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Finance Director

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date
30 January 2021
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Job Description:

Saab's Surveillance division is looking for a Finance Director to join the organization in East Syracuse, NY. This position will report directly to the CFO with dotted line responsibilities to the division General Manager.  Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide financial guidance and control and act as the Controller of the business.

  • Participate in core business process and strategic decisions as appropriate.

  • Directly manage and lead team of Financial Analysts including performance management, staffing, career development as well as suggesting and implementing finance organization changes to adapt to business priorities and growth.

  • Create and oversee processes and cadence of tracking financial status of projects; providing early warning of issues, identifying areas for improvement, and quantifying impact to results to General Manager and business stakeholders.

  • Accurately prepare, package, report, and present financial results.

  • Monitor cash flow and create key performance indicators and metrics; recommend actions for improvement.

  • Interface with international Saab Business Unit Controller to present financial results and meet Corporate financial requirements and deliverables.

  • Coordinate and present annual Budget and quarterly Forecasts to Division General Manager, CEO, CFO and Business Unit leadership.

  • Leading the costing and pricing of U.S. Government and Commercial proposals including compliance with all applicable U.S. Government procurement and acquisition regulations; identify financial risks associated with proposed projects and manage the preparation and submittal of proposal cost volumes through various acquisition and negotiation stages.

  • Interface with the Shared Accounting and Government Compliance functions to support monthly closings, audits, forward pricing rates and ERP projects.

  • Interface with external auditors for financial & contract quarterly audits as well as manage internal controls and resulting internal audits.

  • Ensure income statement and balance sheets for division are properly stated and are consistent with US GAAP and IFRS standards.

  • Ensure business and contract compliance with applicable FAR, DFARS and CAS regulations.

  • Directly interface with DCAA, DCMA and other U.S. Government agencies with respect to various audits, system reviews and compliance inquiries.

  • Estimate and substantiate U.S. Forward Pricing Rates (direct and indirect) with the US Government annually; these rates are used when proposing new business and recording actual costs.

  • Due to significant international transactions, ensure consistent transfer pricing practices are used and followed for inter-company transactions.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting or Finance is required. MBA is strongly preferred.

  • 20+ years of financial experience in the U.S. Government Aerospace & Defense industry.

  • Strong leadership experience able to lead a Finance team with responsibility for execution, accuracy and results.

  • Strong U.S. Government Contracting experience including familiarity with FAR, DFARS and CAS rules and regulations; experience working directly with DCAA, DCMA and other U.S. Government agencies.

  • Experience recommending, leading and implementing change within the Finance domain including process improvements, re-organizations, changes to rate structures, new tools and systems and integration of new businesses.

  • Experience working with business leadership at the Executive level to recommend and analyze strategic business decisions.

  • Willingness to travel internationally.

  • Expert in Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint with the ability to report, convey and communicate complex financial decisions and analysis.

  • Ability to interface and work with various leaders from cross functional teams and work effectively with various levels of the organization including the CEO and CFO.

  • Ability to manage and adapt Finance organization to satisfy the needs and requirements of a growing business; be an influential leader in all business decision making.

  • Expert knowledge of U.S. GAAP, IFRS and other general accounting rules and principles; ability to recommend and implement best practices while adapting to rules changes.

  • Strong leadership, analytical and communication skills with the ability to multi-task, set priorities and delegate.

  • Manage and lead Finance department culture of strong attention to detail and accuracy with sophisticated, timely, relevant analysis.

  • Ability to stay abreast of latest industry and technology trends and advocate for as well as implement best practices.

  • Ability to create and explain financial results for business managers and identify reasons for variances as well as corrective actions; seek out and provide advance warnings of risks and opportunities.

  • Ability to influence key stakeholders throughout the organization; recommend, drive and implement change based on best practices in the U.S. Aerospace & Defense industry.

  • Familiarity of Oracle ERP systems with the ability to extract data, organize data and maintain accurate databases is desired.

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, education and employment verification.

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.