Senior Manager (Controller) in Mount Prospect IL

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Senior Manager (Controller)
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Mount Prospect IL
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Job Types:
Accountant, Controller

Job Description Summary

Shape the Finance support to the Industrial / Operation community

Contribute to definition of the industrial strategy of MA

Work closely with VP Finance / VP Operations / plant controllers to align goals, define priorities and decide on action plans

Lead the operation budget and forecast processes as well as monthly P&L / KPI reporting

Be a key contributor to harmonize costing tracking at plants and recording into our reporting system

Standardize and simplify processes across the plants. Share best practices

Control and improve working capital at plants (suppliers and stocks)

Develop and train plant controllers

Initiate actions in the areas of cost reduction, saving and optimization of resources

Manage Capex budget, submission, AFE and actual tracking

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Manages and organises all planning processes (Strategic Plan, Operational Plan, Budget, Forecast) in all factories in his / her zone and checks that these processes are running smoothly,

Carries out necessary co-ordination within the framework of these processes,

Performs analyses or arranges for analyses to be performed that are necessary to understand the economic situation in the factories in his / her zone upstream of planning processes: cost position, strategic and operational levers, fund trends,

Participates in planning and preparation, in the selection / prioritisation of objectives, in the validation of the consistency of objectives with regard to financial balances in the factories in his / her zone,

Participates in defining guidelines, action plans, hypotheses, in the selection and prioritisation of action plans in the factories in his / her zone,

Implements the guidelines, action plans, projects of the factories in his / her zone,

Has plans, budgets and forecasts drawn up and checks they have been developed properly,

Controls the production and updating of standard cost prices based on the budget

Ensures that controls are in place to ensure consistency between the formats for plans, budgets, forecasts and the structure of analytical accounting plans in order to reconcile them on an actual and forecast basis,

Consolidates plans, budgets and forecasts and has them validated at the required level,

Communicates the results of plans, budgets and forecasts to all involved stakeholders

Optimisation of Capital and Assets:

Organises and supervises an active management of the main components of working capital requirements (stocks, suppliers): setting objectives, developing, prioritising and monitoring action plans,

Supervises the smooth running of the financial management of operations investments (development of various consolidated reporting systems, developing and validating investment projects, monitoring projects in progress (particularly with regard to finance), feedback and a posteriori analysis of financial performance,

Prepare AFE requests for executive management approval

Participates in the various stages of the process for the management of operation investments in accordance with Mizkan rules

Analysis and Interpretation:

Ensures that the requirements for the management and analysis of operational staff are taken into account and handled adequately,

Conducts benchmarks on the economic performance of factories in the zone and with competitors factories,

Proposes ideas to improve performance in his / her scope of responsibility

Challenges proposals by operational staff,

Ensures that the economic impact, within the factories, of various operational levers is rigorously measured,

Supervises the performance of ad-hoc analyses, particularly from a methodological point of view,

Controls the quality of extracting information, the consistency and relevance of analyses, the rigour of communication of the results,

Participates in the validation of the conclusions,

Supervises the implementation of resultant recommendations,

Performs analyses for his / her operational hierarchy, communicates results, develops and monitors corresponding action plans

Accounts and Reporting / Financial Control:

Ensures that the reference frameworks are correctly maintained in the system,

Ensures that controls are in place to ensure the reliability of interfaces,

Supervises the proper production / completion of industrial reporting,

Supervises the proper production of gap analyses

Supervises the proper production of appropriate management reports,

Analyses periodic results in his / her Area and produces his / her own comments.

Risk Management:

The identification and assessment of certain risks,

The assessment of the quality of certain Internal Control systems,

The implementation of certain systems,

The performance and documentation of certain tests,

Participation in internal and external audits, the validation and implementation of recommendations

Qualifications and Competencies

Minimum degree and experience required:

Bachelors Degree

Must have 10-15 years of related work experience, significant management experience, with consumer packaged goods experience a PLUS.

Possess high level proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; advanced Excel skills including experience creating pivot tables and V-look-up tables, are required

Must be familiar with reporting systems (SAP and AX ideally)

Exude a professional attitude; be courteous, friendly, exceptionally organized, and willing to take initiative

Analytical with high level of detail orientation and experience working with spreadsheets, databases, and interpreting data for various reporting purposes

Strong customer service (internal and external) orientation, ability to collaborate

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Ability to influence without direct reporting line

Result oriented and pragmatic

Willing to challenge status quo and drive change

Performance Expectations: Confidentiality, quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, and thoroughness of work performed; IT savvy-ability to leverage systems, ability to gain the trust and respect of management and coworkers; maintain the integrity of confidential business and product information; ability to communicate effectively and develop good working relationships with other employees is essential to accomplish goals and objectives of the Department.

Working Conditions: Work is performed largely in an office environment. Hours of work will generally be during regular business hours with at least 40 hours a week. At times there will be some variation in work hours due to special projects, deadlines and other concerns. Travel to plants will be required on a monthly basis

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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