Director - North America Planning

James Hardie Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 11 months ago

Reporting to the Senior Director North America Financial Planning & Analysis, the Director North America Planning is responsible for forward-looking partnership to drive achievement of goals and objectives of the ~$1.6B North America James Hardie Building Products business. You will be responsible for long-range strategic planning, annual operating plan, as well as lead the monthly forecast and business performance assessment. In addition to working across the North America functional leadership to support business decision-making, you will play a key role in advancing the planning environment, including a leadership role in the finance IT systems strategy and process redesign.

Position Responsibilities

Build a robust planning environment that drives forward-looking analytics and predictable results

  • Lead long-range strategic planning process, including three-year strategic plan and one-year operating plan

  • Drive forward-looking analytics to drive operational action that achieve business goals

  • Own standardization, process improvement and best practice implementation across NA finance

  • Partner with Global FP&A to support direction-setting and delivery of key finance IT strategic initiatives

  • Proactively provide future-forward strategic decision support through insightful, operational recommendations

Lead mission critical financial reporting and analysis to drive business performance

  • Partner with key functional leadership to drive clarity of business performance and appropriate action

  • Lead monthly forecast and actual cycles that translate operational activity to financial outcomes

  • Maintain risk-adjusted forecasting models which links key business drivers to performance scenarios

  • Own SG&A management across the North America business

Build and develop a high-performing team

  • Identify, implement, and develop the resources, capabilities, and individuals required to deliver a leading FP&A organization

  • Develop clear roles, responsibilities, and measurable goals that are directly tied to Company strategy

  • Participate actively in cross-finance and cross-functional engagement initiatives and activities

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.

Position Requirements

Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities:

  • Position leads a direct team of 2.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to influence business outcomes. Constructively challenges assumptions and goals.

  • Proven results in change management and continuous improvement environment.

  • Established record of building, leading and developing teams.

  • Effectively communicates through active listening and articulates views in a clear and concise manner.

  • Presents compelling arguments backed by sound analytics to support positions.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance with advanced degree preferred.

  • 10+ years overall experience including 4+ years financial planning leadership, preferably in a corporate FP&A.

  • Finance planning IT systems experience, preferably in system selection and/or implementation.

  • Building, manufacturing or industrial sector experience (preferred).

Key Competencies:

Leadership: The ability to influence and inspire in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. A leader who is leads by example and drives the organization's performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement.

Business Acumen: Energized by gaining a deep understanding of an industry, business model, key operations and competitive advantage. Leverages acumen to drive meaningful insights and create a collaborative, innovative and productive work environment.

Strategic Partnership: Serves as a trusted advisor to both operators and finance organization that drives business decisions that deliver Company goals. Translates numbers into a business story, yet remains grounded in reality.

Continuous Improvement: Bias towards a continuous improvement mindset in driving business results and personal development. Recognizes roadblocks and limitations and develops sound solutions to overcome.

Active Communication: Confidently expresses ideas and opinions, speaks with candor, tailors style to influence diverse stakeholders, listens attentively and maintains constructive, open dialogs.

Decision Making: Gathers, considers and evaluates relevant information to reach logic conclusions before moving to action. Considers key stakeholder objectives, yet takes an objective approach to decisions. Comfortable challenging assumptions and perceived wisdom.

Adaptability and Resiliency: Adapts to competing demands and shifting priorities. Seeks out new challenges and remains open to alternative ways of accomplishing tasks. Capacity to maintain focus and intensity under adversity and propensity to recover quickly recover from setbacks.


James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Manager, Change Management, Business Process, Management

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Director - North America Planning

James Hardie