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Danaher Corporation Finance Director in Denver, Colorado

A wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), Sea-Bird Scientific (www.seabird.com) is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Sea-Bird Scientific is the world’s largest developer and manufacturer of products for the measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, nutrients and related oceanographic parameters in marine waters. We offer products to support best-in-class oceanography and climate science. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented.

Working at Sea-Bird Scientific gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging stretch opportunities. Sea-Bird Scientific is proud to be one of Danaher's Water Quality companies (https://www.dhwaterquality.com/) . Through strong customer partnerships, the water platform advances the quality and delivery of water. Want to help us in this mission?


The Finance Director – Operations and Service is responsible for forecasting, budgeting, financial analysis, and strategic partnership with the global operations and service teams. The position is further responsible for providing financial leadership, guidance and assistance to various plant leaders and plant controllers. This includes conducting financial and business analysis to identify potential problems and recommend solutions, preparing/supporting the development of annual strategic plans and financial budgets for operations, as well as driving working capital and productivity improvements.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

People & Talent Management:

  • Develop and mentor direct reports and team members to reach their next career goals and to increase understanding of customer expectations and operating environments

  • Continue to build and develop a highly-engaged, high-performing, growth-oriented organization

  • Ensure the team is doing the right things (focusing on the critical few) and doing things right (applying applicable processes from our DBS – Danaher Business Systems - toolkit to reduce friction)

  • Communicate and implement business vision and strategies to the team by linking business strategy to specific functional responsibilities through daily production meetings, organizational town halls and regular staff communications.

  • Motivate associates to perform at their highest levels

Business Partner:

  • Partner with Operations & other Business Unit Vice Presidents and their respective teams to drive productivity initiatives

  • 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

  • Reviews and validates the production, accuracy and timeliness of monthly and quarterly reporting

  • Drives the use of Danaher Business Systems/Lean Management Tools and continuous improvement within the Finance organization and the business

  • 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

Month/Quarter end close:

  • Ensures accurate and timely month-end and quarter-end close and reporting from the regions / OpCos in compliance with US GAAP and Danaher Finance policies

  • Coordinates quarter-end disclosure and related parties reporting

  • Reviews and validates the production, accuracy and timeliness of monthly and quarterly stats and supplemental reporting

  • Enforces compliance with Danaher and OpCo policies

  • Coordinates deployment of new accounting policies and ad-hoc Corporate and Platform accounting requirements


  • Coordinates program activities for Internal Audits, Balance Sheet Reviews, Sarbanes Oxley internal control testing, Anti-corruption program for the group

  • Closely involved with the preparation for internal audits, reviews and approves management response, ensures timeliness and sustainability of remediation.

  • Enforces the application of Danaher policies. Develops, deploys and enforces group policies and delegation of authority


  • Reports to the Hach CFO

  • Close Business Partner to the President of Sea-Bird Scientific

  • Partners with Regional and Operating Company leadership and with Regional Finance and Accounting teams.


  • 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

  • Experience in implementation of financial accounting systems is a plus

  • Experience with Oracle, HFM, LucaNet, or similar software a plus

Critical competencies:

  • High ethics and integrity

  • High intellect

  • Accepts and embraces a stretch culture environment with a positive can-do attitude

  • Guide, motivate, and develop direct team

  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills, strategic thinking and a command of the details

  • Strategic and hands-on orientation

  • Strong managerial courage and an ability to make tough decisions

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills

  • Ability to build strong relationships and influence stakeholders

  • Ability to drive alignment and trade-off decisions across the organization

  • Ability to deal with conflict, and manage expectations

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • English language proficiency

  • The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Finance or Accounting

  • CPA/MBA or equivalent preferred

Our Offer:

  • Challenging position in the growing water quality market segment

  • Development and Career Opportunities within Danaher

  • Attractive compensation package

The salary range for this role is $116k - 160k. This is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in Colorado. This range may be modified in the future.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.