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Senior Financial Analyst – Operations Support in Chicago, IL at Morton Salt

Date Posted: 7/13/2019

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Reporting to the  Sr. MANAGER – COSTING, ANALYSIS AND PROCESS IMPROVEMENT the incumbent has as a prime objective the preparation of monthly financial reports, analysis and ad-hoc requirements that allow Morton Salt & K+S Windsor Salt operations to achieve their objectives.  He/she is deeply involved into the preparation of the annual direct and period cost budgets, monthly forecast and all other financial activities for the Morton owned warehouses. Furthermore, the incumbent will work closely with the Operations to monitor, analyze and report the movement and levels of inventories.

Responsibilities Management Reporting and Financial Close Activities (30%):
•         Maintaining accurate information in the system reporting, including master data maintenance and compliance: The incumbent reviews and tracks manufacturing variances. He/she insures that all reported results are accurate and propose/make corrections if required.
•         Controlling and distributing various weekly /monthly reports: The incumbent is responsible to prepare all monthly & YTD reports used by the locations to analyze their performance.
o   Operations performance reports
o   Commentaries, Production, KPI’s and action reports
o   Maintenance & Expense projects reports
o   Consolidated Operations variance report 
o   Inventory levels and rotation
Assists in presentation preparation and delivery on results, forecasts, and plans to senior management
Business Analysis (60%):
•         Prepare ad hoc cost analysis and improve the quality on Financial information: Reports results of special tasks given by the Sr. MANAGER – COSTING, ANALYSIS AND PROCESS IMPROVEMENT on a timely basis, along with proper conclusions and recommendations. Revise and update reporting in order to work with the most efficient and timely fashion.
•         Assists with creation of analytical tools and models in order to drive cost management and efficient processes
Creating automated and interactive dashboards using Tableau, understanding flow of source data and leveraging effective visual management to help business leaders make proactive decisions
Challenging the plants with thoughtful insights of trending cost development, challenging Sr. Managers to develop tangible/actionable plans to drive cost decreases/avoidances.
•         Drive continuous improvement by automating, refining, and implementing processes, tools, and deliverables both within Finance and supporting business functions.
Planning and Forecasting (10%):
•         Participating in the development of annual manufacturing budget and monthly variance forecast for Morton owned warehouses:  The incumbent assists the warehouse managers during the annual budgets as well as monthly forecasts by coordinating the efforts and interpret the results. He/she will gather and consolidate information, produce and distribute prescribed reports. Hold meetings with Operations to review and challenge results. Proposes improvement in processes and areas of savings.
•         Providing support to warehouses on a daily basis: The incumbent reviews and approve the purchase requisitions (SRM module), organize and post the results of the inventory counts, reviews and approves the capital and expense projects, reviews and identifies solutions for the COGI errors, follows up the purchased orders for the goods received.

Qualifications •         BA in Finance or Accounting; MBA/CPA is a plus
•         At least five (5) years in similar accounting roles
•         Strong analytical and communication skills, including oral and written presentations
•         Proficiency in MS Office products especially Excel
•         Experience in SAP based accounting/manufacturing/product costing environment
•         Experience and proficiency with managing and downloading large data sets (Queries, Data warehouse, etc.)
•         Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize workloads, maintain a strong attention to detail, and work independently
Agility and flexibility to operate in a dynamic and fast-paced organization
•         Adaptable and open to change in response to business changes and process and system enhancements
Intellectual curiosity and drive to learn about different areas of the business, as well as a desire to strengthen financial acumen through diverse experiences and opportunities
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