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Finance Manager, District Supply Chain & Operations

Company: Univar Solutions
Location: Kent
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Job Description:


Want to work for a company that is reimagining distribution?  Join Univar Solutions, the premier global distributor of chemicals and ingredients.  Our goal is to function as a direct extension of our customers’ teams; to serve as an ally in their quest of business success. 

At Univar Solutions, we’re building on our more than 90 years of experience  and drawing on deep resources – inventory and logistics experts, scientists, PhDs, procurement, customer service, sales and marketers-to deliver consultative services and an unmatched portfolio to solve customers’ formulation and operational challenges.  When you work for Univar Solutions, you’ll play an important role in shaping how we deliver more than chemical and ingredients. 



Position Summary:

This role is a partner to the General Managers and Operation Managers district leaders to drive growth and ensure responsible use of the Company’s resources (e.g. working capital investment, operating and capital dollars and employee time). This role supports two districts (West Central and Intermountain) in the West Region and is responsible for managing and overseeing the accounting and financial reporting within the assigned districts. This role pulls commercial and operational expertise together to advise on overall business operations, identify issues and offer/implement solutions.


Key Responsibilities:

  • FP&A
    • Provide reporting and analysis for district level management that assists to drive performance improvement and cost efficiency
    • Develops rolling forecasts and budgets for districts
    • Runs all required monthly financial reports to support month-end close
    • Jointly works on cost saving and capex projects, performing appropriate ROI review
  • Finance Operations
    • Understands and supports compliance with all key business processes
    • Analyzes, reviews and reports on Sales performance activity
    • Ensure data integrity through the proper and consistent coding of all operating expenses. Provide feedback and coaching to non-finance teammates as needed. (local finance ambassador)
    • Engages in and monitors regional FOP and SOX compliance
    • Supports month end close process through early identification of issues and timely review of financials
    • Supports strong working capital management through active review of customer terms, customer aging and inventory turns processes with the Shared Service Center
  • Leadership
    • Active contributor to a high performing finance team
    • Effectively drive a positive and learning culture for cross-functional and cross-branch/district learnings
    • Proactively identify, develop and execute tools and processes that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the branches and profitability of the commercial activity.
  • Assists with special projects and preparation of reports as required or requested
  • Financial Responsibility
    • Prepares relevant, timely and accurate monthly financial reporting and researches variances to provide detail explanation to key business stakeholder to ensure they are well informed and knowledgeable regarding the financial performances for their districts.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting from fully accredited four-year institution is required; an MBA degree and/or CPA is preferred
  • Min of 5-7 years of experiences in progressive Finance or Accounting roles required
  • Ability to utilize soft skills to get results in a highly matrixed environment
  • Demonstrated problem solving (root cause) and critical process review /project management skills
  • Interpersonal skills in coaching and influencing without direct reporting authority
  • Effective communication skills in both external and internal situations
  • Organization skills and ability to balance the needs from two districts


Specialized Knowledge/Skills:

  • Strategic thinker with experience in a distribution/manufacturing business
  • Planning & forecasting
  • Skilled at performance reporting and investment evaluation and analysis
  • Highly skilled with systems and information management (i.e., SAP / BPC, Tableau, Excel)
  • Solid understanding of key concepts such as:
    • Interpreting financial statements
    • Inventory costing
    • Days sales working capital
    • Internal controls and managing compliance and risk


Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.


We offer comprehensive benefits to employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k, generous PTO and much more.



Keywords: Univar Solutions, Kent , Finance Manager, District Supply Chain & Operations, Other , Kent, Washington

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