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Chief Financial Officer

Kopp Glass, Inc.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15218
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Kopp Glass, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of high-performance, custom glass products, is seeking to hire a dynamic senior-level financial executive with a broad base of relevant experience, strong qualifications and proven ability to manage complex challenges across multiple business functions in a manufacturing environment, including: accounting, finance, treasury, investor relations, payroll, enterprise risk management, competitive strategy, strategic planning and execution, talent management, and supply chain. As a key member of the executive team, the CFO provides timely, accurate, relevant and independent performance information to the CEO and the Board of Directors. The CFO manages key financial, compliance, and administrative functions within the company and works closely with the CEO to support all financial and business matters, as well as growth strategy, business systems, human resources, data privacy and security compliance, legal, financial and operational issues. An exceptional leader of both people and process, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to envision, initiate, build and lead appropriate coalitions to drive and embed change in support of sustainable, long-term business growth and enhanced profitability.

What makes this opportunity unique?  Never one to shy away from a challenge, you'll find our glass cruising on jets above the clouds at 40,000 feet or aiding in important scientific discovery a mile beneath Antarctica. We are driven to support the advancement of innovations that matter. Always at the forefront of technology, our customers are leading innovators and industry shapers who count on us to contribute deep expertise and knowhow in glassmaking to help solve complex engineering challenges. As a result of our rich history of collaboration, today we make things that very few in the world can, a source of pride for our employees and customers that defines who we are.

At Kopp we recognize that great employees are what truly differentiates us from our competitors, and we demonstrate that belief by continuously challenging, developing, and rewarding those who help us achieve our mission. We offer our employees a comprehensive benefits package with options for medical and wellness care, 401(k) retirement plan, paid vacation and holidays, and more. You’ll be joining a company with a solid, industry-leading reputation for technical excellence and expertise in glass science, materials, and optical engineering. We are driven to be the very best, and we want people on our team who are dedicated to this mission.


The CFO will play a key role in executing our transformative technology-driven business strategy to bring the company from the present to the future. The ideal candidate will exhibit strong ethics, and demonstrate a ‘roll up the sleeves’ approach to getting things done and will thrive in a collaborative, fast paced environment, with at least ten years of applicable senior level experience in a small-to-medium sized manufacturing company or division. This position requires someone who is a true leader; someone who is action-oriented, demonstrably committed to always learning how to improve themselves, and who takes initiative with a sense of urgency. We are looking for a self-disciplined, self-accountable person who can handle details, motivate and inspire others, while effectively managing multiple priorities simultaneously.

Technical Competencies:

