Comfort Research
April 24, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Job Type


Position Summary:

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) plays an integral part in continuing the growth and profitability of Comfort Research.  The CFO will be an essential part of the leadership team and will actively participate in the future visioning of the company as it grows both organically and through strategic acquisitions.  The CFO ensures proper financial controls are in place and that financial transactions support the overall business strategy while meeting applicable laws and regulations.  The CFO will also partner with other members of the leadership team to provide consultative support to planning initiatives, operational analyses, and recommendations.  The right candidate will be a cross functional business leader who understands and can demonstrate a collaborative leadership approach.  The role requires an emotionally astute leader who excels at collaboration and influencing by forging close relationships across the organization.

The CFO will offer new insights to improve business performance that will continue to deliver value to the company.   The opportunity allows the right candidate to bring new ideas, changes and a plan to improve processes in a fast-paced environment with an award-winning culture.  The ideal candidate will be passionate about our Core Values – Find a Better Way, Do the Right Thing and Expect the Best.


Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Coordinate the overall financial activities of the company; lead finance, treasury, cash, insurance, capital planning, tax, audit, regulatory compliance, accounting reporting, credit, accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Evaluate and suggest improvements that impact long-range planning, and introduction of new programs/strategies
  • Ensure the finance team provides timely insights into financial trends
  • Maintain appropriate risk mitigation through systematic assessment and risk mitigation tools
  • Ensure the balance sheet is strong and able to provide multiple financial options to impact growth opportunities as they become available
  • Provide leadership and direction in ERP implementation, improvements and automation.
  • Improve and maintain financial performance by measuring and analyzing results; initiating corrective actions and proactively minimizing the impact of variances
  • Implement and maintain internal controls and processes required to manage and grow the business, while ensuring compliance with GAAP and applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting
  • Build strong partnerships and establish credibility with the internal team, based upon a demonstrated collaborative approach, leadership skills, and ability.
  • Willing to take a stand and build a case for change, always seeking input and engaging colleagues along the away. Not afraid to engage in healthy, respectful debate - but wholeheartedly supports and executes on consensus decision.
  • Focus on the continuous improvement of internal processes, drive for collaboration across departments.


Here’s what we need you to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics or Accounting is required, and a Master’s Degree in Business, Finance or Management is preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience successfully working as a CFO or VP of Finance.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach senior level leaders. Proven ability to work cross functionally to get results.
  • Financial acumen and related analysis skills, including P&L, budget planning and creation, understanding pricing strategies and the ability to create accurate revenue forecasting models.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including the ability to present and explain complicated information in a clear and concise manner and deliver difficult messages effectively.
  • Prefer experience in consumer products manufacturing and understanding the relationship with Fortune 500 vendors such as Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, and similar retailers
  • Excellent systems ERP systems experience; experience with various ERP systems preferred
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, including executive presence and the ability to establish and maintain rapport/trust with stakeholders at a variety of levels, both internal and external to the company.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and develop a strong team. A proven team and culture builder.
  • Exceptional strategic and analytical thinking with ability to drill down into tactics and attention to detail easily.
  • “Disruptive” thinker, who challenges others to think differently.
  • Superior analytical and decision-making skills with the ability to translate into an executable strategic plan.
  • Self-starter attitude, entrepreneurial spirit and ability to respond quickly in a fast-paced environment.


Who we are:

Comfort Research is a leader in innovative and affordable design and manufacturing. At Comfort Research, the pace is fast, the work is anything but boring, and the result is always more comfort for all.

As we've grown, we've continued to be recognized as a Great place to Work - and we've remained committed to building a positive culture and creating a dynamic, fun atmosphere. We believe in hard work and we live by our core values of: Finding a Better Way, Doing the Right Thing, and Expecting the Best from Each Other and Ourselves. We live these values by rewarding the creativity, honesty, and hard work of our ambassadors.

We've listened to the growing demand for quality, modern, leading-edge lifestyle products and have responded with a band! Today, you can find our products at all your favorite retailers, like Walmart, Meijer, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Amazon (to name a few); but that's just the beginning.


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