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Job Title:  Business Unit Controller

Req ID:  23942
Job Category:  Finance

Birmingham, AL, US, 35222


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

The Business Unit Controller III is a hands on manager of 27 direct and indirect employees. This person is responsible for the oversight of the financial and accounting performance of the assigned business units.  The Controller will provide business guidance and financial support for the business by being a core member of the leadership team.  The financial responsibilities flow through and include the subsidiaries of the business. This role will have focus on approximately 40% reporting and analysis, 30% business strategy, 20% financial controls and overnight, and 10% coaching and development teams. 


  • Review and analyze monthly, quarterly and annual operating results.  Provide monthly and quarterly reporting of all aspects of the business unit’s performance.  This would include analysis, variance analysis, and explanations for revenue, pricing, margin analysis, expenses.  Advise non financial management on matters related to accounting issues, recognition of revenue, and expense management.
  • Create period (monthly and quarterly) forecasts of all major revenues and expenses categories. Review, educate and gain alignment on forecast variances to improve customer service levels while driving down inventory.
  • Identify and refine leading indicators for the business, identify trends, quantify impact.
  • Institute key metrics and reporting that measure the performance of the business units, helping to develop and maintain product line profitability.
  • Ongoing, identify opportunities or areas of financial underperformance, conduct in depth analysis and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ensure consistency and accuracy of financial reporting
  • Ensure proper revenue and expense recognition, particularly with new product offerings and revenue stream strategies.
  • Oversee internal controls within the business units, insuring compliance with Sarbanes Oxley.
  • Be the financial “conscience” of the businesses, ensuring integrity of the systems and reporting and expenses/revenue.
  • Review of all major financial contracts.

Duties - cont'd

  • Significant contributor to strategic planning process, including determining market share targets and plans, and product development decisions.  Must address financial opportunities and risks.
  • Accountable for creating annual operating plans and capital budgets for business units.  This is done in partnership with BU leadership, and includes all levels of the income statement.
  • Provide financial leadership in the development of new business offerings and structures, analysis of customer proposals and product offerings that provide compelling value proposition to our customers, and to be the lead financial resource on any business unit specific acquisitions.  Provide leadership for the financial integration of acquisitions and subsidiaries within the business units. 
  • Partner with key internal customers to identify and explore alternative methods to grow the business.
  • Participate in the product portfolio process, preparing financial analysis and forecasts of new product development projects, developing pricing, cost and gross margin targets.  Monitor and report on progress throughout project.
  • Advise and assist in creation of pricing actions.  Forecast, quantify and monitor impact.
  • Assist in the design and development of any business unit compensation plans, ensuring that they drive the appropriate behaviors, and is financially sound.

Education Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

  • Minimum 15 years experience in progressive finance or accounting roles.
  • Bachelor's degree required, Masters degree preferred.
  • Strong process improvement highly preferred. 
  • Experience in financial strategy development, planning, analysis, internal controls (including a working knowledge of Sarbanes Oxley requirements) is required. 
  • Excellent knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, accounting theories, financial analysis, cost accounting and financial concepts that are considered leading edge. 
  • Experience with complex reporting structures and organizations is required.
  • Must have very strong spreadsheet and modeling skills.
  • Must be able to identify, understand, and accurately account for differences in generally accepted accounting principles across complex international operations.
  • Highly proficient in use of financial analysis software.


  • Highly proficient in analyzing activities, interpreting financial / operating results, and identifying and implementing corrective actions. 


STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with approximately 12,000 associates worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  23942
Job Category:  Finance

Birmingham, AL, US, 35222

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