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Director, Finance in Warren, MA at CIRCOR Career Site

Date Posted: 12/2/2018

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Job Description


BUSINESS:   Aerospace and Defense

LOCATION:   Warren, MA

DIRECT REPORTING:  A&D Group Controller/Senior Director of Finance



Position Summary

CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense is searching for a Director, Finance Warren / Portland Valves to join its team. Key areas include: cost accounting, variance analysis, administrator of our purchase card program, analyzing travel expenses, assistance with tax packages, compilation of financial information for journal entries and account reconciliations, participates in initiatives to increase the efficiency of the department and assistance in completion of special projects.

Principal Activities

Include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Serves as a business partner with Operations to support business plan and provide financial guidance.
  • Provide analysis of manufacturing statistical data to understand, explain, and improve the performance of the manufacturing plant.
  • Analyze month end and month to date financial and statistical data to understand the drivers for variances from budget/forecast/prior year and develop improvement plans with operations.
  • Coordinate monthly/quarterly forecasts for the manufacturing plant. Assist in the analysis and understand the impact of cost rolls on product cost and provide reports or data to assist in comparing standard cost to actual production cost.
  • Maintain procedures and controls to monitor financial performance and safeguard the company assets.
  • Support process improvements to improve efficiency and accuracy of financials.
  • Liaison with division/corporate accounting, internal and external auditors as required.
  • Ensure GAAP is followed consistently.
  • Ensure compliance with SOX and participate in implementation of additional controls.
  • Assist in the preparation of the month end reporting package to senior management.
  • Assist in ad hoc requests as required.


  • Functional/Technical Skills - Strong knowledge of US GAAP accounting rules and practices. Is experienced in applying accounting and finance concepts and principles in a manufacturing and defense accounting (DFARS, FAR, TINA, etc.) environment.
  • Action Oriented -  Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.
  • Building Effective Teams - Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
  • Business Acumen - Knows how businesses work; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, and information affecting his/her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • Composure - Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling influence in a crisis.
  • Customer Focus - Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity - Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Decision Quality - Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.
  • Directing Others - Is good at establishing clear directions; sets stretching objectives; distributes the workload appropriately; lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with others on work and results; brings out the best in people; is a clear communicator.
  • Drive for Results - Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Ethics & Values - Adheres to an appropriate (for the setting) and effective set of core values and beliefs during both good and bad times; acts in line with those values; rewards the right values and disapproves of others; practices what he/she preaches.
  • Integrity & Trust - Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.
  • Learning on the Fly - Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
  • Managing/Measuring Work - Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loops into work.
  • Organizing - Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently arranges information and files in a useful manner.
  • Priority Setting - Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.
  • Problem-Solving - Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers.
  • Process Management - Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can't; can simplify complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources.
  • Timely Decision Making - Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure; able to make a quick decision.


Job Requirements


Knowledge Skills & Abilities

  • Progressively increasing responsibility in accounting roles with 7+ years of relevant experience.
  • Successfully perform duties with a minimum of direction or guidance; must be self-directed.
  • Experience with multi-site, inter-company and multi-currency transactions.
  • US Citizenship is required for DOD requirements.
  • CPA or CMA strongly preferred
  • Experience working with a government contractor
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and initiate process improvements in accounting and reporting systems.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Excel (intermediate to advanced level).
  • Leadership experience in continuous improvement in accounting and reporting systems and procedures.
  • Management accounting in “lean manufacturing” operations.
  • Strong ERP experience.

Education & Experience

  • Experience is often gained by managing different disciplines within a function or business. Generally has a minimum of 5 years of managerial experience.  Typically requires a minimum level of knowledge that is acquired through a four-year college degree in an applicable field and ten years related experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

 CIRCOR is an EEO Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities



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