Director of Finance - Pulp

Finance/Accounting / Finances/comptabilité Fort Mill, South Carolina


 Director of Finance - Pulp

The Director of Finance Pulp reports to the VP Finance Pulp and Paper.  The successful candidate will serve as an integral member of the management team, providing the necessary leadership to ensure that the Pulp business meets its financial performance objectives while overseeing the accounting, business segment reporting, compliance with the company’s accounting policies and support of special projects. 

The Director will lead an organization of 8 direct reports including the Controllers at each of the six operating locations. The position is in Fort Mill where there will be a staff of approximately 5 individuals.

Scope and Characteristic of the Business

  • 5 pulp mills and EAM air-laid business, approximately 2 million tonnes capacity and $1.5 billion of sales, global commodity business where low cost is key to success
  • Growing business with opportunities for further potential for conversions and expansions
  • Mills compete for limited capital, heavy focus on continuous improvement to improve cost and capacity

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for accurate and timely financial close, consolidate and reporting cycle for the division
  • Establish and maintain a highly effective system of financial controls for the mill network as well as the shared services and divisional accounting functions
  • Provide US GAAP accounting and reporting guidance to the finance and accounting departments of all sites
  • Assist in establishing short- and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures
  • Coordinate financial audits and provide recommendations for procedural improvements
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
  • Provide regular and meaningful input to the VP Finance, the CFO, the Manufacturing and Sales leadership for Pulp and other members of the leadership team regarding pace and progress of initiatives
  • Foster an environment of learning and development that goes beyond reporting results and variances, and helps the business understand drivers of performance
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, and conduct annual performance appraisals
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results

Key Skills and Attributes:

The individual we seek will have a well-rounded financial background with outstanding financial leadership and financial operational skills. The candidate will have excellent communications skills and be able to represent the function effectively to its multiple internal clients.  The candidate needs to be an experienced senior financial executive with:

  • A CPA designation with a minimum of 10 years of management level experience in accounting and financial reporting in a multi-site manufacturing environment
  • Experience in pulp and paper or similar manufacturing with the capability and curiosity to learn from and collaborate with operations and commercial leaders
  • Strong knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and control principles including U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Hands-on experience and capabilities in analyzing financial data and preparing financial reports and projections
  • Self-sufficient, organized, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Change agent with ability to identifying and implement best practices into the accounting and reporting systems
  • Strong leadership skills with ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Energetic, flexible, and collaborative team player who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives

Domtar is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, sex (including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), marital status, religion, national origin, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.