Financial Project Controller 

LOCATION: Avon / Ohio (US-OH), United States | BRAND: Bendix | REQUISITION ID: 1728 | JOB GRADE: 18 


Want to help shape tomorrow?  At Bendix we’ve been doing it for 90 years…setting the standard with advanced dynamic solutions that drive improved commercial vehicle performance and safety.  We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today!



Financial Project Controller


Want to help shape tomorrow?  Our Finance team is energized in partnering with our business stakeholders to achieve Bendix’s growth objectives.  We have an exciting opportunity within our Finance team that will contribute to our growth and transformational activities.  We’re creating a functional controlling team to strengthen processes, systems and analytics between Finance, Central Functions, and Plant activities.  If you’re energetic, and enjoy driving positive change, we would be interested in talking with you on the following opportunity:


Position Summary

This position is responsible to serve as a key member of the North America Functional Controlling team. This highly visible position will lead the company’s R&D Controlling activities including Project and Business Case management, ensuring the R&D project management and business case activities are complete and accurately reflect the economics of the underlying business opportunities and comply with IFRS reporting requirements. Serving as the organization’s subject matter expert, this individual will partner with the business unit/product line leadership teams, to garner R&D project reporting and business case activities while providing training or guidance as required.  


Essential Functions: 

  • Responsible to coordinate R&D Controlling activities including R&D project oversight and Business Case standardization, supporting analytics, and auditing for completeness, compliance, and reasonability aligned to the overall business strategy are taking place within business units and product groups
  • Governs the organizations R&D Projects and business case activities within business units and product groups reporting, systems and/or presentations to the Bendix Board on a regular basis.
  • Coordinates with business leaders on financial integrity, assumptions, resources, costs, as well as validating financial metrics (NPV, IRR, payback) and resource requirements for accuracy. 
  • Represents Bendix to retain alignment and or concerns within global R&D Controlling community
  • Supports Global CoC Controllers regarding business case status
  • Responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating business systems and user needs to ensure the financial systems are meeting the objectives of business strategies and reporting requirements to be effective for R&D Planning, Controlling requirements.
  • Audits R&D project and business case activities and govern the business units spending requests to actual project spending to date.
  • Ensures the correctness, consistency, and data integrity for assigned projects, programs, and portfolios.
  • Partners with the business units to facilitate the annual budget and monthly outlook processes for assigned projects and ensure all appropriate policies and requirements are met by all interested parties.
  • Liaises between project teams and cost accounting to ensure accurate and timely costs for products included in projects.
  • Leads and manages the R&D Accountant to ensure correct IFRS 15 and IAS 38 –calculation for Quarterly and Annual financial reporting requirements, as well as adhering to IFRS requirements and R&D tax credits by partnering with business unit and project management.
  • Publishes key portfolio financial metrics to management and key financial metrics to project teams for review and reconciliation to plans
  • Prepares various portfolio presentations for project teams and management reviews
  • Assists in identifying, evaluating, and implementing process improvements.
  • Strengthens process for IFRS requirements by fostering compliance by business units and product groups



  • Expert in building and reviewing business cases, strategic planning, and financial analytics.
  • Expert knowledge of financial statements, variance analysis and presentation. 
  • Excellent working knowledge in cost accounting systems and techniques.          
  • Extensive knowledge of discounted cash flow valuation of investment projects, capital projects and sourcing.                               
  • Knowledge of data warehouses, data extract tools, report writing applications and other accounting-related software applications.
  • Knowledge of Agile Project Framework and methodology.
  • Knowledgeable in SAP FI/CO, SAP PLM, and Project Management tools.
  • Knowledge in change management methodology



  • 10+ years of experience in public accounting or manufacturing environment. 
  • Experience in working in a matrix business environment with central and business-focused support teams.



  • Possesses strong analytical skills, problem solving, continuous improvement,  and entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Excellent project/process management skills including planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office – expertise in Excel and strong in PowerPoint.
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and requirements by being adaptable and flexible.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to deliver detailed material in a concise, professional presentation style to all levels of management.        
  • A self-starter who is action and customer-oriented and has a strong sense of urgency.
  • Possesses exceptional planning and organizational skills.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business-related field required.                                                                                          
  • MBA/CPA Preferred.
  • Green Belt or Black Belt certification a plus.


Position Requirements:

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



What does Bendix have to offer you? 
- Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
- 401k Plan with Company matching 
- Retirement Savings Plan
- Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
- Wellness Program and incentives
- Telework policy
- On-Site Fitness Center
- On-Site Cafeteria with Healthy menu options
- Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:

Company-Paid Benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance
- Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
- Medical and Prescription insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
- Long Term Disability
- Accident Plan
- Critical Illness Plan
- Hospital Indemnity Plan




Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron