accounting department make a commitment to learn and understand the business processes, challenges and data needs of each department
  • Ensure that members of the Finance & Accounting department consistently challenge the status quo, proactively identify and implement new processes/reporting and eliminate any unnecessary processes/reporting
  • Create an environment and culture that promotes teamwork, personal accountability and respect for others
  • Ensure that the training and tools necessary for employee professional growth and productivity are in place

Accounting and Supporting Software Systems

  • Conduct recurring evaluations of how Microsoft Navision is being utilized resulting in the identification and implementation of (a) new capabilities, (b) accounting process changes, (c) opportunities for improved user training and (d) automation opportunities
  • Responsible for the ongoing design, organization and timely updating of financial and operational reports on SharePoint Finance & Accounting intranet site

Acquisitions and Business Development

  • Provide strategic financial input and vision on decision making issues affecting Ziegenfelder operations
  • Participate in the financial and operational due diligence and/or financial modeling associated with potential acquisitions, new greenfield sites or new product/service offerings
  • Monitor, evaluate and produce industry and market benchmark data/trends

Other

  • Adhere to the documented processes and procedures for all cash expenditures (accounts payable, wire transfers, ACH, credit card, payroll)
  • Insure that Ziegenfelder complies with all required regulatory compliance and required filings