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Senior Financial Analyst

Date: Jul 13, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie




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As a member of the Pricing team, the Senior Pricing Financial Analyst is integral in the development and execution of the James Hardie pricing strategies.  The scope of the role includes performing detailed analysis/reporting, project planning and implementation on the key drivers responsible for driving market share and maximizing profit opportunities within various segments that James Hardie participates in.  This role provides the incumbent the unique opportunity to not only showcase significant project management, organization, and communication skills, but also be a core team member in driving those recommendations into company practice through developing a go-forward plan.  This role requires a high degree of strategic thinking capability and will have significant interaction and exposure with managers in pricing, segment management, customer operations, sales and marketing, as well as senior management within the organization.


Position Responsibilities


Serve as the senior pricing analyst for the total James Hardie business.  Develop and expand the JH pricing analysis platform.  Enhance pricing analysis and reporting devices designed to:  (50%)


  • Identify, quantify, and measure root cause variables impacting price performance from month vs last month, plan, forecast, and year on year performance.  Support quality analysis that provides meaningful business insight and drives operational action.
  • Prepare, analyze and review monthly rolling forecasts, annual budgets and three year pricing plans. 
  • Drive standardization & process improvement in pricing execution and forecasting. 
  • Provide variance analysis commentary for weekly flash reporting and bi-monthly operating committee reviews. Support deep dive pricing analysis on trends and business drivers.
  • Enhance tools/systems to the degree required to improve overall department analytical capability.
  • Integrate program development metrics into a full “net pricing” capability to help the business understand true pricing by product and region taking into consideration all discounting programs.
    Lead process Improvement and pricing project development and execution:  (30%)
  • Lead implementation of a net revenue allocation model by product and channel to enable better business decisions based on profitability. 
  • Lead pricing analysis across districts to identify and prioritize pricing standardization and/or strategic efficiency opportunities.  Investigate and execute relevant price changes that simplify customer interactions, generate additional profits or drive pricing execution efficiencies.
  • Drive PA and credit visibility and compliance with annual budgeting
  • Analyze and propose recommendations around annual price increases.
  • The Sr. Pricing Analyst is the key driver of project implementation gains for the department and as such will need to have a good understanding of pricing inefficiencies requiring good cross functional understanding of the sales organization practices and analysis of opportunities.
  • The Sr. Pricing Analyst is the key driver of project implementation gains for the department and as such will need to have a good understanding of pricing inefficiencies requiring good cross functional understanding of the sales organization practices and analysis of opportunities.
  • Quantify the value of the projects by analyzing realizable returns and incorporate into our forecasting process.
    Pricing Reporting and Communication (20%)
  • Implements and communicates high level reports for the business on overall price performance.  Responsible for communicating business tracking information, monthly flash information, and significant pricing trend variations that are impacting the business.
  • Development and gatekeeper of the departments key performance metrics so that the overall pricing function stays on track both on pricing projects and business as usual functions.  Reports and communicates variances to our plan/forecasts and analyzes, understands, and communicates the root causes for the variances.
    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.


Quantitative Dimensions



The pricing team within James Hardie has responsibility for approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue responsibility.  The expectation is that this role will have a high degree of impact on the developing the analytical methods that we use to measure the pricing performance within the organization and additionally be a key driver in pricing project identification, design, implementation, and execution to help us drive EBIT performance.

Decision Making:

The Senior Pricing Analyst has exceptional and highly advanced technical and analytical aptitude and is expected to make judgments based on data as well as filtering out data that has low impact to the business.  The Senior Pricing Analyst is expected to be the key driver and decision maker around which variables to maneuver to help drive pricing profitability within various key segments and key projects to drive out pricing inefficiencies or better optimize value pricing strategies.   

Attention to Detail:

The Senior Pricing Analyst has outstanding attention to detail skills along with the ability to communicate and simplify complex issues with cross functional teams.  Analytical skills are excellent and the incumbent must have the ability to demonstrate trends and make recommendations based on the analysis that drive execution consistent with the Company’s strategic direction.

Scope of Position:

The Senior Pricing Analyst is required to analyze and develop processes to improve pricing performance for the organization.  The incumbent uses his/her experience and background to ensure that the continuous improvement of department occurs by continually developing and testing hypothesis, but also in instrumental in taking those recommendations and driving those into execution.


Position Requirements


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Superior interpersonal and oral/written communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrated management of complex projects
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary programs).
  • Database knowledge required (Access or equivalent)
  • Outstanding analytical abilities required.
  • Ability to identify process gaps, conduct Root Cause Analysis and hold internal stakeholders accountable for improvements
  • Ability to challenge information and a passion to exhaustively uncover robust facts and data which improve insights and the quality of the final decision.
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex and detailed data and information into meaningful outtakes and decision base information.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and think independently about alternative ways to solve problems based on analysis of data.
  • Ability to be tactical as well as see the bigger operational picture.
  • Team player and leader with a strong desire to learn.



  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, or highly quantitative degree (MBA preferred)
  • 4+ years of applicable analytical experience within finance, supply chain or analysis
  • Building, manufacturing or industrial sector experience (preferred).


  • Strategic Decision Making: Obtaining information and identifying key issues and relationships relevant to long-range goal or vision; committing to a course of action to accomplish a long-range goal or vision after developing alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values.
  • Facilitating Change: Encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.
  • Innovation: Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
  • Work Standards: Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  • Managing Work (includes Time Management): Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Information Monitoring: Setting up ongoing procedures to collect and review information needed to manage an organization or ongoing activities within it.
  • Gaining Commitment: Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations and individuals involved.
  • 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.



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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