As the Managing Director, Finance and Operations for the Security Industry Association (SIA), you will manage a budget of $7 million with $8.6 million in reserves. Working closely with the CEO as a trusted partner, you will provide sound financial advice and collaborate with staff across the organization to determine the viability of new ideas and timelines for implementation. You will directly supervise four full-time staff in the membership and operations departments and manage certain supplier relationships, as well as oversee cross-department collaboration with all organization staff.
You will lead with your strong understanding of budget and financial principles and ensure the organization’s finance and accounting practices are timely, accurate, and complete, making recommendations and providing appropriate levels of analysis to the CEO, Treasurer, Board of Directors, and other departments as appropriate. You will help prepare the organization’s annual budget and understand the financial implications of the Board Strategic Plan, regularly reviewing and analyzing organization activities as compared to budget goals. And you will ensure your exceptional attention to detail and exacting focus on quality processes extends to existing third-party vendor relationships.
From finance and HR to membership and IT, you will have a hand in both improving existing processes and introducing new, tangible ideas that will better serve SIA and current/prospective members. Through expert project management, you will ensure the organization remains successful, regularly moving new initiatives forward and solving operational challenges before they become crises.
As technology advances and the complexity of security threats evolves, security leaders must continuously develop innovative solutions to mitigate risk and enhance safety. The Security Industry Association (SIA) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with more than 1,000 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who are shaping the future of the security industry. The security market is growing fast with a market size of more than $30-40 billion in physical security products and services globally.
SIA members and their employees work at the intersection of innovation and converged security – developing solutions to protect people, residential, and enterprise settings, as well as critical infrastructure around the world, including airports, hospitals, stadiums, universities, and government buildings. Our members are making the future more safe and secure through the offering of technology solutions that protect against physical and cyber threats, including through the use of biometrics, cloud solutions, emergency communications, fire detection, intrusion detection, mobile applications, perimeter protection, video surveillance, analytics and advanced imaging, threat management, and unmanned aerial and ground vehicles.
SIA invests in team members who share its core values of pride and creativity, teamwork, open-mindedness, knowledge, and accountability.
Responsibilities of the Managing Director, Finance and Operations
Oversee and review organizational finances for accuracy, consistency, and clarity.
Work in collaboration with the outside accounting firm to review monthly revenue statements, financial documents, forecasts, and provide financial analysis. Maintain a strong working knowledge of financial performance against the annual budget plan and provide insight into key financial trends.
Prepare and confidently deliver financial presentations to the SIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors, providing appropriate analysis and short-term/long-term recommendations.
Work closely with the CEO to prepare the annual budget and perform regular budget review and analysis of department programs. Mentor staff to increase financial and budgeting knowledge.
Oversee and perform the bookkeeping activities of the organization, including regular electronic financial transactions.
Lead preparation for the annual SIA audit process in collaboration with the accounting firm and auditor.
Liaise with the organization’s investment advisor and make strategic recommendations for updating the SIA investment policy.
Maintain a working knowledge of key SIA programs, strategies, and initiatives so as to be able to provide valuable advice to staff in the absence of the CEO.
Serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO and facilitate internal processes from start to finish, in collaboration with appropriate departments throughout the organization to achieve annual goals. Develop metrics to track results.
Ensure the rapid execution of all high-priority organization programs, identifying gaps in resources that could impede progress.
Research and develop new organization initiatives, collaborating across departments and presenting strategic plans to the CEO for review and discussion of options.
Improve cross-departmental communication. Research, implement, and evaluate team collaboration solutions.
Supervise the committee management process. Work with staff members managing committees to resolve issues where needed.
Manage SIA trademark and copyright processes with outside law firm.
Provide input into the operations of a new foundation expected to launch in Q1, 2020.
Negotiate and conduct analyses of proposed conference/event contracts to mitigate potential risks.
Oversee relationship with database management software vendor.
Oversee the development and implementation of additional member benefits.
Set the strategic direction and goals of the membership department and work with staff members to determine key prospects and tactics to increase the total number of memberships.
Serve as a mentor to direct reports in the membership team, including coaching and advice, holding the team accountable for results.
