Finance Manager

Middletown, NY

The Manager, Finance Operations role partners with the CFO, CAO, Functional and Commercial Leaders to drive strong financial performance in terms of supporting sales growth, profitability and working capital optimization for the global Balchem business. This role is responsible for driving a high quality of financial support throughout the global Finance Operations team building upon transactional finance process and accounting expertise to lead the U.S. Finance Operations teams for Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Travel & Entertainment. Responsible for managing >$700M receivables and spend >$500M. Develop, deliver and effectively communicate Finance transactional process protocols across the business and Finance. In addition, this position will establish and regularly report on key metrics for each of the areas of responsibility, working with the finance and business teams to improve those metrics, achieve agreed upon targets, and drive improving working capital and free cash flow. A strong candidate for this role will be able to move seamlessly between tactical financial work to more high-level commercial work. In this role, it is critical to establish good working relationships with the commercial business teams, supply chain colleagues, and the finance team. 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Credit Risk and Accounts Receivable Management
  • Lead a team tasked with analyzing creditworthiness, reconciling disputed items, and collecting account balances for Accounts Receivable.
  • Work closely with Financial Operations and Commercial teams on credit reviews, accounts receivable monitoring and reserves, and credit/debit notes. Monitor and improve process performance. Communicate the effectiveness of current practices and policies, and proactively recommend or analyze potential changes to increase growth, retention and profitability.
  • Manage credit evaluations for new accounts and annual credit limit review of existing accounts.
  • Perform monthly and year-end accounts receivable closings, run required reports and reconcile accounts receivable sub-ledger to the general ledger.
  • Accounts Payable Management
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic direction for the AP function, Bank Activities including ACH management, and Approval Authorization.
  • Ensure compliance with Company payment terms. Monitor and improve process performance.
  • Review and monitor A/P Trial Balance and Corporate Aging for misdated, post-dated and outdated debit and credit balances to support accurate reporting of our liability accounts.
  • Supervise the payment of invoices, check requests and expense reports and check for accuracy and approvals and ensure compliance with company policies and internal controls.
  • Perform monthly and year-end accounts payable closings, run required reports and reconcile accounts payable sub-ledger to general ledger.
  • Analyze the use of tools to improve efficiency while maintaining compliance with internal controls, such as the use of P-Cards.
  • T&E Management
  • Oversee the U.S. travel & entertainment expense (T&E) team and management of the T&E process and system for the U.S.
  • Review and oversee T&E reimbursement process for company T&E policy compliance and appropriate accounting treatment.
  • Cash Management
  • Oversee the bank accounts across all business units. Ensure appropriate controls are in place for initiation and release of payments along with Free Cash Flow and Loan related Payments.
  • Establish and maintain a reporting system for key cash metrics that may include working capital, daily cash balances, month-end metrics, etc.
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with the key banking contacts
  • Leverage business knowledge and expertise to analyze the business process lifecycles, metrics and key performance indicators to identify opportunities to improve operational efficiency and controls through process redesign and automation.
  • Review and maintain up to date policies and procedures for AP and AR processes and staff.
  • Promotes a strong internal control environment including tasks associated with SOX compliance testing.
  • Develop and retain an increasingly talented, experienced, and engaged staff

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an accounting discipline.
  • 5-10+ years relevant experience.
  • Previous leadership experience, including management of remote direct reports & team members.
  • Previous experience in a manufacturing company.
  • Strong track record of financial process improvements.
  • Strong analytical skills. Financial planning and modelling skills important.
  • Systems knowledge, including ERP systems.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Extensive knowledge of operational processes, systems and internal controls with a strong understanding of financial reporting concepts.
  • Proven ability to influence and motivate others to drive results in a multi-location and matrixed environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to present complex topics in a clear and concise manner to audiences at various levels of the business.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, handle varying workloads and work in an unstructured environment.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills to lead teams and build partnerships with internal and external partners.
  • Strong business sense, attention to detail, and a strong desire to grow professionally.
  • Collaborative team player, excellent interpersonal, and team-building skills.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment; able to multi-task with proven follow-through and adherence to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Able to seamlessly transition between strategic and tactical work, willing to “roll up their sleeves”.
  • Strong work ethic with self-accountability for high-quality results.
  • Positive attitude and perseverance in the face of challenges and/or changing circumstances.
  • High-energy, proactive, self-starter capable of completing a diverse workload within tight timelines.
  • Highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity.
  • Absolute discretion and confidentiality regarding sensitive information.
  • Ability to effectively manage in a matrixed and global complex organization.


Balchem is committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and a work environment free of harassment and hostility.

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