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CAO - Chief Accounting Officer / IA Ag. Mfg. (SMB)

NPAworldwide Recruitment Network

Last Updated: 11/25/22

Job Description

Job description:

Position Description: The Chief Accounting Officer supervises all accounting processes for this two-division, privately held manufacturing company, reporting to the President/Owner. Produces detailed and timely manufacturing cost accounting analysis, and quality KPI metrics to support continuous improvement. This hands-on leader is expected to become knowledgeable about all aspects of the business operations, including the sales cycle, R&D and manufacturing process, and the marketing of two unique product groups with specific target markets.

The CAO will supervise four current employees, including an Assistant Controller, oversee integrated order processing, General Ledger, AP/AR, and customer credit authorizations, and provide continuous metrics for the marketing department. The CAO will become deeply involved in product pricing.

The CAO will have input into formulating company strategy and is responsible for financial projections with detailed supporting schedules. The CFO/Controller supports all company departments and provides visual reports and conventional accounting reports. one hundred employees.

Core Competency: Experience in manufacturing accounting, including cost and financial accounting. Ability to communicate and collaborate with all members of the management team. Background in lean-continuous improvement. Experience with manufacturing ERP systems. Ability to interface with software support vendors and define custom reporting requirements. Able to advise ownership on actionable short-term and intermediary cash management and treasury strategies. An entrepreneurial mindset with a strong focus on ROI.


Requirements: The candidate should be a hands-on professional willing to develop professional skills in an adaptable, close-knit environment.

  • Accounting degree and demonstrated career progression in related areas of responsibility.
  • Seeking 5-10 years of direct experience in a comparable senior accounting role.
  • CPA/CMA is not required but strongly preferred.
Why is This a Great Opportunity:

Industry: Manufacturer of ag commodity handling and consumer durable equipment.

Location: Des Moines Metro satellite office with a Plant in Southern Iowa (1.5 hrs. from Des Moines)

Our client is an established $49MM multi-generation 50yr steel fabrication and powered equipment manufacturer with over 100 employees working across two distinct lines of equipment sold through national dealer channels. One product serves the commercial grain and fiber farming category, and the second is a power equipment line for suburban and rural acreage homeowners. This company is experiencing heavy demand and high growth.

Strong potential for advancement into a position of increased responsibility within the organization.

Location: This 50-year-old, mid-sized manufacturing company is in rural South-Central Iowa, 90 minutes from Des Moines. Solid public schools, new community recreational facilities, outdoor activities, and a friendly small-town feel in a healthy and vibrant economic environment.

The company is opening its first satellite office in the Des Moines Metro to house specific design and technical personnel and provide an option for key shared services staff, including the CAO. Frequent travel to the Plant is expected.

Benefits:Comprehensive health, dental, vision, holidays, vacation, employer-paid life insurance, flexible spending/cafeteria plan, and 401k. Relocation support. EOE.

Company Details

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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