This Company is a profitable platform company that acquires regional independent seed companies and leverages these brands to go beyond high-yielding products to access new feed and food-ag market opportunities. The Company retained Kincannon & Reed to recruit a strategic, results-oriented executive to become its next Chief Financial Officer. Working closely with CEO, the CFO will shape financial and business development opportunities, improve systems and processes, and oversee financial reporting, accounting, cash flow forecasting, and tax-related requirements. The Company seeks an agile finance executive who intuitively appreciates its strategy for organic and acquisition-driven growth and provides insightful financial guidance to the leadership team and Board.
They are a holding company preserving the customer-oriented approach, values, and brand identity of regional independent seed companies. The Company’s approach is to harness the entrepreneurial power and innovation of regional independent seed companies with a laser-like focus on developing seeds that allow farmers in the upper Midwestern states to maximize yields. It is uniquely positioned to capture growth driven by consumer demand for organic and non-GMO seeds, enhanced by the Company’s in-house breeding capabilities and deep industry expertise.
Today, the Company’s 50 employees generate $40 million in sales through two brands. The brands are operated as standalone entities with brand presidents and shared back-office services and collaboration on customer service, research, product management and development, marketing, and special downstream contracts. Both brands select corn, soybean, wheat, and alfalfa products from trait providers and more than 15 different breeding programs. The Company’s value proposition has attracted savvy ag-food investors.
Reporting to the CEO, the CFO will be a key member of the executive team, responsible for directing all financial aspects of the Company, including its capital structure, investments, and accounting practices, and will assess and optimize the Company’s cash flow and financial stability, making recommendations to the CEO. Specific responsibilities include:
Ideally, the CFO will be based in the upper Midwest, in relative proximity to the Company’s finance team in central Wisconsin. (Alternatively, the Company will support the new CFO’s relocation to that region.) Contingent on CFO’s location, the position will require occasional domestic travel, with fluctuations due to transactions (e.g., financing and M&A).
The Company seeks an experienced finance leader who will work as a strategic partner with the CEO. The successful candidate will have a proven record of driving operational excellence in a finance organization, preferably for an agribusiness, food, or related technology firm and in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment. He/she will blend strong strategic capabilities with an operational willingness to do the “heavy lifting” required to transition a company through continued growth and the ability to mentor staff, engage outside service providers, and collaborate with peers on the leadership team. Other desired candidate attributes include: