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Financial Analyst - Operations



IT, Accounting & Finance, Operations
Fairport Harbor, OH, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and digital identification solutions company that provides a wide range of branding and information solutions that optimize labor and supply chain efficiency, reduce waste, advance sustainability, circularity and transparency, and better connect brands and consumers. Our products and solutions include labeling and functional materials, radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, software applications that connect the physical and digital, and a variety of products and solutions that enhance branded packaging and carry or display information that improves the customer experience. Serving an array of industries worldwide — including home and personal care, apparel, general retail, e-commerce, logistics, food and grocery, pharmaceuticals and automotive — we employ approximately 34,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Our reported sales in 2023 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

At Avery Dennison, some of the great benefits we provide are:

  • Health & Wellness benefits starting on day 1 of employment
  • Paid parental leave
  • 401K eligibility
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program eligibility / Health Advocate
  • Paid vacation and Paid holidays

Job Description

Summary: As a key member of the Materials Group North America (MG-NA) Operations Finance Team, the Operations Financial Analyst will provide analytical and financial analysis, planning and reporting services and support to the MG-NA Operations and Supply Chain Organization. In this role you will lead the day-to-day reporting, planning and analysis activities for Avery Dennison’s Graphics manufacturing sites in Fairport Harbor, Ohio & Lowell, Indiana . This will include preparing financial and business-related analyses, forecasts, and ensuring accurate and timely reporting and analysis of financial performance and results. You will work closely with key Operations and Supply Chain Stakeholders to help establish site performance targets, lead the Weekly Forecasting Process, identify productivity projects and other continuous improvement opportunities and eliminate inefficiencies in financial processes.

Primary Responsibilities:

Business Partnership

  • Provide Finance and Operations & Supply Chain Management with interpretive and predictive financial information, related primarily to site Manufacturing Expenses.
  • Provide key performance insights using Business Intelligence reports and tools
  • Provide Finance and Operations Management with weekly variance analysis on both Loss and MOE performance
  • Actively partner with site leadership during daily/weekly/monthly key operations meetings (Tier I/II MDIs & PLT).
  • Engage with the site on continuous improvement projects, providing financial insights and accountability support.
  • Lead efforts to improve financial acumen across the site leadership and support teams.

Planning / Forecasting / Reporting & Analysis

  • Lead the site’s Annual Operating Plan which includes partnering with both site and finance leadership.
  • Lead weekly forecast process which includes collaborating with appropriate site leadership, and then holding the team accountable to deliver.
  • Strive for continuous improvement in forecast accuracy performance by refining processes and tools used to build forecasts
  • Evaluate key drivers and root cause(s) in order to provide meaningful analysis to explain site’s financial and operational performance including variances to AOP and forecast.
  • Prepare and/or oversee the preparation of the business case(s) and associated financial justification(s) for certain capital expenditure requests.
  • Fulfill various ad-hoc reporting and analysis requirements, including developing BI reports, analyzing trends, and presenting results.

Controllership / Compliance

  • Complete all month and quarter end close activities including journal entries, cost center analysis to ensure accuracy and completeness, and balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Perform required testing and audit activities to ensure SOX and internal/external audit compliance on a quarterly and annual basis.
  • Support annual balance sheet review process in collaboration with central accounting (NASSO)
  • Co-Lead periodic physical inventory to ensure inventory accuracy


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting required
  • 3+ years in-house finance and/or accounting experience OR 2 public accounting busy seasons
  • Manufacturing environment experience strongly preferred
  • Competency or experience using an ERP system, preferably Oracle eBusiness Suite or OBIEE (Oracle Business Intelligence).
  • Ability to build strong relationships and rapport with Operations leadership teams
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize workload to meet deadlines due to fluid business conditions and requests
  • Ability to articulate actionable insights to the organization which leads to improved results
  • Proficiency using Google Suite including sheets
  • Promote collaboration, desire to learn continuously and takes initiative to act on data and intuition

Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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