Senior Director of Finance in Schnitzer - Portland, OR (Clay St Offices) at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 9/14/2018

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Job Description

The Senior Director of Finance reports directly to the VP, Autos & Metals Recycling (AMR) CFO. S/He will direct and have responsibility for operational accounting, financial reporting and analysis, general ledger, budgeting and other accounting functions. The Sr. Director of Finance is also responsible for GAAP and SOX compliance for AMR. The Sr. Director of Finance is responsible for consolidation of operational results and supporting the operations financial analysis requirements. S/He develops and implements plans to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the various functions including recommending system and process improvements. The Sr. Director of Finance also analyzes data for decision making by operational management. The Sr. Director of Finance is involved in applying Accounting Principles to solve complex problems inside and outside established parameters. S/He is responsible for the timely and accurate implementation of various functional policies, procedures and systems throughout Schnitzer Steel operations and to provide analytical support on major projects as needed by Division Management. This will include guiding local management on the AFE/Approval process, review of proposals, Ad Hoc high level analysis, development of reporting tools, assisting and guiding Financial BPs and Operations Analysts on operations analysis and other special projects. The Sr. Director of Finance directly supervises the accounting staff and financial analysts.

Essential Functions

  • Provide meaningful information to drive business improvements and identify business opportunities.
  • Evaluate and interpret operating activities and results; make recommendations for improvement; supervise design of systems to improve control; direct special analysis projects.
  • Review monthly inventory counts and ensure adjustments are recorded and documented appropriately.
  • Maintains policies and procedures to ensure efficient operations, maintaining adequate internal controls.
  • Oversees all accounting functions and reviews for reasonableness and accuracy.
  • Challenges conventional thinking in order to obtain the most efficient solutions to issues, utilizing best practices, benchmarks and metrics to improve the organization.
  • Prepares and coordinates reports, ensuring the accurate and timely processing of transactions.
  • Responsible for the coordination of various functional changes and communications between operations, divisional executives and Corporate.
  • Interacting with senior management and external auditors as necessary.
  • Lead the implementation and development of financial and other information systems.
  • Participate and/or lead due diligence teams to evaluate potential acquisitions.
  • Participate and/or lead other projects as required.
  • Manages the development of annual budgets, monthly forecasts, five year planning and strategic plans.
  • Responsible for the oversight of the monthly close process.
Required Experience


  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting or related field, graduate degree preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience, including responsibility for general ledger, interpretation of financial statements and business partnering.
  • CPA, CMA or CFM desired or in lieu of a strong understanding of U.S. GAAP and experience in the preparation of financial statements.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel software and ERP systems.
  • Proven organizational skills, analytical skills and research skills.
  • Ability to build relationships and excellent communication skills.
  • Willingness to challenge conventional thinking for the betterment of the Company.

PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

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Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. administers a pre-employment drug screen and background check for U.S. new hires.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.