Careers at Burkland

Consulting CFO - Consumer Expert

Burkland is a thriving CFO services and accounting services practice. We serve over 450 startup clients across the USA. Our team is talented, action-oriented, fun-loving and thrives in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for experienced and strategic CFOs with strong operational experience. If you have a passion for helping venture backed startups succeed, Burkland may be a fit for you.

Our Consumer Group is in search of CFOs with strong Consumer Industry experience (eCommerces, Retail, CPG, Media & Entertainment). Expertise with Consumer Marketplace companies is a huge plus.

Your Mission

Working largely independently, apply knowledge, experience, insight, and competence to partner with clients on forward-looking finance. Become a trusted ally to CEOs, management teams and their investors through efficient, intelligent and accurate work, and the effective communication thereof. Be a finance thought leader to clients internally and externally, and help them see around corners as they build their businesses.

Outcomes

  • Develop financial models which are understandable, insightful and adaptable
  • Prepare and present the finance section of client Board meetings. For some clients fallback is to attend Board meetings and answer finance-related questions.
  • Be an integral part of client fundraising processes – help size round, model cap table scenarios/dilution, assist with pitch deck preparation, make investor introductions, participate in investor pitches
  • Have happy clients as demonstrated by periodic CEO feedback and no NPS detractor scores
  • Identify cross-sell opportunities for Burkland bookkeeping and tax services, then make introductions
  • Overhead tasks (Replicon timesheets, invoice approvals, client reporting updates) done on time, accurately, without reminding
  • Identify 1 potential Burkland CFO/quarter, one of whom is hired/yr
  • Lead or organize 1 CFO knowledge share presentation per year
  • Author at least 1 content piece per year

Role Competencies

  • Efficiency – Both clients and Burkland wonder how you accomplish so much so quickly
  • Honesty/integrity – Be impeccable with your word and client numbers. Push back then escalate if needed at fudging of numbers. The finance buck stops with us.
  • Organization and planning – Prioritize, plan, stay on track. See efficiency above.
  • Aggressiveness – Don’t be afraid to push, respectfully.
  • Follow-through on commitments – If you commit to a deadline, meet it (or beat it) without needing to be reminded.
  • Intelligence – Be viewed as a finance thought leader with your clients and the Burkland finance team.
  • Analytical skills – Be an Excel/Google Sheet guru. Learn new tools (rev rec, visualization, data analytics).
  • Attention to detail – Accuracy in our work is key. Check, recheck numbers to have confidence in reports and presentations.
  • Persistence – We are not always top of mind with clients. Hear “no” as “not now” and push on.
  • Proactivity – Take the initiative. Your client will appreciate you for it. Push to calendar meetings/check-ins.
  • Listening skills – Listen 80%/talk 20%. Ask questions. Your clients will tell you what’s on their mind. Then act.
  • Core values – Demonstrate Burkland core values of Empathy, Fresh Perspectives, Exponential Value, Trusted Partner (to clients and peers)

Example of Responsibilities

  • Create and present financial and tax strategy recommendations to CEO
  • Support the financial planning and analysis efforts
  • Oversee cash flow, cash management, working capital, and company audits
  • Prepare financial statements and reports
  • Ensure legal compliance on all financial functions
  • Manage relationships with banks

Qualifications

  • Strong finance-based analytical skills
  • 7 – 10 years’ of finance and or operations experience
  • MBA or CPA preferred but not required
  • Have a passion for working with Founders and Startups
  • Must be self motivated