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CustomerFirst Renewables
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Post Date: Dec 07, 2016
Job Type: Full time
Industry Type: Electricity
Company Type: Agent, Broker, Consultant
Start Date: Flexible - prefer early 2017
Salary: Competitive
Location: US - Maryland - Gaithersburg
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CFR is seeking an experienced and driven energy and finance professional to help lead the launch and ongoing operations of a new renewable energy business that will serve medium- and small-size (M&S) businesses and institutions who are attracted to cost-effective LSRE solution but that lie beyond our historic large customer focus. The individual will be tasked with creating and leading a sound financial platform that will enable a successful launch, rapid growth and long term financial success of the new business. The role will encompass a broad range of financial leadership responsibilities including strategy, capital market transactions, investor and board management, debt and equity financing, financial modelling, operations, team management, and accounting and reporting.

Serving the M&S market well requires business model innovations around how customers are cost-effectively accessed and served, as well as how new renewable energy supplies are contracted for and integrated with traditional grid power sources to meet ongoing customer needs. CFR is well-positioned to deliver a new and compelling value proposition to the growing M&S market segment, and strong financial and operating practices will need to be established and maintained to ensure ongoing business success. We need an experienced and creative self-starting finance professional to help make this happen.

Job responsibilities

Financial strategy, planning and management

Business strategy – play a central role in defining an overall M&S business strategy

Organization building – grow and lead a high performing team of professionals to support business strategy, finance and operations

Financial strategy – oversight and leadership of annual budgeting and financial planning process; analyze data to guide strategy in collaboration with the other executive team members

Balance sheet design, capitalization, and management – lead various capital raising efforts, including any additional significant financing events; actively manage balance sheet and capital structure on an on-going basis, including leading all capital market transactions (debt, equity, other); optimize working capital and cash flows

Investor and Board management – partner with our Board of Directors and investors on strategy, strategic investments (e.g. renewable energy supply, retail electric supplier operations), reporting and planning

Hedging and risk management operations – play a significant role in designing and executing hedging strategies to manage exposure to wholesale and retail electricity market volatility

Financial modelling – design and lead financial modelling to support decision making, funding, risk management, value proposition design, and organizational architecture
Capability building

Identify new product/service opportunities to deliver more value to clients and create internal momentum to pursue them

Play a meaningful role in the development of future recruiting activities

Adhere to, reinforce and strengthen CFR’s core values

Candidate qualifications:

Master’s degree in Finance, Business Management, or Accounting; CPA a plus

Experience with renewable energy preferred but not required

Understanding of load forecasting preferred

Demonstrated understanding of and passion for: customer centricity; process improvement; energy; renewables

Willingness to roll up your sleeves and do the work necessary to deliver on commitments and understand the details

Strong oral and written communication skills

Ability to interact and build relationships with individuals from varied experience levels and backgrounds (from entry level to C-suite)

Ability to communicate with the investor community and other potential stakeholders

Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team in an unstructured and flexible environment

Ability to provide support “as needed” beyond financial responsibilities (e.g., operations, communication, etc.)

Organized/"buttoned-up" with an ability to multi-task to deliver on tight deadlines in an agile, fast-paced, growth-focused environment

Application Requirements
Cover letter
Current resume
Additional material will be requested from selected candidates.
Please submit the above materials to with the subject line: Director, Finance & Operations Application

5 to 7 years of relevant experience (e.g., investment banking, corporate finance, PE/VC)

Advanced problem solving, analytical and financial modelling capabilities

Experience with balance sheet design and capital market transactions

Hedging and risk management operations in energy markets, preferably electricity

Retail and wholesale electricity/energy market operations

Budgeting, auditing, compliance and financial reporting

Contact Details
Name: Walid Norris
Address: 9801 Washingtonian Blvd., Suit
City: Gaithersburg
State/Province: Maryland
Zipcode: 20878
Country: United States

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