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James Hardie | San Juan Capistrano, CA
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James Hardie Building Products is not like most companies. We are a dynamic, driven, and entrepreneurial type of firm that values their employees and believes in growing their careers. Your growth is our growth. Not only do we manufacture impressive and well-respected products, but we believe in them, as well as our employees.

We look for candidates who are not satisfied with the "status quo" and are intellectually curious by nature, confident in their abilities, but not arrogant. This is not a company for everyone, but if you are looking to join a fast paced, exciting and growing industry leader, please review this posting. Salary, bonus and

BENEFITS: are excellent.

Located in Mission Viejo, James Hardie Industries plc, manufactures and sells fiber cement products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Europe. Its products principally include fiber cement interior linings, exterior siding products, and related accessories products. Its products are used in various markets, such as new residential construction; manufactured housing and various commercial and industrial applications, such as stores, warehouses, offices, hotels, motels, schools, libraries, museums, dormitories, hospitals, detention facilities, religious buildings, and gymnasiums. .

James Hardie Industries plc was founded in Australia in 1888, moving its headquarters to The Netherlands in 2001. In 2010, the company moved its headquarters again, this time to Ireland, and converted to an Irish Societas Europea, a new European form of corporation more informally known as an SE. In October 2012 the company converted to an Irish public liability company (plc). Today, the company has revenues totaling approximately $1.3 billion, with shares traded on the Irish and Australian markets, in addition to ADRs traded in the United States.


As a key leader within the finance organization, this position will require proven technical and strong leadership skills in a fast-paced, collaborative environment by overseeing and directing the Accounting Operations of the North American Division This position reports to the Vice President /Global Controller. The North American Controller acts as a thought leader on a range of technical accounting and finance-related issues and exhibits the Company’s core values and principles in interfacing with other senior finance and operations personnel as a member of functional teams. The North American Controller oversees and directs the financial activities of the division, ensuring accurate books and records and effective internal controls, and provides leadership on financial decisions that affect the Division

The North American Controller is a key leader within the Global Controllership and the broader Finance organization. This position has direct oversight of all of the North American Division account teams, which are: the general ledger accounting team, Disbursements/Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable/Credit and Payroll. The North American Controller has 4 Direct Reports and a total team of 45 employees.

The North American Division of James Hardie generates $1.5 billion in annual revenues and operates 10 manufacturing facilities. .



The North American Controller oversees the Accounting operations of the North American Division, including its control systems, transaction-processing operations and its policies and procedures. The North American Controller provides accounting leadership and direction for the North American Division by (60%):

• Ensuring accurate books and records. Performs timely and robust risk-based analytical and quantitative reviews of financial performance and monthly internal financial reports.

• Ensuring effective internal controls. Ensures the control environment design is appropriate and rationalized and utilizes effective monitoring mechanisms to ensure all controls are performed and documented in accordance with expectations.

Ensuring the accuracy of monthly and quarterly internal reporting of financial results provided to the group consolidation team.

• Ensuring the internal reporting of financial results provided to the North American Management Team (operations team) provides meaningful insight and analysis which helps inform them of key information when making strategic decisions.

• Preparing financial statements based on U.S. GAAP, and ensuring the accuracy of the statements, and ensuring all financial reporting is accurate and meets U.S. GAAP and SEC requirements;

• Being a policy authority for the North American Division by participating on functional teams to perform regular implementation and reviews of policies and procedures to bolster the integrity of financial accounting and reporting, mitigate business risks and interface effectively with business practices in a practical and reasonable manner.

• Maintaining performance metrics for all departments within the North American Controllership, and leveraging said metrics to drive consistent performance and identify areas of improvement.

• Owning Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance in the North American Division by ensuring that controls are adequately maintained and followed. The divisional controller is the leader for SOX compliance within the U.S. division;

Ensuring the audit cycle is executed seamlessly within the North American Division and mitigates audit overruns arising from internal inefficiencies. Managing the working relationship with external and internal auditors including key relationships with partners and the Internal Audit Director.

• Exercising professional skepticism in performing robust critical reviews of quantitative analyses and accounting memoranda that supports significant, unusual or non-recurring transactions. Ensures estimates and assumptions are reasonable, supportable and explainable to internal and external stakeholders.

