Assistant Plant Controller

Peru, IL, US, 61354

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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Onsite in our Manufacturing Plant - Relocation Assistance Provided


The Assistant Plant Controller will be responsible for partnering with the Plant Controller to ensure a high level of compliance to GAAP, SOX, and company policies for the location.  The Assistant Plant Controller will manage the core accounting functions within the manufacturing plant, including month-end closes and finance initiatives.  This position will also be a business partner to the plant management team, helping the plant to achieve their over-arching business goals while identifying areas of risk and inefficiency and be proactive in developing and implementing appropriate measures to reduce these. The Assistant Plant Controller will partner with peers at other manufacturing sites and central locations to leverage best practices and help build a consistent and reliable control environment.


What You’ll Do:

  • Drive accounting processes and process improvements within the plant to ensure accurate books and records and compliance to key control requirements including Sarbanes Oxley
  • Work cross-functionally with central accounting to lead control and efficiency initiatives resulting in a better control environment that is easier to monitor. 
  • Partner with the Plant Controller to ensure a high level of compliance to GAAP, SOX, and company policies, including month end close processes, reporting, and plant financial statements
  • Identify, lead and implement process improvements in both the Financial and Accounting parts of our business with the appropriate involvement of plant, interplant, and central accounting partners. 
  • Coordinate with plant operations to prepare business cases to support capital investments, including financial justification and proper accounting treatment.
  • Partner with the plant management team to provide financial and operational leadership to drive the strategic direction of the plant and deliver plant objectives
  • Support the business in identifying areas of risk and inefficiency; proactively develop and implement appropriate measures to reduce risk and inefficiency
  • Partner with peers in other manufacturing sites and central locations to leverage best practices and help build a consistent and reliable control environment
  • Create strong relationships within the plant and at office locations to create communication lines to share ideas and solve issues
  • Provide daily, weekly and monthly reports for plant and corporate management
  • Provide management with the strategic tools and reports to drive business results
  • Manage a team of 2-4 including cost accountants, buyers and clerks

What You’ll Bring: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Accounting, Finance or related discipline required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in accounting, 3 in manufacturing environment preferred
  • CPA or CMA preferred
  • General accounting knowledge in both GAAP and Sarbanes Oxley
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with Excel, including pivot tables & VlLOOKUPs, and other financially related and proprietary software
  • Proficiency in ERP systems (SAP preferred) 

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.

Nearest Major Market: Ottawa

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