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Senior Director, Finance - North America


Shelton, CT, US

Req ID:  1541
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We are a global team of 6000 visionaries, doers, and makers. Our portfolio of over 25 brands touches lives in more than 50 countries. Together, we reimagine good mornings and endless summers, beauty and bonding, confidence and determination.



Role Summary:

The Senior Director of North America Finance will develop and lead a team, providing financial and business support to enable decision making that helps drive the NA business unit financial performance. This role will partner with the SVP of North America and will have direct financial oversight for US and Canada. This role leads our efforts to understand key business drivers, develop scorecards and other analytical tools to measure results and facilitate solutions/course corrections as needed.  Additionally, this role will lead efforts to execute FUEL and help implement our new company strategy.  Ultimately, this role leads the financial teams that support our Brands – providing end to end financial expertise, oversight and leadership to ensure that each brand/function meets its performance objectives.


Overall, this role will 1) provide financial, operational and strategic business support through analytical rigor and analysis; 2) lead local efforts in support of our robust budgeting and forecasting process and interpreting variances, 2) support scorecarding of the drivers of profitability by brand, category and customer segment and, 3) partner with leaders to make decisions across their businesses that will: a) increase revenues, market share and penetration, b) reduce costs and, c) maximize profitability and d)optimize FCF and working capital.

This person will have strong business and financial acumen and demonstrated capabilities to work collaboratively with others across multiple geographies, and experience working in a complex and fast paced environment. In addition this person will be expected to have strong interpersonal and influence skills as they will be expected to both partner with and challenge the business leads while balancing their functional reporting relationship with finance by ensuring consistent support and engagement.



Key Areas of Responsibilities:


  • Key business steward for the North America Business Unit core financial processes (LT and annual Operational planning, quarterly forecasts, monthly and quarterly business evaluation)
  • Partner with the SVP of Finance and Strategy in the development of a robust business planning and reporting platform, one that drives simplicity and accountability, robust businss analysis and ensures the company meets its stated business and financial goals
  • Partner with CEO of North America to ensure achievement of overall business objectives, and implementation of EPC strategy (i.e. support of overall growth objectives and business model)
  • Report and Evaluate Business results across North America business unit and ensure  alignment across all geographies to understand business results and drive performance
    • Business Performance Metrics (Financial and Operational)
    • Provide detailed period analytics to support:
      • Analysis of actual results against Budget, Forecast, and Prior Year ensure consistency of all Reporting Requirements from functions and operating units
      • Review materials from Business units and synthesize the key messages
      • Summarize key findings (i) as basis for action plans to improve results, (ii) as input into next Forecast or Outlook
    • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the critical issues/business drivers and opportunities within all areas of the business.
    • Ensure financial data is maintained in consistent formats and that business partners are trained in use and understanding of the reports and analysis to be able to take action upon financial results for their areas of the business. 
    • Drive forecast simplification by Improving quarterly forecasting (accuracy, relevance), with focus on root-cause analysis and more informed forward-looking estimates for the business
    • Provide rigorous analysis of key business results (topline growth, gross margin profile, commercial spend (A&P/Trade), etc.) – understanding drivers/root cause of performance and identifying opportunities to improve performance


  • Drive Cost Savings program – Ensure development and execution of initiatives in support of company’s Fuel programs across deflator/revenue management and SG&A
  • As part of the Planning process support the business with required capital allocation as well as drive more effective management and analysis of working capital (measurement, forecasting) .
  • People Leadership- Manage performance and skill set growth across the team focused on achieving results through influence, collaboration, coaching and developing others and leading a team via a matrix organization. 
  • Partner with the VP of IR and SVP of Finance and Startegy to support of all aspects of quarterly earnings preparation, including aligning questions and analytics with the business


Core Required Competencies/Skills Include:

  • Superior academic credentials, including a finance, accounting or other relevant bachelor’s degree are required.
  • A minimum of 15 years of senior-level finance leadership experience. Experience in CPG industry with specific commercial and operational finance expertise (supporting Brands and Business Unit)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Exceptional presentation skills required.
  • Superior Analytical rigor and strategic thinking
  • Strong Influence skills: Ability to challenge the status quo, in a respectful way, by asking tough questions. 
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Experience with managing difficult and complex financial situations. 
  • Skilled with financial reporting systems preferably HFM and HPL. 
  • Experience with finance theory, discounted cash flow analysis, and financial reporting and analysis. 


Working Relationships

  • Report to the SVP Global Finance and Strategy
  • Working with various levels of Sales, Marketing and Finance departments relevant to the position.
  • Collaboration and interaction with the broader Finance Leadership Team (FLT).
  • Strong ties to Operational Finance Leadership Team.
  • HRBP interaction on key people-related initiatives.
  • Travel as needed



Edgewell is an equal opportunity employer, and we prohibit discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.