Collaborative Strategies Inc.

  • Chief Financial Officer

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    Executive Management
    Mills Properties
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    Chief Financial Officer

    Position Announcement


    Seeking a strategic role in a business ready to scale within the dynamic multi-family marketplace? Ready to serve as a trusted strategic partner to the CEO?

    Do you offer strong financial management skills and related operational expertise? Do you thrive best in an entrepreneurial environment?


    ...If so, we want to talk with you!


    Apartment living is remarkably different with Mills! For over 40 years, Mills Properties (“Mills”) has devoted itself to creating outstanding living experiences in apartment communities across the Saint Louis region and beyond. Through thoughtful development, opportunistic acquisitions, and, attentive property management, Mills continues to develop an apartment brand that reflects excellent residential services at an outstanding value. Learn more about Mills at


    Due to our anticipated growth, Mills is seeking a dynamic Chief Financial Officer to drive the organization’s financial success and to strengthen operational strategies through close collaboration with our CEO and internal teams. The ideal candidate is ready to serve as a strategic partner and brings best practices and demonstrated success in scaling an entrepreneurial organization. The ideal candidate must also enjoy furthering strategic initiatives while building out critical day-to-day best practices and financial procedures that will align with our growth initiative.


    Reporting directly to our CEO, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will:


    • SERVE AS A TRUSTED PARTNER: Serve as a key advisor to the CEO and as a valued member of Mills Executive Team. Collaborate with CEO and senior leadership on strategic planning initiatives. Guide future investments and facilitate growth opportunities while evaluating solutions and technologies that create value and solidify competitiveness. Ensure profit is maximized in a manner consistent with ownership and company culture. Serve as lead representative in business partnerships such as banking, legal, audit, and insurance.
    • DRIVE & IMPLEMENT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES: Develop financial strategy and implement plans to achieve success through operational efficiencies, continuous improvement and implementation of best practices. Direct all financial goals, objectives, and, improve the annual budget process. Proactively research, identify, and interpret market trends and performance analytics. Supervise cash management activities. Report on past performance and prepare future projections. Be a partner to operations and business development - informing, assisting and leading efforts to make them more productive and profitable. Oversee the investment of funds and manage associated risks. 
    • LEAD A HIGH-PERFORMING TEAM: Provide direct oversight and inspiration for financial team members in all accounting, financial reporting, asset management, financing, and performance analysis functions. Communicate strategic objectives enabling teams to move in a unified direction in a productive and profitable manner. Foster a culture that promotes learning, employee engagement and teamwork. Coach and enable staff to effectively interact with all departments and ensure policies and procedures are established and clearly communicated.
    • CREATE AND LEVERAGE FINANCIAL VISIBILITY WITHIN ORGANIZATION: Identify means to create meaningful financial visibility for internal stakeholders through use of scorecards and dashboards. Utilize financial data to communicate opportunities for improvement. Promote a culture of accountability based on data-driven decision-making and success.
    • ADVISE ON GROWTH & EXPANSION OPPORTUNITIES: Collaborate with Executive Team to assess and evaluate growth opportunities. Assist in the evaluation and pursuit of acquisitions providing the necessary cash flow analysis and all financial modeling. Assist in upfront due diligence and integration process. Drive the negotiation process with banks on covenants and loan agreements and lead the team to provide financing for each deal.
    • MANAGE RISK, COMPLIANCE & LEGAL: Identify, analyze and manage risk, including contract review, and partnerships with outside legal counsel. Establish improved security and controls on accounting practices if necessary. Ensure that the company is in compliance with all finance, accounting and business requirements.
    • PROMOTE STELLAR CUSTOMER SERVICES: Customer service is a top priority for all stakeholders at Mills (both internally and externally). Demonstrate respect for residents, employees, outside partners and all other constituents. Professional and ethical behavior is expected at all times.


    • Minimum of 12-15+ years of progressive financial management experience, including oversight for all accounting, finance, strategy, forecasting, and budget functions.
    • Ideal candidates offer prior experience in public accounting and real estate financing.
    • Must excel in a dynamic, quickly-evolving, entrepreneurial environment. Ability to take on new responsibilities and flex in scope and functionality is essential.
    • Prior experience serving on a leadership team and leading high-performing teams is essential.
    • Familiarity with real estate acquisition and sales processes also desired.
    • Prior experiences gained with a captive insurance model are also a plus.
    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance or related field is required; MBA and/or CPA strongly desired.

    Other Skills & Abilities:


    • A strategic mindset, solid analytical skills and a strong eye for finance and risk are required.  
    • Ability to proactively identify and implement process improvements essential; demonstrated approach and methodology for continuous improvement ideal.
    • Collaborative yet competitive, resilient attitude with a strong work ethic is desired.
    • Hands-on and non-hierarchical leadership style with an aptitude for coaching strongly desired.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport across the company while quickly and confidently gaining respect of others. 
    • Superior listening and probing skills.
    • Excellent negotiation and communications skills and strong business acumen required.
    • Customer-service oriented with a high level of integrity and character.
    • Solid planning, organizational and project management skills with the ability to multi-task and assimilate new information quickly.


    • Position is based in our corporate office in Saint Louis, MO.
    • Relocation to the local St. Louis area IS required for this role.


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