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Accounting Shared Services Leader

Date: May 28, 2021

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28273

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.

JELD-WEN (NYSE:JELD), founded in 1960, is one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, with more than 21,000 employees operating in 24 countries globally. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, JELD-WEN designs, produces and distributes an extensive range of interior and exterior doors, wood, vinyl and aluminum windows and related products for use in the new construction and repair and remodeling of residential homes and non-residential buildings.

Our products and services afford us the opportunity to enter peoples’ workplaces, homes and daily lives. With this privilege comes great responsibility to ensure that the products we deliver are reliable and enrich the places and lives that they touch. We bring beauty and security to the spaces that touch our lives.

 

We act with integrity, invest in people, inspire through innovation, deliver on our promises and improve every day. We are seeking talented individuals who share this purpose and values and want to excel in their field of expertise. We offer excellent benefits, a collaborative environment in which to apply your talent and a dynamic and growing company, with exceptional career progression opportunities.

Summary

 

The primary purpose of the Accounting Shared Services Leader is to ensure the accuracy, reliability and integrity of the company’s books and records and will play a critical role driving operational efficiency and standard work for applicable accounting and reporting processes.  The Accounting Shared Services Leader also has responsibility to establish and implement an effective system of internal controls and ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, Company policies and procedures and any applicable laws and regulations.  The incumbent must also support the needs of the business by providing analysis and insight into accounting transactions and underlying activities that may have an impact on financial and operational performance.  Essential duties of the Staff Accountant include but are not limited to:

 

General Responsibilities

  • Assess the current Accounting Shared Services organization to create a strategy and vision around the development and documentation of future state process flows, to identify needed organizational and workflow changes.
  • Responsible for the design, system oversight, controls, and implementation for applicable accounting processes.
  • Lead the effort to build-out and enhance new work streams geared toward operational efficiency and automation of deliverables used during the business life cycle.
  • Manage projects and resources related to the migration of processes from other areas of the business into the Accounting Shared Services domain.
  • Clearly communicate business value, project statistics and issues to business leadership and business sponsors. Lead the alignment of the service delivery strategy with the business strategy.
  • Develop and lead a high functioning team with a focus on operational discipline and enhancing the customer experience.

 

Specific Areas of Responsibility

  • Ensure finance transactions and resulting financial statements are accurate and reliable and internal controls are effective.
  • Manage financial statement close process and ensure key deliverables are completed on time and accurately.
  • Cascade technical guidance to ensure consistent application of financial (US GAAP) and accounting principles.  This includes assessing the impact of new accounting standards or changes to accounting policy to ensure timely and effective implementation.
  • Assess current processes and implement new processes (as needed) to ensure the accuracy and valid business purpose of transactions. 
  • Review and approve significant adjustments to ensure accuracy and valid business purpose; ensure significant adjustments are communicated to senior leadership if necessary.  Escalate transactions to senior leadership when required.
  • Review, investigate, and correct errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents, and reports.
  • Ensure plants and other functional areas provide and are provided information required to complete period-end close processes are accurate, properly documented and provided in a timely manner per the financial close calendar.
  • Establish regular touchpoints with functions supported by Accounting Shared Services or functions / plants that perform processes and controls that impact financial results.
  • Ensure there is a sufficient review of plant-level financial statements to identify and resolve potential material errors, omissions, or misstatements; this review, including relevant commentary, must be documented and submitted monthly.
  • Ensure there is clear and timely communication of emerging issues, significant business transactions and operational trends that have accounting implications to Operational leadership, Operational Finance and other functions performing accounting processes on behalf of the plants.
  • Perform periodic reviews of Balance Sheet reconciliations to gain assurance balance sheet accounts are accurate and reconciling items are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Partner with Operations Finance to establish processes and controls to ensure the proper valuation of inventory and accurate reporting of cost of sales.  This includes establishing implementation guidelines related to establishing labor and overhead rates used in the valuation of inventory.  Responsibilities also includes establishing guidelines for the development of standard cost models where applicable.
  • Partner with Operations Leadership and Operations Finance to establish and implement processes to ensure the accurate assignment of costs throughout each stage of the manufacturing process (raw materials, work in process, finished goods). 
  • Partner with Operations Finance to implement processes and controls to ensure the accurate valuation of inventory.  This includes assessing inventory for risks related to lower of cost or net realizable value as well as the physical control over inventory.
  • Provide guidance and tracking for operations continuous improvement projects; work with Operations Management and Operations Finance to validate savings / return on investment on initiatives.
  • Conduct weekly reviews of production order variances to identify unusual variances and report root cause.

 

      Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or relevant discipline required. MBA or master’s degree in accounting preferred.
  • Minimum 7 to 10 years of experience managing large teams in a finance or accounting at a manufacturing company and /or public accounting.
  • CPA or CMA designation(s) or significant progress toward completion preferred.
  • Has a fundamental understanding of accounting concepts including the interrelation of the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement.
  • High competency in the development, implementation and monitoring of internal controls.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills including ability to interact effectively with all levels throughout the company.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally to influence desired outcomes.
  • Team player who is organized, a self-starter and pays attention to detail.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with SAP, HFM/Hyperion/OneStream consolidation tools and data analytics tools (Power BI) preferred.

JELD-WEN is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

Unless explicitly requested or approached by JELD-WEN, the company will not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services.


Nearest Major Market: Charlotte