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Thermo Fisher Scientific Ops Finance Director in Lenexa, Kansas

Job Title: Global Operations Finance Director, Microbiology Division

Reports To: VP of Finance, Microbiology Division

Position Location: Lenexa, US / Basingstoke, UK

This role is responsible for global operations finance for the Microbiology division representing 14 manufacturing sites and 5 distribution centers with 1600 associates in total and a value of $300M in costs. This includes leading a dispersed team responsible for the operations sites and ensuring strong business partnering with the VP of global operations and quality. This role needs to support a $1nb division from an Ops Finance standpoint. The director has direct responsibility for leading ongoing automated reporting enhancements to enable more time spend on value-add analysis. Additionally, there are opportunities for margin improvement projects and controllership enhancements, which can be realized in collaboration with cross functional teams.

Key Responsibilities:

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Provides financial oversight and leadership for the operations divisional financials for weekly risk and opportunities, monthly reporting and forecasting, quarterly QBR reporting and leadership staff meetings.

  • Drives the execution of the AOP by the accountable operations team members via robust business partner support and world class financial reporting.

  • Develops and utilizes proactive, early indicator reporting metrics to communicate financial risk or opportunities in a timely manner to senior management.

  • Implementation and oversight of appropriate systems, control/process standards, accounting principles, policies and reporting practices.

  • Partners with Division Finance leaders to solicit feedback to develop and implement step level improvements in reporting and continuously make process and system upgrades to enhance efficiency and productivity.

  • Drives continuous improvement with the current reporting roadblocks within Operations Finance. Created, developed and implemented reporting solutions to help move function toward goal of elevating divisional reporting to the next level.

  • Provides robust analysis which covers the areas of production volume planning, cost structure, capacity planning, SIOP, productivity, E&O, capital expenditure and inventory analysis etc.

  • Builds upon vision to elevate operations finance as a world class organization by executing on both the personnel and process improvement road map.

  • Supervises a direct team of 7 and 17 total and demonstrates high performance, visible leader by leading by example. Elevates and trains staff to assist in reaching our goal of being the most admired function within the group.

  • Improved on tools utilized by site management to run business; Identify, communicate and recommend/implement corrective actions. KPI and KOI Management.

  • Leads budgeting, forecasting, and financial/strategic planning activity for the MBD operations function.

  • Implemented new programs via coaching and mentoring that enhance the finance team members performance and organizational productivity.

  • Acts as a subject matter expert on technical accounting, SOX regulations, and GAAP

  • Supports sites and follow-up on internal audits results/findings resolution

Other deliverables

  • Ensure the quality, transparency and timeliness of reporting and analytics, including reporting to corporate.

  • Build strong working relationships with the VP and his extended organization

  • Lead ad hoc finance initiatives & project management

  • Drive best practices throughout the global operations finance function, ensuring standardized approaches to reporting and processes

  • Always adhering to controllership

Non-Negotiable Hiring Criteria:

  • Strong analytical skills and clear thinking

  • Strong operations business partnering experience

  • Process driven, with proven track record of simplifying process to positively impact business results

  • Strong financial technical skills combined with business acumen to connect financials with operational decisions

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in business (specialization in finance preferred)

  • Minimum of 5 years experience managing direct reports

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Experience with a matrixed organization and dispersed teams

  • Leadership, accountability, accuracy, clear and concise communication skills

  • Prior business partnering and finance experience a must have

  • Self-motivated with high bias for action

  • Ability to find workaround in a less than perfect systems environment

  • Ability to present a solid business case

  • Possess a strong set of personal and business values that coincide with those of the 4Is

  • Ability to thrive in a complex environment

Preferred :

  • Master's degree in business-oriented area

  • Prior operations finance experience is mandatory

  • Prior experience in audit is a plus

  • Experience managing remote direct reports

  • Systems: Outstanding Excel skills and high level of systems literacy. CRM, Cognos and other business intelligence software knowledge highly desirable

  • Ability to lead and influence across all levels of the organization

  • International finance experience a plus

  • Potential for further development within finance

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.