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Director of Finance / Head of Accounting & Finance

COMPANY BACKGROUND:

We have been retained to search for a Director of Finance / Head of Accounting & Finance for an established, successful, boutique commercial real estate investment company that is experiencing significant growth and expansion due to the start of a new business venture. The company has an impressive record of success investing in a diversity of product types including office, multi-family, mixed-use and senior housing both for new development as well as existing income producing commercial properties assets in the Metro DC area, as well as on a national basis.  Since 2007, the company has invested in real estate projects totaling approximately $1.6 billion. While the company will continue to invest in selected opportunistic real estate investments on behalf of their international partners, the senior management team anticipates significant growth in an exciting new division, which will focus on the acquisition, development, and management of a unique, commercial residential product in the fast-growing Southeast, United States.  The new division has a number of projects/sites under development/LOI and anticipates rapid expansion for this new operating platform. The company seeks a hands-on, high potential financial profession to lead the finance and accounting function for the company including this new business venture.  The company has an experienced leadership team with a strong track record of success that is entrepreneurial, collaborative and team-oriented.  The company is goal-oriented and results-driven, the culture is positive, forward-thinking, and thoughtful.  The company is headquartered in a desirable city in the DC metro area and the office is metro accessible.

POSITION INFORMATION:

In this newly created position, this hands-on, motivated financial professional will report to the President/Managing Director, who has an impressive background and is highly regarded in the marketplace.  This person will also partner closely with the experienced management team and have excellent internal and external exposure to meaningful real estate leaders.  This person will need a forward-thinking mentality, while also being flexible/nimble to be more hands-on when necessary.  This person will have a strong level of autonomy, with oversight of the full accounting function (external/management reporting, planning, tax, budgeting, cash flow, forecasting, treasury, A/P, A/R, and financial systems and implementations, etc.).  This is a meaningful role that offers excellent depth and breadth of responsibility, with the opportunity to partner with the excellent management team.  Additionally, this person will have input on the strategic growth plan for the company, including hiring/training staff and various meaningful special projects.  This is a special opportunity to join a successful, established company that is going through exciting growth. 

COMPENSATION: Excellent compensation program which includes competitive base, bonus, and strong benefits. With time, equity participation could be provided for the successful candidate.  If needed, relocation assistance could be provided. 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance. CPA preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant accounting experience.  Prior public accounting experience preferred. Current/prior commercial real estate industry experience either in a company or in public accounting required.
  • Broad base of diverse financial real estate experience. Prior exposure to financial reporting, investor reporting, treasury and financial systems preferred.
  • Hands-on, entrepreneurial mindset.  This person will be an important member of a small group of experienced real estate professionals that will need to be self-motivated with initiative to develop, improve and maintain a top-tier financial function for a growth-oriented, expanding real estate investment, development company.
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • Highest level of integrity loyalty and commitment.  Ability to manage multiple priorities and work with multiple stakeholders including communication with foreign investors.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  This person will be responsible for representing the accounting/ finance function both internally and externally (investors, bankers, joint venture partners, consultants/advisors, vendors/suppliers).
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented. The successful candidate will enjoy working with a small group of experienced real estate professionals who is hands-on to drive results for investors.  This person should enjoy improving process, procedures and systems and getting involved in various functional areas to make the company better.

TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUAL CASH COMPENSATION: Contingent Upon Experience.

 

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