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Title:  Finance Manager, Single Crystal


Take Ownership of Accounting Activities and Grow Your Career with an Employer of Choice


Prime opportunity to lead the finance and accounting activities for one of our key manufacturing facilities.


If you combine a background in accounting or finance, including significant cost accounting experience, with the ability to work independently and fully own your role, the position of Plant Finance Manager offers you some compelling opportunities. You will:

  • Own the accounting function for our Lisle plant while also expanding your skills in other areas. You’ll have the opportunity to work with Financial Shared Services and other cross-functional teams and stakeholders and learn the operational aspects of our business.
  • Join an outstanding team and culture and enjoy wide visibility within the plant, shared services and to Corporate, which is located upstairs from the plant.
  • Enjoy wide influence and reach as you oversee the shared services work for the Single Crystal Products business line within our Ceramics business unit – our fastest growing and most profitable SBU.
  • Showcase your talent and potential. We are building bench strength as part of our significant growth efforts, and you could advance your career. From this role, you could advance to Plant Controller, SBU Controller, or to a corporate position.
  • Join a respected and rapidly growing, global organization with a strong and stable financial profile. Even during the pandemic, CTS continued to grow.

This position is based in our plant and corporate headquarters in Lisle, Illinois, a community that is part of the Chicago metropolitan area ("Chicagoland") as well as the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor.

We touch millions of lives globally every day. CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators, and electronic components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). We have over 20 locations in 12 countries and more than 3,500 employees. Our innovative sensing, connectivity, and motion solutions offer a diverse range of products across many industries. We are at the forefront of innovating life-changing technology, focusing on quality to keep people safe, healthy, and happy

The Requirements

This leadership opportunity is a great fit for an individual with a well-rounded portfolio of experiences including general accounting knowledge, the ability to understand a standard cost inventory system and analyze manufacturing variances in a standard cost environment and sign off on new product costing.

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Plant Finance Manager opportunity, you will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • At least 5 years of job-related experience, including cost accounting, ideally in a manufacturing environment
  • SAP experience required; proficiency in Microsoft Office, including intermediate Excel skills, and PowerPoint
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills to work with all levels 
  • Ability to coordinate multiple priorities and to work under strict deadlines, particularly during the monthly close process

The Role

Reporting to the SBU Controller, with a dotted line to the Plant Manager, you will lead the accounting function for a key plant in Lisle. This is a functional management role working closely with our Shared Service Team in Mexico. While the team provides support for day-to-day transactional processing, account reconciliations, and internal control performance, you will oversee their work and ultimately be responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the trial balance. You will execute the final financial close processes, perform financial analyses, and be responsible for management reporting. Additionally, you will serve as the site leader for the annual and quarterly budgeting process, as a key partner in the monthly operational review, and interact with corporate and business unit leadership for various ad hoc requests. 


Why Join Us


Strong training
You'll work with and be trained by a Controller with more than 25 years of experience.

Professional development
We're looking for someone who is driven to learn, will take ownership of the role, and wants to grow along with the company. This role is a prime platform for professional growth and development.

Great environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart, talented and mutually supportive professionals. The team is fairly lean and the pace is fast, but we believe in strong communication and are all dedicated to meeting our goals and objectives. While we work hard, we also enjoy strong work/life balance. Flexibility is required, particularly during month-end close, but our work week is typically 40-45 hours.

Growth orientation
Company-wide, there is a tremendous effort being spent to drive growth. That means adding key resources and providing room for strong performers to make a name for themselves. Growth = opportunity to take on even greater responsibilities and advance.

Excellent compensation
In addition to competitive compensation, we offer a slate of benefits including medical, dental, vision and other insurances; a 401(k) plan; flexible spending accounts; and more.


More Insight

If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.

More About the Requirements
In addition to the qualifications already described, you will have the following core competencies and characteristics:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Close attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy
  • Committed and dedicated to continuous improvement

More About the Role
In addition to the responsibilities described under the role, you will:

  • With assistance from our finance shared services organization, perform monthly close process mainly related to cost accounting and associated journal entries. Ensure completeness and accuracy of site financial statements
  • Prepare monthly/periodic reports to enhance management’s understanding of the results. Analyze spending reports and trends and prepare the month-end flash report and site operations review presentation
  • Identify reason(s) for fluctuations in our actual inventory costing valuation done in SAP
  • Prepare and calculate the quarterly inventory reserve
  • Prepare and analyze product line P&Ls and comparisons to forecasts and the annual operating plan
  • Coordinate and track cost reduction projects
  • Participate in the monthly site sales and operational planning process 
  • Ensure production data is accurate and timely so that useful information is available for costing, inventory valuation, variance analysis, pricing and other decision making.
  • Prepare and review manufacturing metrics including lean KPIs and weekly manufacturing variances (e.g., labor efficiencies, PPV, scrap)
  • Be responsible for the annual standard-setting process
  • Assist in preparing capital expenditure requests, including financial justifications when required
  • Plan, coordinate and reconcile the annual physical inventory count
  • Support internal and external audits
  • Coordinate with the plant manager to develop the annual operating plan and quarterly forecasts
  • Complete various department projects/analyses as necessary

This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

More About Your Success

Those who thrive in our organization are friendly and approachable team players who are also self-driven to deliver their best work daily and inspire the best work from their colleagues. They are skilled, but also curious, natural thinkers who are compelled to increase their knowledge and continually add value through their contributions. We're looking for someone who doesn't just want their next job but wants to build a career with CTS . . . someone who is wired to excel, invigorated by accomplishment, and comes in every day thinking about what s/he can do to help the company succeed.

In addition, to be an outstanding Plant Finance Manager, you will:

  • Ensure a successful 2-3 day close and provide a comprehensive explanation of the close that tells a story of the results
  • Promote accuracy of the inventory through your accounting activities with cost analysis and cost accounting
  • Drive our cost structure down to preserve gross profit
  • Be committed to continuous improvement, ensure internal controls are being completed without issue, financial operations, as a whole, are running like a well-oiled machine. 

United States EEO Statement 
CTS Corporation is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer who complies with all applicable federal, state and local employment laws. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at CTS Corporation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It has been and shall continue to be both the official policy and the commitment of CTS Corporation to further equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of, among other characteristics, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.
We fully comply with all applicable Department of Labor and EEOC rules, regulations, guidelines, and orders including but not limited to Executive Order 11246 and 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4, 60-250.5(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). The parties hereby incorporate the requirements of 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-1.4(a)(7), 29 C.F.R. Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A, 41 C.F.R. § 60-300.5(a) and 41 C.F.R. § 60-741.5(a), if applicable.
Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a background check and drug screening.
United States Additional Considerations 
It is unlawful in all states where the Company operates, including Massachusetts, to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates applicable laws may be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability. The Company does not require a lie detector test as a condition of employment nor continued employment.  

Applicants must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States.

No agencies, please. We do not accept any unsolicited resumes and are not looking to engage an agency. We receive inquiries from agencies daily. Do not direct any inquiries or emails to hiring managers. It is not our standard practice to utilize agencies; we are a federal contractor and need to comply with the same process for all. 
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Lisle, IL, US, 60532

Job Type:  Full-Time

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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