Chief Financial Officer, Phoenix Group

Finance Highland Park, Illinois Birmingham, Alabama




Do you want to be Chief Financial Officer for

the phoenix group?


Are you obsessed with customer focus and meeting the end user’s needs? Do you feel stifled by bureaucracy? Have an entrepreneurial drive? Do you refuse to let obstacles get in the way of achieving results?


At Autocar’s Specialty Vehicles business unit--The Phoenix Group, we fight for the driver’s needs. We are disrupting the industry by putting the driver’s needs first. Every truck we make is custom-engineered, and custom-made, specifically for that customer—no mass production here.  Because we engineer trucks differently, we deliver trucks faster than the competition, and they WORK.


It takes a special kind of person to be a part of this business in transformation. We are privately owned and expect our team members to act with an owner mindset: Relentless about creating value for the end user. Dogged about finding efficiencies and eliminating waste. Standing arm in arm with the rest of the team until the job is done—and ready to do it again the next day, with a smile.


It is not easy do things differently in this industry. But we do it—because we are passionate about improving the lives of the drivers that use our trucks.




What will you do?   The Phoenix Group’s Chief Financial Officer will foster a culture of accountability and continuous improvement. This is a high-impact, hands-on role requiring industry knowledge, critical thinking about our performance and the ability to exercise sound judgment. We are looking for someone who can create ideas from data analysis, who can lead teams to turn ideas into action plans, and who has the ability to make it all happen. Of course, the role includes the typical responsibilities for budgeting, accounting, internal controls, risk management, treasury and tax.

Our culture is entrepreneurial, and the right person will thrive in a casually intense environment.  We’ve built businesses, operated businesses, and sold businesses. We’ve worked with top tier PE firms and transacted with the Fortune 500. 


What Are You Responsible For?



Develop our annual budget and long-term financial plan

Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets, monthly forecast updates and KPIs and provide insight into business operations

Work with the executive management to develop business plans that meet our financial objectives

Provide advice and counsel around industry issues, trends, and changes

Evaluate opportunities for M&A

Oversee the financial management of foreign operations, including monitoring financial and budget policies and procedures

Develop and execute on the analysis of various business initiatives (e.g., opening new operations, asset acquisition, new product and/or service launches, disposition of non-performing areas, etc.)



Accounting/Reporting/Tax Activities

Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and function implementing best in class accounting and control principles.

Ensure the timely and accurate completion monthly and year-end financial statements and analysis

Manage and support of all external audits

Ensure the timely and accurate completion of tax and compliance filings, working with the corporate controller and outside tax advisors

Lead the integration of tax planning into our business processes 

Identify and initiate changes and improvements in automated financial and management information systems for the company 

Present monthly and year-end financial summaries to the management team and our board

Execute and improve on our compliance programs

Develop an internal audit focus to improve our control environment and improve our processes






Treasury/Cash Management

Maintain relationships with key financial providers

Oversee cash management; approve invoices and payables; execute check signing

Supervise AR management and provide support to collections activities

Optimize cash, investment, and asset management



Enterprise & Operational Risk Management

Define, develop and deploy business risk management and compliance across portfolio companies to ensure that all processes, functions and resources within portfolio companies comply with requirements and are properly controlled.



Candidates must have demonstrated:

An ability to learn rapidly, solve problems dynamically, unite diverse opinions, drive results, and build relationships with business partners

High energy and drive to create an environment of continuous improvement and innovation

An ability to understand industry, product lines, competitors and customer environments

Outstanding skills in both understanding and interpreting financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement), and financial modeling skills

Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, interacting effectively with all levels within the company

Executive presence in verbal and written presentation skills; able to communicate complex financial and accounting concepts to non-finance personnel

Highly motivated and driven, able to manage multiple high priority projects simultaneously; exceptionally strong work ethic

Strong people management skills

Commitment to excellence, personally demands excellence in every aspect of the position, intentional focus on what could have been done better vs. what was done well

Flexible to change work priorities and direction based on a fast-paced, ever changing business environment.

Strategic thinking, knows how to apply knowledge of business and organization in decision-making, understands the interaction of multiple functions and how they are impacted by decisions. Views decisions in context of company, not just own position or functional team.

An ability to achieve goals through influencing, partnering and developing productive relationships with senior leadership and line managers across the business.

Hands on approach balanced with big picture understanding – can transition quickly from tactical to strategic





BS in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration

Preference given to candidates with an MBA in Finance and a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations. Also, Lean Six Sigma and PM Certifications preferred.

A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated success

Experience in business process design and improvement preferred

Experience in financial planning and analysis or an equivalent commercial finance role preferred



Where will you work? This Chief Financial Officer role can be based at our Highland Park, IL, Hagerstown, IN office, or our Birmingham, AL office.


What do we offer in benefits? We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary, incentive bonus opportunities, and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, retirement/401K plans, etc.