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Cayuse Holdings Chief Financial Officer in Topeka, Kansas


The Chief Financial Officer at Cayuse Holdings, LLC will help shape strategy and direction of the company (with the CEO and Executive Leadership Team) as we grow from $100M to $1B. The core role of the CFO is a balance of strategic planner, change catalyst, operator, and steward of the company.

The CFO will lead all financial operations balancing efficiency with effectiveness. Though operations focus is critical, the CFO will specifically be looked to for thought leadership on treasury expansion/optimization and financial growth strategy.

Cayuse Holdings, LLC is a holding company with 18 companies under it split into federal, commercial, tribal, and back-office companies. The CFO instills a financial management discipline to how we operate in this structure. The CFO has all the supervisory authority, profit and loss responsibility, and strategic direction accountability they will need for this C-level position but will be expected to act as a partner and consultant to each company president, helping them shape each business unit’s performance in more optimal ways. The CFO will also be responsible for understanding our growth path and helping us plan strategically how to get there while operationalizing our financial growth path. This role may work in partnership with a future COO/CTO as well as the CEO and the presidents of each business unit (our executive leadership team). The CFO reports to the CEO, is a key member of the ELT, and will interact frequently with the Cayuse Board of Directors. Cayuse is wholly owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), and the CFO will interact directly with senior management and the Board of Trustees for the CTUIR. All duties and responsibilities performed in accordance with the Core Values of Cayuse.


  • Works to protect the vital assets of the company, ensure compliance with financial regulations, and government contractual regulations (FARs and DFARs)

  • Ensures our books are closed correctly – anticipating and communicating future risks and issues to leadership, our BOD, and the CTUIR.

  • Operate an efficient and effective finance organization – in partnership with shared services – to set a strategy for operational effectiveness – and establish the right procedures/processes to optimize service delivery to the business stakeholders. This could include a variety of services such as financial planning, financial analysis, tax guidance as well as all administrative/transactional support (i.e. what sits in shared services today).

  • Works closely with the CEO and presidents of each business unit to help influence future direction of the company.

  • Structuring debt investment to optimize working capital with company growth.

  • Leads any M&A and capital market financing strategies, with an eye toward long-term growth.

  • Will drive timely execution of change across finance function and enterprise, working closely with ELT to shape these recommendations.

  • Sets direction, priorities and guides the Controller function, and may work at times closely with our capital and banking partners.

  • Suggests and supports cost improvement recommendations such as optimizing delivery of procurement, facilities management, shared services (IT, HR, REC, FIN, TRAIN, FAC), seeking process improvement, technology investments, or other innovations that will add long term value to the company.

  • This role will supervise the finance department, including the controller and director of finance, and will identify the next generation of leaders to mentor and develop across the team.

  • While designed to be a strategic role, driving the future strategy and direction of financial management at Cayuse, tactically/practically, as we are a quickly growing company, you will also be in the weeds, diving into current state, and looking at quick hit opportunities to improve our financial position.

  • Drive financial transformation, looking at how technology can improve or optimize delivery and ultimately reduce costs through enabling effective self-service (note: not just pushing tasks to middle management, but rather seeking enablement).

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ideally 15+ years of experience working in finance/accounting, in government contracts organization/federal industry. Government contracting experience is an absolute requirement. Experience with DOD & DOS is preferred.

  • Must have experience with the SBA 8(a) program and other programs like HUBZone and certifications like DBE that are adjacent.

  • Must have significant experience working with treasury and strategic wealth management and growth which will be critical for our continued growth.

  • Must have experience with strategic acquisition including valuation, funding, and operationalizing growth levers.

  • Must have Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; with MBA preferred.

  • Must have deep knowledge of FASB and GAAP.

  • Must have deep knowledge of CAS, FAR, DFARs.

  • Must thrive off working collaboratively and demonstrates team player effectiveness.

  • Ideally has experience absorbing and assimilating existing teams and processes.

  • Ideally has experience growing with and directing a company of at least $100M in revenue and 1,000 employees to a significantly larger size.

  • Ideally has experience doing business globally.

  • Ideally has experience working in consulting or professional service organization.

  • Ideally has worked in hybrid or holding company environment previously – can drive change across multiple business units – even without direct authority or accountability.

  • Ideally has experience working with Indian Tribes.

  • CPA is preferred, but not required.

  • Familiarity with Deltek suite of enterprise products, including Costpoint for accounting, financial management and time/expense management, would be a bonus.

  • Must be able to pass a background check. May require additional background checks as required by projects and/or clients at any time during employment.

Minimum Skills:

  • Must possess problem-solving skills.

  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written

  • Ability to be decisive and have a “big picture” perspective.

  • Ability to respond effectively to customers with a sense of urgency.

  • Proficient in Microsoft and Adobe toolsets, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Acrobat, etc.

  • Highly motivated with the ability to handle and manage multiple tasks at any one time.

  • Excellent business and industry acumen

  • Ability to forge new relationships, individual and teaming in nature.

  • Must be a Self-starter, that can work independently and as part of a team.

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Working Conditions

  • Professional office environment.

  • Must be physically and mentally able to perform duties while standing for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to use a computer and other office productivity tools with sufficient speed to meet the demands of this position.

  • Must be able to establish a productive and professional workspace.

  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time looking at computer screen.

  • May be asked to work a flexible schedule which may include holidays.

  • May be asked to travel for business or professional development purposes.

  • May be asked to work hours outside of normal business hours.

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement: Cayuse embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating and building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Cayuse, and all of its subsidiaries, are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are an affirmative action employer .

Pay Range

USD $230,000.00 - USD $280,000.00 /Yr.

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Location US-N/A

ID 102126

Category Management

Position Type Full-Time Salary Exempt

Remote Yes

Clearance Required None