The Weir Group PLC

  • 2018-19594

    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/1/2018 2:45 PM)
    Senior Finance Planning Analyst
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  • Company Profiles

    Weir has been in business since 1871 and our sustainability and success has been built on attracting, retaining, and developing exceptional people.


    As a global company, employing around 15,000 people in over 70 countries, we reflect the diversity of our customers in the diversity of our people and ensure everyone is given the opportunity to flourish regardless of their gender, race, beliefs or background.


    Weir is an inclusive and innovative organisation where you can be your authentic self. We continually develop our talent and diversity of thought to keep our business relevant, innovative and successful for the future.


    Enabling our people to unleash their full potential is central to ‘We are Weir’, our vision, mission, and strategic priorities. We aim to be the most admired engineering business in our markets and we'll achieve that ambition by being the employer of choice in our markets.


    We offer a wide range of career opportunities across a variety of technical and business roles in engineering, manufacturing and service locations worldwide.


    Business Need / Purpose of Role

    Under the direction of the Finance Controller, the Senior Finance Planning Analyst is responsible for the preparation of key financial reports, analysis of key financial data, and developing/implementing corrective actions to improve efficiency and profitability within the company.

    Objectives & Measurement - Key Responsibilities

    • Lead the preparation and evaluation of the annual budgets; quarterly forecast reports, monthly and mid-monthly reports in accordance with reporting timetables. This includes appropriate delegation of tasks to Finance team to gather budget and forecasting information from departments.      
    • Perform in depth analysis of variances between actual and budget / current forecast comparisons, including regular engagement with key business partners to determine root causes.
    • Lead the three-month-rolling-forecast (3mRF) monthly input and output meetings, developing a strong knowledge of the US Minerals product line
    • Produce the daily input/ output/ backlog report, making improvements where necessary, including potential transition to Power BI
    • Summarize monthly results, through presentation to senior management, with support from finance team to investigate variances from forecast/ budget.
    • Direct the IT Department to create system reports (Cognos and Mapics) needed to achieve desired analyses.  
    • Work with Cost Accounting team in the analysis of manufacturing variances and with the relevant business areas to address recurring issues.
    • Monitor and forecast of working capital. Close liaison with key business partners (including operations, procurement, accounts receivable and accounts payable) to develop actions to manage working capital effectively and meet targets. Monitor the implementation of actions and recommend corrective actions where necessary.  
    • Support key business partners in financial analysis / modeling of the potential impact of changes e.g. product price changes, changes in commodity prices etc.
    • Complete general accounting responsibilities as assigned, such as balance sheet reconciliations.  
    • Preparation of responses to ad hoc financial analysis requests on a timely basis.  
    • Complete special projects as assigned.
    • Follow and comply with all safety and work rules and regulations. Maintain departmental housekeeping standards.
    • Responsible for Environmental Health and Safety management and policy commitments as prescribed for this role in Weir's Duty of Care
    • Nothing in this position description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


    Job Knowledge / Education and Qualifications


    Job Knowledge / Education and Qualifications

    The details described here are representative of those that are encountered by or must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



    Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in finance/accounting. Seven plus years of progressive financial accounting experience in a public company, preferably in a manufacturing environment.


    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


    Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


    Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



    CPA or CMA preferred. Requires a valid driver’s license

    Strong analytical skills. Excellent computer skills with ERP business systems and Excel spreadsheets. Excellent organization, oral and written communication, motivation, human relations, records keeping, trouble shooting, problem-solving and follow-through skills. Effective presentation skills. Ability to promote and maintain positive relationships. Good work ethic - proactive. Confidence in own abilities and capable of acting decisively. Ability to project and maintain professionalism with a diversity of people inside and outside the Company. Willingness to accept responsibility and accountability. Willingness and ability to travel as necessary. Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations and maintain attention to detail. Must have a passion for the business and the “will” to succeed.



    Requires the ability to operate a variety of standard business machines, such as computer and job related software (Microsoft Office & Lotus Notes), calculator, telephone, fax photocopier, etc.   Mid-range ERP system knowledge (MAPICS on IBM AS/400) preferred.



    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and ability to adjust focus.



    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. General office environment. Moderate noise.


    Core Competencies

    Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.

    Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.


    Delegation - Delegates work assignments; matches the responsibility to the person; gives authority to work independently; sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; provides recognition for results.


    Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.


    Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.


    Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.

    Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.


    Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.


    Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.


    Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.




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