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IDEX Director, Group Controller in Northbrook, Illinois

If you’re looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you’ve found it. Whether you’re an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses ( around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

Reporting to the VP, Group Controllership (part of the Chief Accounting Officer’s team), the Director, Group Controller will be a key member of the Controllership Senior Leadership Team. They will be responsible for leading and administering the global Group Controllership function at IDEX. This position will be hybrid, with remote working on Mondays and Fridays and office working (at the Northbrook and Chicago offices) Tuesday through Thursday.

The Group Controllership function supports IDEX Corporation business units with regard to all controllership and accounting-related matters. This function is expected to design and execute monitoring procedures and champion process improvement projects in order to scale up the overall financial reporting process at IDEX. Group Controllership will also build relationships with key personnel across the business and share best practices by providing technical guidance and sharing knowledge and expertise.

This a player / coach role whereby this individual will be responsible for a collection of business units while at the same time providing overall leadership to the Group Controllers and staff within the function.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Define and set strategy for the global Group Controllership function

  • Assess financial reporting risk across the enterprise and allocate resources to proactively address potential issues

  • Direct and execute various monitoring controls, such as balance sheet reviews, detailed account reconciliation reviews, financial statement trend analyses, at select business units based on the assessed level of risk

  • Challenge past practices in order to continuously improve and scale up the financial reporting process across the organization

  • Provide technical US GAAP guidance and support, including maintaining IDEX’s global finance policies and procedures.Common areas of support include revenue recognition, inventory valuation, lease accounting, and local statutory to US GAAP reconciliations

  • Identify and execute large scale process improvement initiatives, impacting multiple, if not all business units, as well as the corporate office

  • Lead several company-wide training and knowledge sharing courses on various hot topics impacting financial reporting

  • Establish and lead the Controllership Council and Peer Review processes

  • Design and implement scalable sub-consolidation-level financial statement analytics in order for the Group Controllership function to develop an informed opinion on business results

  • Assist with the integration of new acquisitions to IDEX’s financial reporting framework and suite of internal controls

  • Build relationships with key personnel at corporate and the business units in order to evaluate and identify emerging talent.Help address shortfalls and strategize with Group Finance leadership regarding succession planning and bubble assignment opportunities

  • Work closely with the Internal and External Audit functions to ensure procedures are continuously improving and meet current and future requirements

  • Lead, mentor, and develop Group Controllers and staff, including designing fulfilling roles and providing challenging opportunities that enable further career growth

  • Support open positions in business units through bubble assignments as capacity allows

  • Serve as coach, mentor, and trusted advisor to business unit finance teams

  • Travel to business units as necessary to successfully execute aforementioned items


  • 15 years of progressive accounting and controllership experience

  • Prefer at least 5 years in public accounting

  • Manufacturing / inventory experience required

  • Experience in several different Corporate and business unit accounting roles a plus

  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting

  • CPA highly desirable

Attributes / Skills / Intangibles

  • Strong leadership skills / executive presence

  • Superior technical accounting knowledge

  • Strong project management skills

  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal

  • Process / detail-oriented

  • Solid IT foundation / systems savvy

  • Strategic / analytical thinker

  • Strong audit / controllership

  • Hands on leader / mentor / motivator

  • Collaboration and influencing skills

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

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Job Family: Finance

Business Unit: Corporate