The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is seeking a dynamic, experienced financial leader to serve as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The ARM Institute’s mission is to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative robotics technologies that are the foundation of every advanced manufacturing activity today and into the future. We leverage a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of partners across industry, academia, and government to:
Make robotics, autonomy, and artificial intelligence accessible to large and small U.S. manufacturers
Train and empower the manufacturing workforce
Strengthen our economy and global competitiveness
Elevate our national security and resilience
The CFO will balance financial stewardship with business development acumen. You will implement and oversee state-of-the-art processes and internal controls that drive and ensure the financial health and long-term future of the organization. Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the leadership team, you will play a key role in pivotal decisions as they relate to strategic initiatives and growth of the ARM Institute.
We believe diversity is essential to our organization’s growth and success. The ARM Institute strives to create an inclusive, accepting culture and seeks individuals of all backgrounds to join our innovative organization. We are a proud equal opportunity employer.
The ARM Institute is part of Manufacturing USA, a national network created to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing through large-scale public-private collaborations. The 16 manufacturing innovation institutes bring together member organizations from manufacturers of all sizes, academia, and government to develop technology and train manufacturing workers.
If you are eager to be a part of this Pittsburgh-based accelerator along with a national network of unique and leading-edge manufacturing institutes, we encourage you to apply!
What the role includes:
Manage all financial obligations, objectives, and reporting requirements of various government agencies, military branches, and other financial institutions related to grants, and work towards ensuring that all such agencies’ financial benchmarks and objectives are met.
Partner with leadership to define, develop, implement, and maintain sound financial practices that align with the ARM Institute’s strategic goals.
Responsible for tracking to the obligation profile and working in concert with the government program manager to set funding forecasts and spending projections along with reporting.
Maintain close relationships and fiduciary responsibilities with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) finance and accounting staff with respect to financial reporting. Manage accounting for the ARM Institute expenses related to the Mill 19 headquarters building, where the ARM Institute is a subtenant of CMU.
Work with existing government teams and federal agencies to ensure that government funding and spending are aligned with the overall expectations and goals of the government. Similarly, work with additional government agencies and other entities to meet obligations as the ARM Institute builds additional grant and revenue streams.
Oversee management of cost share portfolio, including but not limited to projects and membership. Ensure proper compliance with policies, documentation, and government requirements.
Supervise internal controls and ensure compliance with GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
Partner with business development staff in the creation of budgets and finances for new funding proposals, including future technology development activity in the headquarters building.
Lead teams including but not limited to Finance, Legal, Contract Management, and Human Resources.
Prepare and present financial information to the ARM Institute Board of Directors and its Audit Committee.
Support the CEO in enhancing organizational efficiency and productivity. Champion the implementation and development of organizational processes. Collaborate with other Manufacturing USA Institutes to share best practices.
What you need:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance, or related field required. Advanced business degree and/or CPA preferred.
A minimum of 15 years of direct accounting/finance experience with at least five years of progressive senior leadership experience including managing direct reports.
A minimum of 8 years of experience in a complex accounting environment with experience working with robust federal grant and/or contract funding mechanisms.
In-depth knowledge of GAAP, regulatory accounting rules, cash management, treasury functions, tax compliance, and reporting.
Ability to serve as an effective, candid, and strategic observer and advisor to the CEO.
Entrepreneurial spirit with the business acumen to navigate decision making when there is a lack of data, pivot as situations evolve, and influence stakeholders effectively.
Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate others and build strong internal and external relationships.
Initiative and the ability to think critically, prioritize, delegate, multi-task, resolve issues, and see projects through to the end. Strategically minded while also tactical and hands-on.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
The ARM Institute is currently working virtually in compliance with state and local guidelines. Work will resume onsite at Mill 19 at the Hazelwood Green technology campus once it is safe to do so. Work-related travel requirements will also resume at that time.
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