May 1, 2019


Victory Search Group


Consumer Products


Internal Audit


Benton Harbor, MI


Why Whirlpool?

Whirlpool is growing and is committed to continued sustainable growth.  Whirlpool has big plans for the future, just like you. They understand that it takes preparation and hard work to get there. So, they offer challenging purpose, ownership of your role, great teams, and tools to build your capability. In their performance-based setting, you can take your career in exciting new directions - and as far as you want to go. At Whirlpool, prudent risk-taking, innovation and empowerment are fostered. Whirlpool takes pride in being nimble-innovating at the pace of like, forward-thinking and entrepreneurial. Furthermore, the organization believes that each employee is additive and brings to the organization unique skills and attributes which impact the business they share. They collectively embrace and deliver focused on their enduring values: Respect, Integrity, Diversity & Inclusion, Teamwork and, Spirit of Winning; they help their fellow employees, consumers, shareholder and communities accomplish their goals so they can make the most of Moments that Matter.

Position title: Director Accounting
Location: Benton Harbor, Michigan

Key relationships:

Reports to Assistant Corporate Controller who has global responsibility for Accounting, SEC Reporting, Management Reporting, Controls, etc… This individual will lead a team.

The Opportunity:

In this role you will drive enterprise wide initiatives and consult upon highly visible global financial transactions through a people, process and systems lens leveraging your U.S. GAAP and compliance background. This will lead to sustainability, maintenance and/or continual improvement of Whirlpool’s strong global internal controls and key financial processes.

You will counsel and advise global executives, business partners and team members on complex topics in plain and concise language.  You will work with global team members to ensure seamless end-to-end execution of transactions and strategic initiatives and interface with Whirlpool’s external auditors and the national office technical experts for an accounting perspective.

Specifically, the Director Accounting will:

  • Serve as global business partner, technical accounting expert and ambassador of strong controls and compliance.
  • Provide counsel and guidance to regional business and finance leaders on complex items such as policy interpretation and transactional support from contractual review through assessment of reporting and disclosure impacts.
  • Collaboratively lead key strategic transactions and initiation from an accounting lens assessing global financial impacts and proactively identifying downstream process impacts ensuring successful implementation and sustainable processes.
  • Champion US GAAP, SOX and compliance focus in all international regions, including continual education to global team members or new or updated accounting guidance and reporting requirements.
  • Centralize oversight of all subsidiary statutory financial statement filings

Why join Whirlpool as the Director Accounting now?

  1. Dynamic work: significant strategic and complex work and projects with global impact and scope.
  2. Career growth opportunity is significant.  Whirlpool seeks a leader that has significant career trajectory and is promotable to other roles in the future.  One of the peers to this role has had 7 jobs in 13 years and is preparing to move again; into a leadership role in a related functional area.
  3. Whirlpool values well-rounded business perspectives.  This allows functional leaders to contribute beyond their core area of expertise.


The ideal candidate is a passionate and strategic leader with a demonstrated ability to influence cross-functional leaders to drive results. 

  • CPA with strong U.S. GAAP knowledge.
  • Knowledge and experience in SOX with a proven track record of enhancing organizational internal controls.
  • Business Acumen: Uses extensive knowledge and insight about the business to fully engage in business discussions and lead Accounting Excellence strategy to improve business outcomes.
  • Change Champion: Partners to lead and sustain change creating an agile and responsive organization.

The following items are helpful or preferred, but not required:

  • Matrix Organization: Demonstrated track record of influencing and delivering results in a matrix structure.
  • Industry: Experience in a consumer-centric industry.
  • International: Experience in an international or global role or group.
  • CIA
  • Foreign language skill

Fortune 1000 Company?


Job Type

Full Time

Career Level

SVP, EVP, VP, Tax Director, Internal Audit Director, Control

Travel Requirements


Contact Name

Lisette Connell

Contact Phone

+1 561-495-1151