• Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42246

We are partnering with a subsidiary of a billion-dollar private equity backed manufacturer on a Controller search for one of their business units. This company is experiencing significant international growth both organically and inorganically and has nearly tripled its revenue since 2016.

This is a heavy operational-focused role that will report directly to the GM of the business unit and work cross-functionally with other departments. This is a great opportunity for someone to be a true business partner with a high-growth and dynamic company.


Vice President, Finance

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42245

Vice President, Line Finance Officer – Advisor Acquisition


Responsible for all financial aspects of the AWM Advisor Acquisition business segment. This includes Experienced Advisor Recruiting, Lending parameters and analytics through the life cycle of an Advisor. Manages the overall business segment planning and budgeting processes and drives optimization of the strategic business segment through analysis of business segment effectiveness. Partners with business areas on forecasting business results and scenarios to evaluate and propose initiatives aligned with business goals that drive PTI. Provides leadership to the business segment finance team. Acts as primary senior finance partner to business segment.


  •  Lead business segment LFO to manage overall Advisor activities related to the business segment.
  • Includes planning and analysis in partnership with the business to drive growth across the segment while balancing associated risk.             
  • Developing and forecasting business results and scenarios to evaluate and propose initiatives to drive results.
  • Provide strategic direction for LFO team and adapt strategies to changing circumstances as required.
  • Clearly communicate the strategic direction of LFO team to the team and key partners.
  • Direct the execution of overall planning, analysis, diagnostics, and decision support. Establish and maintain adequate financial controls, policies and procedures as needed.
  • Partner with Senior Leaders for business segment to drive results.
  • Ensure effective controls are in place to proactively manage risk and remain in compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Manage the budget for areas of responsibility and work to identify and solve potential challenges and opportunities.
  • Think strategically, creatively, and drive innovation with a focus on continuous improvement.
  •  Build and develop talent and manage performance of assigned team(s). Effectively manage and lead through change.
  • Maximize relationships, build trust, and communicate effectively across business units, staff groups, and geographic locations.

The Person Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • 7-10 years of deep finance and accounting experience.
  • M&A and or strong contract pricing experience.
  • Lending experience a plus.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a credible and clear manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex and multi-variable problems.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain adequate controls.

Production Supervisor

  • Location: Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42244

SkyWater is partnering with a global aerospace manufacturer who’s looking to add a Production Manager to their team! The Production Manager will be responsible for using metrics to drive business objectives, managing their team, implementing lean concepts in the department and much more. This is a permanent/direct-hire opportunity working on 1st shift and overseeing a team of 50. We’re looking for someone with 5+ years of production experience (at least 3 years of management, supervisory or lead experience), a strong communicator and someone who can drive change/motive employees. It’s an exciting opportunity to join an industry leading company and grow your career with them!



  • Train, mentor and grow employees. Set goals and hold employees accountable to achieve these goals.
  • Manage production scheduling and work with internal department heads on any issues or corrective actions that need to be taken.
  • Create and maintain a culture that emphasizes safety, continuous improvement, and lean manufacturing principles.
  • Use metrics to drive business objectives.
  • Other duties or projects as assigned.



  • High School Diploma required (Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree preferred).
  • 5+ years of experience in a production environment.
  • At least 3 years of management, supervisory or lead experience.
  • Strong communication skills (both written & verbal).
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles.


  • Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42241

Operational controller role that is highly focused on operational/controllership rather than technical/external reporting.

This role will sit on top of two unique business units totaling around $125m and lead a team of 8 consisting of a manager (direct report) and seven staff (indirect). It is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is looking to make that next step towards CFO to gain operational experience and own day-to-day leadership and strategic operations. Their business is growing and changing so lots up upwards mobility and growth opportunity.

This is a hybrid role and very flexible to accommodate specific needs as they come up — this company cares about their people and takes excellent care of their team.

