Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance
Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services
Location: Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Type: Full Time
Salary: Based on Experience
Competitive compensation and benefits package.
4 Year Degree
Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services (PPCS), located in Ellsworth, WI, seeks a Chief Financial Officer and VP, Finance to provide leadership to the Cooperative and our fiber broadband subsidiary, SwiftCurrent Connect, in all financial-related activities. PPCS is a growing cooperative that serves over 7,000 members in western Wisconsin. SwiftCurrent Connect provides fiber internet to over 3,000 customers and is rapidly growing. Combined, these two entities will be approaching $25 million in annual revenue. An experienced leader will have ample opportunity to provide strategic leadership and direction. With convenient access to the Twin Cities metro areas of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, living and working in our service area provides tremendous opportunities for professional and personal rewards. PPCS seeks an experienced financial leader in the electric or telecommunications industries, including individuals with cooperative backgrounds. PPCS is seeking a dynamic individual looking for new challenges and to help PPCS members Live Better®.
Essential Job Duties
This position has the primary responsibility of managing and directing the daily finance of PPCS and SwiftCurrent Connect in a manner that advances the financial position of the organizations. This includes direct participation in the accounting, budgeting, investing, financing, and reporting functions. This position includes oversight responsibilities in accounts payable, tax reporting, debt portfolio, and treasury management.
Establish economic objectives for PPCS and SwiftCurrent Connect, including preparation of rate studies and cost of service analysis, long term financial forecasting, preparation of loan applications and effective cash management practices.
Deliver financial updates at monthly board meetings, prepare summaries of department activities, and report
Establish and maintain an effective system of financial reporting and internal accounting control.
Direct and manage the activities of the accounting department.
Manage the financials and provide strategic guidance for PPCS and SwiftCurrent Connect.
Oversee the monthly general ledger processes.
Develop and maintain long-range financial management plans.
Monitor and update equity capital management forecast to provide long-term financial strength.
Maintains key performance metrics, including Key Trend Ratio Analysis benchmarks.
Coordinate the annual budget preparation processes.
Develop key dashboards, analytics, and financial reporting to help guide board and senior management team in their decisions.
Supervise cash disbursement and accounts payable processes.
Studies department activities to determine efficient methods of carrying out cooperative and department objectives.
Lead accounting staff and work across departments to ensure financial objectives are met.
A full position description can be found at www.piercepepin.coop/careers-ppcs.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Bachelor’s degree in accounting and/or finance required.
Master of Business Administration degree is preferred.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) / Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is preferred.
Experience (10+ years) of accounting experience. Must understand general accounting principles and financial statements.
Budgeting and forecasting, or audit experience preferred.
Experience with NISC iVUE Solutions preferred.
Experience with large capital borrowing preferred.
Electric utility or telecommunications cooperative experience preferred.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office / Office365.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills with a high degree of attention to detail.
Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
Demonstrate cooperative shared values and embodies servant leadership.
Conditions of Employment
Must be able to meet physical requirements of the position.
Occasional travel (company vehicle or commercial vehicle) may be required.
Must be able to attend board meetings during the evening once a month.
Must be able to pass a physical exam, including drug and alcohol testing.
Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services (PPCS) is a strong community-focused electric cooperative with opportunities to promote leadership, integrity, accountability and innovation.
PPCS is located in Ellsworth, a village of approximately 3,300 residents and the county seat of Pierce County. Ellsworth combines a rural lifestyle with access to the advantages of a big city. With the Twin Cities metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul just 40 miles away, residents have easy access to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, professional sports teams, shopping, restaurants, theatre and museums. The local area boasts beautiful landscape and scenery, and recreational options include the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, state and local parks, hiking, biking and snowmobile trails. Excellent educational facilities are close by with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls just 15 miles away, University of Wisconsin-Stout 40 miles away, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 50 miles away. Nearby River Falls also provides exceptional technical training through Chippewa Valley Technical College. Residents of Ellsworth and surrounding communities enjoy the unique lifestyle of rural and city and the opportunities it provides.