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Chief Financial Officer

Company: canoo
Location: Torrance
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

If you're intrigued by the dream of working alongside the smartest & most revolutionary designers and engineers in the EV space, Canoo just may be the place for you. Are you a person who is irked by the status quo? Do you derive personal satisfaction from doing something you've never done before, and seeing that work actually put into production? Here at Canoo, every day is vastly different from the one before it, as we're moving swiftly toward our goal of changing the way the world looks at Urban Mobility. We’re a well-funded start-up, led by the who's who of EV business leaders, whose passion brought them together on this special mission. We're diligently preparing for our first vehicle launch and looking for deeply experienced and passionate talent, who are not just looking for a “job," but rather are driven to raise the bar and create new benchmarks within the global EV industry. Read on...

The Ideal Candidate: Will be responsible for all accounting, budgeting, and other financial matters of the company.

Will articulate the company's financial strategy, both internally and to external investors.

Will be responsible for certifying quarterly statements and meeting all financial and accounting compliance and regulatory requirements.

Will have previous public company experience of +1B market capitalization

Will have previous experience with building and managing financing structures

Responsibilities & Goals: Act as Chief Financial Officer and strategic business partner to senior executive leadership team.

Assess and evaluate financial performance of the company with regard to long-term operational goals, budgets, and forecasts.

Provide insight and recommendations to both short-term and long-term business growth plans.

Create and establish yearly financial objectives that align with the company’s plan for growth and expansion.

Identify and implement systems and processes to provide critical financial and operational information.

Evaluate the finance and accounting function and make suggestions for increasing productivity and enhancing efficiency.

Communicate, engage, and interact with Board of Directors, CEO, and Executive Leadership Team.

Select and engage with consultants, auditors, and investors as needed

Recruit, interview, and hire finance and accounting staff as needed.

Interact with and align the finance and accounting function with Board of Directors’ plans, initiatives, and recommendations.

Implement policies, procedures, and processes as deemed appropriate by senior leadership team.

Prepare and present monthly financial budgeting reports including monthly profit and loss, forecast vs. budget, and weekly cash flow by department.

Review and analyze monthly financial results and provide recommendations.

Identify, develop, and execute analysis of business initiatives, product launches, and/or new service offerings.

Develop and maintain monthly operating budget and annual company operating budget.

Manage financial planning and analysis activities.

Manage the accounting team to ensure the proper functioning of all systems, and execution of processes.

Review, manage, and ensure application of appropriate internal controls, SOX compliance, and financial procedures.

Ensure timeliness and accuracy of financial and management reporting data to investors and the company’s board of directors.

Oversee the preparation and communication of weekly, monthly and annual financial statements.

Oversee the preparation and timely filing of all local, state, and federal tax returns.

Ensure SOX compliance regarding all financial functions.

Review all month-end closing activities including general ledger accounts, balance sheet accounts, and overhead cost allocation.

Enhance and implement financial and accounting systems, processes, tools and control systems

Serve as a key point of contact for external auditors; Manage preparation and support of all external audits.

Explore new investment opportunities and provide recommendations on potential returns and risks.

Maintain and manage banking relationships and strategic alliances with vendors and business partner as needed

Represent company to banks, financial partners, institutions, investors, public auditors, and officials.

Utilize forward-looking models and activity-based analyses to provide financial insight into the company’s plans and operating budgets.

Remain current on audit best practices as well as state, federal, and local laws regarding company operations.

Qualifications:

Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Finance

CPA Required

MBA preferred

Working experience in Big 4 Public Accounting or Automotive industry preferred

5 years minimum experience as a CFO in a large ($1B+), publicly traded corporation

10+ years total accounting or finance experience

Outstanding knowledge and understanding of GAAP, IFRS, SOX compliance, and SEC reporting.

Hands-on working experience with finance and accounting systems preferred

Outstanding communication and presentation skills.

Demonstrated leadership ability, confidence, and executive presence

Excellent analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills

Significant experience in building and managing financing structures

Significant experience in dealing with large asset-backed financing and similar forms of financing

Significant experience working with external auditors, internal controls, and compliance-related issues.

Significant experience representing the company to external parties

Strong leadership skills and ability to thrive in results-oriented environment

What's Cool About Working Here...

Four months paid primary caregiver leave

Flexible PTO

Participation in the Employee Share Option Plan

Beautiful new facility in Torrance

Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy

Work in a high-growth start-up that will redefine urban mobility

A world-class team. Most of our leaders have their own Wikipedia page

Canoo is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

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