Controller – US Precision Solutions Business

Hyperion Materials & Technologies

The Controller – US Precision Solutions Business is a broad-brush role encompassing accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, providing value added analysis and counsel to the Precision Solutions Business, which is made up of three recent acquisitions in the United States. This role is viewed as a true business partner and leadership position within the organization. The successful candidate will be responsible for variance analysis (both actual versus budget and actual versus standard costing), proactive operating cash flow management, capital expenditures, reporting results on a GAAP basis to corporate, and most importantly – driving EBITDA improvement through guidance provided to the management and the cross-functional operations managers team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

•    Overseeing and assisting closing of the monthly, quarterly and year-end books and records in accordance with US GAAP with focus on 100% accuracy for the US Precision Solutions Plants and locations

•    Develop high caliber staff driving efficiencies

•    Proactive weekly monitoring of performance metrics to gauge performance for the month (sales shipped, sales to ship, scrap, yield, labor, estimated EBITDA, operating cash flow)

•    Adding internal infrastructure to management reporting processes (flash reporting, metrics monitoring, variance reporting, margin analysis, standards monitoring)

•    Budgeting and forecasting

•    Capital expenditure management through robust justification analysis, challenging the operations team to leverage continuous improvement and lean concepts to replace capital expenditure and monitoring of spend versus budget

•    Working cross-functionally to identify solutions to issues arising on the production floor to better support the plant performance

•    Manages the physical inventory process

•    Learning and navigating the ERP to support both the production process and the financial close process

•    Implementing a new ERP system at three recent acquisitions

•    Managing and submitting corporate closing deliverables on a monthly, quarterly and year-end basis as well as ad hoc requests

•    Implementing key internal control processes

•    Partnering with leadership and operations to provide value added insight based on the financial information

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The successful candidate will be a business professional with solid leadership experience, preferably having worked with industrial/manufacturing companies. Given the dynamic nature of the business, this candidate must possess an intelligent, personable, dynamic record of innovation, with good strategic analytical skills but also solid communication skills, executive presence, and the ability to influence and work effectively with management.  Also, s/he will possess a strong, positive “roll-up-your-sleeves and do whatever it takes” attitude.

Education and/or Work Experience:

•    5 to 10 years of experience in accounting and finance for industrial manufacturer

•    Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (e.g., MBA or Masters is a plus) with strong record of academic performance

•    Experience in an accounting firm is a plus

Technical Skills:

•    Demonstrated significant initiative and intrinsic leadership skills in prior roles

•    Strong analytic skills/comfort with managing and analyzing financial data

•    Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, with ability to convince and persuade managers

•    Experience in manufacturing environment required

•    Prior experience managing a small team

•    Strong decision making and problem-solving skills including the ability to work within the limitations of resources and data at hand

•    A driven individual with low ego; a focus on results and what the team can achieve.

•    Comfortable working as a “self-starter” in a metric-driven environment.

•    Comfortable and experienced establishing processes and metrics to where they do not exist now.   Capable of developing team member use of processes and systems.

•    Evidence of a mindset and work ethic to do everything possible to succeed and drive results. Holds people accountable while also focused on the company’s and the team’s success rather than their own.

•    Creates/Thrives in a continuous improvement environment; finds things to do / drive impact – never satisfied with what can be achieved (in a good way).

•    Persistent in their focus on results and execution.

•    Creates followership in the organization – wins the hearts and minds of colleagues.


•    This position will be expected to travel approximately one week per quarter to the following locations

o    Latrobe, PA

o    Elk Grove Village, IL

o    Bridgeport, MI

Hyperion Materials & Technologies Core Competencies required to perform standards of position:

Job Knowledge – Has the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective in the specific functional content of their job.  Learns quickly, demonstrates intellectual curiosity, and embraces opportunities for personal growth and development.

Results Orientation – Maintains a high level of commitment to personally getting things done. Demonstrates initiative and applies a sense of urgency. Executes and follows through. Delivers quality work on time. Dependable and responsible.

Teamwork – Effectively works and collaborates with others toward a common goal. Builds and maintains cooperative and productive working relationships with others. Is open minded and flexible. Completes their own tasks for team projects in a timely and responsible manner and directly contributes to reaching the team goals.

Innovation & Continuous Improvement  – Generates creative and novel ideas and solutions that will result in improved processes, better outcomes, and higher productivity. Open to change and adapts to different ways of doing things. Tries to develop new ways to address business challenges and problems. Forward thinking and resourceful.

Customer Focus – Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

Interpersonal Communication – Communicates clearly and effectively verbally and in writing with people inside and outside of the organization. Listens effectively and develops rapport with others. Articulates their thoughts and ideas clearly, presents information in a straightforward and logical way and ensures that they are understood. Shares information with others that will improve work progress.

Hyperion Materials & Technologies Leadership Competencies required to perform standards of position:

Business Impact – Understands the business and stays abreast of industry trends; thinks strategically for their area and sets a course that will best support the business; establishes financial and organizational goals, objectives, and deadlines; recognizes and helps remove obstacles and barriers; shows determination and resiliency when important issues are at stake; acts with a sense of urgency.

Team Impact  – Leads their team with confidence and courage; connects organizational priorities with team goals; delegates and empowers team members to do what they do best; builds trust; leads the team through times of change; manages team dynamics; Is approachable and creates a culture of appreciation, respect and collaboration.

Personal Impact – Coaches and develops others to ensure organizational success; identifies talent and provides opportunities to learn and grow; recognizes great performance; provides ongoing feedback; addresses performance issues decisively and quickly.

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