Director of Finance & Administration (reporting to CEO) - start-up/growth

Permanent job offered at Montreal

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Market + bonus + LTIP


  • Full accounting cycle & management of a small team
  • Business partner - financial side - bankers, private investors & VCs
  • Modeling & analysis of investment projects
  • Discussion with construction/management - KPIs & performance
  • Liquidity management, credit agreements, financial commitments
  • Financial presentations to a diverse audience of investors
  • Both strategic and hands-on


Our client, an "alternative" real estate start-up launched by 3 creative entrepreneurs with entrepreneurial backgrounds, is looking for its future Director of Finance & Administration. A leader in its niche as an eco-friendly hospitality developer and property manager, this group of successful people focuses on a vision of growth and delivering an exceptional experience to its customers by reconnecting them to nature.  This position is offered in hybrid mode.



You'll work directly with a creative, results-oriented President who values constructive and respectful dialogue, and loves to receive financial and accounting recommendations. We're looking for a Finance Director who can act as a link between the development and management (hospitality) teams to analyze the organization's overall financial performance, but also analyze current and future projects and propose solutions to achieve and maintain planned performance targets. In the words of the President, the Finance Director represents the transmission belt between vision and operations.


As a hands-on manager with an entrepreneurial approach, you will ensure sound management of the company to protect the interests of shareholders and investors. Your role will be more accounting-oriented at first than finance-oriented; you'll have to diagnose the finance function in order to better structure the accounting department; you'll also have to analyze and produce profitability reports with the help of a complex Excel spreadsheet on current projects, but you'll also be able to analyze the feasibility of potential projects. You'll be in charge of all aspects of finance, from managing cash flow to negotiating credit agreements and meeting financial commitments. A seasoned communicator, the Director of Finance will be responsible for the executive transmission of financial information and project status to the President, investors, investment and/or advisory committees and team.


The successful candidate will be the President's strategic financial advisor, overseeing the complete financial cycle and responsible for corporate governance, including sound risk management. He/she will act as a financial business partner in financing activities and as a consultant in acquisition, development and investment matters. 


Producing annual budgets, asset valuation policies, NAVs, financial statements and investor reports are also part of the duties of a finance director who's not afraid to get his hands dirty. At the same time, there's a certain duality involved, as he or she must also be able to rise above the fray and sit on the board of directors.


Financial executive, CPA, bilingual with hands on and entrepreneurial approach who has worked within a real estate (hospitality) development and/or management company in a similar finance role and responsibilities for over 6 years. The Finance Director must master the company's complete accounting and financial cycle. Results-oriented candidate with expertise in Excel-based modeling of performance, projections (pro-formas) and ROI on potential projects. CFA designation and/or Master's degree in finance are definite assets.


We are looking for a rigorous candidate with strong analytical and synthesis skills who is highly adaptable and has had a direct impact on the growth and profitability of past and/or current employers. 


The Director of Finance has excellent communication and popularization skills, as well as credibility and the ability to influence a wide range of audiences, including real estate bankers, lawyers, real estate investors, investment and/or advisory committees, financiers and business partners.

About us

CIELO is a recruitment firm specializing in finance, accounting and management in Quebec, Canada and internationally. Our head office is located in downtown Montreal. Only successful candidates will be invited to an interview. We would like to thank all the candidates for showing interest in this position. The masculine form is used to lighten the text.

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