Payroll & Benefits Specialist

  • Location: Hanover Park, Illinois
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42237

Title: Payroll/Benefits Specialist

SkyWater is currently partnering with a leading global supplier of ingredients and food flavoring manufacturer to find their next Payroll & Benefits Specialist. This new addition to the growing team is ideally someone who has experience processing in-house payroll bi-weekly of around 350 people, hourly and salary employees. This role will be required to be onsite, splitting their time between the corporate HQ and Manufacturing site. This is an individual contributor role and will report directly to the HR Programs and Engagement Manager.

If you or someone you know is experienced in multisite payroll, this could be a great opportunity for you! If you are interested, please apply online or reach out to Yanna Svensen at


The Payroll & Benefits Specialist should be well-versed in all aspects of human resources. The Payroll & Benefits Specialist offers direction and solutions on operational human resources challenges under the supervision of the HR Programs and Engagement Manager. Additionally, the Payroll & Benefits Specialist collaborates with the HR team to streamline the provision of HR services and ensure that the HR strategy is implemented successfully. This candidate will also act as a point of contact for staff members and responds to inquiries about HR rules and regulations.

Key Responsibilities

  • In charge of biweekly multistate payroll distribution, including garnishments, benefits, and taxes. Ensure adherence to best practices, federal, state, and local payroll rules, and wage and hour requirements
  • Help manage and administer corporate benefit plans in accordance with applicable state and federal standards
  • Manage HR policies, practices, and initiatives in collaboration with managers, supervisors, and other HR team members
  • Provide workers with information on HR-related forms, rules, and processes as well as benefit details, records, and paperwork
  • Assist the HR division with the administration of onboarding and recruiting orientation
  • Offer operational HR assistance for tasks including keeping track of records, managing data, helping to create and/or modify corporate rules and procedures, and other regular duties
  • Carry out measures to improve employee relations. Encourage and uphold respectable interactions with staff
  • Work together with HR management to handle and resolve personnel problems at the local level
  • Responsibilities include keeping up-to-date employee records and special HR reports
  • Assist in organizing and arranging staff engagement events and activities
  • Carry out additional tasks as needed


Qualifications / Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, related field, or equivalent experience
  • Human Resources certifications (SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR, etc.) preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant Human Resources experience
  • Working knowledge of multistate payroll processing
  • Prior experience managing employee benefit programs
  • A dedication to professionalism, discretion, and honesty; a business-focused approach
  • Extensive familiarity with the rules and legislation governing employment
  • Strong written and vocal communication abilities
  • Excellent problem-solving, judgment, and critical thinking abilities
  • Extremely well-organized, meticulous, and capable of carrying out tasks precisely and promptly
  • Confidence working in a fast-paced workplace with conflicting objectives and deadlines, individually, as an effective team player, and at all levels of the company
  • Knowledge of the organization's HRIS or the ability to pick it up fast. Preferable is Paylocity experience
  • MS Office proficiency (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Spanish language writing and speaking ability is a bonus

General Manager

  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42236

The General Manager will have full P&L responsibility for ~$100M manufacturing facility that has a long history of success within the industry. This person will have ownership over manufacturing, engineering, EHS, quality, shipping/receiving and maintenance. 


  • Expand systems and metrics to refine the scope and improve overall efficiency of the plant
  • Utilize metrics to improve labor efficiency 
  • Continue to improve usage of automated equipment, and make business cases for additional equipment or upgrades
  • Leverage successful history of the business to expand customer base 
  • Partner with other plants within the organization to best utilize production capacity 
  • Work with Sales team to achieve optimal results 
  • Identify opportunities to implement Lean or CI initiatives 
  • Ensure resources and leadership are consistently in line on objectives to drive profitability of the site


  • Bachelor's degree ideally in engineering or related field 
  • 10+ years of experience within manufacturing 
  • 5+ years of leadership experience within operations 
  • Excellent understanding of manufacturing business finances, costs, P&L
  • Ability to plan strategy to meet business goals and lead execution through KPI's and action plans
  • Experience best utilizing labor and equipment within a facility that has a large amount of automation/automated equipment 
  • Experience scaling a growing manufacturing business

Director of Account Services

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42232

One Simple Plan (OSP), a boutique communications and brand engagement agency in Minneapolis, has retained SkyWater Search to conduct a search for a Director of Account Services. 

