Controller, North America in Loveland, Colorado at Hach

Date Posted: 9/23/2019

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Job ID: HAC007019

About Us

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensuring water quality for people around the world.
OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use solutions.


Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies.


The North America Controller is responsible for directing the Hach Finance and Accounting activities for the US and Canada. This includes forecasting, budgeting, financial analysis, and coordination of controllership and transaction activities. The position is further responsible for providing financial leadership, guidance and assistance to various functional leaders. This includes conducting financial and business analyses to identify potential problems and recommended solutions, preparing/supporting the development of annual strategic plans and financial budgets, as well as driving working capital and productivity improvements.

  • Coordination with the accounting team to support submission of accurate financial statements that are compliant with US GAAP and DHR accounting practices
  • Develop and maintains forecasting processes that accurately predict future performance and motivates actions to ensure it hits agreed upon target
  • Drives operational business improvement initiatives on Gross margin, DSO, DPO & operating expenses
  • Reviews and validates the production, accuracy and timeliness of monthly and quarterly reporting 
  • Drives the use of DBS/ Lean Management Tools and continuous improvement within the Finance organization and the business
  • Eliminates breaches of internal controls and ensure compliance with Danaher Corporate control and compliance standards
  • Coordinates program activities for Internal/External Audits, Sarbanes Oxley, Anti-corruption program for the group
  • Challenges existing processes, systems, reports, data analysis and outputs and implements necessary changes to create a best in class control environment
  • Partners with broader organization to drive standardizations and continuous improvements 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 
  • Reports to the Hach CFO
  • Direct supervision to the North American Finance team
  • Partners with Regional and Operating Company leadership and with Regional Finance and Accounting teams.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • CPA/MBA preferred
  • 5 to 10 years of increasing responsibility in various accounting and finance roles
  • Experience in global, matrix organization a plus
  • Experience in people management – in managing, developing and coaching a finance team
  • Ability to effectively partner and influence senior level cross-functional teams
  • Ability to drive alignment and trade-off decisions across the organization
  • Experience in implementation of financial accounting systems is a plus
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills, strategic thinking and a command of the details
  • Guide, motivate, and develop direct and indirect teams
  • Ability to deal with conflict, and manage expectations
  • Ability to work independently and solve complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with Oracle, HFM, LucaNet, or similar software a plus
  • Fluent in English language proficiency
  • Accepts and embraces a stretch culture environment with a positive can-do attitude
  • Loveland, Colorado
  • Challenging position in the growing water quality market segment
  • Development and Career Opportunities within Danaher
  • Attractive compensation package

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.