Job Title: Executive Director of Finance/Administration
Date Posted: 07-07-2008
Job Location: Illinois-Chicago
Job Type: Full Time
Education Level: Bachelors Degree
Work Experience: 7+ to 10 Years
Job Shift: First Shift
Yearly Salary:DOE (Depend on Experience)
Company Name: The Blackstone Group
Contact Information: The Blackstone Group   The Blackstone Group (
Job Description:
Executive Director of Finance/Administration

The Blackstone Group is a fast growing, full service marketing research firm based in downtown
Chicago. Our research helps our clients reach their goals by providing marketing research
information that is high quality, actionable, timely, creative and responsive. The Blackstone
Group works with Fortune 500 clients and has an ambitious global growth plan, expecting to
double our size in the next three years.

Like other global marketing research firms, we count some of the world’s best-known companies
as clients, but, unlike our ultra-corporate competition, Blackstone Group employees enjoy the
perks of an entrepreneurial spirit. Instead of doing one activity over and over and feeling
like an insignificant cog, at Blackstone, our small size and true team attitude gives every
employee innumerable opportunities to gain valuable, diverse experience to work on different
types of projects and to deepen their skills sets. All staff levels working closely together
provides the opportunity for our employees a chance to learn from the seasoned pros, and for
our managers to motivate their team and fuel enthusiasm.

People at the Blackstone Group have a passion for research. We are looking for people that
thrive on intellectual variety, multitasking, and learning new skills. Candidates must have a
can-do attitude. If this sounds like you, we encourage qualified individuals to apply for the
position of Executive Director of Finance/Administration. As a member of the leadership team,
has overall responsibility for all finance and administration areas of the company. In
addition, would have HR responsibility. Participates in corporate decision-making and
contributes to overall strategic direction of the company.

This is a senior level position reporting to the CEO. Specific responsibilities include: 

Responsible for company financials, cash flow and cost controls; being the main point of
contact for banking and investor relations

Monitor and control project pricing and increase profitability, using appropriate people
resources on projects, and reducing non-project related costs

Review and analyze costs, operations, and forecast data to determine department progress
toward stated goals and objectives

Lead and oversee the accounting, IT and facilities areas to help accomplish business goals.
Monitor performance against goals to ensure that progress is being made

Responsibility for HR, including, hiring, training, and overall development of the company.
Motivate employees by developing attractive incentive plans to help reach company goals

Formulate and administer policies, processes and procedures to implement long-range goals to
meet business and profitability growth objectives

The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

A BA/BS in accounting or finance, ideally a graduate degree

5-7 years experience in client-oriented professional services field, preferably with a
supplier side market research firm

3-5 years of successful director-level experience with extensive responsibilities for finance
and administration

Ability to develop relationships with sophisticated financial partners

Ability to work with budgets, business plans, project costing, profitability, etc

An excellent motivator, trainer and team leader. Skilled at mobilizing internal resources to
reach tight deadlines simultaneously across several departments.

Enthusiastic, flexible, and committed

This position offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, including medical,
dental, life, and disability insurance, a 401(k) plan, and performance incentives. Blackstone
Groups’ offices have a bright, beautiful view of the Wrigley Building and North Michigan
Avenue. Please visit our website at to learn more about our company. Send
resumes to The Blackstone Group, Attn: HR, 360 N. Michigan Avenue, #1500, Chicago, IL 60601 or
preferably, by e-mail: The Blackstone Group is an Equal
Opportunity Employer and a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise.
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