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Business Units Controller

With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers. At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.


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As a key member of the Management team, the Business Units Controller is responsible for leading Tennant’s accounting, financial reporting functions at a Group/Division/Local level. This role ensures the efficient operation and execution of Tennant’s accounting processes and policies by location to ensure a timely month close. This role is also a key contributor to process and system integrations for acquisitions and/or business locations operating on legacy platforms. This position includes 6 direct reports.


General Responsibilities: 

  • Manage accurate, timely, and efficient financial close processes for the Business Units, including location-level financial close activities.
  • Identify, design, and implement process improvements to improve the integrity and timeliness of the month-end close process; leverage existing ERP platform capabilities, where possible.
  • Oversee the analysis and formal review of general ledger activity to ensure the integrity of account balances at a location level while supporting business insights.
  • Sponsor and partner cross-functionally to support process and system integrations for acquisitions and/or business locations operating on legacy platforms.
  • Ensure team compliance with all global management and accounting policies.
  • Partner with Corporate Controllership on internal policy interpretations, proposed revisions, and exceptions.
  • Design and implement processes and internal controls to ensure compliance with U.S. GAAP, Sarbanes-Oxley, internal polices, and statutory and/or local regulations.
  • Drive process standardization and improvement across all accounting activities including implementation and/or enhancement of tools, systems, and processes.
  • Develop and build a high-performing, high-potential, and diverse accounting team, by embodying a multiplier mentality. Deeply invest in the development and growth of team members through training, mentorship, and rotational opportunities.
  • Perform financial and operating due diligence for acquisition targets.
  • Engage and add value to efficiency and oversight of statutory reporting.
  • Execute other special projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manages staff to accomplish results through development, motivation, and performance management.
  • Leverages existing resources, assesses current skill sets, and determines the optimal department structure to support internal employees, management and cross functional teams.
  • Conducts performance evaluations; reviews and communicates salary adjustments; rewards employees or takes disciplinary action, as necessary; addresses complaints and resolves issues.

Professional Experience / Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be a well-rounded global financial professional with solid leadership experience, ideally in a manufacturing-based industry. Given the dynamic nature of the business, this executive must possess excellent analytical skills, communication skills, executive presence, operational experience, and the ability to influence and work effectively with senior management as well as with business unit leadership, operations and customers. Also, the candidate will possess a strong, positive ‘roll-up-your-sleeves and do whatever it takes’ attitude.


The successful candidate’s qualifications should include:

  • 10+ years of progressive increasing responsible roles in Finance and Accounting including experience working in Big 4 public accounting, global experience and experience working with shared service models desired.
  • Previous experience serving in an Assistant Controller or Controller role in a public company environment.
  • Continuous improvement mindset and experience to drive repeatable and efficient processes, including experience with integrations.
  • Proficient in finance, accounting, budgeting, and costs control principles including US GAAP, SOX, company internal policies and procedures, and internal control frameworks.
  • Experience attracting, hiring, and developing top talent; excellent communication and writing skills
  • An undergraduate degree and CPA are required, with an MBA or master’s desired being highly desired.
  • Strong Microsoft skills, especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • SAP experience preferred

Leadership Characteristics: 

  • Leadership: A proven leader who has demonstrated visionary capabilities, has a strategic and enterprise-wide orientation, and can create a compelling and inspiring vision forward. A strong people advocate, demonstrates strong commitment to the development of the org and employees and can make tough talent decisions when required. A seasoned self-aware executive who clearly understands their strengths and weaknesses and possesses an ability to interface, challenge, and contribute to the organization at all levels.


  • Strategic Mindset: Looks, plans, and moves into the future with clear intentions. Ability to flex in between strategic thinking and activation of strategies. Able to sort through complex analysis, quickly parse out the important vs. the unimportant, and make sound decisions, at times with incomplete information.


  • Robust Disciplined Operator: Fosters a culture of empowerment and accountability which ensures work is being done at the right level and encourages leaders to delegate wisely. High ethical standards, a strong moral compass, integrity, courage, perseverance, and the ability to remain cool under pressure.


  • Trusted Business Partner: Excellent collaborator, demonstrated history of interacting across functional lines, capable of working with all levels of the organization and a clear understanding of how the organization operates.



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Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, military service, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information (including family medical history), marital status, gender identity or expression, parental status, political or any other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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