Niles, Illinois

Position Purpose:

This position reports to a leader within the finance organization. Responsibilities include performing financial analysis and business support in accordance with applicable policies, procedures, and business needs. This position requires minimum supervision with the ability to work independently and proactively identify and resolve issues.

Essential Functions:
  • Analyze financial information - historical, prospective or hypothetical - to provide insights for the business regarding its performance, support business decisions, and plans for the future.
  • Successfully partner and communicate effectively with stakeholders to gain understanding of their needs and to convey and interpret the results of financial analysis.
  • Prepare formal financial presentation material that is to be delivered by finance and other leaders of the business.
  • Develop and maintain financial models used for decision support, such as those used in the product life cycle process, capital expenditure justifications, and make vs. buy decisions.
  • Identify and drive continuous improvement and six sigma projects representing the finance organization.
  • Represent the broader interests of the finance team by maintaining a general understanding of financial accounting, income taxes, treasury, and internal audit and driving appropriate consultation within and beyond finance.

Other Functions:
  • Other corporate and accounting activities as assigned or requested
  • Assignments may require the maintenance of organizational metrics, leading special projects, performing financial accounting functions in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and Woodward's internal control environment, benchmarking and supporting government contract accounting.
  • Working knowledge in taxes, treasury and internal audit.

Working Environment / Physical Activities:
  • Domestic/international travel may be required
  • Prefer experience working in a manufacturing environment

  • Demonstrated commitment to quality. Ability to identify, drive and successfully employ lean principles to processes.
  • Solid PC skills including proficiency in MS Office, advanced knowledge using Excel. General knowledge and comfort working with ERP systems.
  • Ability to analyze complex information and present the findings in a simple manner, conveying an understanding of the business, the markets in which we operate, and general economic principles.
  • Ability to pay attention to details.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization. Financial expertise is sought by others within the organization.
  • Ability to design, analyze, and improve planning processes.
  • Excels in planning, organizing, and prioritizing workload in order to meet deadlines.
  • Identified as an expert resource from others in the organization.
  • Strong project management skills. Demonstrates the ability to keep programs running smoothly.
  • Strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and various financial analysis tools, such as ROI, discounted cash flows, and variance analysis.
  • International locations: Ability to effectively communicate in English, both in written and verbal forms.
  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders as well as across domestic and international functions and organizations.
  • Strong team contributor, demonstrates the ability to lead teams. Demonstrates the ability to get along well with others.

Education or Formal Training:
  • Domestic: B.S./B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance or Economics.
  • MBA preferred.
  • International - Bachelors, Professional or University degree required.
  • Post graduate or Masters degree preferred.
  • Professional certification e.g. - CPA, CMA, CIMA, ACCA, Chartered Accountant, or equivalent desired.

Experience Required:
  • Minimum 4 years experience covering a broad range of financial analysis activities conducted at a high level of complexity, including progressively more complex assignments or projects.

    Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Our aerospace systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. Our energy-related systems and components enhance the performance of industrial gas and steam turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, wind turbines, electrical grids and other energy-related industrial equipment. The company's innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. Our customers include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.

    Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans

Niles, Illinois

Woodward delivers lasting contributions to energy control, always innovating for a better future. 

Woodward integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid, actuation, and electronic control systems for the aerospace and industrial markets. Our growth is driven by the increasing demand for fuel-efficient, low-emission, and high-performance energy management. 

We have a clear vision and follow carefully planned long-term strategies. With multiple locations in fourteen countries, Woodward can respond quickly with solutions tailored to the local demands of our customers. 

Our leadership in energy control and optimization solutions is built on a strong foundation, dating back to 1870. We are driven by the needs of our customers and guided by our tradition of integrity, values, and principles.



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