Director - Operations Finance



Aprilaire is an industry leading provider of healthy air solutions who is committed to our mission; everyone deserves healthy air. You will join a team of professionals who are passionate, customer focused, adaptable, and leading the way for new HVAC technologies and innovative thinking. We are proud to be in over 7 million homes and look forward to our continued success. Give your career a breath of fresh air today and consider joining our team!


We are looking for a Director - Operations Finance to join and support our amazing Finance team! This role provides an excellent opportunity to positively impact the organization through strong leadership of the operations finance function. The candidate who fills this position will be a trusted adviser to company leadership on decisions impacting the future operations of the business.  The right person will possess strong cost accounting skills, analytical skills and financial acumen that will be used to collaboratively work with business partners to drive great operational decisions and strategy. 


Your day will include:

  • Managing the cost accounting team, providing direction and leadership in pursuit of overall business objectives
  • Setting and maintaining standards for all raw, manufactured and finished goods including overall responsibility for product costing cycle and monitoring of standard cost and plant variance development
  • Driving operations forecast updates, create easy to use forecast models, and develop meaningful reports that accurately reflects the financial performance of the business.  Update P&L forecasts as needed and pro-actively meet with management to share results and insights.
  • Developing cost calendar and processes around setting standards; define and update existing policies and procedures related to cost accounting
  • Leading the month end process around cost ensuring a timely close, proper statement of COGS & proper balances in related sheet balance accounts
  • Directing and preparing analysis of all variances, including robust analysis around PPV (purchase price variance) and drive understanding and action toward improvement opportunities
  • Planning and managing month end close for operations making sure all deadlines are met.  Prepare journal entries and reconcile accounts that impact operations.  Oversee expense reviews, research variances, and create reports that accurately reflects period activity.
  • Planning. ,coordinating and managing time-line and activities required to establish labor, machine and overhead rates.
  • Developing metrics and tracking system for major cost drivers in COGS and develop month end reporting suitable for senior leaders
  • Working with IT on resolving any cost accounting related issues and developments to improve efficiency of cost accounting reporting and analysis
  • Managing creation of operations departmental budgets and provide guidance to management on costing trends that will impact future financial performance
  • Coordinating inventory forecast updates, interpret results, and lead periodic review of key metrics with management.
  • Completing make vs. buy analysis as needed
  • Formulating and administering the Policy/Procedure for identification, valuation and disposition of Excess and Obsolete Inventory.  Maintain and analyze inventory reserve balances in accordance with corporate guidelines.
  • Monitoring internal controls and cost accounting practices and make recommendations for improvement as needed.
  • Leading and managing the cycle count process.



If the below says, "Me!" apply today: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, MBA and/or CPA a plus
  • 8+ years of cost accounting experience in manufacturing environment
  • Management and leadership experience
  • Thorough understanding of cost accounting standards around BOM’s, standard costing, reserves and applying accounting principles, theories and concepts to financial transactions
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to build strong processes & manage the details
  • Strong verbal, written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work with cross-functional partners
  • Ability to motivate and lead by example thus showing the ability to organize, support and clearly communicate with accounting and non-accounting professionals
  • ERP systems experience (JDE, SAP, etc.)


A GREAT PLACE TO WORK FOR ALL!  At Aprilaire, we know our employees are our most important resource. Below is just a snapshot of our benefits package: 


We care about your health by providing...

  • health insurance plan
  • dental and vision insurance
  • flexible spending account
  • progressive wellness programming for you and your family (including fitness programs and incentives)

We care about your wellbeing by providing...

  • vacation and holiday pay
  • employee discounts on Aprilaire products

We care when you need it most by providing...

  • company-sponsored short and long term disability plans
  • identity theft protection
  • bereavement pay

We care about your financial wellness by providing...

  • 401(k) with company match and generous profit sharing
  • life insurance coverage

We care about our community by...

  • giving back to local charities through fund-raising, volunteering, and charitable events
  • sponsoring employees and immediate family members for their participation in charitable events



Applicants have rights under federal and state employment laws:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  En Español

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  En Español

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)  En Español

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  En Español


Aprilaire is an E-Verify company 


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