Airbus Helicopters, Inc
  • 12-Oct-2022 to 11-Feb-2023 (CST)
  • 10120 Business Control and Cost Accounting
  • Grand Prairie, TX, USA
  • Full Time

A career with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As an Airbus employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits, which include health, dental, vision and life insurance, 401(k) matching, paid time off and holiday pay

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 sixfold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary:

Direct, oversee and control all financial aspects of the assigned business and operational units in Airbus Helicopters North America. Finance business partner to the operational and business owners providing financial expertise, advice and support to facilitate the achievement of financial and operational targets. Actively engaged in the preparation of industrial, financial and headcount planning for the business lines.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Control the overall financial aspects of the business in coordination with the managers of the specific business line (40%)

  • Prepare regular financial reports and KPIs on the performance of the business
  • Prepare all the necessary data required to explain the monthly financial performance of the business and monitor status of work in progress
  • Complete, analyze and publish key business and financial indicators relevant to the specific business and operational area.
  • Translate planned and actual financial information into usable and relevant operational information to drive implementable actions.
  • Provide and communicate the relevant financial data to the business leaders in order to support and facilitate business decision making

2. Preparation of the Operating Plan, Forecasts, OPEX, CAPEX, Workload Capacity. (40%)

  • Prepare the annual operating plan and periodic forecasts for the business areas in a detailed manner in coordination with the business line management and the Finance team.
  • Work alongside the business in the preparation of the OPEX budget once a year, utilising and formulating workload capacity panning, hourly rate calculations and headcount sizing.
  • In conjunction with the business support the planning process to size workload and associated workforce requirements in line with the OP timeframe in addition to updating in line with the official forecast updates.
  • Prepare and monitor CAPEX business cases as required.
  • Track unit cost and profitability performance versus plan and deliver output to business stakeholders highlighting deviations and areas for action.
  • Ensure proper coordination and alignment of the main financial targets and assumptions with the headquarters in Marignane (France)

3. Identify, manage and maintain the Risk and Opportunities of the business including mitigation plans. (10%)

  • Identify, track, anticipate, quantify and compile the main risks and opportunities
  • Communicate internally the risks and opportunities in order to allow the business and the financial organization to be better prepared to put in place the necessary measures to mitigate those risks and benefit from the business opportunities
  • Work with the R&O manager to ensure the central tracking tool (ARM) is accurate and up to date

4. Financial Governance adherence (10%)

  • Ensure the proper financial accounting treatment of all aspects of financial activities and transactions through the application of internal and external financial processes and procedures.
  • Through the adherence to the financial system framework and conventions deliver robust and compliant financial information.
  • Assist in the development, improvement and implementation of new business processes and procedures.
  • Control the business assets in order to make sure that the accounting standards are respected and the utilization and value of the company's assets is maximized
  • Support the audits by preparing and providing the necessary information to the auditors proving that the processes, procedures and accounting principles are followed

Additional Responsibilities: Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Required: Bachelor's degree in Finance, project management or business administration. Equivalent experience or combination of education and experience may be substituted for degree.
  • Preferred: Master's degree preferred


  • Required: Minimum eight (8) years of experience in a finance position or 8 years of professional level work experience in an aviation company at least two (2) years of which must have been in a managerial position with budget, planning, cash management and/or Profit/Loss related tasks.
  • Preferred:
    • Experience with costing, pricing, business case creation, operational planning, budgeting, cash forecasting, business and financial risk analyses and/or business controlling tasks preferred
    • 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 level 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 (verbal and written) able to communicate in a clear and timely manner
  • Ability to communicate in French is preferred

Technical Systems Proficiency:

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

Travel Required: 5% Domestic and International

Citizenship: 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 AHI 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 in a cohesive projection of the company's expected performance.

Organizational information: Reports to the HO Support and Services Business Controlling

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

This position has direct responsibility over 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 on a daily Basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

  • Onsite: 90%
  • Vision: able to see and read 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 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, copies, 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 and some tools including production tools such as hydraulic lifts, daily.
  • Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs, daily.
  • Lifting: able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs, daily.
  • Pushing / Pulling: able to push and pull small office furniture and some equipment and tools, once a year.
  • Sitting: able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer, daily.
  • Squatting / Kneeling: able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving, daily.
  • Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on production floor, daily.
  • Travel: able to travel independently and at short notice, up to 10% of the time.
  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces, daily.
  • Personal Protective Equipment required: Required PPE includes, but is not limited to, Safety Shoes, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Respirators/Masks, and/or Protective Gloves as required by site and/or customer site

Equal Opportunity:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status

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

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

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Employment with Airbus is at will, meaning either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

NOTE: Airbus Helicopters, Inc. reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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