chief financial officer


chief financial officer

Contract Type: Permanent

Job Location: Dublin City Centre

Date posted: 7th Mar 2019

Reference: CFMCFO1



Our client, a global provider of online education, is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to provide leadership, oversight and stewardship in all aspects of their financial operations in particular modelling, cost control and cashflow management.

They are looking for a very commercially focused CFO to work side by side with a visionary founder/CEO and wider leadership team.


Main responsibilities:


  • Provide education to as many people as commercially possible so that they can achieve their goals faster and with greater flexibility than ever before.

  • Own all financial data, providing real actionable insights that shape and challenge business decisions.

  • Own the business model and manage all critical metrics

  • Be a supporter and facilitator of Heads of function (Sales, Marketing, Operations etc…) on driving their commercial success.

  • 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.

  • Provide input into pricing decisions and sales models for all markets

  • Identify, advise and manage strategic acquisitions of target companies if/when appropriate


  • Ensure timely delivery of finance pack and presentation of same to the Board

  • Own all aspects of the finance function

  • Lead and inspire a team of dedicated financial professionals

  • Take pride in timely and integral financial and management reporting

  • Ensure effective Treasury Management at all times

  • Ensure rigid compliance with formal financial reporting requirements and relationships with financial institutions

  • Oversee 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

  • 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:

  • Generate Investor friendly practices

  • Manage day to day global banking relationships

  • Optimize funding as required

  • Manage due diligence exercises for external suitors


  • 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 the success and development of the Financial Director providing hands-on functional management support for strategic and day-to-day operational activities

  • 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


Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years PQE in a senior managerial financial position

  • 5 years as a CFO with demonstrable experience in driving the grow of a company

  • High growth “boot-strapped” to successful €20m+ turnover experience a distinct advantage. What is meant here is experience looking around corners and navigating obstacles that come with early stage high growth – growing pains and otherwise

  • This CFO will also be more than happy to change to ink in the printer, then present to a seasoned Board of proven investors, followed by working with the leadership to drive tactical and strategic gains

  • A proven and vocal leader; both with a leadership team and also of talented and dedicated finance professionals

  • Ideally experienced in B2C and cohort analysis where CAC:LTV are core metrics

  • Professional Accounting Designation (ACCA, CMA or CPA)

  • Bachelor's Degree or Masters in Accounting, Finance or related field (MBA preferred)

  • 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

  • Expert in developing financial strategies that support strategic priorities is essential

  • Staff senior managerial experience a pre-requisite

  • Experience managing teams remotely

  • Strong track record in consulting with senior business leaders and managers

  • Strong IFRS knowledge


The successful applicant:

  • Ability to function in a fast paced, passionate and innovative environment

  • The ability to get ‘things’ done. Outcome-oriented, strategic thinker and meticulous planner

  • 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

  • Driven personality

  • Strong team ethic

  • Extremely hard working

  • Excellent analytical and practical business skills with keen eye for detail

  • Excellent time management

  • Leads and motivates people

  • Ambassadorial, Adaptable and Flexible

  • Motivated by self and by commercial opportunity of role


Package on offer:

  • Permanent, full-time position

  • Market beating basic salary €120k - €150k

  • Monthly bonus structure which can go far beyond the expectations based on performance

  • High level Equity in a leading online educational company which is fully funded and supported by proven investors

  • A fun and exciting work environment

  • A once in a lifetime opportunity to change the world of education forever by joining our rapidly expanding technology-based firm with a foundation of real talent, and work with real innovators whilst achieving your own goals


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