Week 1 - Plant Controller

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I was nervous coming in for my first day.  Anytime you leave a company that has rated you as a consistent high performer and taken care of your monetary needs with a respectable salary is difficult to leave.  Added to that is the almost seven years I spent there building relationships, change from that is always nerve racking.

Basically, when you leave a solid position you are betting on yourself.  There is plenty of risk with the change in company and with the change in industry that I made.  I transitioned into the Medical Marijuana industry which is trying to transition from a start-up into a large-scale company in one jump.

Like all finance people I opted to evaluate the opportunity along with the downside risk to my family and I, obviously I felt the opportunity out weighed the risk as I took the jump.

Landing in the new place, what do you do on day one.  I came in and began to introduce myself to the team.  There is a team in place and my goal is to understand how the team works.  Each business has a high-level way it functions and then as you begin to learn that you will begin to learn how the people within the team work.

The last item on my list during the first week was to determine what is the number one goal or pain point that my boss needed me to start addressing right away.  It turned out that both my boss and the VP of Operations had the exact same pain point, and both expressed to me at different times.  This made my job easier, as soon as I started receiving access to all the different drives, systems, software and SharePoint, I was able to prioritize and refine what I was looking for right up front.

At the end of week one I’m still excited about the challenge.  I can see what needs to be done but the difficulty comes from not have the exact tools or information to make it happen.  This is directly because the business is going from a small business to a large business.  When the business is small, the breakdown of the information to lower levels is not as necessary because you have your finger on the pulse.  As it grows, you must put in controls and changes to the way the information is handled to drive better decisions making.  That is where I’m at today.  Trying to change the culture from a small business to a detailed large business to improve decision making since everybody cannot track everything at this time.  Time will tell.