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Business & Finance Manager

Job Description: Manager, Finance and Business – Fornax Advanced Materials, Inc.

About Fornax Advanced Materials
Fornax Advanced Materials, Inc. (Fornax-AM) is a small business startup that enables missions of high consequence by delivering lightweight, high-density products composed of advanced carbon, metallics, and ceramic materials. We contribute to American dynamism in research and development, using cutting-edge science to develop solutions for extreme environments and alternatives to minerals controlled by adversaries. We also combat decades of offshoring
critical national manufacturing capability, responsibly producing products in the homeland with physical and material characteristics previously thought impossible to achieve. Potential applications range from hypersonic flight surfaces – to light weight-high density armor plating – to nuclear reactor cladding – to shelters on the moon using lunar strata – to everything in between. If you can imagine it, it’s likely we can make it with demonstrated improvement in weight, density, purity, and durability. At Fornax-AM, we believe that together with our customers, we are forging the future.

Position Summary:
The Finance and Business Manager for Fornax-AM is responsible for implementing financial processes to ensure the financial health and compliance of the organization. This role will involve managing financial planning, analysis,  budgeting, forecasting, and reporting, as well as developing and implementing processes to optimize performance and achieve organizational goals. Duties will include the support and oversight of a managed accounting services provider, tax providers, and other service providers as needed. The successful candidate also will support day-to-day business management activities and communication efforts. This position reports to the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).

1. Financial Oversight:

  • Implement financial policies and procedures to ensure financial health and compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Prepare and analyze financial reports, budgets, forecasts, and variance analyses to provide insights and support decision-making.

  • Monitor and manage cash flow, liquidity, and financial risk to optimize capital utilization and mitigate financial risk.

  • Coordinate and oversee a managed accounting services provider and tax providers to ensure accurate and compliant regulatory filings, annual reports, and monthly financial statements.

  • Lead financial planning and analysis efforts to support business initiatives, investment decisions, and business growth opportunities.

  • Collaborate with department heads to develop departmental budgets, track expenses, and evaluate financial performance against targets.

  • Conduct financial modeling and scenario analysis to assess the impact of various business decisions and identify opportunities for improvement.

  • Collaborate with senior management to develop long-term strategic plans, business initiatives, and performance metrics.

  • Stay abreast of industry trends, market conditions, and regulatory changes to anticipate potential impacts on the business and adapt strategies accordingly.

2. Business Management:

  • Support day-to-day operations, including inventory management, supply chain logistics, and customer service as required.

  • Support policy, procedure, and work instruction development and ensure efficient processes that are optimized to maximize productivity and minimize costs.

  • Identify potential risks and uncertainties that may impact the business. Work with department heads to develop risk management strategies that monitor and proactively address those risks.

  • Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. Encourage feedback and learning from both successes and failures to drive ongoing growth and development.

3. Communications:

  • Ensure timely financial reports on a monthly and ongoing basis.

  • Help facilitate proactive communication through a variety of efforts. Oversee the website media center, newsletters, and email banners as requested.

4. Perform other operational tasks as required.


1. Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or related field

  • Proven track record (typically 15+ years) in financial management and business analysis for small business or start-up companies.

2. Desired Skills:

  • Strong understanding of financial principles, accounting standards, and financial modeling techniques.

  • Proficiency in financial analysis tools, ERP systems, and Microsoft Excel; knowledge of data visualization tools is a plus.

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills with keen attention to detail.

3. Communication and Leadership:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across departments and levels of the organization.

  • Superior communications skills with the ability to convey complex financial and business concepts to diverse audiences.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with the ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.

  • Commitment to integrity, ethics, and professionalism in all aspects of work.

4. Startup Mindset:

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced startup environment, with a hands-on, adaptable, and proactive approach.

  • Flexibility and willingness to support additional tasks as required.



  • Experience in a startup or high-technology environment.

  • Working familiarity with ERP systems.


  • Competitive salary.

  • Participation in company benefit plans, including 401(k) with 5% match.


  • Washington DC metro area.

  • Hybrid work environment.

Contact: Email curriculum vitae to:

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