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Senior Manufacturing/Supply Chain Financial Analyst

Date: Apr 14, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie

The Sr. Financial Analyst - Manufacturing/Supply Chain is a key member of the LEAN manufacturing organization, integral to supporting the James Hardie organization in achieving Company objectives. The scope of the role includes ownership of manufacturing efficiency analytics across James Hardie’s North America business.  In this role, the incumbent will drive meaningful process and analytic improvements, and will also serve as a key business partner for various stakeholders across the manufacturing organization.  The role offers the opportunity to interact with senior leadership, as well as an opportunity to gather cross-functional exposure.


Position Responsibilities


Provide business facing support for LEAN initiatives (50%):

  • Serve as the central owner of LEAN initiative reporting – working across analyst community to drive efficiencies and maximize value to the business
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure connectivity on reporting metrics across all critical players
  • Provide meaningful business insight based on quality variance analysis
  • Track and understand macro and micro influencers to generate meaningful assumptions
  • Develop, prepare and analyze short-range and long-range metric tracking models


Drive improvement projects to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of LEAN initiatives (40%):

  • Evolve reporting methodology to deliver improved accuracy based on key business drivers.
  • Continuously improve variance analysis to advance the quality of reporting and insights to the business.
  • Drive improvement and standardization of reporting – including identifying and executing opportunities for self-service tools.


Support mission-critical ad hoc reporting and analysis to drive management decision-making (10%):

  • Proactively use business acumen to deep dive into analytic findings, educating the business on risks and opportunities.
  • Tie operational targets and improvements back to financial metrics and returns that align with costing methodologies
  • Support business initiatives through analysis and modeling as needed.



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.


Key Competencies & Behaviors

  • Strong analytical abilities required – including outstanding attention to detail
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other proprietary programs). Microsoft Excel expertise required
  • Demonstrated aptitude with Tableau or comparable software packages strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent assignments while meeting deadlines and demanding quality execution
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex and detailed data and information into meaningful outtakes and decision-based information. Articulates views in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to be tactical as well as see the bigger operational picture
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and think independently about alternative ways to solve problems based on analysis of data
  • Team player and leader with a strong desire to learn. Proven ability to communicate at all levels and across functions




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, or Economics
  • 4 – 5 years of business and/or financial analysis experience including a heavy focus on operational performance metrics; 2 years experience within the manufacturing industry preferred
  • Experience building and managing large data models – data manipulation, advanced math and statistical modeling, preferred



Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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