Sr. Finance Manager - CapEx

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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As the Senior Manager Finance – North America CapEx you will report to the Director of Global CapEx and will be responsible for the North America CapEx process, driving day to day performance and step-change improvement in key areas of business focus, including capex approval, asset acquisition, project close and capitalization, and monthly forecasting activities.  You will lead a team to accomplish these objectives, supporting both run-the-business activities as well as process transformation efforts.  In addition, in this role you will be a key business partner to the Global Controllership to support controls and policy and process implementation, as well as Global Operations, Regional manufacturing, and Regional Finance Leadership to support decision making, planning, and project execution support.  Influencing senior leadership as well as other stakeholders across the organization will be vital to your success. 


What You’ll Do: 


Manage the North America (NA) CapEx process, partnering with stakeholders, to ensure timely & efficient execution and produce targeted strategic business results.  

  • Facilitate quarterly Run & Enhance the Business prioritization and planning process for centrally managed and plant prioritized projects, along with the global engineering and construction (GEC) and NA manufacturing teams. 
  • Partner with project managers and business leaders to ensure correct funding mechanism for projects and adherence to accounting principles and policy in project development. 
  • Issue and maintain plan codes for green-lit projects coming out of the various Hardie Operating System (HOS) prioritization processes: “Run the Business” “Enhance the Business” and “Transform the Business” to facilitate organizational alignment.  
  • Maintain Sharepoint-based Project Expenditure Request (PER) and Asset Status Change (ASC) approval workflows, ensuring compliance with DOA and other applicable policies, and optimal process performance. 
  • Partner with the Global Transformation Management Office (GTMO), key finance stakeholders, and business leaders to track transformation-related spend, leveraging resources such as the SharePoint-based workflow approvals, and SAP project systems. 
  • Ensure that PER documentation, templates, policy and training materials are up to date, coordinating as necessary with the Acquire to Retire Global Process owner (A2R GPO) and Global Plans and Procedures Manager. 
  • Work to improvement in agreed-upon process KPIs, for example: workflow efficiency, addendum rate, say/do ratio for project start and close dates, forecast accuracy. 
  • Manage the monthly collection of capitalizable internal labor hours and deliver to the General Ledger (GL) team for posting. 
  • Manage the quarterly impairment watchlist process and coordinate impairments between business units and controllership stakeholders. 
  • Participate as a stakeholder in monthly plant-level CapEx reviews to understand key risks and opportunities on projects, share best practices, provide coaching, and connect local teams with central initiatives. 

Produce timely and accurate reporting and forecasting for the North America CapEx process enabling information flow and decision making. 

  • Support critical recurring and ad-hoc reporting and analysis to provide meaningful business insights, contributing to critical transformational initiatives such as capacity expansion, as well as run-the-business activities. 
  • Produce monthly regional CapEx, Software as a Service (SaaS), Depreciation, and Placed in Service (PiS) forecasts including commentary and key variance drivers. 
  • Produce monthly capitalizable labor and travel forecast as an input to CapEx spend and broader P&L forecast. 
  • Produce monthly tracking against key process KPI’s  
  • Coordinate quarterly forward-looking forecast of “worst case” impairments for fixed assets, escalating as required to the monthly enterprise-wide emerging issues log (EIL) review. 
  • Generate reporting on actual CapEx spend for internal stakeholders such as external reporting, FP&A, etc. 
  • Continuously improve forecast accuracy and timeliness of reporting, reducing complexity and redundant work where possible. 

Collaborate with the VP Finance Transformation and Acquire to Retire Global Process Owner, and Global Finance PMO to deliver on transformation initiatives. 

  • Drive the business strategy of globally standardizing capex systems, policies, and processes participating as an SME in design initiatives, and providing support in implementation phases of projects. 
  • Lead, manage, mentor, and coach an engaged team of financial professionals in supporting the business unit to achieve objectives. 
  • Partner with the A2R GPO and Global Plans and Procedures Manager to drive standardization of capex policy, prioritizing areas with biggest risk or most current inefficiency. 
  • Be an agent for change in the enterprise journey towards end-to-end process thinking, supporting a culture of continuous improvement and cross-functional collaboration 
  1. Provide operational finance support for Corporate (Non-Plant/Non-R&D) capital projects and fixed assets 
  • Review purchase order requests for approval 
  • Conduct quarterly fixed asset verifications and maintenance 
  • Project business-case and budget development partnership/review, support project closures and placed in service, and other internal reporting or partnership needs. 


 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 in Finance or Accounting required, with advanced degree preferred  
  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience required, comprising at least 5 years general ledger accounting or plant cost accounting, and at least 2 years of forecasting, modeling, and partnering with a business unit  
  • Building, manufacturing, or industrial sector experience preferred 
  • Expertise in connecting the day-to-day operations of the organization to financial applications and share with others in an understandable manner 
  • Strong people leadership skills, with the ability to build a team to produce quality results in an efficient manner and simultaneously manage several projects 
  • Ability to travel an average of 10%.


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 


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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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