Senior Financial Analyst, R&D

Fontana, CA, US, 92337

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 Financial Analyst - R&D, you will be responsible for providing financial planning, analysis, projections, and actionable insights to the global Research and Development function that directly contribute to senior leadership decision making and drive the success of the function and broader business. As the Senior Financial Analyst, you will also use forecasting, budgeting, and modeling to support the business.  In this role you will serve as the key business partner to the CTO and rely on relationships with other senior finance and business leaders across the company.


What You’ll Do: 


  • Develop flexible forecasting tools for monthly and annual budgeting process and monitor performance throughout the year to drive Research and Development (R&D) investment
  • Partner with the (Chief Technology Officer) CTO to drive global innovation strategy and goals
  • Support R&D initiatives through business case analysis and modeling
  • 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
  • Educate the business on risks and opportunities
  • 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
  • Correlate multiple data points to identify, synthesize and recommend on business decisions and direction
  • 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 business unit 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
  • 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 management decision making through modeling
  • 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, Finance or Accounting major preferred
  • Minimum of five years of analysis experience required
  • Experience in a large business unit within a sophisticated, global, public company environment preferred
  • Outstanding analytical skills with a high level of detail-orientation
  • Team player that leads with intellectual curiosity and stays current with developments and trend in areas of expertise; drive for continuous improvement 
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex and detailed data into meaningful insights and make recommendations


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!’




The expected pay range for this position is between $88,000 and $130,000. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience, market conditions, and other job-related factors permitted by law. This position qualifies for benefits which may also include a discretionary bonus.



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: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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