Oversee current member service processes. Review and implement improvements to ensure a high level of member service is maintained.
Work with the membership team to determine strategy and viability of expanding membership to non-traditional and unserved security industry professionals.
Help the membership team develop alliances and partnerships with organizations that serve to increase SIA membership.
Address HR management issues within the organization, collaborating with our outside HR consultant where appropriate.
Review and update organization HR procedures as appropriate.
Oversee compliance with the SIA mobile work policy.
Evaluate and strengthen SIA’s employee recognition program.
Oversee an annual update of job descriptions and performance review forms including the development of consistent templates and unified formatting.
Serve as the staff liaison to the SIA Human Resources Committee and contribute to research that will support SIA’s efforts to foster diversity within the industry.
Prepare the annual IT budget.
Supervise IT vendor relationships and conduct rigorous due diligence on prospective new vendors as appropriate.
Review existing IT vendor contracts for compliance. Address and resolve discrepancies.
Work collaboratively with other department directors to assess IT needs across the organization and suggest possible improvements as part of an annual IT roadmap.
Assist with a review of technology platforms used for member programs to ensure appropriate levels of member engagement.
Qualifications of the Managing Director, Finance and Operations
10-15 years of relevant experience in a professional society or trade association environment.
Strong not-for-profit financial acumen and proven experience managing accounting and budgeting in an association environment.
Experience managing outsourced vendors, including accounting, IT, and HR.
Experience managing membership acquisition and retention programs at a strategic level a plus.
Experience developing the strategic planning and full life cycle execution of multiple cross-functional initiatives.
Proven supervisory experience, including mentoring and staff development.
Attributes of the Managing Director, Finance and Operations
Eager to learn. You are genuinely interested in developing a high-level knowledge of member businesses and the security industry. You recognize that such industry awareness is key to driving collaboration and success within SIA.
Strong character. You maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism. You have a thoughtful, respectful communication style and foster an open environment that enables thought-provoking discussions.
Inclusive and decisive leadership style. You respectfully listen to and learn from others, collaborate on projects, and communicate results. You confidently engage staff at all levels to define needs and expectations. You are capable of earning trust by solving problems without intervention by the CEO.
Business and technology acumen. You identify opportunities and emerging trends, and you are knowledgeable about the operations, unique needs, and goals specific to associations. You set priorities wisely and know how to make tough resource allocation decisions, always finding a way to forward strategic initiatives. You know how to translate strategy into action. You embrace the use of technology where appropriate.
Supreme relationship builder. You have a proven track record of getting results by building strong relationships and external partnerships. You are self-confident and assertive, approachable and responsive. You listen to and respect the views of others.
Project manager. You are exceptionally skilled at keeping the trains running on time. You are able to juggle multiple projects and tasks, allocate and optimize resources, reduce risks, manage timelines, and get the work done.
Creative. You understand the big picture and seize opportunities as they arise. You are intellectually curious and a strong consensus builder; you consistently identify new ways to make things better.
Driven. You love a challenge and you will dive in headfirst to tackle it. Cutting corners and doing the bare minimum is completely unacceptable to you.
What’s Attractive to the Right Managing Director, Finance and Operations Candidate?
This is an opportunity to be an integral part of a financially strong trade association with deep reserves and a stable leadership team.
This role is an opportunity to immerse yourself deeply in operational issues that go beyond finance, HR, and IT management.
This is an exciting time to join the organization and make your mark. SIA has a collaborative, high-growth culture where innovation and ideas are welcomed. You will have the board’s encouragement to help improve existing programs and launch new initiatives.
We offer an excellent compensation package including generous health and dental insurance; flex spending account; life insurance; long-term and short-term disability; 401(k) that matches up to 6 percent; free parking; transit allowance; paid holidays; 20 days of vacation; 5 sick days; 12 weeks paid parental leave; and flexible work schedules. You will have the flexibility to work from home up to two days per week.
To Apply for the Managing Director, Finance and Operations position:
Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at email@example.com with “SIA – Managing Director, Finance and Operations #2019-2497 ASAE” as the subject of the email.
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