One Simple Plan is structured on two parallel pillars: communications and brand engagement.  They have a unique mix of clients across industry categories that range from big national brands and fast-growing local brands. What their clients have in common is interesting stories and passionate audiences.  Perhaps not known by name, OSP is definitely notable in their client work and results. All of OSP’s clients are referral-based – every one of them – which is the proudest method of marketing. The agency is a longtime partner with the City of St Paul and St. Paul Downtown Alliance. They are behind this work:

The OSP approach:

  • Hands-on and high-energy

  • Grounded in reality of what will work for the audience (they do extensive research to know each audience)

  • Hungry and flexible. 

  • Strategic and creative. 

  • Enterprising and effective.

  • Entrepreneurial. 


Perhaps most importantly as it speaks to culture, their people leave egos at the door and jump in with sleeves rolled up. OSP offers a flexible work environment, strives for balance (truly, no long agency hours), and appreciates art and culture. OSP offers a 401k, a bonus program, summer hours, generous PTO, and more. 


The Role: 


As Director of Account Services, you’ll execute the business plan and achieve P&L results by leading, managing, and holding the services team accountable for agreed upon commitments. You’ll be hands on with several clients as their Account Director, prioritizing relationship building and providing superior client service. As far as the team is concerned, you’ll remove obstacles and barriers, manage major projects, standardize and systematize work, and integrate all major functions of the business. You’ll work closely with the Founder to filter and translate ideas into the functional plans of the business. 

Part Operations, part Account Direction, this person will be in charge of several key clients, directing the work of the staff and introducing processes that make for a smoother operation. As a successful candidate, you will be equally comfortable as a leader of the business as you are rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty to solve problems. Your focus will be on results, yet understand it takes a village to deliver them. You know how to marshal support for your plans, and your follow through is key to who you are.

  • Are you driven by collaborative thinking and distinct goals to accomplish?

  • Do you communicate directly and focus on the mission in front of you?

  • Is managing by teaching, and leading through hands-on action your style?

  • Are you motivated by a quick pace, and the precise execution of time sensitive projects?

If this describes you, then keep reading…

The Various Hat You’ll Wear:

• Staff and Plan Management

• Account and Project Management

• Client Management and Understanding

• Agency Operations

• New Business and Marketing

Lead: Run point on client communications and correspondence, including being accountable to communicating results and updates, making sure plans, status reports, and other communications are maintained and advanced, and challenge new territory with observations, ideas, and recommendations. Assume the command position with service and creative teams and be a reliable resource for agency leadership, and constantly guide and inform less experienced staff.


Inform: Share observations of client and agency industries and goings on in the media and beyond. Be a resource for staff and partners and guide ongoing narratives and opportunities in an informed manner.


Administrate: Be aware of client budgets and parameters, and manage hours within workflow considering scope vs actual. Be comfortable saying no to clients when it makes sense to establish a new scope, or different direction, and facilitate new estimates, project bids, and client proposals. Track employee output and billability to make sure it stays within agency standards and directives, and with that develop project timelines, team assignments, and the management of overall tasks and to-dos.

Seek: Work with staff to seek out and approach new business opportunities while also focusing on organically growing projects and opportunities from existing client work. This could include observations of potential client needs, running point on RFP processes, and generating and offering up new ideas that could lead to additional revenue for the agency.


Operate: Be a strong proactive communicator, and a regular head-of-the-table vocal leader both within the agency and with clients and partners. This is not the role of a wallflower. You’ll make sure the daily workflow is always focused on KPIs and ensure the team is always working toward success to reach both client and agency objectives.


RESPONSIBILITIES as it relates to working ON the business: 

  • Partner with the Founder (Visionary) on short and long-term planning.

