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Finance Director-Troy, MI

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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.


The Finance Director will serve as a financial liaison, advisor and resource for the TRP business leaders using financial skills and business acumen to provide input on the strategy of the business. Provide leadership in financial areas of the strategy and work as part of the team to drive profitable growth of the business. Direct the financial affairs of the Divisions and prepares financial analysis of operations, including interim and final financial statements with supporting schedules for the guidance of management.  Oversee, develop and direct the Transportation Finance team striving for a high-performance team. He or she is responsible for driving compliance with the company’s financial plans and policies, its accounting practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records and the preparation of financial reports. Provides leadership and coordination of company financial planning and budget management functions. Ensures company accounting procedures conform to international accounting standards.



·         Directly reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) North America

·         Dotted reporting line to the Managing Director of Transportation


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Provide business leaders with functional support, frequent updates, reports and resources for each business segment and the overall Division.
  • Serve as a finance and accounting liaison between business and Corporate.
  • Development, analysis, and interpretation of statistical and accounting information, to, appraise operating results in terms of profitability, performance against budget and other matters bearing on the fiscal soundness and operating effectiveness of the organization
  • Develop cost breakdown and other models to assist individual division understand their cost structure to enable this to be managed and optimized
  • Improve business performance and serve as a strategic partner to the business by influencing, challenging and pro-actively advising the decision makers on financial, economic and strategic decisions
  • Liaise closely with business leaders and sales to advise them on pricing, partner deals, product introductions, customer deals, etc.
  • Provide information, review and advise on capital expenditure requests; contribute to proposals; review reports; make appropriate recommendations
  • Supervises the maintenance of the company’s system of accounts, books and records on all company transactions and assets
  • Responsible for evaluating the performance of personnel in the Accounting Department.  This individual recommends training requirements, has the duty to keep the staff at the highest level of skill necessary to meet company needs and objectives and may recommend that personnel be hired or removed from the department
  • Establishes major economic objectives and policies for the company, its branches and departments and prepares reports that outline the company’s financial position in the areas of income, expenses and earnings based on past, present and future operations
  • Coordinates and directs the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts, institutes and maintains other planning and control procedures and analyzes and reports variances
  • The Finance Director has the final responsibility for providing effective financial controls for the organization.
  • Reconcile and maintain account analysis of various accounts, i.e. all cash a/c, fixed assets, etc.
  • Oversee daily operations and employees of the TRP Finance Department; including interviewing, selecting and onboarding new talent as necessary.
  • Manage the preparation of the monthly results and monitor and analyze these results against budget, as well as, explain fluctuations month to month
  • Prepare financial analysis for contract negotiations and product investment decisions
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal budgetary reporting requirements
  • Active and where required leadership in projects (e.g. acquisition, BDP/LP, local project initiative)
  • Implement and analyze KPIs (ad hoc analysis)
  • Work with department managers and corporate staff to develop three-year business plans for the company
  • Establish and implement short and long range departmental goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures
  • Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the department’s goals and objectives
  • Support and provide input in the continuous efforts to improve processes and to optimize the use of systems
  • Assist in providing requested information and support for internal and external customers and auditors
  • Provide accounting policy and procedure orientation for inexperienced staff
  • Review and approve Time and Expense reports in Kronos for accounting staff, in compliance with corporate internal control policies
  • Serve on planning and policy committees
  • At all times, comply with SGS Code of Integrity and Professional Conduct     



  • Masters Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • Minimum of 7 years of accounting and controller experience 
  • Proactive team player with a commercial focus and the ability to build strong business relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Mature, enthusiastic team player with excellent and persuasive communication skills, excellent analytyical mind, ambition for personal development and hunger for success  
  • Must be customer focused both internal and external, be able to solve problems and contribute to business decisions at a strategic level and to challenge the status quo.
  •  Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections
  • Understanding of business partner role and strong collaboration skills; ability to collaborate and engage at all levels
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and International Accounting Standards
  • Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems. Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations
  • Working knowledge of short and long-term budgeting and forecasting, rolling budgets, and product line profitability analysis, Capital expenditures.
  • Excellent use of MS Suite
  • Must have outstanding oral and written communication skills, as well as, significant prior experience drafting important internal communications
  • High level of resourcefulness, influence/organizational savvy, execution skills (strategy through implementation), and executive presence/impact are critical to the success of this individual
  • Knowledge of Oracle or MS Access

  • 20% Travel required

"SGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such we recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, sexual orientation, genetics, status as a protected veteran, or any other non-job-related characteristics."


"This position is responsible to ensure equal opportunity in employment in that all persons are treated equally and the basis of merit, in decisions regarding selection, placement, promotions, training, work assignments, transfers and other personnel action”.


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