Staff Accountant

Mission Viejo, CA, US, 92691

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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The Staff Accountant’s primary responsibility will include reconciling general ledger accounts, analyzing and verifying financial data and account reports, compiling information for department staff regarding accounting practices and procedures and related compliance issues, as well as providing overall support for the general accounting needs for the Company’s U.S. divisions. 


What You’ll Do: 


  • Prepares monthly general journal entries,  account reconciliations, and various other accounting statements and reports and provides interpretation of results as appropriate to support an accurate and timely monthly financial close for the Company’s U.S. divisions by:  (50%)
    • Performing all tasks associated with the general ledger, including entering monthly journal entries and executing monthly closing entries;
    • Maintaining integrity of all general ledger transactions;
    • Ensuring that the general ledger is closed within the timelines of the Company’s closing schedule;
    • Performing account analysis and reconciliations and performing correcting journal entries;
    • Ensuring that all financial statements are presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and appropriate financial variance analyses are provided timely to management; and
    • Developing strong working relationships with coworkers.
  • Analyzes financial data and prepares account reconciliations by:  (15%)
    • Navigating and extracting data from financial systems to investigate and resolve outstanding items as appropriate;
    • Reviewing, validating, and processing transactions;
    • Providing useful, timely, and accurate analysis of financial results and information to the Assistant Controller; and
    • Developing and maintaining current and accurate account reconciliations.
  • Supports the ongoing preparations for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, including developing process narratives and desk procedures with limited guidance by:  (15%)
    • Performing periodic testing for compliance with written policies and procedures as part of the overall SOX program;
    • Assisting in the continued development and documentation of SOX-related policies, procedures, and internal controls;
    • Assisting in administering and enforcing all accounting policies and procedures; and
    • Supporting the creation, development, and maintenance of the department’s process documentation and flowcharts.
  • Effectively communicates and escalates issues and information to the Accounting Supervisor/Manager or other appropriate levels of management on a timely basis by:  (10%)
    • Understanding general departmental processes to be able to identify unusual transactions or issues; and
    • Providing timely communication to the Assistant Controller or other management to support an effective resolution.
  • Provides general assistance and support to the Assistant Controller by preparing ad hoc reports and financial analysis by:  (5%)
    • Developing an understanding of GAAP and related processes for which the staff is responsible to provide general support to the Assistant Controller and management; and
    • Effectively communicate results of the analysis to the Assistant Controller.
  • Provides, suggests and supports alternatives to work processes that will increase efficiencies and financial results by: (5%)
    • Developing strong understanding of the accounting and business processes that the staff is responsible for;
    • Identifying process inefficiencies and helping to support the identification of the underlying root causes;
    • Partnering with other finance and non-finance groups to support design and implement process improvements; and
    • Supporting the control and monitoring of the implementation to ensure change is being followed and is operating effectively.


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 Accounting or Finance. 
  • 2 or more years of general accounting experience, coupled with accounting experience in a manufacturing environment of at least $100M in annual revenues.
  • 3 or more years of financial accounting experience.
  • Experience with an ERP system (SAP preferred).
  • Familiarity with Business Objects (preferred).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of full-cycle accounting process, including account reconciliation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge SOX compliance processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrated skill in maintaining accurate financial records and preparing clear and accurate reports for informational, auditing and operational use.
  • Skill in maintaining accounting records for special accounts and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound, independent judgments within established polices and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral/ written communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with other members of management and other departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent assignments while meeting deadlines and demanding quality execution.
  • Ability to develop understanding of financial reporting to support process and transition to the G/L group.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative in providing new ideas to improve process efficiencies.
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, pivot tables & V Lookups, and other financially-related and proprietary software).


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 m ore

Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!


The expected pay range for this position is between $85,000 and $150,000. 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: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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