  • Leads, manages, and holds the team accountable for achieving agreed-upon commitments.

  • Ensures everyone is rowing together in the same direction. Models the way, always working toward the greater good of the business.

  • Resolves issues quickly and effectively – seeing real problems, being comfortable with conflict, calling out the problems, and solving the problems in a practical and healthy manner. Ensures the team is healthy, functional, and cohesive.

  • Dependably demonstrates a relentless obsession with values alignment, focus, simplicity, and clarity.

  • Effectively collaborates with the Founder to remain aligned at all times. Realizes the unique contributions and ideas that the Founder has and possesses an ability to filter and translate those ideas into functional plans for the company.


  • 10+ years of senior leadership experience in an internal or external marketing agency or consumer product driven business.

  • Broad mix of start-up to medium sized companies is preferred.

  • Collaborative nature as demonstrated by management experience across multiple departments and disciplines

  • Highly analytical; able to make data-driven decisions and establish effective metrics.

  • A “player-coach” who can both manage teams and get into the weeds when necessary.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to anticipate the needs of customers

  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to make sound judgment calls

  • Superior organizational and time management skills

We look forward to hearing from you about this exciting opportunity to make a real impact on a small business that is doing so much good in the world! 

IT Developer (.NET)

  • Location: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42213

Our client is Minnesota-based, 30 year old privately held retail merchandising company that has around 1,300 reps in the field (primarily in retailers like Target). At their HQ in Brooklyn Park they have 35 employees, and this person would help lead development efforts on a number of internal web-based applications (primarily webforms today; but moving to ASP.NET MVC using C#, but also some UI work with TypeScript). It's ~50-60% development, 30% requirements gathering/meeting with business users, and 10-20% researching best practices.

*** Must be local in Minneapolis, as this role requires you to come into the office 1x/week ***

Senior Financial Analyst (FP&A)

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42212

Global medical manufacturing company growing their finance function – looking to add a senior financial analyst to the team due to growth. This is a great opportunity to work with a 100% private, PE backed global business who takes pride in continuing to foster a start-up culture — yet big enough for employees to enjoy the growth and advancement of a large global company. targeting 4-5 yrs background of FP&A experience, manufacturing backgrounds a plus. The open role will support division performance and reporting/optimization.


HYRBID work environment with option to work in the suburbs or their new downtown office.

STRONG culture with a meritocratic environment where everyone speaks up and is heard (even to upper management) on new ideas and solutions.

COMPETITIVE compensation with great benefits.

Marketing Specialist

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42205

Our client is a mid-sized, Twin Cities-based company in the real estate industry. If you're looking for a marketing position at a great place to work (named a top employer by Star Tribune’s Top 175 Workplace survey for 2021) with runway for professional growth, we want to hear from you. 


We are looking for a Marketing Specialist who works closely to educate, strategize and work closely with real estate agents in the field. The role requires expertise in digital marketing strategy (heavy on social media), how marketing drives business objectives, and a desire to work with agents on messaging and branding.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as client services executive (our clients are our agents) in our internal marketing ‘agency.’ This includes gathering and understanding requests and projects thoroughly, offering solutions to achieve business and marketing objectives, providing guidance to the creative team on copy, design and brand, and ultimately delivering a concise and organized brief to the creative team for execution. 

  • Provide leadership, innovation and tactical implementations for our corporate and agent social media strategies and tactics.

  • Partner with others on the marketing or sales teams on agent-facing projects and programs. For example, this role will be a key contributor in our business building consulting program with our Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Product Development.



  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or related field; or equivalent work experience and knowledge.

  • 4+ years of related experience in marketing or advertising.

  • Client service or agency experience preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong technical aptitude including knowledge of standard Microsoft suite, CRM, Google ecosystem, etc.

  • Creativity and ability to produce unique marketing materials and effective ads and promotional programs.

  • Strong digital marketing knowledge (website, landing pages, funnel development)

  • Track record of leveraging social media for business and strategic benefits.

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