CFO/CCO - Cognitive Systems

Are you looking for a career where you’ll make an incredible impact? 

Do you want to join an organization at the brink of massive commercialization? 

Are you looking for a role where you can be a finance leader and also act as a trusted business and operations advisor to the executive team?


About Cognitive Systems


Founded in 2014 by successful tech entrepreneurs Taj Manku (CEO) and Oleksiy Kravets (CTO), Cognitive Systems set out on a mission to transform the way the world interacts with and uses wireless signals. The co-founders drew upon their expertise in silicon design, radio frequency (RF) and cryptography to create a new way to interpret wireless signals.

The result? 40 patents and 150 filed later, they’ve developed cutting edge technology, WiFi Motion™, which will bring new capabilities and insights to the smart home market. WiFi Motion™ is software that “sees” motion by detecting and interpreting changes in WiFi signals. By measuring the invisible RF waves within your home, you can be alerted to unexpected movement and use that information to increase security, improve wellness monitoring and enhance your comfort at home.


Cognitive Systems is well funded, with initial and ongoing support from Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin’s Quantum Valley Investments (QVI), along with a recent $7.3M boost from the Federal Government. The company is in process of licensing its software through partnerships with OEMs, ISPs, chipset manufacturers and security companies, to take advantage of existing hardware infrastructure within homes to scale quickly. 


How Will I Make An Impact?


Cognitive Systems is on the cusp of immense growth and as a result, we’re looking for a CFO/Chief Commercialization Officer to partner with the CEO to evaluate the strategy and execute on the vision. 


You will be fundamental to the company’s success. You will be a key advisor to evaluate customer/partner opportunities, monetize the business, manage the P&L, lead fundraising efforts, and determine the best strategic path forward. 


How Do I Know If This Is For Me?


  • You are a strategic business advisor and operational finance leader excited about the potential to scale a technology company globally. 


  • You are experienced in working closely with enterprise customers to position a company, align on the commercialization strategy, and handle contract negotiation and deal structuring. 


  • You have managed up to a board and/or investors, delivering the pitch story and aligning on the strategy. 


  • You have successfully led and secured VC funding. 


  • You are passionate about determining the best way forward for the company to maximize future earnings and shareholder value, and executing on the plan to get there. 


  • You are looking for an opportunity where you can wear many hats beyond a traditional CFO (i.e., Chief Commercialization Officer, etc.) in a lean organization where every leader is both strategic and tactical. 


  • You bring an inclusive, mentorship-focused management style and your insights are often sought out as a trusted guide and coach in your field. 

Do I Have What It Takes (Requirements)?


  • CPA designation and a university degree in a relevant field 

  • An understanding of what it takes to effectively lead in a fast-paced, start-up environment

  • Proven leadership experience in a technology company with a software or hardware focus

  • Experience leading Finance/Operations with a high growth scaling company (VP/CFO)

  • Experience in managing the P&L for a company and building financial models to execute and optimize the corporate vision 

  • Well versed in contract negotiations with enterprise customers (ideally with OEMs and ISPs)

  • Experience successfully navigating the M&A process

  • Mentorship leadership style - you know how to inspire a collaborative culture and achieve exceptional results


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