Systems Control, a division of Northern Star Industries, Inc.


Job Locations US-MI-Iron Mountain


Reporting to the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, this position functions as a key liaison between Finance and Project Management.  This professional will lead the use of costing data to identify areas of potential margin improvement.



  • Lead the project review process, with a goal of identifying areas of cost savings, process improvements, and change-order opportunities
  • Develop and continuously improve processes, tools and metrics to track and analyze operational performance
  • Communicate key trends and insights to estimating, manufacturing/PMs, and the management team
  • Develop recommendations for process improvements and real-time interventions based on data analytics
  • Track project-level performance and produce reports to aid in decision making
    • Identify bid and production issues as they arise, and communicate the issues to the relevant department heads or project managers
    • Compare actual project results to bid-basis and estimated results; facilitate feedback mechanisms among pricing, estimating and production
  • Track broad trends across projects (e.g., materials cost changes, production challenges/bottlenecks, etc.) and communicate as needed to relevant teams
  • Function as key link among Engineering, Pricing, Accounting, and FP&A
    • Be a go-to person across the organization for people trying to understand costs and how operating activities translate into results
  • Collaborate with the Engineering Manager and Project Managers to
    • Identify project management process improvements and track implementation
    • Provide analysis on BOM variances and guidance on inventory or purchasing improvements as a result thereof
  • Collaborate closely with the CFO and the FP&A Director to:
    • Report and present project performance, including for MBR/QBR business review presentations
    • Effectively communicate, across the organization, results and insights relating to operational performance
    • Develop innovative financial models to guide decision making on pricing and operational initiatives




  • Results-oriented, with a strong desire to continuously improve and drive results
  • Outstanding analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication, presentation, collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Proven organizational and project management skills
  • Lean Process mindset



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Mathematics or a related field
  • 2 to 4 years of cost accounting or finance-related experience
  • Strong business analysis skills
  • Advanced skills in Excel and Power Point and proficiency with BI tools



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