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Senior Financial Analyst - Commercial

Date: Jul 27, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie




Drive meaningful process improvements!


As publicly traded company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ticker: JHX.AX) and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker: JHX), our financials are already impressive and we are well positioned for the next wave of growth!  Apply your significant analytical capabilities and business partnering skills to directly contribute to our transition from "big small company" to a "small big company".


As the Commercial Financial Analyst, you will be a  key member of the Commercial Finance team supporting the Exterior Sales team and report to the Director of Commercial Finance.  Responsible for providing analytical support and actionable insights to the Sales management team within the James Hardie organization, you have a high proficiency for assimilating data and trends via multiple sources to drive growth.


Position Responsibilities


Develop and enhance market & data automation and dashboards: (30%)

  • Assess current systems and databases and design enhanced financial tools for the sales team
  • Manage and triangulate large amounts of data into useable reporting and analysis
  • Develop and maintain reports to identify opportunities for improved sales efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Process oriented solutions that are saleable and repeatable increasing efficiency and output

Support critical recurring and ad-hoc reporting and analysis to drive the business: (30%)

  • Analyze internal / external information using data manipulation, correlation and statistical analysis.
  • Report by district and region on actual sales as compared to sales targets for volume and market share.
  • Support the regular Internal & External Business Review Cadence against our key performance indicators and drivers.

Identify key financial and sales trends to drive growth: (40%)

  • Partner with key commercial leaders to drive growth in market share by identifying opportunities by triangulating economic analysis, market data and financial insights
  • Leverage historical trends analysis to provide direction for sales activities
  • Develop forecast modeling and insights to anticipate sales trends and identify opportunities
  • Liaise and work with a broad cross-functional team to enhance, implement, and drive adoption of our ever evolving and expanding processes and systems
  • Innovate and Develop creative ways to evaluate the business, find opportunities, and drive overall value in collaboration with Commercial Leadership
  • Operate as an integral member of the Commercial organization involved in Day-to-Day Impactful Business Decisions and Processes
  • Perform varied ad hoc analyses on the business across stated strategic priorities and metrics versus our Plan Assumptions
  • Correlate multiple data points to identify, synthesize and recommend on business decisions and direction


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

  • Ability to connect the bigger picture to day to day operations of the organization. 
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex and detailed data into meaningful insights.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully apply forecasting techniques to evaluate business goals
  • Articulates views in a clear and concise manner.
  • Anticipates questions and prepares appropriate responses or answers.
  • Uses narratives, like stories and analogies, to communicate messages.
  • Presents compelling arguments to support positions.
  • Constructively challenges business partner assumptions and goals.
  • Demonstrated advanced spreadsheet, database and word processing application skills.
  • Results-oriented to ensure deliverables are submitted in an accurate, complete, and timely fashion.
  • The desire and tenacity to grow within the organization.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Accounting, Finance or Business Administration (mba preferred)
  • 4-7 years of applicable analytical experience (in a commercial or sales setting preferred)
  • Building, manufacturing or industrial sector experience (preferred).


Key Competencies

  • Decision Making: Identifying and understanding business issues; problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills: Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas; keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
  • Building Partnerships: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  • Continuous Learning: Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.
  • Initiating Action: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
  • Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.




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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