Commercial Financial Analyst

Chicago, IL, US, 60601

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.


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What You’ll Do: 


As the Commercial Financial Analyst you will be responsible for financial business partnership to the Commercial team with a focus on Segment support. Our segment team works on our go to market channel strategy. You will provide analysis, reporting, and actionable insight to help drive business performance. You will provide financial support for segment initiatives including business planning and modeling, ongoing support, and post auditing. Over the course of this work you will aid in product profitability and portfolio management to support cross functional product team, competitive intelligence and North American Insights. You will be building business relationships and strong cross functional business partnerships.


This role will be approximately 40% reporting and forecasting support, 40% segment partnership, and 20% ad hoc requests and project support as needed.


  • Support commercial segment initiatives by modeling business plan to lead decision making, providing ongoing support, and post auditing
  • Innovate and develop creative ways to evaluate the business, find growth opportunities, and drive overall value in collaboration with business unit partners and leadership
  • Assist in product profitability analysis and reporting to drive portfolio management decisions
  • Report actual results compared to targets for relevant measures and prepare variance analysis that provides meaningful forward-looking insight
  • Assess current systems and databases and design and develop enhanced data automation and financial tools, e.g., dashboards, to support business review at-a-glance
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure connectivity on forecasted and actual performance across all critical players.
  • Operate as an integral member of the business unit team involved in day-to-day business process and advising on strategic business decisions to drive growth
  • Liaise with finance teams and cross-functionally to enhance, implement, and drive adoption of existing and new processes and systems to drive process efficiencies and deliver clear insights efficiently
  • Participate in yearly plan and target setting process to incorporate insights on volume forecast and SG&A spend
  • Perform varied ad hoc analyses on the business across stated strategic priorities and metrics versus plan assumptions


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.


What You’ll Bring:


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Finance, Economics, Business, Data Analytics, or other quantitative degree preferred
  • Minimum of three year’s work experience in a quantitative and analytical role
  • Manufacturing or related industry experience preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and oral/ written communication skills with the ability to relate well, cooperate, and build relationships with all levels to help achieve business goals
  • Constructively challenges business partner assumptions and goals
  • Team player that leads with intellectual curiosity and stays current with developments and trend in areas of expertise; drive for continuous improvement  
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex and detailed data into meaningful insights and make recommendations; articulates views in clear and concise manner
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and thinking independently about alternative solutions
  • Ability to connect the bigger picture to day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Expert skills with standard software and functionality (MS Office, pivot tables, v-lookups, and other financially related and proprietary software)
  • Has worked with P&L in prior role, understands line items and how they are impacted by different business decisions
  • Results-oriented to ensure deliverables are submitted in an accurate, complete, and timely fashion; operates with a sense of urgency
  • Demonstrated ability to manage concurrent assignments while maintaining high performance standards and meeting deadlines


What You’ll Receive:


  • At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees. 
  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more 


Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!


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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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