Chief Financial Officer

Toronto - Ontario - Canada - Life Sciences & Health Care - Pharmaceutical - Project Management & Services - Academic Master

Our Client is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to join their executive team in Toronto. This individual will play a critical role in strategic decision-making and be a hands-on leader in guiding the business through continued rapid organic and acquisition growth. They will combine vision, passion, integrity, a steadfast work ethic and are highly driven to help fuel the division’s growth.

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Sinead McLaughlin, Account manager

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About this role


  • Provide leadership to the division’s finance function to ensure excellent service delivery and financial stewardship to the division and its management
  • Ensures that an appropriate and effective framework of internal controls is in place to safeguard assets, to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of operations and to ensure accurate, reliable and timely financial reporting.
  • Establishes yearly financial objectives that align with the company’s plan for profitable growth
  • Manages the cash planning process and ensures the availability of funds to support operational requirements
  • Participates in the executive decision-making process in support of strategic initiatives and operational requirements
  • Contributes to the company’s enterprise risk management objectives and program and ensures that the division’s property and operations are adequately protected
  • Ensures tax optimization
  • Ensures full compliance with all applicable federal and provincial legislation and regulations

Financial reporting, analysis, budgeting and forecasting

  • Plays the lead role in coordinating the annual Budget process
  • Is responsible for monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting including variance analysis, flash reports, executive dashboards, KPIs, cash flow reporting and other relevant information as required
  • Optimizes the month-end close process to improve the timeliness, accuracy and relevance of the division’s financial reporting
  • Provides insight, reporting and analytics on special projects, product launches, capital investments, new product category offerings and miscellaneous business initiatives
  • Responsible for the division’s accounting, financial reporting and budgeting tools, systems and software
  • Utilizes forward-looking models and activity-based analyses to provide financial insight into the organization’s plans and operating budgets

Performance optimization

  • Supports the executive decision-making process to improve profitability
  • Ensures the planning process optimizes its tax liabilities and expenses while maintaining full compliance with all applicable tax legislation at all levels of government
  • Ensures corporate and legal structure is properly architected to optimize the corporation’s tax liabilities
  • Ensures that operating cash flow is maximized in the pursuit of all operating objectives

Managing External relationships

  • Acts as the VP of Finance you will liaise with external third parties such as key vendors, customers and business partners
  • Maintains effective banking relationships to help ensure that appropriate banking facilities and arrangements are in place to support the division’s financial operations
  • Ensures that the division’s relationship with the company’s external auditors is positive, constructive and contributes to an effective and efficient annual audit process and any other requirements necessitating assurance work by the company’s external auditors

About you


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in progressive financial roles
  • CPA or equivalent professional accounting designation
  • MBA or equivalent degree in Finance, Business, Economics or related discipline
  • Finance leadership role in a high growth environment, preferably in a start-up business
  • Experience with best practices in large mature organizations
  • Extensive experience in communicating business fundamentals to a management team with varying degrees of financial management knowledge
  • Strong financial management skills and excellent planning, budgeting and analytical capabilities
  • Demonstrated track record of supporting corporate development function in identifying accretive opportunities and helping successfully close M&A transactions
  • Strong capabilities and knowledge in financial accounting and reporting, ideally with IFRS and public company reporting
  • Ability to provide value add counsel, insight and recommendations on a broad range of strategic, commercial and operational issues
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and experienced in accounting applications within an ERP system; ideally has experience in implementing an ERP system
  • Decisive leader with exceptional negotiations, communications and presentation skills, both written and oral
  • Highly capable of navigating effectively in fluid environments
  • Have an understanding and/or interest in the burgeoning cannabis industry, particularly in North American markets.

What we offer

Why work with Brunel? We are proud to offer exciting career opportunities from over 100 offices globally in 42 countries. Advancing your career takes time and effort – let us match you to your ideal position.

About us

Brunel has a reputation for working with some of the best in the business. That’s what we continually strive for. Over 40 years, we’ve created a global network of interesting clients and talented individuals working together through a vast array of services.


  • Vacancy number: PUB218566
  • Location: Toronto
  • Market: Life Sciences & Health Care
  • hours per week: 40
  • Branche: Pharmaceutical
  • Education level: Academic Master
  • Area of Expertise: Project Management & Services
  • Closing date: Friday, August 9, 2019
Apply now

Feel free to contact


Sinead McLaughlin

Account manager Brunel Energy Canada Calgary

+1 403 539 5009

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