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Chief Financial Officer

Rubber Industry

Introduction: The Rubber Industry in Brazil

The rubber products industry comprises three sub-industries: tire and tube, hose and belting, and other rubber products. Industrial rubber products includes hose and belting, and other rubber products, but excludes tires and tubes.

While industrial rubber products are used by virtually all industries, the dominant market is automotive (for example, hoses, belts, gaskets, weatherstripping, glass encapsulation, air dams and deflectors, and door, window and closure seals). Other important markets include conveyor belts for mining and forestry operations, roll flooring, and consumer products.

All natural rubber used, in major part of the world, imported; it can be extracted from a variety of vegetation, but the most significant source is the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Synthetic rubbers are produced chemically from petrochemical feedstocks. The principal synthetic rubbers include styrene-butadiene, butyl, nitrile, isoprene, chloroprene, urethane, polysulfide, silicone and ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM).

The first step in the production of a rubber product is to blend one or more types of rubber with additives such as carbon black, oil, anti-oxidant, catalyst, plasticizer, pigment, accelerator and filler. The compounded rubber is processed into the desired shape by extrusion, compression moulding, or calendering (which coats a substrate like glass fibre or textile with rubber). Up to this stage, the rubber can be permanently deformed by an applied force. The rubber is then transformed into an elastomer, or material that recovers its original shape once the deforming stress is relieved, through a process known as vulcanization. Vulcanization results in the formation of new chemical bonds that crosslink individual polymer chains and impart the elasticity commonly associated with rubber. In some cases, the moulding and vulcanizing operations are combined in a single step.

Nosso cliente:

Our customer is based in North America. The client group designs and manufactures a variety of components and parts for major manufacturers of powersport, industrial, agricultural and defense vehicles. The group’s strength comes from the complementarity of its services and the extent of its expertise that make your single source for innovative solutions and turnkey projects. The Rubber Tracks Division of the international division is responsible for their business in South America, with a headquarter in Brazil (Sao Paulo headquarter). The start-up and growth strategy in the region is be based on acquisitions and organic business growth. The idea is to offer reliable tracks whose design and manufacturing methods are adapted to different agricultural, powersports, industrial and commercial vehicles (light and heavy vehicles).

Based in North America, the client group designs and manufactures a variety of components and parts for major manufacturers of powersport, industrial, agricultural and defense vehicles. The group’s strength comes from the complementarity of its services and the extent of its expertise that make your single source for innovative solutions and turnkey projects. The group is a private corporation founded by a group of investors in 1957. With over 3,700 employees throughout ten facilities located in North America, Europe and Asia, the group conceptualizes and manufactures various components for leading manufacturers of recreational, industrial, agricultural and defence vehicles (250 dealers in 18 countries). Their strength lies in the proximity and complementarity of its expertise, making the firm the obvious choice as a one-stop shop solution that can provide turnkey or custom services. Within the industry, the firm is recognized as a strategic supplier in the OEM market, mainly thanks to its technological innovations and high-quality products. All facilities are subject to the highest recognized standards. Internally, only standards and methodologies ensuring streamlined, effective and safe operations are used to manufacture quality products. Health and safety at work is a priority for the group.
The Rubber Tracks Division of the international division is responsible to start business in South America, considering the headquarter in Brazil. The start-up and growth strategy in the region will be based on acquisitions and organic business growth. The idea is offers reliable tracks whose design and manufacturing methods are adapted to different agricultural, powersports, industrial and commercial vehicles (light and heavy vehicles). A leader in the manufacture of rubber tracks, the company continually pushes technological limits in order to design systems that defy the most difficult terrains. The international division of the company has also developed its own manufacturing facilities to meet the specific requirements of each application. Furthermore, it works closely with other subsidiaries of the group and other partners to create rubber parts that are formulated specifically to the needs of clients

Descrição do Cargo:

The Chief Financial Officer position is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. The ideal candidate will provide both operational and programmatic support to the organization. He/she will supervises the finance unit and is the chief financial spokesperson for the organization. The posistion will report directly to the President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and directly assists the Chief Operating Officer (COO) on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding.

  1. Assist in formulating the company’s future direction and supporting tactical initiatives
  2. Monitor and direct the implementation of strategic business plans
  3. Develop financial and tax strategies
  4. Manage the capital request and budgeting processes
  5. Develop performance measures that support the company’s strategic direction
  1. Participate in key decisions as a member of the executive management team
  2. Maintain in-depth relations with all members of the management team
  3. Manage the accounting, human resources, investor relations, legal, tax, and treasury departments
  4. Participate with suggestions to the financial operations of subsidiaries and operating units outside Brazil
  5. Manage any third parties to which functions have been outsourced
  6. Oversee the company’s transaction processing systems
  7. Implement operational best practices
  8. Oversee employee benefit plans, with particular emphasis on maximizing a cost-effective benefits package
  9. Supervise acquisition due diligence and negotiate acquisitions
  1. Oversee the issuance of financial information
  2. Personally review and approve all information and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission – Whenever necessary.
  3. Report financial results to the board of directors
  1. Understand and mitigate key elements of the company’s risk profile
  2. Monitor all open legal issues involving the company, and legal issues affecting the industry
  3. Construct and monitor reliable control systems
  4. Maintain appropriate insurance coverage
  5. Ensure that the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  6. Ensure that record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  7. Report risk issues to the audit committee of the board of directors
  8. Maintain relations with external auditors and investigate their findings and recommendations
  1. Monitor cash balances and cash forecasts
  2. Arrange for debt and equity financing
  3. Invest funds
  4. Invest pension funds
  1. Participate in conference calls with the investment community
  2. Maintain banking relationships
  3. Represent the company with investment bankers and investors

He/she will have responsability to supervise the following teams: Controller, Tax Manager, Human Resources Manager and Investor Relation Officer.

Working Conditions

The CFO will work in an office in São Paulo city

Four trips a year to the headquarter are mandatory. Visits to other units outside Brazil, to integrate and gain knowledge of the group, will take place twice a year. Other trips may occur for investor road show.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • A master’s degree in accounting, economy or business administration (FGV prefered or outside of Brazil: USA or Europe desirable).
  • Progressively responsible experience for a major company or division of a large corporation.
  • Experience in partnering with an executive team, and have a high level of written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory. French and Spanish will consider important extra skills
  • MBA from well known Universities – FGV (preferably) 60% 60%
  • International Exposure 70% 70%
  • Major corporation experience 80% 80%
  • Technical, oral and written communication skills 75% 75%