Director, Internal Controls

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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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 Process, IT, and operational Controls in a global organization, act as a thought leader in the Internal Controls space and exhibit the Company’s core values and principles in interfacing with other senior finance and operations personnel. 


What You’ll Do:

  • Oversee administration and operation of the Internal Controls function.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive internal control strategy and 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.
  • Partner with Internal Audit and the Business to close identified control deficiencies
  • 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 controls
  • 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.


What You’ll Bring: 

  • 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 up to 25% internationally


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
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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.

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