Director of Finance-Architectural Specialties Job

DATE: Sep 7, 2023

LOCATION: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, 17603

Company: Armstrong World Industries

Primary location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania 
Relocation offered: Yes 
Employment status: Full-Time 
Travel: 20% 
Non-compete: No 

The estimated base salary range for this role is “ $170,000 to $190,000 ” per year.  
Individual pay is based upon location, skills and expertise, experience and other relevant factors

​What does it mean to work at Armstrong?

It means being immersed in a supportive culture that recognizes you as a key player in Armstrong's future. We are a large company with a local feel, where you will get to know and collaborate with leadership and your colleagues across the company.

By joining us, you'll have the opportunity to make the most of your potential. Alongside a competitive remuneration package, you will receive:

A benefits package including: medical, dental, prescription drug, life insurance, 401k match, long-term disability coverage, vacation and sick time, product discount programs and many more.
Personal development to grow your career with us based on your strengths and interests.
A casual work environment where we have a recognition program for our team, and service awards. You will also be able to make the most of our fitness center and lunchtime cafe. 
A working culture that balances individual achievement with teamwork and collaboration. We draw on each other's strengths and allow for different work styles to build engagement and satisfaction to deliver results. 



Armstrong World Industries is looking for a Director, Finance-Architectural Specialties Business in our headquarters in Lancaster, PA. As the Director, Finance you will be reporting directly to the VP of Finance, Americas and will be the business partner and strategic financial advisor to the Architectural Specialties (AS) business.  The position will require strong leadership abilities to inspire, engage and develop the skills of the employees on the team, enabling them to provide full financial support to the AS business.


This includes:

  • Leadership of monthly financial reporting, quarterly business reviews, estimates, strategic planning, budgeting, financial forecasting, and performance monitoring of the AS business
  • Providing financial leadership and strategic direction for new acquisition integration, process improvement efforts and business/process/systems integration.  Overseeing the financial evaluation of new business opportunities and new product developments and manufacturing capital appropriation requests.
  • Serving as a “decision accelerator”, providing high-quality financial and strategic analysis to the AS business.
  • Being the primary “trusted financial advisor” to the leaders of the AS business and a visible “change agent” for doing things better.
  • Provide day-to-day financial leadership to the AS business and finance team.
  • Strategic financial leadership of any proposed acquisitions, ventures, and major investment projects. Support interaction with both internal and external customers.
  • Lead strategic and financial analysis of various AS growth opportunities, cost/efficiency improvement opportunities and associated investments
  • Lead financial integration for newly acquired AS businesses.  Create and manage the financial integration workplan for any new AS business acquisitions
  • Responsible for the AS business financial statements.   
  • Lead the development of modeling, tracking and dashboard tools.  Provide strategic financial insights to assess opportunities to help drive business performance.
  • Directs the preparation of and personally analyzes a wide variety of special studies on pricing, promotion, new projects, capital expenditures, etc. 
  • Monitor and drive compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and internal controls.  
  • Support both internal and external audits.
  • Coordinates ad hoc activities and completes special projects as assigned by the VP Finance – Americas.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Leads a team of 8 direct reports
  • Works day-to-day with key leaders in the AS business, AS Operations and plant leaders, as well as with other members of the AWI finance organization.
  • Management of special projects, as required



Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting required; MBA and/or CPA preferred
  • Minimum 15 years of financial experience, including 3 years in a leadership role; manufacturing experience a plus
  • Experience implementing process improvements, technology solutions, leading an effective and efficient organization, and delivering on stated goals and objectives
  • Strong leadership presence with ability to interact at executive level


Preferred Qualifications

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • High level of Business Acumen
  • Passion for delivering Results, Agility and both internal and external customer focus.
  • Proven ability to challenge the status quo and regularly think of ways to do things differently, more efficiently and with greater productivity
  • Excellent judgmental skills regarding people and information
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications and presentation skills
  • Strong ability to build relationships
  • Highly motivated and creative individual who thinks strategically
  • Outstanding financial and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated aptitude for building and growing business teams
  • Knowledge of the building products industry is a plus


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • CPA preferred







Why should you join Armstrong World Industries?

Armstrong World Industries (AWI) is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions in the Americas. With approximately $1B in revenue, AWI has about 2,800 employees and a manufacturing network of fifteen facilities in North America.


At home, at work, in healthcare facilities, classrooms, stores, or restaurants, we offer interior solutions that help to enhance comfort, save time, improve building efficiency and overall performance, and create beautiful spaces.


For more than 150 years, we have built our business on trust and integrity. It set us apart then, and it sets us apart now, along with our ability to collaborate with and innovate for the people we're here to serve - our customers, our shareholders, our communities and our employees.


We are committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that make a positive difference in spaces where we live, work, learn, heal and play. It's an exciting, rewarding business to be in, and we're committed to continue to grow and prosper for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. We hope you join us.


Our Sustainability Ambition

"Bringing our Purpose to Life" - lead a transformation in the design and building of spaces fit for today and tomorrow.
We are committed to:

  • Engaging a diverse, purpose-driven workforce;
  • Transforming buildings from structures that shelter into structures that serve and preserve the health and well-being of people and planet;
  • Pursuing sustainable, innovative solutions for spaces where we live, work, learn heal and play;
  • Being a catalyst for change with all of our stakeholders; and
  • Making a positive difference in the environments and communities we impact.


About the location (Lancaster PA)

Lancaster, PA. A great central location in South Central Pennsylvania, Lancaster is ideally situated for easy access to major metropolitan cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City. Lancaster offers a vibrant arts and entertainment community with wonderful historic sites, B&Bs, museums, great shopping, entertainment venues and restaurants.


Armstrong is committed to engaging a diverse, purpose-driven workforce.  As part of our dedication to diversity, AWI is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard for race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at by email at AWI talent acquisition and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Come and build your future with us and apply today!

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