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Director of Business Controls

Date: May 11, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie

We’re a thriving $2.5B+ global business committed to rapid growth and we are adding a Director of Business Controls


As a Leader within the finance organization, reporting directly to the Global Controller you will use your proven Controls expertise in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, every day! You and your Team will lead the improvement and implementation of Business Controls in a global organization, act as a thought leader in the Business Controls space and exhibit the Company’s core values and principles in interfacing with other senior finance and operations personnel. 


 Core Accountabilities:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive internal control process to ensure compliance with all aspects of Sarbanes-Oxley Act, for financial, operational and IT controls; Statutory reporting requirements; and Enterprise Risk Management.
  • Assess JH’s processes on a continuous basis against emerging best practices, perform appropriate benchmarking, conduct continuous process improvements, and identify/implement productivity enhancements.
  • Work as a partner to the Business Process Improvement Teams to ensure controls are embedded into new processes that are implemented into the business during our 3-5 year Transformation project.
  • Assess the effectiveness of Internal Controls, determine potential impact of control failures, recommend corrective actions to Business Managers, and track remediation efforts.
  • Help management write/improve current contols
  • Prepare documentation in adherence to professional standards, best practices, and JH’s Risk Management framework; and support external auditors obtain assurance over SOX controls
  • Actively manage internal and external resources; and review work papers to determine completion and adherence to standards
  • Improve Audit and Risk Management methodology based on trends and technical advances and continuous process & organizational improvements
  • Prepare summary of results/status and assist with Management and Audit Committee reports.


  • BA/BS degree in Accounting/Finance or Business Administration.
  • CPA (Active not needed)
  • MBA a plus
  • Professional certification a plus (e.g. CISA, CIA, etc.)
  • 10+ years of relevant and progressive experience in internal/external audit and/or Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) controls
  • Detailed knowledge of risk assessment, accounting and auditing principles; understanding of internal control framework concepts, including Sarbanes-Oxley, COSO and GAAP
  • Advanced ability to evaluate the materiality of issues and see the big picture.
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking by applying process analysis, business intelligence, and problem-solving techniques
  • Advanced ability to write and edit clear and concise work papers and reports.
  • Ability to build productive business partnering relationships with management, co-workers and external parties.
  • Experience with Governance, Risk, and Compliance software a plus
  • Good organizational and analytical skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to travel (10%-20%) if required


Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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