• Senior Finance Director USA

    Job Locations US-TX-Sugar Land
    Internal Title
    USA Senior Finance Director
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  • Company Bio


    Applus+ is a global leader in the Testing, Inspection and Certification sector delivering non-destructive testing, inspection, engineering, and manpower services to the aerospace, power, and, oil and gas industries. We are a trusted partner who enhances the quality and safety of our clients’ assets and infrastructures while safeguarding their operations. We deliver this through our technical capabilities, innovative approach, and our motivated team who are committed to operational excellence.


    Applus+ has achieved a significant global presence and a leading position in its target markets and regions. As a result, our teams have expanded with 19,000 professionals across the world, attracting the very best talent in the industry.
    Together beyond standards.

    Position Purpose

    • This position is responsible for the overall management, leadership, and direction of the Finance Departments including IT, Shared, Financial Planning & Analysis, Tax, and Procurement along with providing financial support, strategy and guidance for the USA.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Act as a business partner to the EVP, by assessing organizational performance against both the annual budget and long-term strategy; develop tools and reports to provide critical financial and operational information and actionable recommendations on strategy, operations, and financial performance to the EVP.
    • Direct, manage, and ensure optimal functionality and service delivery of multifunctional team including IT, Shared Services (Accounting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable,), Financial Planning & Analysis, Tax, and Procurement.
    • Oversee the management and coordination of all fiscal reporting actives, encompassing multiple operating companies and legal entities, and 25+ office locations including: organization revenue/expense and balance sheet reports, reports to funding agencies, corporate required reporting and monitoring organization budgets.
    • Monitor financial performance for the USA by measuring and analyzing results; proposing corrective actions by identifying profit improvement plans, revenue gaps, and office level profitability improvements; provide financial data and reports to senior management staff.
    • Lead the monthly, quarterly, and annual close process to ensure all deadlines are met, data accuracy is achieved, and all departments are working together.
    • Accomplish Finance strategies by determining and enforcing accountabilities; communicating and enforcing values, polices, and procedures; implementing recruitment, training, coaching, counseling, disciplinary, and communication programs; define and set goals and initiatives ensuring all departments are running efficiently with optimal processes.
    • Drive overall process improvement initiatives for all functional departments to ensure accuracy of reporting results, compliance with internal and external requirements, customer service to both internal and external stakeholders, and department level efficiency.
    • Develop, implement, and maintain adequate controls and ensure they are being followed be verifying substantiating documentation.
    • Lead and manage the required annual audits including work paper preparation, analysis, research and audit support meeting the required deadlines.
    • Work with Applus Corporate staff to respond to inquiries and meet deadlines as required, follow required processes and policies, and ensure alignment in communication.
    • Must maintain a strong focus on cross functional teamwork with both internal and external stakeholders.
    • Follow and enforce the Company required safe work practices and procedures at all times.
    • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, professionalism, and promote a positive customer service attitude internally and externally.
    • Enforce and abide the requirements of safe operation and personal safety using required Personal Protective Equipment and Safe Practices per company policy.
    • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations and Company policy at all times.
    • Perform all other duties as assigned.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Accomplish staff results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results in partnership with human resources; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; developing, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, procedures, and productivity standards.
    • Maintain staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
    • Maintain a safe, secure, and legal work environment for all staff ensuring all company policies are being followed.
    • Review, validate, and approve reporting employees’ timesheet and reports.

    Knowledge and Skills

    • Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data
    • Extensive knowledge and experience of US GAAP and IFRS
    • Knowledge of monthly and annual Accounting close process
    • Knowledge of standard business operating financial and accounting reports
    • Knowledge of US tax law including both federal and state taxes
    • Knowledge of process mapping, planning, and improvement.
    • Ability to multi-task and properly execute multiple simultaneous assignments under pressure and tight deadlines
    • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    • Ability to rely on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals and experience in strategic planning and execution is required
    • Ability to communicate and cooperate with diverse groups of people.
    • Strong organizational, leadership and management skills
    • Detail oriented, professional attitude, reliable.
    • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
    • People management skills including coaching, mentoring, and correcting behaviors in a motivating way.
    • Firmly adheres to the values and ethics of Applus. Exhibits honesty, discretion, and sound judgment.
    • Willing to work with others, collaborating and compromising where necessary; promptly share relevant information with others.
    • Maintains a positive “can do” outlook, rebounds quickly from frustrations and unpleasantness, and maintains composure and friendly demeanor while dealing with stressful situations.
    • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
    • Knowledge of arithmetic and algebra.
    • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    Education and Work Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting and/or finance required
    • Masters’ degree required.
    • 10+ years of experience in a senior financial management role, partnering with executive/ senior level staff.
    • 5+ years of experience in managing Accounting, FPA, Tax, Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable Departments.
    • Experience with financial shared services and outsourcing preferred.
    • SAP experience required.
    • Public accounting experience preferred.

    Certificates and Licenses Required

    • N/A

    Physical Activities and Requirements

    • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
    • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
    • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
    • The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
    • The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
    • The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
    • The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
    • Sitting:  Remaining sitting, particularly for sustained periods of time.
    • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
    • Dexterity: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
    • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
    • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
    • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work area to another.
    • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.
    • Sedentary work: Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
    • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading at distances close to the eyes.
    • In compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Applus+ will make reasonable accommodations that are appropriate and consistent within our legal obligations.

    Working Conditions

    • The physical environment requires the employee to work inside an office environment, protected from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
    • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
    • May be requested to work overtime and weekends occasionally.
    • Ability to travel when required, internationally, up to 15% of the time.


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