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Finance Manager - Manufacturing FP&A

Date: Dec 30, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie




Financial Planning and Analysis leaders ensure that James Hardie makes sound financial decisions.  As the leader of this team supporting the North America Manufacturing organization, your work will be used throughout the organization to drive improvements in cost and manufacturing performance across the company.  Our plant network includes nine active plants across North America, and you will delve into many areas of the manufacturing process and focus on the details, but also understand the big picture to deliver effective opportunities to the business.


The FP&A leader is part of the North America Manufacturing Finance organization and provides financial and analytical insights to the North America Manufacturing organization.  In this role, you will partner with the Plant Managers, Controllers and operations leadership to provide an analytical perspective on the plant financial and operational activity.  You will drive the forecast and annual plan builds and will be a key resource in providing assumptions, understanding, analysis and reporting of the changes and overall achievement to the leadership team.  You will identify opportunities to help improve the overall cost and operational performance across the manufacturing organization and develop metrics to demonstrate achievement to those same objectives.  Your conclusions will be used to enable the North America Manufacturing organization to achieve a step change in performance.


In this role, you will lead an analyst.  Both the Plant Management and the NA Manufacturing leadership teams will be your customers.  We are looking for someone who is highly curious with the analytical rigor and strategic thinking to move our manufacturing cost and plant processes to a new level.  You are flexible, highly motivated and analytical with strong communications kills and a drive for continuous improvement.  You are eager to share your ideas and lead the organization to a new level.



  • Partner with the Manufacturing and Plant management organizations to understand and evaluate opportunities to step change manufacturing cost performance.
  • Drive actionable analyses and recommendations to the management team with clear insights driven by strong analytics that support improvements.
  • Partner with the North America FP&A team, Central Cost Group and the North America Manufacturing leadership teams to ensure an accurate forecast is compiled for the North America Manufacturing organization and performance to the forecast is tracked and opportunities/gaps are identified and actioned.
  • Cultivate strong partnerships to drive collaboration across the North America Manufacturing organization.
  • Develop tools to support data analytics, reporting, key success and cost improvement drivers.
  • Drive development of both direct reports and key employees to ensure strong performance, critical competencies and skill progression.
  • 10-15% Travel, depending on projects.



    Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA in Accounting, Finance or a related field.
  • 10 or more years of relevant finance experience, manufacturing preferred.
  • Track record of working in cross functional organizations and leading a team
  • Excellent business partnering, influencing and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in process improvements and cost savings plans.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills with demonstrated ability to convey ideas to a diverse audience in both Finance and Operations.

James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

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