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Financial Analyst

Date: Jun 1, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie





The Financial Analyst role is a crucial position on the Operations Finance team located in Chicago, IL. The role will lead the tracking, reporting and analysis for the North America capital spend of +$100 million annually. The individual will be an integral member of the central engineering team and will report directly to the Finance Manager – North America Engineering.


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

Own North America Capital.  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.
  • Manage 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.
  • Drive process efficiencies to deliver clear insights efficiently

Provide 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.

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


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.
  • Microsoft excel experience required (pivot tables, vlookups/hlookups, sumifs, graphs/charts).
  • 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 and 2 years of experience required.
  • Preferred - 3 or more years of strong experience in financial analysis.
  • Preferred - Demonstrated experience with ERP systems software (SAP preferred).




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.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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