Finance Director - North American Auto Division (CHICAGO)
Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) is an international engineering company headquartered in Chicago, IL, with over 6,500 employees worldwide. Since being established in 1946 as a single–product manufacturer, Methode has since expanded its business into industrial design, manufacturing & distribution and professional services. Our company's vision is to utilize our technical capabilities to deliver unique, turnkey solutions that provide genuine value for our customers and its shareholders. As a global developer of custom engineered, application specific products and solutions, we are able to bring our innovative technologies closer to the customers and markets we serve. Methode's business is managed on a segment basis, with those segments being, Automotive, Medical, Industrial and Interface. The Company has components in the primary end markets of the automotive, Big Data, white goods, aerospace & defense, consumer electronics and healthcare industries. For additional information, is seeking a strategic and operational growth–oriented Finance Director to lead the finance function of the company's largest division, North American Auto. You will act as a trusted partner to the Division General Manager and leadership. You must be both strategic and operational whilst serving as thought partner across various functional aspects of the business as well as implement the systems and processes to help the Division get to next–level execution of the value creation plan. You will provide exemplary leadership to geographically dispersed finance teams and to senior North American Automotive management.This position is based at Methode's global corporate headquarters in Chicago IL. Accepting local candidates only.ResponsibilitiesOversee all aspects of financial reporting and control environment by ensuring compliance with Methode financial policies and proceduresExamine ways to enhance growth and value creation by evaluating internal operations and crafting/implementing proactive solutions for division cost savings opportunitiesAccountable for managing the processes/tools and lead a skilled finance staff, assuring that the function remains fundamentally excellent and attracts/retains top professional talentLead and manage a team of finance resources and drive team development with a bias for results and operational excellence Deliver results meeting financial and strategic objectives of the businessMeet and exceed finance operational standards by contributing information to strategic financial plans and reviewsDrive business performance, and a culture of accountability and continuous improvementAct as collaborator and key contributor/decision–maker on effective deployment of strategic plans and thus resources (Capital/Human) by establishing disciplined financial models/processesDevelop an annual operating plan and related budgets, forecasting and analysisProvide timely data/reporting needed to measure performance and the effectiveness/impact of improvement initiatives as well as the analysis needed to understand and address gapsEnsure a culture of integrity, transparency, and compliance with all relevant financial and accounting standards as well as all applicable laws, codes, and regulatory requirementsDevelop and maintain relationships with internal and external audit teamsUnderstand and ensure outstanding diligent adherence to GAAP QualificationsLevel: DirectorBachelor's degree in accountancy, finance or business requiredCertified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation preferredMinimum of 5 years of progressive finance experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in the Automotive industryAt least 5 years of senior finance leadership experience, including managing direct reportsStrong personal leadership qualities; a track record of recruiting, motivating and developing a capable finance teamHigh energy, accountable and agile Strong analytical, financial, cost accounting, and related managerial informational accounting/finance experience requiredLean process improvement experience preferredDemonstrated competence and experience in implementing and managing rigorous, disciplined financial controls, financial management systems, and enterprise performance measuresExcellent oral, presentation and written communication skillsSolid understanding of manufacturing (ERP) systems requiredExperience with Sarbanes–Oxley (SOX) is a plusTech–savvy with proficiency in Excel and enterprise performance management systemsUp to 25% domestic and international travelHow We Protect Employees and Candidates:The safety of our employees and our candidates is paramount as we manage through the COVID–19 pandemic. We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with any related changes to our work processes.We have implemented the following to prevent the spread of COVID–19 in our offices and facilities including:Individual offices or widely spaced workstations; temperature checks, COVID–19 testing, regular cleaning, masks and hand sanitizer. Temporary work from home options based on position.Suspension of non–essential travel.Virtual interviews via phone/video and remote onboarding/training, where feasible. Methode Electronics is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. 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