  • Employs an analytical problem-solving approach, relentless drive, and a sharp focus on taking steps that impact our business. A pragmatic, operationally focused leader, this position works to align resources in pursuit of achieving strategic initiatives, aligned with our strategy map, vision, and stated priorities within the boundaries of our Core Values
  • Leverages data and analytics to double down on what is working and to continually optimize areas of opportunity by working cross-functionally to align internal business processes involved in product realization, such as: pricing strategy, order fulfillment, production scheduling, process improvement, research and development (R&D) portfolio and initiative management, and financial planning.
  • Proactively communicates and delivers insights to core leadership team and constructively challenges status quo market/customer assumptions, highlighting impacts to the business and the opportunities/threats presented; demonstrates a broad level of risk sensitivity and understands the potential implications of unknowns.
  • Develops, monitors and evaluates overall corporate strategy with the CEO and core leadership team that is optimized and responsive to changes in external environment, emerging technology trends and optimized for peak profitability; emphasis on enhancing long-term stakeholder value through development, refinement and monitoring of appropriate KPIs.
  • Financial planning and forecasting including liquidity, growth, and congruence with the business strategy.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with demonstrated experience in the preparation and presentation of succinct, organized and well written high-quality reports that are understandable to the Board of Directors and other users of the information.
  • Implement and lead an enterprise-level risk management program to identify and mitigate all forms of risk, working with appropriate external advisors, counsel, and internal leadership, to manage the degree of exposure to liabilities and risks, such as:
    • Assess and advise on financial and legal risks associated with business initiatives, proactively develop financial and legal risk mitigation strategies.
    • Identifying and managing contractual risks, primarily with customers and suppliers, through knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
    • Identifying Labor/Employment Practices risks
    • Product Liability, including training employees on best practices to mitigate potential risks.
    • Tangible asset protection policies (theft, fraudulent activity, etc.)
    • Intangible asset protection policies (Intellectual property, etc.)
    • Operating risks, including: Supply Chain, Disaster Recovery, utility heading (natural gas and electric), and environmental (EPA, PA DEP & ACHD).
    • Labor/Talent Availability
    • IT/Cyber Risk; malware, IP theft, etc.
    • Monitors accounting developments and their applicability to the company (FASB, SEC, PCAOB, IAS, etc); advises the business on accounting, compliance and control gaps and work with them to find sustainable solutions.
    • Working closely with the CEO, execute programs and initiatives to continuously improve our human capital, enhance the company’s ability to attract, retain, and engage top talent, and the oversight of existing formal talent management, leadership development and succession strategies for critical roles within the company.
    • Provide insight and analysis to support the CEO, the Board of Director’s, and the Management team; ensuring business decisions are grounded in sound financial criteria.
    • Provide financial and operating forecasts and information enabling the company to develop short and long-term strategic plans to grow and improve profitability.
    • Manage relationships with outside auditors, actuaries, investment advisors, counsel, banks, investors, consultants, insurance brokers, and other advisors.
    • Intimately understand and effectively influence the operational and financial profit levers that drive the Company’s performance.
    • Ensure effective internal controls are in place for compliance with GAAP and applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting.
    • Acts as fiduciary manager oversight of Pension and 401 (k) plans.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Must personify “the why” through clarity of purpose, effectively communicating the vision, or desired future state, broadly within the organization to motivate and inspire others in and outside of their direct chain of command to build shared purpose and help make strategy part of everyone’s everyday job.
  • Consistently acts as a role model for living the core values of Kopp Glass ensuring behaviors and actions taken are aligned with the vision and mission of the company. Through discipline of “the how”, this leader chooses accountability over popularity demonstrating a willingness to confront challenges head-on, staying focused on outcomes, and evaluating performance objectively.
  • Consistently demonstrates a high level of all traits that comprise the components of Emotional Intelligence. Convincing evidence of the ability to understand and continuously improve the forms of recognition and communication that serve to motivate and inspire the people of Kopp Glass beyond those who are within their areas of functional responsibility.
  • Consistently demonstrates a high level of effectiveness in fostering a “one team” mindset at Kopp Glass to get things done through demonstrated ability to self-manage and manage others effectively by promoting cooperation, trust and trustworthiness among and between people in every functional area.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep both personal and business priorities focused and balanced at all times, including making the highest and best use of resources: people, time and money.
  • Ability to quickly learn and develop an advanced level of understanding about most of Kopp’s important numbers. Displays sound analytical skills and business judgement in nearly all decisions.
  • Plays tenaciously to win. Displays a high-level understanding of how to rapidly identify important facts in making decisions. Displays a sophisticated and broad level of risk sensitivity and understands the potential implications of what is truly known and what is unknown.   High level of ability to anticipate obstacles within the functional areas under their control.
  • Demonstrates a high level of ability to hire, motivate, develop and retain top talent.  Develops people rapidly. Resists upward delegation. Holds people accountable for their commitments by allowing natural consequences to occur.
  • Under pressure, demonstrates emotional stability, clear and shrewd business thinking and endurance. Emotionally mature.
  • Uses several leadership styles that are appropriate to the circumstances to obtain action through effective communication. Consistently demonstrates a high level of ability to make difficult personnel decisions correctly and to take humane action on unpleasant personnel matters without procrastination.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience as a Senior Finance Leader in a small to medium sized manufacturing firm with oversight finance and administrative functions.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • A strong knowledge of ERP systems in a manufacturing environment.
  • Awareness and general understanding of various legal areas, including contract law (UCC), Labor and employment law, OSHA Compliance, Intellectual Property Protection, Workers Compensation, and ERISA Compliance.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Access to our facility (and therefore, employment) is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States. Applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment will be required to provide information to determine whether they are subject to these regulations and if so, to assess their country of chargeability for export control purposes.


Posted: 2022-05-09 Expires: 2022-06-08

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