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Burns & McDonnell Financial Shared Services Manager / Transformation & Strategy - Corporate Accounting & Finance (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


It’s a great time to be an Employee-Owner at Burns & McDonnell.

Experienced Finance & Accounting professionals are in high demand, so we work hard to attract and retain the best talent in the industry. Our Finance team is consistently presented with fresh challenges from the business that allow you to grow your business acumen and technical finance and accounting knowledge. If you bring entrepreneurial drive and creativity, welcome to a team that rewards that drive!

As the Financial Shared Services Manager, you will lead our global Accounts Payable and Payroll teams. You should be a highly driven individual with a desire to lead your teams in meeting the needs of the business in serving our clients. Position requires the ability to innovate, influence, lead, and manage change thoughtfully and positively. Must possess strong project management skills and a strategic perspective.

Unleash Your Potential as a Finance Leader at Burns & McDonnell!

  • An employee-owned culture where everyone has a stake in our success. Being 100% employee-owned means we are all driven to find remarkable solutions for our clients. You will have ownership in a firm that leads multiple categories in ENR’s Top 10 Industry Rankings, has a 90% repeat-business rate, and maintains >93% employee retention.

  • Career and professional development opportunities. The Finance team prioritizes giving our team members opportunities to grow beyond their current skills and experience. We value team members bringing their unique mindset and skills to creatively solve the complexities of a fast-growing company. This opens the door to work on new challenges and grow a more holistic understanding of the work our Finance team does and how we support the broader Burns & McDonnell business. These unique opportunities create career growth opportunities for team members and opens new paths for growth beyond their current role.

  • A challenging and collaborative work environment. Burns & McDonnell’s Finance department has a strong teaming culture. We expect the experts across our various departments (Shared Services, Operational Finance, Tax, Financial Reporting, etc.) to come together and provide holistic solutions. Together we create a positively challenging work environment that nurtures your professional journey and opens doors to new growth opportunities.


  • Leadership and Team Management:

  • Lead, mentor, and inspire the Global Accounts Payable and Payroll teams (2 Supervisors, 25 staff) to achieve high performance and exceed expectations.

  • Create strategy around staffing approach, hiring needs & career advancement path for department staff.

  • Develop relationships with Global Practice and Regional Office leaders and key personnel to ensure we are meeting their business needs and identify opportunities for service enhancement.

  • Foster a collaborative and innovative team culture that embraces change and continuous improvement.

  • Support Shared Services growth to subsidiary entities, adapting processes and staffing needs to address specific challenges in their industries.

  • Lead and participate in assigned Accounting & Finance department initiatives.

  • Digital Transformation:

  • Burns & McDonnell is engaged in an enterprise-wise Digital Transformation program that has a goal to challenge our existing processes, systems and organizational structure to better support our ability to scale. Your role in the program is to:

  • Engage with the Transformation Program team on Procure-to-Pay and Hire-to-Retire as a key stakeholder of those value streams.

  • Participate in evaluating new technologies, tools, and automation solutions to the overall Procure-to-Pay and Hire-to-Retire value streams.

  • Evaluate our existing processes & determine whether they are setup correctly to support the Business or need transformation.

  • Assess impact of technology and business process changes to AP and Payroll team staffing levels and skillsets required.

  • Business Process Ownership:

  • Plan and prioritize AP/Payroll system functionality enhancements and long-term outlook of systems.

  • Collaborate with Procurement and other cross-functional teams to ensure integration of AP processes with other business functions as a part of the Procure-to-Pay value stream.

  • Engage with HR and Benefits on Hire-to-Retire value stream to ensure Payroll processing requirements are met.

  • Identify areas for process improvement within the Accounts Payable and Payroll functions and implement best practices to streamline operations.

  • Reporting and Analysis:

  • Oversee the preparation and analysis of financial reports related to Accounts Payable and Payroll, providing insights to support decision-making.

  • Collaborate with the finance leadership team to develop and maintain key performance indicators (KPIs) for continuous monitoring of departmental performance.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in finance, Accounting or related field required.

  • Minimum of eight (8) years relevant professional experience required (11 years strongly preferred); additional credit may be given for public accounting experience.

  • Proven ability to influence, lead, and manage change thoughtfully and positively. Must possess strong project management skills and a strategic perspective.

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

  • Demonstrated ability to balance and prioritize multiple day-to-day and ongoing projects simultaneously.

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word).

  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple day-to-day and ongoing projects simultaneously.

  • Previous leadership/supervisory experience preferred.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Accounting/Finance

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: No

Req ID: 241226

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-SS #COR N/A