Airbus Helicopters, Inc
  • 22-Mar-2021 to 04-Aug-2021 (EST)
  • 10125 Controlling
  • Columbus, MS, USA
  • Market Competitive Compensation
  • Salary
  • Full Time

This position offers the following benefits: Medical insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Prescription insurance, Healthcare Advocacy, Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Basic & Voluntary Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance, Short and Long-term Disability insurance, 401(k), Paid Vacation, Paid Personal/Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Tuition Assistance, Bonus(s). These are our current benefit offerings for the 2021 plan year and are subject to change without notice

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing, and delivering aerospace products, services, and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer, and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader.

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and has achieved a more than six-fold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary:

The Head of Industrial & Plant Controlling will act as the finance business partner to the VP of Industry and is a key leader on the industrial leadership team. S/he will provide financial expertise, advice, and support to facilitate the achievement of financial and operational targets. S/he will direct, oversee and control all financial aspects of the industrial perimeter within Airbus Helicopters North America. S/he will drive performance through the provision and translation of financial information into operational KPIs, proposing improvement actions where needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Act as a Financial Business Partner. (30%)

  • Develop robust and transparent working relationships with heads of business and key operational stakeholders enabling the free flow of business-critical information.
  • Translate financial information into usable and relevant operational information to drive performance through implementable actions.
  • Ensure transparency and understanding of financial drivers and their impact on the financial performance of the business and products.
  • Provide and communicate quantitative & qualitative data to the business leaders to support and facilitate business decision-making.
  • Become a critical member of the industrial leadership team offering expert advice and support whilst still maintaining the empowerment to challenge the business. Industrial team and plant management team.

2. Support for Decision Making (20%)

  • Prepare all necessary data required to explain the financial performance of the business with clear linkages to project and operational performance.
  • Complete, analyze and publish key business and financial indicators relevant to the specific business and operational area.
  • Proactively highlight possible areas of performance deterioration and plan deviation both financial and operational, offering mitigation and rectification plans to adhere to business and financial commitments.
  • Identify, quantify and compile all risks and opportunities against the agreed plan, working with owners and influencers to mitigate risks and materialize opportunities.
  • Work with the R&O manager to ensure the central tracking tool (ARM) is accurate, up to date and financial values are validated.

3. Plan and Support Target Setting (20%)

  • Lead and prepare the annual AHNA Operation Plan (OP) (5-year operating plan) along with periodic forecasts (1, 2 & 3) with the business in a detailed and robust manner based on agreed business assumptions in coordination with the business line management and Finance team.
  • In conjunction with the business, prepare the AHNA OP using program planning (S&OP), workload assumptions, and executed contract commitments to determine delivery schedules, unit cost, hourly rates, and working capital requirements.
  • Steer and drumbeat the AHNA OP contributors through the convergence process regionally and centrally to deliver fully coordinated and aligned financial targets.
  • Collaborate closely with the Offers & pricing organization to ensure new contracts (commercial and military) are understood, captured, and included within the relevant planning schedules from the point of execution.
  • Support the Program controller to establish Estimate at Completion (EACs) for commercial aircraft and military contracts providing visibility of make and buy cost contributions.

4. Evaluate Performance and Drive Improvement (20%)

  • Prepare and communicate regular and standardized financial reports and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on the actual versus planned performance of the industrial perimeter, providing operational reasoning to support financial variances with proposed mitigation actions.
  • Monitor, analyze, and report monthly actual unit cost versus plan, including make and buy splits. Provide results to key operational stakeholders and controllers for feedback, commentary, and implementation of mitigation strategies where appropriate.
  • Provide regular periodic reporting and updates on cost and product performance to central programs and finance where required.
  • Support the AHNA and Finance transformation plans through the identification of process and procedure improvements along with business case/project financial validation.
  • Adopt and impart a cost-conscious and continuous improvement mindset whilst maintaining the integrity and quality of AHNA financial information.

5. Enforce Internal Controls and Corporate Governance (10%)

  • Ensure adherence to the correct financial and cost accounting policies and procedures in all elements of the role perimeter.
  • Offer direction and advice to the business to guarantee transactions are in line with AHNA internal & external accounting standards, treatments and policies.
  • Work closely with the costing and offers department to understand compilation of bids & proposals, challenge, and support when necessary, and provide financial information when required.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:



  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, project management, or business administration. Equivalent experience or a combination of education and experience may be substituted for the degree.


  • Master's degree preferred



  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a financial position for any company or 10 years of professional-level work experience in an aviation company required, at least two (2) years of your professional-level work experience must have been in a managerial level position with budget, planning, cash management and/or Profit/Loss related tasks
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience with the coordination, consolidation, and integration of financial data between a customer center and a company headquarters


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in operational planning, budgeting/forecasting, performance management, risk & opportunity management, and/or business controlling.
  • Minimum of five (2) years of experience of business partnering, preferably as a finance business partner
  • Knowledge of the common Airbus financial tools preferred
  • Knowledge of the Airbus Helicopter's business preferred

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:


  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent understanding of budgeting, business control, profitability assessment, and risk analysis
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Able to work under pressure while respecting tight deadlines
  • Proactive personality with the ability to act independently and decisively
  • Must be professional with a high degree of integrity
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Must be an excellent team player

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Effective communicator in English (verbal and written) Able to communicate in a clear and timely manner

Technical Systems Proficiency:

  • Microsoft Office suite' specifically Excel and PowerPoint
  • SAP
  • Preferred systems experience in Business Planning & Consolidation (BPC) and BW

Travel Required:

  • Up to 20% Domestic travel; additionally international travel may be required occasionally


  • Authorized to Work in the US

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • Responsible to provide the financial data upon which key business recommendations will be made with a major impact on the company's growth and profitability.
  • Required to effectively communicate financial and business information as well as providing recommendations related to the business needs (in coordination with the AHNA management) to colleagues from other business centers and with Airbus Helicopters Management in Europe.
  • Required to prepare and share strategic financial data related to business performance and planning upon which key decisions impacting the future of the business will be made
  • Participate in financial goal setting for the company. This requires collecting input from the various operations of the company and translating the input into a cohesive projection of the company's expected performance.

Organizational information:

  • Reports to the Sr. Director, Business Line Controlling

Direct Reports:

  • Exempt: 1
  • Non-exempt: 0

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • This position has direct responsibility for company assets and budgets and relevant financial information, influencing the decisions being made. This position has the responsibility to assist in achieving the company objectives and financial targets. The performance of the person in this position can significantly influence the financial results of the business.

Nature of Contacts:

  • Involved Communication daily with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

  • Onsite: 90%
  • Vision: able to see and read a computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports, and engineering drawings. daily
  • Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on the production floor including safety warnings or alarms. daily
  • Speaking: able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications. daily
  • Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copier, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment. daily
  • Carrying: able to carry documents, and, electronic equipment up to 10lbs. daily
  • Lifting: able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 10lbs. daily
  • Pushing / Pulling: able to push and pull small office furniture. occasionally
  • Sitting: able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on a computer. daily
  • Squatting / Kneeling: able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving. occasionally
  • Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on the production floor. daily
  • Travel: able to travel independently and at short notice. frequently
  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office daily and production areas including uneven surfaces occasionally.
  • Personal Protective Equipment required: steel-toed shoes are required for all shop floor visits; appropriate hearing/eye protection may also be required when visiting the shop floor

Equal Opportunity:

As a leader in our field, Airbus in America provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or another legally protected status. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training.

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or another legally protected status. Improper interference with the ability of Airbus' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

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