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Faction Skis

Faction Skis

Faction Skis

Faction Skis - Designed in Verbier, Switzerland. Offices in Shoreditch and Denver. Venture-backed, professional team, selling in 23 countries globally. Management is professional - start-up exit...


London or Verbier, CH, United Kingdom

24 Jul 2013

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Compensation details:
£70-85K + options

Employer tags:
Venture Capital
Sporting Goods
Esc Factor:
Exciting Brand
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Finance Lead

Dream job for experienced international finance person who lives the passion for skiing. 10 years of finance and accounting. Qualified accountant, International experience, Systems implementation experience, Retail and eCommerce experience a plus.

London or Verbier, CH, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:
£70-85K + options

Job Type:
Senior Level
Escape Factors:
Exciting Brand
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The company

Faction is a snowsport brand with a track record of explosive growth of 70%+ and sales in 20 countries and counting.  In addition to skis, Faction has had superb reception to its outerwear line for 2013/14.

Faction's mainstays are quality, design and sheer execution.  That is why we are likely the fastest-growing ski brand in the business at present. The market it is addressing is $7B, of which $2.9B is skis and snowboards, and its particular segment, freeskiing, is growing rapidly becoming a major part of a disrupted industry.

Faction leverages important changes in business today - a lean business with world-class designers, delivering cutting-edge product, offering professional channel management with focus on efficiency.

The company closed $5M in financing in two slices in August 2012 and June 2013, bolstered its management team as well as adding a world-class athlete Candide Thovex and is now increasing marketing spend, scope and scale.

The role / candidate

The role is for a key member of a tight senior management team driving to create major shareholder value through disruption of a large, incumbent-dominated market. The new team member will be proactive (not just doing a job), working to build a world-beater (not just a niche company), with gravitas to contribute (not just take orders). They will be a strong team player. Ideally they'll have experience in international VAT, working capital finance, lean systems, and retail. It would help if they were a passionate skier!

The role can be in Verbier or in London with appropriate travel to Verbier.

Responsibilities include:

  • Budget, forecast and accounting closes across multiple currency and legal jurisdictions;
  • Cashflow management and forecasting Bank and working capital management, ideally with letter of credit and working capital line experience;
  • Systems Implementation and Management: Faction has basic systems, but requires a scale-up to manage hundreds+ SKUs in warehouses around the world, crossing currency and tax threshold;
  • Management capability, including bookkeeping staff in two jurisdictions (Switzerland, USA) and thus by definition able to manage remotel;
  • Credit control management including dozens of dealers in multiple geographies VAT optimisation and control;
  • Margin analysis including line and model level analysis, channel analysis;
  • Strong tech bias - familiar with cloud-based systems, can work with light IT overheads;
  • HR oversight, working with senior management to ensure appropriate company operating rhythm; 
  • Company capitalisation, including working with experienced co-founders on potential fund-raising with  share- and debt-based structures;
  • Legal, insurance and trademark management;
  • Exacting on process, efficiency and delivery, to him or herself and others on the team - we need detailed delivery;
  • Experience with contract manufacturing including production planning and LCs a strong benefit
Please don't delay if you are thinking of applying.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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