Actively partner with company leadership, operating teams, sales, and General Managers of the applicable business units to continuously provide critical information, unbiased facts, risks and opportunities and ownership/championing of action planning to enhance growth and operating results. Relentlessly provide controllership guidance to ensure absolute financial integrity. Directs the activities of staff ensuring completion of tasks and attainment of departmental goals. Takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions to complex business issues. Operates as a recognized expert and leads functional teams.
MAJOR JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (List in order of importance)
Manages personnel activities of staff (reward and recognition, performance review, training and development, hire/fire, etc) Serves as escalation point for issues beyond team authority; resolves conflicts involving technical issues and resources; evaluates and assesses new projects, assigning resources.
Full P&L responsibility for lines of business or global functional departments/costs.
Develops and implements annual operating plan and monthly forecasts to accurately reflect current expectations of the business; present to CEO, CFO and division President.
Leads the business team in developing strong relationships with business leaders to set action plans to achieve annual operating plan; daily interface with field sales team on customer, product, payment, pricing, etc issues.
Drives monthly/quarterly/TY forecast updates; liaise with Area GM on risks and opportunities; develops financial presentation packages for review with Senior Leadership and various business partners on a periodic basis.
Develops working capital targets for the business units and coordinates with various business functions on operating plans and initiatives to ensure successful achievement of targets.
Prepares and reviews monthly results and ad hoc analysis to determine methods of increasing operating productivity through revenue generation, margin expansion and/or cost control.
Pulses daily sales, margin, mix, cost, headcount, etc. metrics to identify trends/issues.
Prepares and reviews on an ongoing basis the profitability of zone customers, categories and/or products. Provides recommendations to increase profitability.
Reviews and develops the financial justification for various capital or operating investments.
Ensures business activities and processes comply with applicable laws and/or US GAAP.
Actively participates and leads team on customer proposal/RFQ process/new business proposals/bids.
Leads key initiatives such as cost, restructuring, pricing actions, financial/reporting issues/questions raised by the business area or operating team, etc.
Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS (Education/Training, Experience and Certifications)
Bachelors degree in accounting, finance, or closely related field from an accredited college or university; Graduate degree preferred
10+ years experience in finance and/or accounting related fields
5 years leadership experience
Six Sigma or Lean training helpful, but not required
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Those necessary to perform the job competently)
Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical skills; demonstrated leadership abilities, and the ability to work in team environments
Computer Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, and Access)
Ability to work with other executives, managers and owners in developing operating plans and maintaining regular financial reports with the ability to modify or create reporting process to ensure efficient operations and timely reporting
Independent, self-starter, highly motivated
Comfortable engaging with VWR customers on contractual negotiations and other matters
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL EFFORT (Under Typical Positions)
Typically works in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation and a normal range of temperature and noise level
Work assignments are diversified. Examples of past precedent are used to resolve work problems. New alternatives may be developed to resolve problems
A frequent volume of work and deadlines impose strain on routine basis
Minimal physical effort is required. Work is mostly sedentary but does require walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting or carrying objects that typically weigh less than 10 lbs
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