Principal, Finance GAS Strategy, Growth & Improvement

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Asia Pacific


Philippines - Manila

Work type

Full Time

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Date published

25 March 2019

Date closing

31 May 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

The Principal will have responsibilities under three areas:
  • Strategy: support the strategy and direction across GAS Finance including structures, future growth, team expansion, improved ways of working and continuous improvement – whilst ensuring alignment with other initiatives
  • Growth: support and project manage the transition of activities from sending locations (Business/ Marketing/Group/Tax/Treasury) to GAS and between GAS locations
  • Improvement: lead and implement continuous improvement initiatives of Finance activities within GAS whilst utilising Continuous Improvement and Change Management techniques to drive centralisation, standardisation and optimisation efforts

Core Accountabilities
  • Lead and support the strategy and direction of Finance GAS including structures, future growth, team expansion, improved ways of working and continuous improvement 
  • Support and project manage the transition of activities from sending locations (Business/ Marketing/Group/Tax /Treasury) to GAS and between GAS locations
    • Planned approach, timeline and budget that considers both risk and cost to ensure a smooth handover of activity from the Business / Function to GAS
    • Execution of transition activities including face to face handovers, stabilisation and cutover through stage gate process
    • Development of a change impact assessment and execution of resulting actions 
    • Ensure proper controls, standards, risk management, and efficient processes are in place to manage the transition and successful business as usual delivery
    • Drive the recruitment selection process, induction and training of new GAS Finance based staff
    • Wiring of interfaces with relevant stakeholders
  • Lead the improvement of Finance activities within GAS utilising Continuous Improvement and Change Management techniques to drive centralisation, standardisation and optimisation efforts:
    • Lead and manage the identification, prioritization and execution of improvement opportunities across GAS Finance to centralise, standardise, optimise and simplify teams and activity
    • Develop project plans, business cases and frame value opportunities to support key changes to Finance processes, systems, structures etc.
    • Lead workshops to capture business requirements, facilitate wiring map processes and develop and implement plans for improvements
    • Monitor and communicate the effectiveness and value of continuous improvement initiatives delivered through projects post implementation
    • Drive and support organisation, cultural and innovation change for Finance GAS
    • Provides advice to GAS Finance leadership about the portfolio of programs and projects, status (including risks) and resource planning for delivery
    • Develops resourcing plan to enable effective delivery of GAS Finance projects within committed time, scope and budget
    • Collaborate across the Finance function and across GAS to influence key decision-makers and drive an improvement agenda for end to end process standardisation and improvement
    • Build continuous improvement capability within the immediate GAS Finance team and in the broader function via coaching and mentoring through including routines in project plans
    • Coaches Project stakeholders in developing schedules, generating baselines, identifying risks to project milestone fidelity, and tracking project budget, schedule and scope
    • Continuously improves project management and continuous improvement toolkits and methodologies and ensures consistency of application through standards, structure, and rigor
    • Lead the promotion and embedment of a continuous improvement framework and culture in GAS Finance teams through inclusion in project plans to improve risk, productivity and business outcomes 
    • Assess project performance through developing and reporting appropriate metrics
    • Build and leverage strong cross-functional relationships to enable a collaborative approach to issue identification, escalation and resolution   
    • Participate in outside professional forums/activities to maintain knowledge on developments that could be adopted 
  • An overriding commitment to health, safety, environmental responsibility and sustainable development 
  • Liaise with key stakeholders and provide assistance with various issues, queries and requests to Senior Leadership Team 
  • Lead and develop team members
  • Governance oversight ensuring compliance BHP Accounting Polices and GLDs
  • Lead and develop a BHP culture for new teams in KL and Manila

About You

  • Degree level qualification in a business, operational or engineering related discipline 
  • Finance body certification (CA / CPA / CIA, etc.) or post graduate qualification (MBA)
  • Continuous Improvement / Lean / Six Sigma or equivalent accreditation (Preferably Black Belt but Yellow and Green Belts are open to apply) 

Experience & Technical Competencies
  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in related subject matter  
  • Experience in project management, stakeholder management and continuous improvement 
  • Experience with shared service functions preferred
  • Experience with SAP 
  • Solid base in financial and managerial accounting
  • Petroleum and/or Mining industry experience preferred but not required
  • Experience in leading teams, directly or indirectly (~5 FTE)

Non-Technical Competencies:
  • Fluent English, both verbal and written

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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