Reporting to the President/Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors, the CFO directs the overall financial plans and accounting practices of the organization. Oversees treasury, accounting, budget, tax and audit activities, information technologies and legal department of the organization. Oversees financial and accounting system and ensures timely financial reports for management and Board use.

Primary responsibilities

  • Create, coordinate, and evaluate the financial programs and supporting information systems of the company to include budgeting, tax planning and conservation of assets;
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory authorities and the reporting requirements;
  • Coordinate the preparation of financial statements, financial reports, special analyses, and information reports to provide managers the necessary information to make decisions and monitor performances;
  • Establish and maintain appropriate internal control safeguards;
  • Interact with others to provide consultative support to planning initiatives through financial and management information analyses, reports, and recommendations;
  • Optimizing profitability by preparing and communicating pertinent information to VPs, Plant Managers and directors;
  • Ensure records systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards;
  • Develop and direct the implementation of strategic business and/or operational plans, projects, programs, and systems;
  • Analyze cash flow, cost controls, and expenses to guide business management. Ensure efficient cashflow/treasury management;
  • Assist in establishing and implementing short and long range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures;
  • Oversee financial management of all business units to include developing financial and budget policies and procedures;
  • Develop an efficient financial planning process for the corporation and present short term and long term financial plans to the management team;
  • Ensure that the insurance coverage of the corporation is appropriate and negotiate the most effective and efficient insurance package. Meet with potential insurers / brokers on a regular basis to stay abreast of the market terms and conditions;
  • Ensure that the corporation has the most effective and efficient banking arrangements to support the short term and the long term goals of the company. Maintain communication with financial institutions to ensure that the company takes advantage of the best market / financial terms and conditions;
  • Secure governmental support, understand programs and funding (grants, loans, …) available to the corporation and execute deals to finance investments and growth;
  • Align, direct and implement IT strategy and systems including responsibility for the IT department;
  • Occasionally, meet with suppliers, customers to discuss general business or to resolve business issues or represent the company;
  • Supervise legal affairs for the corporation and insure adequate risk transparency and risk management
  • Effectively manage the corporation risks and evaluate every challenge and opportunity;
  • Effective contribution as a member of the executive team and support to the management team.
Knowledge and skill requirements
  • Experience as a CFO, VP Finance or equivalent in a manufacturing environment;
  • Min of 15 years relevant experience;
  • Has a CPA certification;
  • Experience in controlling, cost accounting in plant and multi-plant environment essential;
  • Strong IT and systems background essential;
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution;
  • Robust knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles;
  • Knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management;
  • Professional English and French written/verbal communication;
  • Ability to motivate its teams;
  • Forward thinking, not afraid to challenge the status quo with a high sense of urgency;
  • Integrity, team player, hard worker, with a passion for making a difference;
  • Able to develop a strong alignment to the company’s culture;
  • Experience in the forest products sector is an asset;
  • Exposure to both private and public companies is an asset.