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Question:  I’m the CFO of a $50mm Tier 2 auto parts manufacturer. I’ve recently had to go to the market to recruit a Controller. I’ve looked at a number of candidates and there’s been one person in the process that I’m especially keen on because she would be an excellent fit for us personality wise. That being said, she’s not a perfect candidate. She’s got a lot of what I’m looking for – she comes out of a manufacturing environment and generally speaking she has a well-rounded background.…

Marketing Basics for CFOs

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Question: I’m the VP Finance of a mid-sized CPG manufacturing concern in Mississauga. I just learned that the company’s owner-managers have decided to look for a strategic buyer so I think it’s about time to start looking at the job market again.

I haven’t done any active job hunting in about fifteen years so I really don’t know if the method of looking for a job today is much different than how it was done back in the day.…

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Question: I’m the CFO of a $300mm software developer and I’ve recently been in the market for a Manager Financial Planning & Analysis. We’ve zeroed in on what I think is a very good candidate (she’s currently in FP&A with another software firm) but she’s close to the top of what we pay managers at this level (she’s at $115,000 and other managers are making around $120,000).

The candidate is looking for about $125,000 which would put our salary parity scale for this level out of whack.…