Operations Finance Lead

Department:  Finance
Date:  Sep 25, 2023


The primary purpose of this position is to provide Operations Finance support to our Mobile manufacturing plant. The support will include reviewing operating budgets and monthly forecasts at the site. Additionally, the position will include preparing materials for plant level cost reviews and providing explanations as necessary.

 As a Finance Lead you will be the finance contact for the site and will partner with the Plant Manager to oversee the plant operations. This position will report directly to the Global AI Manager and will collaborate with key stakeholders in the Operations, Supply Chain organization, as well as corporate functions like Controllership, Internal Controls, Tax and Treasury.



  • Act as key Operations Finance point of contact
  • Foster a strong business partner relationship and good communication with Operations Management at the site
  • Develop operating budget and lead the standard cost setting process at site level
  • Monitor and report financial performance, understand and explain root causes cause of variances -vs- budget and forecast, work proactively to institutionalize improvements and remedy unfavorable performance
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reporting packages as well as prepare presentations for budgets and forecasts
  • Provide insight into strategic decisions to drive cost efficiencies and optimize resource allocation
  • Seek opportunities to improve the analysis of monthly financial and operational results
  • Provide business data and analysis to Global Operations Management Team
  • Collaborate with Procurement team to review and validate raw material purchase prices
  • Monitor performance against SLAs and escalate identified issues (as needed)
  • Support ad hoc projects
  • Support SOX and internal audit as needed
  • Support Operations Finance close activities (e.g., reserve/obsolete inventory capital projects, physical inventory counts)
  • Identify and drive reporting and process improvements/automation


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance/business
  • MBA or Chartered Accountant preferred



  • Minimum of 5 years diversified experience in financial planning and analysis, product costing, and/or operations finance, within manufacturing (preferably the chemicals industry)
  • Strong financial acumen and analytics skills. Being able provide in-depth explanation of results, synthesize data to identify key business drivers and assess the quality of inputs, generate insightful outputs
  • Experience with all aspects of financial reporting cycle including development of annual business plan / budget, financial projections / recurring forecasts and operations cost management required
  • Standard costing experience (preferred)
  • Above average ERP (SAP preferred), Excel and BI and analytics tools experience required
  • Demonstrated ability or aptitude for computer systems, database management and data assimilation, SAP experience mainly in COPA (profitability analysis) module



  • Ability to build effective business relationships, and interact and communicate effectively with executives and management
  • Strong analytical skills; with aptitude to ask challenging questions and get to the underlying issues
  • Ability to influence outcomes and set overall performance expectations
  • Strong written and oral presentations skills
  • Ability to take ownership to act and to drive progress and deliver on commitments in an ethical way
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, strategic mindset and organizational savvy
  • Ability to work in a matrix organization and adapt to change as needed
  • Proficient in the Microsoft office suite to include Excel and Power Point


FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives.  With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility, and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.  Visit FMC to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter

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