Senior Finance Manager – North America Personal Care Strategy at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in General Business 11 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Senior Finance Manager – North America Personal Care Strategy

Job Description

Captain of your own mind

We’re looking for individuals who solve problems and make decisions based on their own observations and experience — people who have the confidence to handle issues as they arise — people who are the really valuable contributors. If you’re a responsible person who knows when to push the boundaries, we’re interested. Very interested.

Your hands-on experience makes you the “idea contributor” we want

Your suggestions on how to improve your work experience are extremely valuable to us, because they are the result of your hands-on experience. If you notice something that can be done more effectively or economically, you’ll be encouraged to bring it to our attention. Our staff is comprised of people from diverse personal backgrounds who are all welcomed, included, and considered an important part of our organization. We invite your application.

We are currently seeking a Senior Finance Manager to support the North America Personal Care business team.  The Personal Care business includes the Adult & Feminine Care and Baby & Child Care business units.  This position is the senior financial advisor to the Personal Care CFO and acts as a highly visible, indispensable partner in achievement of business objectives.  This position is an individual contributor but is expected to work closely with multiple senior leaders to influence and drive impact.  The position also serves as a financial expert to build functional/technical capabilities with peers and junior talent. 

Key expectations and responsibilities include:

·       Influence the organization in a way that balances market share, top-line growth, profitability, and balance sheet efficiency to create long-term shareholder value

·       Identify relevant issues, clarify strategic choices, and bring a point of view to the table that influences the direction of the organization

·       Proactively bring forward insights and ideas

·       Drive and lead things that matter across the business

·       Take accountability to deliver results that have a meaningful impact on the success of Kimberly-Clark



·       Lead the Portfolio, Strategic Business Planning, and Annual Business Planning processes for the multi-billion dollar Personal Care business to deliver on long term growth objectives and lead continuous improvement efforts for these processes

·       Partner with the Personal Care CFO to develop and maintain leadership processes to ensure the Finance team operates as a cohesive, high performing unit

·       Build talent within the organization as the senior analyst to coach and develop the extended Finance team by leveraging thorough knowledge of Internal Controls, Corporate Financial Instructions, data sources, analytical techniques, and business processes

·       Deliver value to the organization with expert-level business and supply chain analysis, critical thinking, financial leadership, business planning, new opportunity identification and internal control processes conformance.  Examples may include M&A target valuation, early-stage analytics to vet deployment of new manufacturing technologies, and valuation and phasing of large capital investments

·       Work closely with key stakeholders and secure organizational alignment to ensure successful change management and implementation

·       Provide a source of business knowledge and problem solving capabilities to drive insights and recommendations across a wide range of business and financial areas (e.g. advertising, sales promotion, working capital, capital investment, supply chain footprint)

·       Assess the competitive landscape regularly with analytics and valuations relevant to the Personal Care strategic plans

·       Drive optimization analysis of the supply chain footprint and lead sector-wide initiatives to set the vision for long-term operations strategy

·       Facilitate processes and process improvements leveraging Lean/Continuous Improvement techniques to increase efficiency within the sector; lead improvement initiatives across K-C North America


·       Bachelor's degree in Finance/Economics/Business or similar field. MBA is preferred.

·       10+ years of progressive financial leadership experience in brand, manufacturing, and operational Finance with a consistent record of influence and impact.

·        Must have a proven broad appreciation and understanding of economics, finance, and business management. 

·       CPG industry experience is a strongly preferred.

·       Strong oral, written, and presentation skills to deliver effective, confident and results-oriented communications and presentations

·       Influence without authority, drive business outcomes, use business systems and apply functional/technical skills

·       Well-versed in the principles and practices of finance and accounting in order to ensure that procedures, instructions and practices within the unit provide adequate internal financial control and are in conformance with corporate accounting and financial control policies and instructions

·       Thorough knowledge of Kimberly-Clark policies and practices, cost accounting, and general accounting operations is preferred

We’re a community in which everyone feels free to participate

In our dynamic, collaborative organization, our inclusive environment encourages every member of our diverse staff to feel comfortable speaking out and sharing ideas. There are no glass ceilings – no limits to opportunities for anyone willing to share their skills and add their unique perspectives.  In our respectful, appreciative workspace, even those who do not often speak out find their voice.

Kimberly-Clark makes the essentials for a better life with well-known brands that matter every day – at home, school, work and on the go. Throughout our 148 years, we have challenged conventional wisdom to innovate products that better meet the needs of consumers. We have created new categories with top brands like Kleenex®, and redefined categories with Huggies® and U by Kotex®. While growing our $18+ billion global business, we help build careers through collaborative teams that push boundaries and endless opportunities to work with some of the world’s most recognized brands. Our 43,000 employees are changing the world for the better, too, generously giving back to communities and causes around the globe. 

For Kimberly-Clark to grow and prosper, we must be an inclusive organization that applies the diverse experiences and passions of its team members to brands that make life better for people all around the world.  We actively seek to build a workforce that reflects the experiences of our consumers.  When you bring your original thinking to Kimberly-Clark, you fuel the continued success of our enterprise. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

With an inclusive culture, our employees – and the original thinking they bring to Kimberly-Clark – make us stronger.  EOE disability/vet.

K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based.  In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization.  However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship.

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