Vice President, Operations Finance
Cobham AES Inc. Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions Inc. (CAES Inc.) is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets. We provide critical state-of-the-art electronic solutions on land, at sea, and in the air and space, by moving data through off-the-shelf and customized products including RF, microwave, and high reliability microelectronics, antenna subsystems and motion control solutions. The company serves the US DoD and Space markets, and as a cleared US Subsidiary of a foreign parent, operates within a Special Security Agreement (SSA). The company is governed by a 9 member Board of Directors, and managed independently by a Senior Leadership team. CAES Inc. is seeking a Vice President, Operations Finance to support businesses, who employ ~3,500 people, with established customers and partner relationships in defense, space and commercial markets, and annual revenues of ~$800 million. This position reports to the CAES Sr. Vice President & CFO and will be located in Arlington, VA. Position Summary: The Vice President, Operations Finance is responsible for leading the business finance financial position of the Cobham Advanced Electronic Solution Inc. The individual will oversee all operational, FP&A and program / project finance activities with business support for the Chief Operating Officer and operational leadership team. He/she will participate in establishing and implementing strategies, goals, and objectives, and serving as a resource in all aspects of financial matters. Responsibilities: Our Vice President, Operational Finance will participate as a senior member of the business leadership team, providing analyses, reporting, and insights to drive business performance. Key responsibilities of the Vice President will include: Advise the CEO, COO and other key members of senior management on financial planning budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters Challenge and improve business performance by helping to identify emerging issues, derive solutions, and drive key initiatives. Develop process and process standardization that will help propel the maturity of the company wide business finance team. Integrate financial strategies and develop and implement a strategic plan for sales growth and margin expansion. Develop and evolve systems for financial planning and analysis and improving the forecasting and reporting process. Partner with CFO and COO in presenting operating results to both the senior management and business leadership team Review proposed organizational changes and recruit the appropriate talent and skill sets necessary to grow the business. Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality. Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development Mentor and develop team using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results In a dynamic delivery environment, assess programs of varying size and complexity to determine appropriate accounting treatment utilizing IFRS 15 (revenue & profit accounting for long term programs) and company accounting policy interpretation. Monitor and analyze acquisition business integration activities and cost improvement projects across the sector. Collaborate with the Finance and Business leader ' s team to continually improve the quality of financial management reporting. Align with Business Finance leaders to assure best practices are being utilized effectively within the company. Maintain on-going and fluid communication with the CFO and Vice President, Finance & Controller, regarding ongoing operational, financial performance and accounting matters Integrated member of the COO ' s leader ' s team to develop an understanding of the business, identify ways to add value, and provide best practices and advice. Minimum Requirements: Bachelor ' s Degree in Accounting, Finance or a related discipline. 15 - 20 years of financial career experience to include financial business leadership roles with oversight of financial planning and analysis. Experience serving as Financial Leader within a business as well as experience executing budgeting and strategic planning processes. Experience to effectively interface with Senior Management on all financial matters Possess extensive and current knowledge of cutting-edge principles and practices associated with accounting, cost management, percentage of completion accounting, finance, systems, and lean manufacturing initiatives and related systems Experience within business operations. Ability to travel of 25%. US Citizenship. Experience with US DoD contracts Experience in manufacturing or technology-based environment. Selected applicant will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Preferred Qualification: MBA or advanced degree Aerospace & Defense experience CPA, CMA, or equivalent certification Active DoD clearance Core Competencies: Financial Planning & Analysis - Supports all aspects of planning, performance review, and management reporting processes, including annual budgeting, forecasting, long-range planning, and profit and loss estimation of product line profitability. Budgeting - Develops a plan for estimating the cost of operating during a certain time period and determines expected revenues and expenses. Monitors actual vs. budget in order to control costs and provides information in support management decisions. Program & Project Finance - Develops an understanding of financial issues and initiates efforts to reduce spend and focus available funds on project/program activities which will deliver the greatest benefit realization at the lowest cost. Advising & Consulting - Provides consulting and advice to internal and external customers on policies, procedures, technologies, issues, and other organizational requirements. Strategic Planning - Formulates and implements plans that are consistent with the long-term interests of the organization. Problem Solving & Creativity - Encourages innovation, applying a range of creative solutions to solving complex problems Business Acumen - Understands business operations and functions, the external environment, and how finance practices contribute to core business functions. Delivering Change - Acts as a change agent to help support and facilitate organizational changes. Communication - articulate communicator, who can deliver messaging at all levels of an organization. Position Reports to: Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer - CAES Inc. (Direct Line) Chief Operating Officer - CAES Inc. (Dotted Line) Direct Reports (8): Business Finance Directors (6) Sr. Finance Manager - Project & Program Finance Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis All applicants must be a US Citizen or US Person as defined by ITAR (a lawful permanent resident or someone who is a protected individual as defined by 8 USC1324b(a)(3)). In order to be eligible for positions requiring a Security Clearance, you must be a US Citizen. Cobham ' s values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it ' s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you. Cobham is one of the world ' s leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring. Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants. 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