Chief Financial Officer at Guardian Real Estate Services

Chief Financial Officer at Guardian Real Estate Services

  • Date Posted:February 5, 2019
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Sector: Corporate Finance
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Position Summary:
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Guardian Real Estate Services will serve on the Executive Committee with responsibility for directing Guardian’s financial affairs according to principles set forth by GAAP and other regulatory bodies. CFO will provide counsel on business strategy and assist with establishing policies for the company, maintain and manage relationships with company bankers, external accountants, tax advisors and auditors overseeing the annual audit process, oversee leadership and management for the Corporate Controller, Property Accounting Manager, all corporate finance functions and overall treasury management. The CFO must be able to communicate clearly and concisely the financial outcomes of operating activities, provide information that informs decision making and assist with applying that information to future business strategies.

Strategic Leadership:

  • Serve as a finance leader and partner, playing an important role in enhancing the organization’s financial and operational performance.
  • Provide adequate, accurate and timely data and analysis to support strategic decision-making. This includes providing advice and information that helps business lines and other operating departments operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  • Provide leadership and support to all financial and operational functions, including effectively guiding, supporting and monitoring all financial transactions.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to the finance and accounting team, ensuring an optimum level of performance in a positive team environment.
  • Support the planning, analysis and efficient execution of business opportunities that promote growth of the organization.

Financial and Operational Management

  • Forecast and report on business units within company financial statement.
  • Institute financial models for strategic planning scenarios and conduct financial forecasts.
  • Responsible for annual corporate financial reporting and tax estimates.
  • Review and approve property audits and tax returns. Maintain internal control safeguards.
  • Oversee the budgeting process and monitor financial performance by measuring and analyzing financial and operational results and initiating required corrective actions. Periodically reforecast the company’s financial results. Ensure timeliness and accuracy of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and annual IRS filings.
  • Preside over all aspects of accounting and finance processes and controls.
  • Manage relationships with external accountants, tax advisors and auditors overseeing the annual audit process.
  • Manage and oversee all financial systems and databases, ensuring accurate and high-quality data.
  • Provide real estate development financing expertise and oversight. Establish and reinforce parameters for financing, guarantees, loan covenants, reserves and other construction and/or lease-up obligations to ensure continuity and controls are adhered to and achieved.
  • Review closing documents to ensure that fee agreements, settlement statements, and other related documents are prepared correctly. Act as a resource to development managers to ensure that terms, cash collection and release of reserves and guarantees are as favorable to Guardian as possible.
  • Enhance and/or develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization through systems that will improve the organization’s overall operation and effectiveness.
  • Provide financial and accounting analysis, reporting, and advice with the ability to articulate complex financial and legal information that enables the best possible outcomes.

The ideal candidate for the CFO position will be a successful CPA, CFO, Treasurer or other finance leader who has demonstrated the ability to partner effectively with internal and external constituencies to implement innovative and successful financial management strategies. The candidate will have a depth of experience designing and improving sound treasury, accounting and financial systems and will have experience in the real estate, financial, corporate, and/or not-for-profit sectors. The successful candidate will have:

  • Sustained (10+ years) experience in a comparable CPA, CFO, Treasurer or other senior finance leadership role.
  • Demonstrated business acumen, a strategic mindset and a collaborative approach to serve as an executive leader.
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment and show a willingness to collaborate and multi-task.
  • A proven track record in building and leading an effective team. Strong treasury, bank relations, and cash management experience are important.
  • Experience in a senior finance role, resulting in the development and implementation of effective financial management processes and operations.
  • Experience managing a high-performance accounting and finance function, including the maximization of finance and accounting software, IT systems and processes.
  • Ability to understand complex transactions, and expertise in problem-solving.
  • Experience with real estate development, asset management, and property management. Financing experience in government-assisted housing and low-income housing tax credits preferred.
  • A career-long reputation for integrity, sound judgment and transparency, which includes the ability to effectively deal with highly-sensitive and confidential information.
  • Proven people-management experience with a track record of recruiting, developing, inspiring and retaining a high-performing finance team.
  • High degree of accountability, both in terms of following through on commitments and deadlines for self and your team.
  • High energy, resiliency, flexibility and the ability to manage multiple priorities and make ongoing decisions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including communicating ideas and information to diverse audiences.

Guardian Real Estate Services LLC – Company Description
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Guardian Real Estate Services has evolved into a leading management, development and investment firm. Our company offers a diversified real estate service platform including property management, investments, development, and advisory services. Guardian delivers custom solutions by offering a higher level of expertise, resources and creative capacity to develop a unique approach for each client. 40 years of experience, combined with the long tenure of our key staff, contributes to our strength and sets us apart in the industry. Our stability and security comes from our legacy of experience, industry knowledge, and integrity.

Guardian is a distinguished leader in the multifamily housing arena with a team of highly qualified real estate professionals. The company’s vertically-integrated business model is sought by both private and institutional investors. Guardian’s management portfolio includes over 122 assets throughout 50 cities located in four states, and is comprised of approximately 7,700 multifamily units. Guardian’s portfolio includes a diverse mix of market-rate, affordable and senior housing. Guardian holds ownership interests in 27% of the portfolio under management.

The Guardian Experience – Our People
The Guardian Experience: Property Management is our strength. People have always been our passion. Our team is, and has always been, actively engaged in superior real estate management and enhancing the communities in which we live and work. In this economy, companies come and go. As a 3rd generation family owned firm, Guardian’s growth and stability has evolved the company into a leading West Coast real estate management and investment firm.

Guardian Offers
In addition to competitive salaries, 401(k), Paid Time Off and paid Holidays, we offer a culture in which individuals work and participate in collaborative team environments and are encouraged to continue to grow both professionally and personally.

AAP/EEO Statement
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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