BASF Operations Controller - Construction Chemicals - Beachwood, Ohio in Beachwood, Ohio

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Where the Chemistry Happens…

We are seeking an Operations Controller to be responsible for the adequacy of all financial controls and systems as well as the quality and integrity of financial reporting and analysis of the Operations Management Team supporting the production, logistic, procurement, costing and inventory management requirements of the US and Canadian Construction Chemical businesses. The Operations Controller must create realistic, yet challenging budgets in collaboration with the operating businesses, formulating both operating and strategic plans.

Operations Controller (1700173)

You will provide advice and counsel to other members of management regarding profit, asset management, and cash flow consideration. You will be a member of the Operations Leadership Team and provide input and make key management decisions effecting the operating businesses supported to the US and Canadian businesses, coordinating different functions to achieve and maintain a customer driven organization. As a member of the Operations Leadership Team, you will also establish initiatives for a desired outcome of the business, measured in the KPIs.

Formula for Success: You Will…

  • Serves as a key member of the Operations Leadership Team and provides strategic financial counsel and support to the Director of Operations.

  • Act as an integral member of the Operations Leadership Team, with expectation to openly speak up regarding business ideas, proposals and strategies beyond the bounds of the functional responsibilities.

  • Creates transparency and data analysis for decision making for the Operations leadership team.

  • Implement and support reporting and systems projects to enhance processes and efficiency.

  • Liaison within Controlling function, reporting directly to the Director of Business Controlling for the RBU, responsible for the accuracy, completeness, cutoff and integrity of financial reporting, planning and forecasting as well as the financial control environment and processes for the US and Canadian Operations Team’s support to the RBU.

  • Partner with and support manufacturing managers and plants to identify issues and solutions to improve cost efficiency, productivity and processes.

  • Optimize utilization of company assets.

  • Participates in cross functional teams which reengineer portions of the business and tackle strategic business issues.

  • Responsible for all general and cost accounting which includes systems and procedures to ensure the accurate and timely financial reporting of Operations performance.

  • Leads the full P&L forecast process on a monthly basis and provide commentary (including slides) on monthly results and upcoming forecast assumptions.

  • Perform variance and trend analysis on sales, margins, costs, and profitability and provide feedback and guidance to managers regarding areas of importance or focus.

  • Through coaching and multiple forms of communication, ensure that site personnel possess sufficient financial knowledge to understand the P/L implications of activities occurring in their area of responsibility.

  • Manage the monthly closing process, reviewing all aspects of the financial closing to ensure the accuracy and understanding of reported results and to facilitate the timely dissemination of financial information.

  • Serve as a change agent to proactively identify, communicate and implement opportunities for key process efficiencies to improve overall business/financial operations.

  • Ensure Business and Corporate financial procedures and policies are properly implemented and enforced.

  • Coordinate capital expenditure planning and reporting for the business.

  • Provide leadership and direction to financial analyst(s) in support of the tactical and strategic requirements of the department and overall business.

  • Manage in the annual budget process for the business.

  • Provide oversight of freight costs, including trends and assist and support in modifications to the process if and when needed.

  • Manage the rebate program by monitoring accrual balances and coordinating year-end sales forecasts by account toward finalizing rebate goal achievement.

  • Champions new ideas and fosters a team environment.

  • Contributes to the development of the site as well as to the community.

  • Actively involved in the attracting, retaining and developing new talent.

  • Coordinates annual budget process through interaction and collaboration with all facets of the business to ensure completeness of plan of all necessary considerations.

  • Provide research and support to overall business through specific analytical requests and participation in ad hoc projects/initiatives.

  • Wear necessary safety equipment and follow company established Safety, Health and Environmental policies and procedures.

  • Maintain good attendance record and report to assigned job station in a timely manner.

  • Follow all appropriate Environmental Protection, Safety, Health and Quality (ESHQ) policies.

  • Wear prescribed Personal Protective equipment and ensures that prescribed safeguards are properly used.

  • Notifies his/her supervisor before undertaking a work activity in which he/she is not adequately trained.

  • Immediately reports unsafe acts or conditions to his/her supervisor and takes immediate interim steps to protect himself/herself and others from serious risk.

  • Understands that Safety and Environmental responsibility is a major part of BASF’s Vision and Guiding Principles. Must report all unsafe conditions and accidents immediately to appropriate managers or directors. Responsible for the safety of themselves and others.

  • Must understand and follow all quality initiatives and processes for ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and other ISO regulations, procedures and processes as they pertain to job responsibilities.

  • Process safety roles and responsibilities across the organization are clearly-defined and include an expectation to raise, and authority to respond to process safety concerns. Senior leaders are held accountable for process safety performance. Employees understand the importance of process safety as it applies to their jobs and are responsible for following and contributing to the work processes to achieve improvement in company process safety performance.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in finance, economics or related fields; Master’s degree in business or finance or CPA a plus

  • Minimum of eight years of experience in financial planning and analysis

  • Demonstrated progression of increased responsibility

  • High competency in researching issues and arriving at logical well documented analysis

  • Effective verbal communicator with both financial and non-financial individuals; ability to present information effectively and professionally

  • Ability to deliver innovative solutions for solving challenging and complex business issues


  • Detail oriented with high math accuracy competence; high competency in technical accounting concepts preferred

  • Very strong pc skills including Excel and PowerPoint

  • Strong SAP (COBALT, MARIS, OCEAN, COINS, COBUS) user skills

  • Ability to manage/influence others without direct reporting relationship

  • Customer orientation

  • Project Management and M&A experience are both a plus

Leadership Expectations :

As a leader at BASF, you will play a key role in creating value for the company through people. Our top candidate will be expected to enable greater personal success among our employees through quality people development, coaching, and performance management. Leaders at BASF are role models to help employees develop the competencies needed to implement BASF's strategy. Our expectation is that leaders will coach and develop team members to reach their full potential, and support relevant development assignments, opportunities and moves while motivating and challenging employees to drive high performance. Our leaders must be committed to "hiring the best" internally and externally at the same time they are creating an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity. Finally, a leader at BASF must establish and support our safety culture in which all accidents are preventable.

Job: CONT - Controlling

Organization: N-EBN-Construction Chemicals North America

Title: Operations Controller - Construction Chemicals - Beachwood, Ohio

Location: OH-Beachwood

Requisition ID: 1700173