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Business Unit Finance Controller

Post date

November 18, 2019


Auburn Hills, Michigan




Full Time

Position Summary

Position Title:                   Business Unit Finance Controller  

FLSA Classification:         Salary, Exempt

Reports To:                       Executive VP, VP or CFO


At Esys Automation, our culture of Excellence, Teamwork and Family is very important to our business and future.  We strive to attract and retain the best team members and to be a Workplace of Choice.  Our desired environment fosters team work, learning and creativity.  And our teams enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility that promotes innovative thinking and ownership.

The Business Unit Finance Controller is responsible for providing financial support to the Business Unit Managers and/or General Managers within Esys Automation.  

Essential Functions:

  • Acts as the internal business consultant for the BU/General Managers, with a focus on improving the BU performance (both financial and operational) and connecting the BU performance to the overall gross profit & EBITDA performance of Esys/JR Automation; includes supporting the quoting, orders, costs, gross profit, EBITDA, safety, quality, delivery and working capital efforts of the BU through financial and operational metrics and analysis.
  • Provides reporting and analysis of financial results related to the BU:
    • Engaging the BU/General Managers to discuss the financial performance and working capital management results in a timely fashion
    • Identification of the primary activities that caused the results and utilization of this information to identify the activities that will drive the future forecasted financial results
    • Analysis of specific job performance
  • Engages with the Accounting Team during the monthly close process, and assisting with the related entries and reconciliations and the continuous improvement of those tasks and activities, in partnership with the Accounting Team
  • Preparation of monthly financial forecasts for the BU:
    • Engaging the BU Managers in monthly discussions to develop the monthly forecast for the VP of FP&A
    • Identification of the activities that will drive the operational and financial results, the timing of those activities, the owner of each activity, and the expected financial impact
  • Preparation of the BU annual operating plan (AOP) and related processes, which includes collaboration with the BU Managers and support of the VP of FP&A in the strategic planning process:
    • Identification of the activities (e.g., continuous improvement events, capital investment, headcount changes, etc.) that will drive the plan results, the timing of those activities and plan financial results, and the connection to the overall strategic objectives of Esys/JR Automation
    • Correlation between the Sales Team plans and BU plans is critical
  • Provides working capital management through engagement with the BU Managers during the quote process to assist with credit terms negotiation:
    • Engage with the BU Managers to drive towards JIT inventory for customer jobs
    • Engage with the BU Managers to assist with A/R collection efforts
    • Engage with the Accounting Team on a monthly basis to analyze the impact of these activities on gross margin, balance sheet and cashflow impacts
  • Drives financial process enhancements which includes the implementation of Lean Accounting methodologies, financial continuous improvement activities and participation in BU continuous improvement events and a link of those activities to the financial results of the BU
  • Provides support to the Accounting Team regarding the WIP and Capacity reviews for each job within your respective BU, which drives monthly revenue recognition (% of completion method); engagement in this process on a weekly basis is critical
  • Provides support to the VP of Finance & Accounting for the continuous improvement of Esys/JR Automation IT systems and related management reporting for the BU. This includes engaging in Dynamics, Great Plains, Baan, Epicor, Operations Manager, Salesforce and/or Excel systems and management reporting enhancements
  • Engages with the other BU Finance Managers (peers) to ensure consistent accounting processes, analysis and reports are in place throughout Esys/JR Automation; collaborates with the other BU Finance Managers (peers) to identify best practices is expected
  • Assists with contract administration, including interpretation of contract provisions that may impact program management and achievement of project financial targets
  • Demonstrate the Esys Core Beliefs
  • Understand and effectively employ the Esys Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Other duties as necessary

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to work onsite within the Esys offices or at supplier and/or customer locations as required
  • Strong knowledge of accounting systems, controls and reporting
  • Analytical thinker with an ability to conduct research, data analysis and resolve complex problems
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks, make appropriate decisions, and be comfortable in a setting where schedules and priorities change daily
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, especially any information that may of a sensitive nature
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and work with others in a team setting

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
  • MBA or CPA preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in a Finance role

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Experience working in a project environment with knowledge of percentage of completion accounting principals

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • None

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At JR Automation, we focus on our customers. And we take care of each other. Large as we've grown, we've held onto our small-business roots, and there's a personal, human touch in everything we do. We work hard, and we work together. We pursue shared interests and mutual benefit. We encourage ambitious ideas, and we never give up or give our second-best effort. Curiosity, humility, and determination in the face of tough challenges help make the world better for all of us. So we believe the future is bright, because we're building it together.