Guardian

Senior Finance and Market Analyst

US-MI-Auburn Hills
REF.
2017-1424
Category
Strategy & Business Development

Overview

Guardian Industries, LLC, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs around 17,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian’s diverse group of companies are involved in the manufacture of high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products; the manufacture of high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries; and the distribution of specialty building products. Guardian’s vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit www.guardian.com.

Responsibilities

Sponsorship is unavailable for this position.

 

This is a senior analytical resource in the company’s hub of economic thinking; think consulting-type work, but for one global company, and you get to be home most nights (light travel)

  • Five primary types of analysis performed | You don’t have to come to us knowing how to do them all, but you should be solid in one of the first two:
    • M&A Analysis – Synergies of product, asset, & capabilities between entities, and company/IP valuations
    • Capital Modeling – NPV / IRR models with key drivers & sensitivities for Capital Investment Decisions
    • Market Analysis – Microeconomics; supply/demand/cost curves à pricing mechanisms & forecasts
    • Optimization – Combining business metrics to find the best use & mix of Product & Asset Portfolios
    • Contract Analysis – Forecasting raw material & energy markets & maximizing optionality in contracts
  • Economic Thinking – Koch’s unique blend of finance, microeconomics, & marketing that leads to superior results
  • Exposure – Much of this team’s work is for the VP & up level with active projects in every operating region
  • Thought Partnership – Key concept to make the work better; it’s common to grab another analyst/manager, etc. to help talk through & frame up projects/analyses/concepts on ubiquitous glass white boards
  • Development – We develop strong economic thinkers to deploy into our businesses & matrixed capabilities

 

The Key Requirements

Traits & habits are as important as technical skills

  • Leadership:
    • This is one of two Sr. Associates who sit on a team with three more junior Business Development Analysts – Sr. Associates are expected to serve in several key roles:
      • Lead Analyst – an experienced financial thinker & modeler who can frame up projects quickly, move them along with less direction, and can be trusted with the bigger initiatives
      • Thought Partner – an experienced mind to help analysts move projects/analyses along
      • Mentor – a more senior level analytical resource who can help the team manager build strong economic/financial thinkers to deploy into our global businesses
      • Gatekeeper – an experienced financial & project resource who, with some internal training, can help guide project teams with the right questions and examples

 

  • Technical Skills:
    • Financial Acumen – Working knowledge of the P&L and, ideally, the ability to run it down to cash and calculate return sensitivities for CapEx under consideration
    • Quantification – Ability to take qualitative concepts and turn them into quantitative measures
    • Modeling – Ability to turn raw data into useful, dynamic information that helps improve decision quality

 

  • Key Traits & Habits:
    • Commitment – You get the job done & can be counted on to take the big, time-sensitive projects
    • Initiative – You can take the kernel of a project or analysis and run with it
    • Analytical Courage – You’re willing to make assumptions & derive information to advance projects  
    • Sense Checks – You check your work before submitting to ensure accuracy & that others aren't incurring opportunity cost correcting simple mistakes, but are using your work to advance our thinking
    • Mental Models – You don’t just perform analysis, you internalize the thinking your analysis is advancing, to build broader context that allows you to take on bigger, more complex projects more efficiently
    • Organizational Agility – You build relationships with key resources & prefer to call or meet with them to get a richer context around the information you’re requesting (emails are for follow ups & informing)
    • Humility – You welcome & solicit respectful challenge to make your work better; you’re good, but not afraid to say “I don’t know” and can listen to & learn from others; and you’re not above the occasional data slog to find good information
    • Enthusiasm – You’re excited about the work & look for the stretch assignments that grow your capability

 

 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance strongly preferred; degrees in other disciplines considered with the right skills
  • 3-5 years of experience in financial analysis roles or 1-3 years doing valuations at a consultancy
  • Financial acumen – solid working knowledge of the Income Statement; can build and use it as a comparative decision making tool
  • Critical thinking – know how to identify and concentrate analyses on key drivers
  • Advanced Excel & financial modeling; Proficient Word & PowerPoint
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills

 

Preferred Skills

  • Financial intelligence: P&L experience, Financial modeling & analysis
  • Market analysis; supply/demand, competitive analysis, cost & profitability, and price & margin forecasting

What do we have to offer?

  • A culture that places top priority on integrity and compliance
  • Encouragement to challenge the status quo and share knowledge
  • Responsibilities and rewards based on contributions
  • Competitive compensation and a wide variety of benefits including health/dental/life insurance, prescription coverage, STD and optional LTD, paid vacation and holidays, and a 401 (k) with a $1 for $1 match up to 7%.

 

For more information about Guardian Industries LLC., visit us at www.guardian.com.

 

Guardian Industries LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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