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Director of Financial Reporting

Date: Jul 8, 2019

Location: Mission Viejo, CA, US

Company: James Hardie




As leader of the Corporate Finance Department, reporting directly to the Global Controller, the Director of Reporting position will require proven leadership skills in a fast-paced, collaborative environment by planning, managing and executing all corporate reporting activities, both internal and external, for James Hardie Industries plc. This position will ensure the integrity of timely financial reports and compliance with relevant jurisdictional rules and regulations. The Director of Reporting acts as a thought leader on a range of technical accounting and finance-related issues and exhibits the Company’s core values and principles in coaching and developing department team members and interfacing with other senior finance and operations personnel as a member of functional teams.  The Director of Reporting also oversees the internal Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) and Policies and Procedures (P&P) department/function to ensure that controls are being adhered to and proper end to end policies and procedures are being implemented timely.  This position will make proposals to improve functional excellence, implement new accounting standards and identify business process improvement opportunities.


*Based out of our Chicago, IL or Mission Viejo, CA office


To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting is required.
  • An advanced degree, such as an MBA, is preferred.
  • CPA license is required
  • 4+ years of “Big 4” or Tier II public accounting firm experience is required.
  • Private industry work experience leading an external reporting function of a publicly listed company is required.
  • Large ERP (SAP, Oracle, etc.) experience preferred.
  • HFM experience preferred


Position Responsibilities

Ensure the timely submission of accurate financial information for internal and external stakeholders by:  (60%)

  • Directing the preparation of quarterly and annual reports, which the Company files with the SEC on Form 6-K and Form 20-F, respectively, as a foreign private issuer, in accordance with U.S. GAAP and Irish company law, as applicable, and ensuring statutory reporting requirements are met. Builds and maintains credibility by ensuring annual reports meet US GAAP, SEC and Irish company law reporting requirements, as applicable. Leads the comment resolution process arising from regulatory review of public reports and filings;
  • Performing timely and robust risk-based analytical and quantitative reviews of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and disclosures, Management’s Discussion and Analysis, periodic press releases and monthly internal financial reports. Assesses the adequacy of the Company’s disclosures in accordance with US GAAP. Ensures the accuracy of monthly internal reporting of financial performance to senior management.
  • Exercising appropriate professional skepticism in performing critical reviews of quantitative analyses and accounting memoranda that supports significant, unusual or non-recurring transactions. Ensures estimates and assumptions reflected in consolidated financial information are reasonable, supportable and explainable to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with senior management and external auditors to ensure that issues arising from significant, complex accounting matters are communicated and resolved timely. Ensures the audit cycle is executed seamlessly across jurisdictions and mitigates audit overruns arising from internal inefficiencies across the finance group.
  • Leading SOX compliance in the department by ensuring that controls are adequately performed, address relevant risks and adequately cover relevant financial statement assertions. Identifies potential process design weaknesses and makes recommendations to bolster the Company’s control environment.
  • Leading the (P&P) function to ensure global P&P’s are being proposed, alignedon and implemented timely to ensure that global process standardization is being driven throughout the organization.
  • Drafting periodic board communications and presentations regarding significant accounting and finance-related matters and ensures appropriate communication occurs between management and the audit committee related to significant accounting matters. Prepares senior executives for quarterly earnings release calls with investors and analysts by performing ad-hoc analyses and preparing periodic management presentations to explain financial results to the market.
  • Preparing for and leading periodic meetings of the Company’s disclosure committee to approve accounts and disclosures before releasing financial information to the market.
  • Oversees the administration of HFM, the primary consolidation system.


Manages others by providing ongoing development, mentoring, and strong learning experiences by:  (15%)

  • Recruiting, motivating and training a high performing staff. Conducts performance evaluations of staff.  Emphasizes coaching culture by example through mentoring, motivating, and developing staff. Serves as a resource to them in order to facilitate their professional development.  Leads the development of team goals and holds team accountable by celebrating "wins" and scrutinizing "losses" for continuous improvement.
  • Promoting a high level of ethical awareness and conduct within James Hardie Industries in support of the Company's Code of Business Conduct and Integrity Hotline program. Evaluates controls, principles, values, mission, etc. of James Hardie Industries to ensure they are being consistently upheld in the Corporate Finance department.
  • Maintaining knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate books, journals and other literature and attending related conferences, seminars, etc. Champions learning and education by encouraging department team members to pursue and maintain professional accreditation and licensure, as appropriate.
  • Maintains peer relationships to share issues and ideas.


Supports business and operational initiatives and emerges as a thought leader across the organization through sharing ideas and advising on accounting implications by (25%):

  • Providing leadership to executive management regarding the impact of financial decisions, accounting policies and new accounting standards on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Demonstrates a keen ability to digest significant and complex accounting matters and can logically explain and discuss them with senior executives using “non-accountant” jargon.
  • Improving the quality and effectiveness of monthly internal financial reports by providing senior management with relevant data and information in a clear, concise format useful to them in making strategic and operational decisions. Challenges routine reporting processes and analyses them to identify inefficiencies, maximize use of resources and streamline reporting methodologies and procedures.
  • Demonstrating professional integrity when operating under pressure by challenging the status quo and questioning ideas and decisions to ensure the accuracy of financial information that governs the decision-making process for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Proactively interfacing with divisional finance executives to identify, manage and resolve significant accounting matters impacting the business. Prevents the emergence of “accounting surprises” during key reporting timelines.
  • Participating on functional teams comprised of senior finance executives to improve the quality and effectiveness of internal controls, policies and procedures and business process flows. Supports efforts of the management team to foster a positive work environment through effective performance coaching and development, process improvement, recognition of outstanding performance and team building.


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.




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: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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