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Finance Manager ( wood products manufacturing )--Grayling, MI

ARAUCO is a global manufacturer of sustainably-produced forest product solutions for construction, industrial, and retail markets. With over 120 facilities worldwide, we manufacture and distribute the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of wood composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.

ARAUCO is growing in North America, with innovative manufacturing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to make a difference in the communities where we are located. We are seeking the right individuals for high-caliber opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, safety, and other related fields. This is a direct-hire role with benefits. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at ARAUCO!


The Finance Manager is the primary representative of the Finance Group at the mill and an active member of the mill management team responsible for enhancing the value of the site. This role is at our Greenfield Grayling, MI plant.


Essential Duties:


  • Manage the mill Finance team/direct reports, ensuring that all members have goals and objectives’ and are actively working towards them.
  • Ownership along with the Cost Accountant of mill standard cost inputs in SAP and site focal point for training and education on SAP.
  • Coordinate month end closing and reporting for the site of information to corporate accounting team (inventories, production, accruals, etc.) 
  • Mill financial statement review and analysis of actual variances against standards. 
  • Communicate monthly results to mill management team. 
  • Responsible for overseeing the daily reconciliation of the production accounting system to SAP by the Cost Accountant.
  • Develop reporting tools to support value enhancement. 
  • Integral role in the annual planning process for the mill ensuring a timely and accurate budget. 
  • Responsible for annual property tax returns and various required tax incentive filings.
  • Responsible for sales and use tax calculations and compliance.
  • Responsible for any energy management, environmental or other incentive program compliance including tracking and reporting.
  • Ability to work in team-based, multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Prepare financial analysis and decision support on capital projects and operating postures. 
  • Ensure mill fixed asset ledger is accurate and up-to-date. 
  • Ensure adequate internal controls are in place and being followed at the mill, and that all required SOX verifications are completed on a timely basis.
  • Ensure that all accounting related policies and procedures are being followed at the mill.
  • Provide timely and accurate financial information to the management team to facilitate optimal decision making.
  • Provide support to internal and external audit process as required.
  • Special Projects as assigned by Mill Management, Operational Controller and the Corporate Controller’s office.
  • Integral member of Mill Leadership Team and the North American Finance Team.
  • Take a leadership role in Safety for the administrative office, including participation in safety training and required meetings.



Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting or Finance and/or recognized Professional Accounting Designation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Ability to read and understand financial statements.
  • Strong analytical skills – including ability to solve for algebraic variables. Need highly organized person,
  • Ability to take a general question, dig through detailed data, and deliver meaningful, concise, written or oral report that drives positive business decision making.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills. Knowledge of pivot tables, advanced formulas are beneficial.
  • Ability to speak in front of mill team – including preparing presentation for team meetings.
  • Must have ability to understand difference between total cost and cost per unit and their respective values in spotting trends


Plus (Not Required):

  • Prior experience in finance/accounting for a manufacturing company is a plus
  • Prior experience using SAP is a plus
  • Prior experience with product costing in a manufacturing environment is a plus




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Arauco is an equal opportunity employer to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Title:  Finance Manager

Nearest Major Market: Northern Michigan

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