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Financial Analyst - CapEx

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie

The Financial Analyst - North America CapEx is a crucial position on the Operations Finance team. The role will support the tracking, reporting and analysis for the North America capital spend of +$100 million annually. The individual will partner closely with the central engineering team and will report directly to the Senior Manager - North America CapEx. 

James Hardie Building Products employs over 2,500 (2,200+ in U.S.) people who generate revenue of $1.9 billion a year.  James Hardie Industries is a publicly traded company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ticker: JHX.AX) and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker: JHX).  We have 9 manufacturing plants located across the USA and corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois and Orange County, California.


Position Responsibilities

Support North America Capital management.  This includes annual budget process, monthly forecasting, variance tracking, cash forecasting, management reporting, accounting support and analysis of North America capital spend.  (40%)

  • Partner with FP&A though the management of the annual capital budgeting process.
  • Support capital cash and depreciation forecasting through collaboration with plant network controllers on project timing and centrally tracking large capital payment timing.
  • Provide senior management reporting and commentary for annual plan, monthly actuals and key variance drivers.
  • Promote process efficiencies to deliver clear insights efficiently

Assist finance leadership through partnering with North America engineering team in the development, tracking and analysis of centrally managed capital spend. (30%)

  • Work in partnership with the engineering team on central capital budgeting, CER creation, project tracking and analysis, include project financial returns.
  • Develop central capital tracking process with project managers to improve spend tracking and effectively flag project spend and timeline risk.
  • Integrate with project management to drive value added decisions surrounding capital spend and implementation.
  • Collaborate with accounting to review, verify and correct project accounting errors and support the quarterly impairment review.
  • Manage the network capital approval database, network labor capitalization procedure, capital closure process and capital aging reporting.
  • Provide ad hoc analysis on historical and current capital trends.

Business partner with Director of Manufacturing and North America Maintenance in the development, tracking and analysis of North America facility spend. (30%)

  • Collaborate with operations management to create a finance reporting system for the planning, tracking, reporting and analysis of centrally managed facility spend of +$12mm annually.
  • Manage facility spend tracking to budget through collaboration with plant network controllers on project execution.
  • Manage the network maintenance approval database.
  • Provide ad hoc analysis on historical and current facility spend trends.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong analytical abilities and organization required – including exceptional attention to detail and an aptitude to manage several reporting package deadlines at once.
  • Advanced analytical skills, exceptional problem solving abilities, a high degree of intellectual curiosity and the capacity to engage with others in addressing business issues.
  • Inclination for straight forward communication, direct feedback and a strong group work ethic. 



  • Bachelor’s Degree in finance and/or accounting.
  • 2 or more years of experience in financial analysis.
  • Microsoft excel experience required (pivot tables, vlookups/hlookups, sumifs, graphs/charts).
  • Preferred - Demonstrated experience with ERP systems software (SAP preferred).



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