• Working collaboratively with the department/division, cost group, finance directors, planning group and Plant Controllers on significant, complex or non-recurring accounting matters.

• Performs regular and robust reviews of balance sheet accounts, understands balance sheet reconciling items and ensures account reconciliations are supportable and reasonable. Understands how business processes impact balance sheet activity and can develop solid expectations in performing analytical reviews of balance sheet accounts based on his/her understanding of the business.

• Working closely with IT to ensure that all Accounting systems provides accurate, timely, and useful data;

• Communicating issues in a clear and concise manner within the organization and clearly conveying thoughts and ideas using non-accounting jargon to support the senior management team in strategic and operational decision making.

• Demonstrating a keen ability to de-construct complex issues into straight-forward concepts and proposes plans of action to successfully navigate such matters in an organized and methodical framework.

• Demonstrating professional integrity when operating under pressure by challenging the status quo and questioning ideas and decisions to ensure the accuracy of financial information that governs the decision-making process for both internal and external stakeholders.

• Driving process efficiencies within Payroll, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable to help provide higher value to internal and external customers.

Provides strategic and tactical support to the Group Controller and other senior management by: (20%)

• Providing leadership to executive management regarding the impact of financial decisions, accounting policies and new accounting standards on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
Demonstrates a keen ability to digest significant and complex accounting matters and can logically explain and discuss them with senior executives using “non-accountant” jargon;

• Preparing reports which summarize and forecast company business activity and financial position in areas of income, expense, and earnings based on past, present, and expected operations;

• Collaborating with senior management and external auditors to ensure that issues arising from significant, complex accounting matters are communicated and resolved timely.

Runs a solid organization by (20%):

• Building and maintaining the correct organizational structure, ensuring the proper capacity and that each role is filled with the professional with the requisite skills and expertise.

• Recruiting, motivating and training a high performing staff.

• Emphasizing coaching culture by example through mentoring, motivating, and developing staff. Serves as a resource to them in order to facilitate their professional development.

• Leading the development of team goals and holds team accountable by celebrating "wins" and scrutinizing "losses" for continuous improvement.

• Promoting a high level of ethical awareness and conduct within James Hardie Industries in support of the Company's Code of Business Conduct and Integrity Hotline program. Evaluates controls, principles, values, mission, etc. of James Hardie Industries to ensure they are being consistently upheld in the North American Division.

• Keeping current on trends and developments in the accounting field by reading appropriate books, journals and other literature and attending related conferences, seminars, etc. Champions learning and education by encouraging department team members to pursue and maintain professional accreditation and licensure, as appropriate.

• Maintaining peer relationships to share issues and ideas.


 Exceptional knowledge of GAAP and SOX.
 Demonstrated knowledge of manufacturing accounting process and procedures.
 Demonstrated operational accounting background (cost accounting).
 Demonstrated ability of managing a General Ledger department resulting in accurate books and records
 Demonstrated ability to manage Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Payroll departments, while driving efficiencies in these Shared Service organizations
 Strong understanding of operations.
 Ability to operate in a large ERP system.
 Excellent analytical and decision making skills.
 Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent assignments while meeting deadlines and demanding quality execution.
 Proven track record directing external resources to manage and execute effectively.
 Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
 Superior interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals.
 Demonstrated leadership skills and ability in guiding direct reports to effectively accomplish performance goals.
 Ability to travel (20%).


 A Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting is required. An advanced degree, such as an MBA, is also highly desirable but not required.

 CPA license is required

 15+ years of progressive accounting/finance work experience, including:

 4+ years of “Big 4” public accounting experience is required.

 8+ years of industry (non-public accounting) work experience.

 8+ years in leadership positions.


About James Hardie

James Hardie Industries N.V. manufactures and sells fibre cement building products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and Europe. Its fiber cement products are used in a number of markets, including new residential construction (single and multi-family housing), manufactured housing (mobile and pre-fabricated homes), repair and remodeling and a variety of commercial and industrial applications (stores, warehouses, offices, hotels, motels, schools, libraries, museums, dormitories, hospitals, detention facilities, religious buildings and gymnasiums). The Company manufactures numerous types of fiber cement products with a variety of patterned profiles and surface finishes for a range of applications, including external siding and soffit lining, internal linings, facades, fencing and floor and tile underlayments. (Source: 20-F)