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Technical Controller

Date: Dec 5, 2017

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie




We’re a thriving $1.7B international business committed to rapid growth and we are adding an Accounting Policies & Procedures Manager


As a functional leader within the finance organization, reporting directly to the Director of Reporting and Global Policies, you will use your proven technical accounting and project management skills in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, every day! You’ll lead the implementation of step-change initiatives across a global finance organization, acts as a thought leader on a range of technical accounting and finance-related issues and exhibit the Company’s core values and principles in interfacing with other senior finance and operations personnel. 


To be considered for this opportunity, you must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting (advanced degree, such as an MBA, is also highly desirable)
  • 5 + years of experience writing and implementing accounting policies, procedures, standards and control systems
  • 4+ years of public accounting experience. (“Big 4” is highly desirable)
  • Private industry work experience in the technical accounting or reporting function of a publicly listed company 
  • CPA license 
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally (estimated at 10%)


Additional Details:

Lead initiatives to drive functional excellence in a world-class finance organization by: 

  • Being a policy authority for the group finance organization through regular implementation and reviews of policies and procedures, using influential leadership skills to lead the creation, modification, review, training and execution of policies and procedures that bolster the integrity of financial accounting and reporting, mitigates business risks and interfaces effectively with business practices in a practical and reasonable manner. Ensures policies and procedures are up-to-date, communicated broadly across the group and appropriately layered into a comprehensive and robust on-boarding and training plan.


  • Participating on and leading diverse functional teams comprised of staff finance personnel and/or senior finance executives to improve the quality and effectiveness of internal controls, policies and procedures and business processes. Demonstrates proficiency in achieving consensus between opposing views and exudes confidence in making tough calls when necessary. Builds and maintains strong relationships across the business and proficiently leverages those relationships to drive functional objectives to completion in an environment with competing priorities.


  • Drafting periodic board communications and leading presentations to senior leadership regarding significant accounting and finance-related matters. Communicates issues in a clear and concise manner within the organization and can clearly convey thoughts and ideas using non-accounting jargon to support the senior management team in strategic and operational decision making.


  • Understanding and anticipating emerging accounting and regulatory issues that impact the business and lead the implementation of significant accounting standards and other jurisdictional rules and regulations that impact current business and accounting practices. Keeps current on emerging accounting, auditing and regulatory developments from the FASB, PCAOB, SEC and other rule-making entities that impact accounting and business practices and control framework.



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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