Our client Innovative Composite Engineering is seeking a CFO candidate to join their leadership team.  Located in White Salmon directly across from Hood River ICE offers a compressed 4-day work week and a tremendous opportunity to shape and influence the strategy and direction of the organization.

ICE takes great pride in the products that they produce and support they give their customers. It will make you feel good knowing the part you built just launched into space on the shuttle or just helped win the America’s Cup.

 Every single person at ICE is a critical team member leading to the success of not just ICE but the success of their customers and the nation as a whole.

ICE values each employee, bonuses are paid based on company performance but also on your contributions and tenure with the organization.  Everyone has a chance to be recognized from line workers to a top-level executive. 

ICE creates products that make an impact on the world!

History/Background  of our Client:

ICE was founded in 1990 in White Salmon, WA, with the mission of developing composite technologies and processes that lead to high volume manufacturing opportunities. ICE is best known for it’s line of windsurfing masts that are marketed under the NoLimitz brand name. NoLimitz is the highest visibility area of ICE, especially locally, but far from all, we do here. In fact, NoLimitz masts are a very small slice of the pie.

The majority of ICE’s work is spread out over a broad customer base. They are a manufacturer of advanced composite products for the aerospace, industrial and recreational industries. Their capabilities range from pre- preg table rolled tubing to complex molded components. ICE works with its customers to engineer solutions to their needs then moves these prototype developments into volume production.

Currently, ICE manufactures a diverse range of parts for a broad customer base including components for use in the oil and gas industry, surveying equipment, UAV aircraft for Boeing/Insitu, furniture for Polo Ralph Lauren, and automotive components to name a few. ICE is the leader in its field and continues to grow and prosper.  We are constantly developing new markets and components driven by our customer’s needs.

What ICE does:

ICE specializes in the engineering and fabrication of composite (carbon fiber and fiberglass) parts utilizing pre- preg materials. Pre-preg is a dry material that is heat activated. There are no wet resins or toxic fumes that are usually associated with composite production. Although the materials and production technology that ICE uses are expensive, it results in the highest quality products available.

Primary Purpose of Position:

The CFO Operates as a member of the senior executive team contributing to the strategic direction of the manufacturing facility, holds a leadership role in financial decision-making, and provides strategic financial input to the senior executive team. Oversees the overall accounting process, with an emphasis on cost accounting and plays a key role in developing and implementing financial procedures to improve and maintain the financial health of the company.

Essential functions:

 Executes the financial strategy of the company

Manages financial controls and accounting procedures

Ensures full transparency over the financial performance of the company

Provides advice on how to increase revenue and reduce costs

Effectively and communicates potential risks promptly.

Proposes action plans to ensure that annual financial objectives are attained

Supports the CEO w/the preparation of monthly & annual financial plans and budgeting to include capital budgets.

Monitors speed and accuracy of accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll

Coordinates production of all tax documentation as required

Constructs and monitors cost-effective data accumulation systems needed to provide an appropriate level of costing information to management, as well as accurate inventory values.

Knowledge of, Skill, and Ability to:

Financial management in a manufacturing environment

Job costing experience

Advanced computer skills, including proficiency in QB, MS Office, ERP systems

Results oriented strategic thinker and planner

Function independently as well as part of a team

Communicate effectively in English; both written & oral

Effectively manages job stress & interacts w/others effectively

Education & Experience

 Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field; CPA or CMA preferred

10+ years experience in a senior financial managerial position

Reporting:

Direct report to CEO/President

Supervises: Staff Accountant, Bookkeeper, and Human Resources Manager

Interacts with customers, vendors, Sales, Engineering & Operations for problems solving and continuous improvements

Culture:

 ICE firmly believes in keeping manufacturing jobs in the US and this community. They provide an exciting, challenging, and rewarding workplace that people enjoy. ICE works with its team members to help them grow personally as well as within the organization. ICE believes because you spend about half of your waking hours at work, it should be something you look forward to and enjoy.

ICE operates on a 4/10s schedule allowing for a great work/life balance. They support employee health and wellness w/flexible work schedules and offer a variety of fitness and weight loss support.

Wendy Kent

Wendy Kent

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