Senior Finance Manager

Univar Solutions
November 15, 2021
Spring, TX
Job Type


Want to work for a company that is reimagining distribution?  Join Univar Solutions, the premier global distributor of chemicals and ingredients.  Our goal is to function as a direct extension of our customers’ teams; to serve as an ally in their quest of business success. 

At Univar Solutions, we’re building on our more than 90 years of experience  and drawing on deep resources – inventory and logistics experts, scientists, PhDs, procurement, customer service, sales and marketers-to deliver consultative services and an unmatched portfolio to solve customers’ formulation and operational challenges.  When you work for Univar Solutions, you’ll play an important role in shaping how we deliver more than chemical and ingredients. 

Primary Purpose:
This role will be the finance support for the global Focused Industries business and will act as the finance partner for the business. The role will focus on supporting the initiatives of the business by providing financial leadership across multiple geographies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate monthly financial results, providing insights and analysis to guide decision making.
  • Build close business partnerships with the Commercial VP of the focused industry, and provide timely insights into business performance and issues.
  • Collaborate closely with accounting across multiple jurisdictions to ensure that business performance is accurately recorded and supervised.
  • Provide leadership, financial expertise and strategic partnership to business leaders. Examples include modelling Capex opportunities, supplier/customer contract review and analysis of new business opportunities.
  • Work with commercial, key account support and legal functions to improve governance around contract review process and risk management (e.g. price compliance).
  • Effectively use and influence other functions/resources to collectively support the success of the global focused industry

Specialized Knowledge/Skills:

  • Critical thinking in review of results and problem solving.
  • Enterprise and ownership thinking, with intellectual curiosity and strong desire/drive to learn about all aspects of business.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Highly motivated leader who embraces change and is a champion for continuous improvement.
  • Strong influence skills including the ability to see through different lenses, able to customize communication styles and leagues to deal with all levels and functions of staff and management personnel in resolving problem situations.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, tact, and discretion.
  • Strong communication skills. Able to get into the details to understand issues but be able to explain things in a concise manner.
  • Proficient in multiple financial systems enabling extraction of data from complex systems.
  • Strong financial analytics capabilities - able to interpret variances and trends in financial data and identify insights and findings.
  • Strong project and program management capabilities.
  • Thrives in a fast paced, changing environment while serving the needs of multiple stake-holders.
  • Effective people manager to build / lead a strong team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance from fully accredited four-year institution is required.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years’ work experience in Accounting/Finance with a track record of continual promotion to progressively reach more responsible positions.
  • Proven understanding of source data systems (SAP, BW), excel, finance master data, and data flows across multiple systems; solid PowerPoint skills.
  • Solid understanding of financial statements, budgeting, management reporting and analytics, planning and forecasting, cost flows, accounting policies and procedures.
  • Financial modeling skills in excel and reporting skills in Tableau.
  • Past experience working in a multi-cultural and global environment preferred.
  • Knowledge of the distribution industry and chemical industry is preferred.
  • MBA and/or CPA a plus.

Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.

We offer comprehensive benefits to employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k, generous PTO and much more.


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