Z3Talent is honored to partner with the Gerald R. Ford Airport, the 2nd busiest airport in Michigan, to identify and hire a Chief Financial Officer. 90 years after the first flight was taken, GRR now employs over 100 people and contributes over $3 billion annually in economic activity to the West Michigan region.
The CFO will provide leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for the Finance, Procurement, Technology and Risk Management departments and will be responsible for ensuring the financial integrity of the Airport Authority as well as compliance with all accounting and financial reporting standards.
Required Knowledge and Skills
Thorough working knowledge of the principles and practices of fund accounting and public finance.
Extensive ability to analyze and evaluate financial and other data, and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written documents and presentations in English.
Knowledge of financial forecasting and modeling techniques.
Extensive interpersonal skills to interact or negotiate with the Authority’s stakeholders, including all levels of staff, outside agencies, vendors, customers, consultants, and the public, while remaining tactful, mature, fair, and consistent.
Extensive knowledge of Finance staff roles, reporting relationships, and mentoring.
Thorough working knowledge of general accepted accounting principles, practices and standards.
Thorough working knowledge of budget development and management practices.
Thorough working knowledge of federal and state statutes governing governmental accounting standards and fiduciary responsibilities.
Thorough working knowledge of audit processes and procedures.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.
Ability to oversee IT, Procurement and Risk Management functions.
Qualifications & Experience
A strong background in finance, technology, and leadership is crucial for this role. It is highly preferred that this individual has experience in the aviation or transportation industry.
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the management of finance, accounting, and fiscal services, including at least five years of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Considerable experience in a combination of treasury and financial analysis functions.
Open and willing to create and oversee better communications for financial reporting.
A dynamic and energized person that can gain buy-in from internal organization and external stakeholders.
Above average communication skills.
Prior experience overseeing the IT, Procurement and Risk Management function areas.
It is highly preferred that this individual has experience in the aviation or transportation industry but not mandatory.
Experience with grant processes.
Expertise with Entrepreneurial Operating Systems (EOS).
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field is required.
CPA or CMA or CFA preferred.
Employment preference is given for certification as a CTP, FPAC or ACE Finance.
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