CFO / COO, PE-backed E-Commerce Firm, Duesseldorf Area, Germany CFO / COO, PE-backed E-Commerce Firm, Duesseldorf  …

PER, Private Equity Recruitment
in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 24 Jul 21
Competitive
PER, Private Equity Recruitment
in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 24 Jul 21
Competitive
PER, Private Equity Recruitment
CFO / COO, PE-backed E-Commerce Firm, Duesseldorf Area, Germany

REFERENCE:
9705 /25B

Our client is a PE-backed online retailer of functional design products (both branded and own products) with a strong B2B client base. The firm has a strong standing in its niche and ambitious growth plans, including expansion outside of Germany. To facilitate this growth, the firm has recently secured the backing of a prominent private equity investor. They are now looking to hire a CFO / COO. In this position, you will lead and develop the finance and operations functions. The position will be based in the Duesseldorf area and will report to the CEO while interacting closely with the advisory board and the shareholder.
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Leading and managing the finance function (Accounting, Controlling, M&A, PMI, Tax, Legal, Treasury, Logistics, Procurement, Operations, Supply Chain, PMO)
  • Implementation and optimisation of best-in-class management information systems and KPI steering
  • Budget planning (monthly, yearly and medium-term) and forecasting
  • Coordination and preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements
  • Reporting financial results to the management board, advisory board and the shareholder as well as preparing ad-hoc analyses
  • Driving the firm's growth strategy through further internationalisation
  • Identification and evalution of potential M&A targets, leading the execution (financial due diligence) and the post-merger integration
  • Establishment of finance as a business partner; to provide sales, marketing and product management with analyses for decision making and steering of e-commerce activities (performance marketing, SEO, SEA, etc.)
  • Driving innovation and process improvements across various business functions, in particular logistics, procurement, finance and administration
  • Cash and liquidity management
  • Main point of contact for the shareholder, banks, tax advisors and auditors
YOUR PROFILE
  • Significant relevant work experience as a CFO / COO, ideally in a "Mittelstands" firm
  • Consumer goods and e-commerce know-how is required
  • Outstanding finance skill-set
  • Previous experience working with private equity investors is helpful
  • Strong affinity to numbers and technology
  • Past experience in guiding organisations through growth (anorganically and organically)
  • Strategic and analytical mindset with experience of professionalising and improving financial disciplines, systems and processes including KPIs, both within the finance area and across the business
  • Pro-active self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset, driven to build the business
  • Experienced in establishing processes and structures paired with the ability to enable and train employees to set-up organisational best practices
  • Strong leadership skills in order to drive the organisation through a significant growth phase
  • Excellent communication, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Fluency in English and German, both written and spoken, is a must


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