Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. is the largest of more than 161 Goodwill organizations in the world and has been providing services since 1919. Some 6,200 Goodwill employees work in nearly 100 locations throughout our 23-county territory in southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago. Our service territory consists of thirteen full or partial counties in southeastern Wisconsin, and ten full or partial counties in northeastern Illinois. Goodwill’s territory covers more than 12,000 square miles of land area, ranging from Green Lake, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan counties on the north, to Danville, Illinois, on the south, and west to Janesville, Wisconsin. This territory encompasses some of the most populated areas of both states, including Cook, Du Page, Will and Lake counties in Illinois, and Milwaukee County in Wisconsin.
Our mission is to provide training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence. Employment and training are Goodwill’s primary focus, assisting men and women to develop their job skills and secure work opportunities that fulfill their personal and professional goals. As the economy struggles, the need for our services continues to grow. Last year, Goodwill provided services to more than 62,000 men and women with disabilities and disadvantages.
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all aspects of the financial function and resources for the corporation overseeing payroll, procurement, risk management and safety. As a trusted business advisor, the CFO works closely with the President / Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Senior Leadership and Board of Directors, to develop, monitor and evaluate overall corporate strategy that supports financial and mission goals with an emphasis on bottom line performance, working capital and enhancing community and stakeholder value. The CFO plays a key role in building organizational capability and creating strategic value, creating growth opportunities and mitigating risks. The CFO oversees a staff of 64 through three direct reports: Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Security, Corporate Counsel.
We seek an individual who is able to manage through others but understands the days to day enough to know challenges to execution in a complex and ever-changing organization. They will have demonstrated experience navigating challenges like mergers, acquisitions, diverstitures, turnarounds and /or significant growth. This person will be responsible for conducting financial modeling and analyzing areas of risk and opportunity for the organization. The CFO will have a strong finance background, but also brings excellent business and leadership skills. This CFO will focus on the performance of the organization, but also be a good talent manager, communicator, and most importantly a good collaborator with both internal and external stakeholders. This CFO needs to be a true business partner to the senior leadership team and to the business unit leaders and will empower their team to do the same. The CFO will be committed to deepening our impact in the communities we serve.
Responsible for a deep understanding of the organization’s business operations, drivers, strategies and success measures to establish guidelines, recommend improvements and provide support to ensure long term growth and sustainability.
Be a trusted financial and business partner to the executive team and have an operational mindset
Continually identify and drive improvement initiatives in all operations and finance functions
Assesses organizational performance against budget and makes actionable recommendations. Participates in developing and implementing short- and long-term strategic plans that supports the organization’s vision and goals; translates the strategic plan to staff to ensure support; and modifies the plan in response to changing internal and external factors
Prepares and presents forecasts for future business growth, general economic, industry and financial conditions and reports on their impact on company policies and operations
Provide oversight to the organization’s procurement and supply management functions including the procurement of materials, supplies, capital equipment, and services with a focus on quality, service and cost reduction
Directs the organization’s enterprise risk management program and activities to include identifying risks, establishing internal controls, managing external audits, providing appropriate levels of insurance coverages, planning and mitigating risks. Oversight to occupational health, safety, asset protection, security, legal and compliance strategy and functions
Ensures investment across the organization is appropriate for organization goals: Effectively balances competing priorities by continually choosing among initiatives, selecting those that best support and enable organization goals and long-term strategy and impact
Creates a pipeline of Leadership Talent that can Effectively Impact Current & Future Business Needs: Ensures processes are in place for unleashing the full potential of others by providing needed resources, coaching, experiences and other support to place the right people in key roles and continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge.
Drives Innovation: creates and fosters an environment that encourages fresh perspectives, exploration of breakthrough ideas and new paradigms that create value in the community. Help develop, evaluate, and structure creative new ideas for growth and community/mission impact. Pursues new opportunities and makes them a reality. Initiates, sponsors, and implements organizational change
Performs other related job duties as assigned
A minimum 15 years of finance and/or accounting experience at a senior management level in a mid-sized, or large, company with diverse operations and multiple locations required
Experience in government contracting a plus
Strategic agility: Future oriented, has broad knowledge and perspective, can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
Driving Execution: Sets and maintains high performance standards for self and others that support the organization’s strategic plan and holds self and other team members accountable for achieving results; ensures organizational systems, processes and people are aligned to support strategic objectives; regularly evaluates self and team on goal attainment, processes used to achieve goals, and competitive benchmarks.
Excellent communication and facilitation skills including but not limited to negotiating, influence and consensus building in order to interface with employees and customers at all levels within the organization as well as externally.
Develop productive and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders within department, across the organization and in the community, and strives to understand, anticipate and deliver on customer needs.
Possess management skills including recruiting, coaching, developing, training, succession planning, providing opportunities and removing barriers to promote a high-functioning team.
Superior critical thinking skills with which to solve problems, prioritize, layout and execute strategic and tactical plans, handle risk, uncertainty and confidentiality, and make sound judgments and decisions.
Leadership skills to include a commitment to the organization’s mission, vision and guiding principles; a solution-based approach to operating and supporting activities; and a consistent focus on improving processes and systems
Financial management skills to include cash flow, credit and treasury; establishing policies, procedures and banking relationships; protecting and allocating resources; establishing success measures; and financial reporting and analysis
Must be an ambassador for an ethical culture by maintaining a professional attitude, speaking with courage, acting appropriately, providing fiduciary and governance guidance, mitigating risks, and complying with laws and regulations
Collaboration and Partnering skills including the ability to build relationships, collaborate, support strategic initiatives, drive for excellence, and foster trust
Undergraduate degree in Finance or Accounting from an accredited institution is required; CPA a plus, MBA or Advanced Degree is preferred.