Sr. Finance Analyst - Logistics in Overland Park, KS

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

Compass Minerals International, Inc   •  

Overland Park, KS 66224

Industry: Energy & Utilities


8 - 10 years

Posted 44 days ago


Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature's challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil and the U.K. Though the company's history stretches back as far as 1844, Compass Minerals became a public company in December 2003. The company is part of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, the Russell 1000 Index and named one of Forbes' 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America in 2015 and 2016, Compass Minerals' mission is to be the best essential minerals company by delivering safely where and when it matters.

Compass Minerals is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values the diversity of the people and communities around us and where employees can thrive and deliver high-performing, sustainable organizational success. Our focus on diversity and inclusion is grounded in our company's Core Values and is explicitly demonstrated in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining diverse employees with the necessary skills to shape an inclusive organization. We especially strive to hire, retain and promote employees with a diversity of attributes, backgrounds, experiences and skills, who think differently, have varying perspectives and can bring forward unique ideas and points of view.

Summary: Logistics/distribution costs account for about 25% of Compass Minerals' gross sales. During the winter season, we frequently experience surges in sales during periods of inclement weather. As a result, it's important that we have visibility into our backlog of orders, have sufficient resource capacity, fully understand our spending, make sound decisions when choosing carriers and distribution facilities, and identify cost savings / avoidance opportunities. This position is responsible for monitoring andreporting logistics financial performance metrics against benchmarks, maintaining KPI's, assisting with profitability analyses to drive prudent decision making and ultimately help update financial forecasts.

The Senior Logistics Analyst will work closely with the Logistics Team to provide analytical support to make prudent financial business decisions. They will be the power user and trainer for core analytics utilizing Oracle Business Intelligence tools and Enterprise One to synthesize large amounts of data into meaningful reports and KPIs. Such analyses will provide financial metrics to allow the team to understand year over cost changes, project fuel costs, and provide various other day to day support.

As the Finance support for the Logistics team, this position will be responsible for coordinating with the team to provide all forecasted logistics-related spending including freight rates, fuel surcharges, handling, railcar fleet management and other period costs including warehousing/depot costs. This role will prepare and report monthly an analysis of spending variances against benchmarks to enable management to understand drivers and reasons for differences from expected spending and formulate expectations for future costs.

The role will support all businesses and will interact frequently with Finance, Sales and Logistics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: (Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time.)

  • Perform analysis and research variances/root causes to improve accuracy and to help supportdecision making including changes in rates, financial variance analysis, waste metrics, distance rating engine outputs, fuel impact, and depot/warehouse rationalization or selection based onfinancial impact
  • Power user and trainer of Oracle Business Intelligence tools for logistics team.
  • Leads budget, strategic planning and forecasting process for logistics expenses.
  • Create and maintain current and accurate process documentation of all Logistics financial processes.
  • Facilitates and is gatekeeper of key financial initiatives for Logistics.
  • Vets critical supplier list periodically to surface suppliers with cash flow/viability risk.
  • Miscellaneous duties as assigned.


Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, Experience, PC Skills

- Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting or Data Analytics with a minimum of 8-10 years of relevant work experience, preferably with a logistics provider or logistics focus.

- Prefer experience with Oracle Business Intelligence tools and JD Edwards Enterprise One.

- Advanced competency in Excel. Prefer moderate to advanced competency in Microsoft access.

Competency: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate:

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions.

Initiative - Seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; commits to long hours when necessary to reach goals.

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs workflow and procedures.

Strong communication skills - Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one's own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.

Project Management - Develops project plans; coordinates with team members; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time.

No relocation assistance provided.

Valid Through: 2019-10-31