Senior 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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Hybrid (Chicago Based)



What You’ll Do: 


As the Global FP&A Senior Financial Analyst, you will be responsible for providing financial planning, analysis, projections, and actionable insights to the regional business unit and global functions that directly contribute to driving the success of the business. You will assimilate data and trends via multiple sources to drive profitable growth. In this role you will also use forecasting, budgeting, and modeling to support the business. As the Global FP&A Senior Financial Analyst you will rely on relationships with senior finance and business leaders across the company.


  • Develop forecasting tools for monthly and quarterly forecasting and annual budgeting process and monitor performance throughout the year.
  • Leverage and analyze external data sources and market dynamics to monitor and assess potential impacts to the business.
  • Liaise with finance teams and cross-functionally to enhance, implement, and drive adoption of existing and new processes and systems.
  • Collaborate with the Regional Business Units and review monthly financial results and forecasts.
  • Support the preparation of quarterly earnings release and board materials as needed.
  • Manage and coordinate the consolidation of financial results, monthly forecasts, annual budgets and long-range strategic plans.
  • Utilize, enhance, and develop forecast models to estimate growth, anticipate trends, and identify opportunities.
  • Assess current systems and databases and develop enhanced data automation and financial tools, e.g., dashboards, to support business review at-a-glance.
  • Correlate multiple data points to identify, synthesize and recommend on business decisions and direction.
  • Develop and maintain reports to identify opportunities for improved efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Innovate and develop creative ways to evaluate the business, find growth opportunities, and drive overall value in collaboration with business unit partners and leadership.
  • Leverage historical trends analysis to provide direction.
  • Operate as an integral member of the global FP&A team involved in day-to-day business process and advising on strategic business decisions to drive growth.
  • Perform varied ad hoc analyses on the business across stated strategic priorities and metrics versus plan assumptions.
  • Proactively develop new competitive intelligence tools and reports for management.
  • Report actual results compared to targets for relevant measures and prepare variance analysis that provides meaningful forward-looking insight.
  • Use analysis, modeling, market data and other skills and tools to identify key financial trends, insights, opportunities, and risks to the respective business unit or function in day-to-day decisions and with strategic initiatives.
  • Drive process efficiencies to deliver clear insights efficiently.
  • Support business initiatives through analysis and modeling.
  • Support management decision making through modeling.
  • Track and understand macro and micro influencers to generate meaningful assumptions.
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure connectivity on forecasted and actual performance across all critical players.


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, Accounting or Finance major preferred.
  • Minimum of six years of financial analysis experience required.
  • Public Company, Manufacturing or related industry experience preferred.
  • Pro-actively stay current with developments and trends in areas of expertise & provide new ideas to improve process efficiencies.
  • Constructively challenges business partner assumptions and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage concurrent assignments while maintaining high performance standards and meeting deadlines.
  • Team player and lead with intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn; drive for continuous improvement.
  • Ability to connect the bigger picture to day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and thinking independently about alternative solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully apply forecasting techniques and skills to analyze information to derive insights and implications to initiate planning and controlling actual results versus budget/forecast
  • Experience with SAP, Tableau, R, SQL; experience using Hyperion Financial Management system (HFM, FCCS, PBCS).
  • Expert skills with standard software and functionality (MS Office, pivot tables, v-lookups, and other financially related and proprietary software).
  • Outstanding analytical skills with a high level of detail-orientation.
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex and detailed data into meaningful insights and make recommendations
  • Results-oriented to ensure deliverables are submitted in an accurate, complete, and timely fashion; operates with a sense of urgency.
  • 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.
  • Adjust effectively and easily to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  • Uses narratives, like stories and analogies, to communicate messages; presents compelling data to support positions; anticipates questions and prepares appropriate responses or answers.


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!




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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