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Director of Finance

CONCACAF-FEATURE

Position Title: Director of Finance
Department: Finance 
Reports to: General Secretary 
Position based in: CONCACAF Headquarters, Miami, FL 

COMPANY INFORMATION: 

We are “The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football”, or “CONCACAF”, and one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). CONCACAF serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 41 national associations united by the passion for football, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south. 

CONCACAF is committed to develop, promote and manage football throughout the region. 

POSITION PURPOSE: 

The Director of Finance is responsible for providing overall financial management to CONCACAF in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. The Director of Finance is the most senior financial position within CONCACAF, reporting directly to the General Secretary. The Director of Finance must demonstrate leadership, initiative and competence in financial planning and analysis; adherence to internal controls, vendor compliance and accounting procedures; and delivery of timely and accurate financial reporting (internal and external), The Director of Finance will inform CONCACAF management, as well as the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Finance Committee, of the organization’s financial status on a regular basis. 

The successful candidate will have a strong financial expertise and ability to exercise sound judgement, integrity and decision making. He/she must have excellent “hands-on” management and communication skills with all levels of staff and must have demonstrated high standards of professional competence and integrity while maintaining confidentiality. This position requires the ability to manage, uphold and continue to improve the integrity of all treasury operations, budgeting, internal controls and accounting processes. He/she will have the following functions reporting to him/her: accounting, payables / disbursements, finance, and information technology. 

The ideal candidate will have earned a CPA license with a major international accounting firm such as a member of the “Big Four”, he/she will be bilingual (English and Spanish) and have a service-oriented mentality in working with peer departments, and external and internal stakeholders. He/she will have worked as the senior financial officer in a multi-national corporation with international commerce, including treasury operations experience. Additional financial exposure to GAAP for non-profits is preferred, but is not required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Responsible for the timely and accurate preparation, review and financial analysis of monthly, quarterly and annual internal financial statements (consolidated balance sheet, P&L and cash flow analysis), as well as by major CONCACAF tournament/event 
  • Implement and monitor appropriate accounting processes and controls, including monthly account reconciliations, various monthly accrual entries, revenue billings and collections, consolidating worksheets, balance sheet analysis, monthly close procedures (and timing), segregation of duties and financial statement analysis (including budget vs. actual by event) 
  • Monitor and review the preparation of detailed 13-week cash flow, tie-outs to check runs and variances; adhere to weekly disbursement and vendor invoice review controls; and ensure that all payments are properly approved and revenue is booked and collected on a timely basis to ensure that CONCACAF maintains proper liquidity  
  • Lead the detailed annual budgeting process (by department, by event) as well as monthly reporting of budget vs. actual, and regular quarterly updates 
  • Develop, implement, and ensure ongoing compliance with all internal financial and accounting policies and procedures 
  • Review, modify and shorten monthly financial statement closing calendar for more timely reporting 
  • Actively develop, mentor and motivate junior finance staff 
  • Proactively ensures that generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), internal controls (financial, disbursements, IT and other) and applicable laws and regulations are abided, including OFAC regulations on Cuba (a CONCACAF member nation) 
  • Coordinate business insurance coverage, including for tournaments. Obtains and/or supervises work for premium quotes, monitoring claims process, premium and loss history and audits 
  • Review and/or prepare all supporting information for the annual external audit, periodic FIFA audits and other stakeholder audit needs. Liaise with the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Finance Committee (with the General Secretary and independently with such member Committees) and the external auditors as necessary 
  • Advise and assist the General Secretary and other CONCACAF peer Directors of operating groups in developing financial plans consistent with organizational structure and goals 
  • Enhance and / or develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization that will improve the overall effectiveness and financial positioning of CONCACAF 
  • Recommend internal controls and cost saving opportunities 
  • Provide financial perspective on any contracts and/or tournament ventures into which CONCACAF may enter 
  • Liaise with external financial partners, including audit, banking and credit card providers; responsible to review and assist external accountants in timely preparing annual tax filings 
  • Optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies 
  • Safeguard CONCACAF’s financial assets 
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that personnel and financial information is secure and stored in compliance with current policies and legislation 
  • Supervise and counsel the Information Technology Department activities. Review data processing requirements and evaluates alternative solutions 
  • Supervise management of communication systems throughout the company (i.e., telephone equipment, cellular plans, long distance suppliers, data lines) 

SUPPORTIVE FUNCTIONS: (Secondary to required function) 

In addition to performance of the essential functions, this position may be required to perform a combination of the following supportive functions, with the percentage of time performing each function to be solely determined by the supervisor based upon the particular requirements of the company. 

  • Evaluate the Finance Department structure and team plan for continued improvement in efficiency and effectiveness, as well as timeliness and accuracy in monthly closing procedures 
  • Oversee the recordkeeping function including maintenance of the general ledger and sub ledgers, accounts payable, revenue billings, accounts receivable, accruals and payroll 
  • Maintain financial records for each project in a manner that facilitates management reports 

SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY: 

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that s/he can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities 

  • Active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) required 
  • At least 3 years of experience working for a major international audit firm required, such as a member of the “Big Four” 
  • 15+ years total of progressive financial responsibility, including as senior financial officer with both accounting and treasury operations experience in a multi-national corporation 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting; Master’s degree preferred 
  • Demonstrates excellent critical thinking, a strong ethics mentality and “hands-on” analytical skills 
  • Must be a process-driven thinker, goal oriented and have a continuous improvement mentality 
  • Demonstrates a transparent communication and relationship style with employees, peers, the Audit Committee and Finance Committee, CONCACAF membership and other stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing, mentoring and motivating teams 
  • Ability to create and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality when dealing with proprietary information and sensitive situations 
  • Displays strong knowledge of GAAP, accounting operations and month end close and consolidation procedures 
  • Demonstrated experience in managing projects; trains and develops staff on proper procedures 
  • Understanding of financial, control and legal issues facing global sports industry, including sponsorship matters, licensing, anti-bribery, anti-kickback, self-dealing, etc. strongly preferred 
  • Experience leading teams to generate a vision, establish direction and cadence, motivate employees, encourage diverse views, and encourage continuous improvement and development 
  • Displays ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization 
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization. 
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness. 
  • Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization. 
  • Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization 
  • Set team priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities 
  • Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results 
  • Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem 
  • Hands-on experience in ERP Systems, preferred knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ideal candidate is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) 
  • Candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. 

Due to the cyclical nature of the sports and entertainment industry, the employee may be required to work varying schedules including game nights to reflect the business needs of the company. 

This job description in no way implies that the duties listed here are the only ones the employee can be required to perform. The employee is expected to perform other tasks, duties and training as dictated by their supervisor. 

CONCACAF provides comprehensive benefits offerings to all full-time employees. Our benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance and a paid time-off program, 401K and assigned gym membership. CONCACAF is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other classification protected by law. 

If you are interested in applying for this position please send an updated CV to Jobs@concacaf.org 

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and will be required to submit proof of such eligibility.