Vice President of Finance

Finance Atlanta, Georgia


Description

Join us in Telling the Stories of Santa’s North Pole!

The Lumistella Company is looking for a Vice President (VP) of Finance to join our team! The VP of Finance is responsible for providing financial leadership and operational management for the accounting and financial operations of the company. This key leadership position is responsible for strategic planning, operational improvements, capital structure, data/analytics, and overall financial reporting.


The VP of Finance ensures the maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results.

The VP of Finance is responsible for ensuring the creation of financial reports which are in compliance with GAAP and accurately reflect the activities that take place within the business.

By managing a team of accounting / finance professionals, he/she represents accounting and finance in Leadership Team meetings, and serves as a key driver in the strategic planning process for the accounting and finance function for the business.

If you want to be one of us...

The ideal candidate will bring:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/ Accounting or Finance;
  2. MBA preferred; 
  3. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) required;
  4. 10+ years of progressive accounting experience with a minimum of 5 years of experience as a VP of Finance, Assistant VP of Finance or Sr. Controller in a privately held company which creates and produces consumer products for sale to retail;
  5. 10+ years of relevant financial modeling, analysis, and reporting experience with at least 5 years of supervisory, forecasting and budgeting experience;
  6. Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems; Experience with an ERP system in a previous position is required;
  7. Exceptional technical skills in the operation and functioning of all programs used by the organization; Intermediate to Advanced skills in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook;
  8. A hands-on manager with “roll-up-the-sleeves” attitude and strong leadership skills; A proven leader in hiring, developing, and retaining a high-performing finance team;
  9. Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP);
  10. Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections; Knowledge of short and long-term budgeting and forecasting, rolling budgets, and product-line profitability analysis;
  11. Strategic thinker with strong problem-solving skills and ability to offer creative solutions to complex problems;
  12. Strong attention to detail and accuracy; Ability to proofread work;
  13. Credibility, ethics, integrity, transparency and full disclosure; Demonstrates a high degree of confidentiality and understands all ethical standards of a CPA;
  14. Strong and professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills; Ability to articulate complex financial information;
  15. Ability to work well with both Senior Executives, as well as internal and external stakeholders and team; and
  16. Ability to motivate others and produce quality deliverables within tight timeframes while simultaneously managing multiple projects; Ability to plan and stay focused. 

Essential job functions include:

  1. Works with the President and COO to manage relationships with financial institution partners;
  2. Oversees the operations of the accounting and finance department processes, systems and staff; Provides management, leadership and direction to the accounting / finance department; Mentors, motivates, coaches and develops the team;
  3. Ensures the maintenance of and adherence to a documented system of accounting policies and procedures which are consistent with operational best practices; Holds team accountable for organizing policies and procedures into an SOP Manual to guide controls and ensure adequate checks and balances;
  4. Identifies operational gaps and develops process and procedure to address them; Identifies and assesses opportunities for improved efficiency and use of systems to streamline accounting and financial processes; Makes recommendations for improvements and develops plans for implementation;
  5. Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls;
  6. Ensures that the transactional functions of the accounting process are completed timely and accurately by the accounting team; includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, debt payments and accounting system entries and reports; Evaluates systems and processes for effectiveness and implements changes needed for efficiency and continuous improvement;
  7. Works with the Controller and the Sr. Financial Analyst and Accounting Manager to facilitate the annual budget preparation process; Ensures team: Establishes schedules; Collects, analyzes and consolidates financial data; Creates procedures, sets up software, conducts training and completes monthly budget to actual review and forecasting updates on a timely bases;
  8. Monitors and analyzes monthly operating results against budget; Provides financial analyses and operating metrics as needed for capital investments, pricing decisions, and contract negotiations; Provides monthly proforma updates and reports details regarding variances from budget to the Executive Board;
  9. Manages the preparation and issuance of timely and complete financial reports; Works with Controller to prepare monthly financial statements, Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Cash Flow Analysis, et al.; Monitors debt levels and compliance with debt covenants; Presents information to Executive Board and company ownership;
  10. Oversees monthly reconciliation of bank accounts and chart of account maintenance which are completed by Controller;
  11. Recommends and tracks benchmarks for measuring financial and operating performance;
  12. Manages the preparation of financial outlooks and financial forecasts; Monitors and reports on the financial condition of the Company: Accumulates and distributes weekly analytics dashboard of select KPIs, predictive of profitability and other notable business trends;
  13. Works with the President and COO to prepare and distribute financial and operational analyses, commentary, and presentation materials for various internal and external stakeholders;
  14. Partners with the accounting team on monthly close and reporting processes by collecting, interpreting and reporting key financial data and business drivers, including conducting detailed monthly revenue and expense variance analyses; and
  15. Identifies and recommends accounting department staff needed to effectively accomplish goals and objectives as company grows.

Who are we?

The Lumistella Company is a house of global brands driven by story. We have a passion for storytelling focused on the rich characters and timeless narrative of Santa’s North Pole. From this world born of ancient lore, the company creates joyful moments for all ages through products, entertainment and experiences. The Lumistella Company exists to preserve and elevate the magic and goodwill of Santa's North Pole universe for generations to come. 

We are a family-owned company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Launched in 2005, The Lumistella Company is home to the bestselling Christmas tradition, The Elf on the Shelf®, as well as a number of other products and brands including Elf Pets® and Elf Mates™. We are in the business of Creating Joyful Family Moments and strive to bring the characters and stories of Santa’s North Pole to families worldwide through consumer products, immersive experiences and entertainment-based content. At the core of our business are the values that make us an exceptional place to work, known here at the North Pole as F.I.R.E. (Family Focus, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence.)

Despite rapid expansion, we have maintained and continue to offer a strong culture of creativity, fun, learning and respect. We believe that our employees drive our success, and we encourage both individual growth as well as extensive collaboration in a team-focused environment. We are constantly seeking talented team members who enjoy a fun and fast-paced work environment where the magic of Christmas thrives year-round!

Because of the dedication and creativity of our employees, we have continued to grow in popularity with footprints in United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Malta and South Africa.

Want to Know More?

Working at the North Pole is like working with family. We regularly host employee events, birthday celebrations, and social activities to give us an opportunity to get to know one another and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the North Pole. Each year, (at the discretion of our owners), our office is closed from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, and our full-time employees are paid for this time. We recognize the need for some R&R after a busy holiday season!

We also offer competitive compensation and a robust and comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan including profit sharing, short and long-term disability, a flexible spending account for medical and child care reimbursement, basic and voluntary life insurance, and a bonus plan.

To learn more about our company, check out our web site at: www.Lumistella.com.

The Lumistella Company is an equal employment opportunity employer.