Executive Director of Finance

September 21, 2022
Fremont, CA
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The Executive Director (ExDir) of Finance will play a key role in to helping to achieve Ravenswood Solutions' business and social goals, as well as increase the company's overall value by leading and guiding the development of an efficient, versatile, and progressive finance and accounting team.

The ExDir-Finance will be responsible for leading the financial operations of the company in a hands-on manner, setting strong examples for business ethics, collaboration, communication, transparency and attention to detail in keeping with the established Ravenswood culture. They will ensure fiscal operations are in compliance with all applicable regulations and standards for all jurisdictions in which the company operates. This includes Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the US headquarters and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for wholly-owned subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and Kenya. The ExDir-Finance will be prepared to lead the financial aspects of establishing new business entities in any future operating locations that growth may dictate.

The ExDir-Finance will be knowledgeable about US Government accounting principles, to include Cost Accounting Standards, as well as the most common federal regulations found in public sector business (Federal Acquisition Regulation [FAR], Defense Contracts Audit Agency, General Services Agency, Department of Labor, and Internal Revenue Service). The ExDir-Finance will also be knowledgeable about and experienced in common commercial accounting practices, to include Software as a Service (SaaS) and equivalent 'managed service' business models.

The ExDir-Finance is expected to fulfill the following duties:

  • Act as an integral member of the senior management team who works closely with the CEO, fellow department heads, the Ravenswood Board, and senior management of Ravenswood's parent company, SRI International (a non-profit R&D institute);
  • Serve as Corporate Treasurer
  • Be operations-oriented and conversant with the business goals and objectives of the company;
  • Manage and control all strategic and operational aspects of finance and accounting in a manner appropriate for a growth-oriented business;
  • Serve as the primary financial spokesperson and oversee all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to the company's accounting, treasury, financing, capital investment, tax, budget, cost analysis, reporting, and forecasting;
  • Lead and develop a 'small but mighty' finance and accounting team with energy and empathy;
  • Build and leverage effective relationships within the company, as well as with a diverse set of constituents to include bankers, external auditors, outside counsel, and other advisors;
  • Be able to recruit, hire, mentor and develop financial talent in a manner and pace consistent with the company's strategic growth plan;
  • Educate managers and staff on financial issues influencing their budgets and spending;
  • Implement and/or enhance financial policies and procedures of the organization in ways that will improve the operational effectiveness of the company;
  • Manage the corporate financing needs of the company by tracking, measuring, evaluating, and forecasting financial results; identifying needs and trends; analyzing capital needs; establishing and enforcing internal controls; and arranging and participating in internal and external audits;
  • Oversee internal and external financial reporting: income statements, balance sheets, capital budgets, cash flow planning, annual operating plans, and mid-year forecasts;
  • Develop timely, meaningful reporting tools that serve to measure and improve performance, including accurate and robust Estimate At Completion (EAC) reports;
  • Maintain a cash flow projection process that ensures adequate cash is available to meet operating needs across the entire corporate enterprise (including subsidiaries);
  • Coordinate the preparation of monthly financial reports, including consolidating financial statements and cash flow statements into US GAAP and IFRS as applicable;
  • Obtain and maintain credit facilities adequate to provide for working capital and investments;
  • Develop and maintain the company operating insurance program;
  • Direct 401(k) administration;
  • Manage facilities-related finances in partnership with the Director of Business Operations
  • Actively monitor and manage the company's working capital accounts;
  • Manage and update corporate transfer pricing policy for subsidiary operations;



Candidates will be evaluated with a range of assessment tools and interview discussions related to the position description and the following requirements:

  • BS in Finance or Accounting required; MBA/CPA preferred;
  • 10+ years' progressive financial management and leadership experience;
  • Proven leadership experience in a dynamic business environment;
  • Must be hands-on with the ability to respond quickly to CEO and Board of Directors' requests;
  • Experience as an Executive Director or VP of Finance with revenues over $30M;
  • Proven track record of delivering sustainable results within a team-centric organization
  • Knowledge of the Government Contracting market sector (experience preferred);
  • Knowledge of FAR/DFAR (experience preferred);
  • Experience with ERP, financial IT, time reporting systems (expertise preferred);
  • Must be security clearable (current or prior security clearance preferred);
  • Exposure to M&A with willingness to learn buy & sell side (experience preferred);


  • A good role model who is trustworthy and embraces the opportunity to teach, coach, mentor;
  • High ethical standards with willingness to admit to and correct mistakes by self and others;
  • Effective communicator who is responsive to supervisors, peers, and subordinates alike;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to anticipate and plan for second/third-order effects and consequences;
  • A decisive individual who possesses a "big picture" perspective;
  • A creative problem solver who responds well under pressure;
  • An excellent negotiator;
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