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Senior Director Controlling, North America Region

Northridge, California, United States Job ID: 118019 Additional locations: None
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Position Summary:

The general responsibility of the Sr. Director, Controlling N. America Region is to ensure the identification, measurement, accumulation, analysis, preparation, interpretation, and communication of all financial information for its use by management to plan, evaluate and control the appropriate use of its resources. This position is the key financial strategic partner and plays a key role in supporting the growth of the business and to ensure that strong profitability is achieved. The Controller is a strong partner across management to continuously improve business decisions and results as well as improve the quality of data on which decisions are made.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position will have 5 direct reports –Director, FP&A, Mgr., Accounting, SAP Customer/Database Administrator, Pricing/Programming Specialist, Mgr., Credit & Collections.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Strategic partner with Sr. Management to develop a business plan and monitor results;
  • Prepare and present monthly results for Sr. Management;
  • Responsible for P&L and Balance Sheet of +$700M business;
  • Develop monthly and annual P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow forecasts;
  • Prepare and review account reconciliations for monthly and quarterly close activity;
  • Responsible for coordinating with both external and internal auditors;
  • Responsible for forecasting the Annual Business Plan and Mid-Year Updates;
  • Provide business/financial analysis and support to management on issues including pricing, programs, distribution, and sourcing;
  • Maintain standard costs and PPV analysis;
  • Ad hoc financial analysis to support General Manager, SBU Controllers and SBU Leaders, as necessary;
  • Provide business/financial analysis support to management on issues including pricing, programs, distribution, and sourcing.
  • Review and accounting for all artist royalty agreements and work with Corporate Accounting to continuously review proper treatment of agreements;
  • Integration of new businesses into current financial systems, as required.
  • Consolidation and review of Marketing spend for Region working with Functional and Global management as necessary.
  • Review revenue streams and new revenue opportunities. Review costs versus plans and trends to understand key business drivers and develop plans for improvement. Develop and track key performance indicators.
  • Prepare assumptions, in consultation with management, that each department will use in preparing its budget. Perform analysis of actual to budget calculations with variances explained and reported to management
  • Perform analytical reviews of monthly financial statements. Make recommendations to management as to areas of improvement on the cost allocations and cost containing opportunities. Work across company lines to track and review project costs and evaluate the cost benefits.
  • Perform detailed Product Cost & dealer program cost analysis
  • Problem-solving on inventory procedures, cost tracking, etc.
  • Develop and deliver effective and timely Business Analysis both ad hoc and at the direction or request of others on the Management Team to further an environment of fact-based, profit-oriented business decisions.
  • Evaluate and inform management of appropriate accounting methods when alternatives exist and ensure conformity with GAAP;
  • Responsible for Regional credit management, including establishing credit lines and collecting of A/R;
  • Review of customer master and customer contracts to ensure compliance with Harman terms and conditions and agreements are approved within Harman guidelines and Harman Legal department working directly with Sales and Legal;
  • Responsible for customer pricing in system and establishing controls to ensure that proper pricing is being deployed throughout the financial accounting systems and reviewed/updated accordingly.
  • Support Central America and South America Regions as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with internal controls in accordance with Company policy.
  • Ensure compliance with SEGAM and Harman Accounting policies.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Finance/Accounting
  • Strong knowledge of IFRS and US GAAP
  • 10+ years related experience to include preparing financial statements, business activity reports and financial position forecasts and variance analysis
  • Developed budgets and forecasts
  • Managed project-based issues
  • Drive global communication and organization of a multinational controlling team
  • Worked with compliance and control environment
  • Advanced ERP systems (SAP preferred), Excel and PowerPoint skills

Preferred Qualifications:

Results-Driven: Having a proactive, goal-oriented approach to decision making.

  • Clear and strategic thinker; proven experience in translating strategies into actionable plans
  • Capable of handling multiples projects/initiatives simultaneously and executing to completion

Team Player: Having respect for colleagues; leading teams with clarity and accountability.

  • Proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global matrixed organization

Change Orientation: Able to adapt to changing demands and conditions.

  • Act as a Change Management expert and enabler on various projects and programs across the business

Customer Focus: Providing exceptional service and quality to external and internal customer.

  • Understanding and working in past organizations that have centralized and de-centralized structures as business requirements change

Self-Awareness: Accepting responsibility for personal development and actions.

  • Have clear objectives and strives to exceed them
  • Takes ownership for personal career and skill development

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10% of the time.
  • Willingness to work in an office in Northridge, CA.
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status. HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. (www.harman.com)

HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status. HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. (www.harman.com)

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