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New Product Innovation Finance Leader

Date: Oct 22, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie

The New Product Innovation Finance Leader is responsible for forward-looking business partnership to drive achievement of goals and objectives of the North America James Hardie Building Products business. This role will serve as a key business partner to the Innovation and Commercialization teams, partnering to lead the financial planning and analytics on market-driven innovation of new product offerings and platforms. This highly cross-functional role is responsible for driving delivery of business objectives and establishing global best practices and spans both project-related and ongoing operational goals. The individual will be expected to be the finance subject matter expert and provide financial oversight on all innovation efforts, drive policy and establish a financial framework to measure success.  The ideal candidate will offer a strategic perspecive, sound buinsess judgement, proven ability to influence and project manage, and a highly cross-funcational working style.

Position Responsibilities

Establish the finance framework for new product development and market-driven innovation (50%)

  • Lead evaluation of market opportunities and strategies that deliver market-driven innovation that moves our portfolio into long-term growth areas. This includes identification and quantification of risks and opportunities.
  • Create and own financial models and company policies for new product innovation as a key growth enabler that integrate with the best practices and processes of the existing business
  • Drive coordination across finance organization to ensure functional alignment within sales, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain and controllership

 

Partner cross-functionally to drive business performance and NPI commercialization (30%)        

  • Serve as key finance partner to North America R&D and Commercialization teams to deliver the strategy of penetrating and driving profitable growth in new segments
  • Support development and publication of reporting and analytics that measure effectiveness of commercial investment and vitality of new product solutions
  • Establish operational targets and evaluate ongoing financial performance including recommending adjustments as required to management
  • Support analysis from research and concept feasibility to development and commercialization

 

Ad Hoc Analysis and Partnership (20%)

  • Contribute to other aspects of Innovation and Commercialization, as directed by team leadership
  • Ensure the quality and accuracy of data used by the business including leveraging internal subject matter experts, to develop projections and models

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

  • Experience in multiple, cross-functional Finance process areas
  • Well-rounded interpersonal skill set with the capacity to build relationships across all teams and levels
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail and high degree of accuracy
  • Commitment to producing high-quality, cutting-edge deliverables
  • Exceptional consulting and communication skills and the ability to communicate appropriately at all levels of the organization
  • Experience implementing and leading processes to encourage a smooth operating rhythm
  • Ability to influence leadership and lead the way when met with resistance

 

Education/Experience

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Engineering, Strategy or another quantitiative discipline, with MBA preferred
  • 8+ years of applicable and progressive experience
  • Proven results in change management and continuous improvement environment
  • Expert level in Excel and Powerpoint
  • Experience in a large business unit within a sophisticated, global, public company environment, preferably with market-driven innovation and insights

 

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