Senior Financial Analyst (Fortune 500)

Elk Grove Village, IL

Posted: 06/11/2019 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Finance Job Number: 112

Job Description and SynthesisOur client is hiring a Senior Analyst of Financial Planning. The Senior Analyst of Financial Planning – Analysis is responsible for a full range of planning, forecasting and analysis activities including creating financial models, incorporating guidance received on validated assumptions; as well as challenging data and information integrity. The Senior Analyst supports management and other partners by providing decision support to the business. Participating in financial close activities, the Senior Analyst prepares variance analyses on actual versus plan/forecast. In addition, the Senior Analyst manages selected KPI’s, management reporting and communication to senior management.

Specific Responsibilities
Operating Planning and Forecasting:

  • Supports management to create an annual operating plan that is aligned to the strategic plan and performs forecasting to provide visibility into business results to enable business decisions.
  • Runs operating plan financial models and incorporates guidance received on validated assumptions; assists in preparation of related presentation/deliverables· Builds forecast models using key drivers, trend analysis, economic and external factors; monitors accuracy and predictability of existing models·
  • Continuously improves accuracy by aligning to key drivers and identifying variance root Causes
  • Assists with creation of analytical tools and models in order to drive revenue/expense management and efficient processes

Management Reporting and Financial Close Activities:

  • Produces and distributes recurring and ad hoc management reports.
  • Responsible for financial reporting accuracy; partners with shared services organizations and ensures adequate control environment to mitigate financial and business risks in collaboration with process owners·
  • Prepares variance analysis on actual results versus plan/forecast
  • Assists in presentation preparation on results, forecasts, and plans to senior management

Business Analysis:

  • Uses deep understanding of objectives, issues and root causes and provides insightful, fact-based data analysis to help solve complex problems
  • Assists in managing KPI’s such as backlog reporting, staffing requirements, starts, weeks to start, no starts, labor productivity, analysis of implementation, survey scores and client satisfaction

Talent Development and Management:

  • Deliberately builds capability for short and long term· Takes initiative on personal development and works with manager to ensure training requirements are met.

Strategic Planning and Initiatives:

  • Supports management to develop strategies and initiatives to drive growth and margin improvements. Executes on strategic initiatives such as M-A support, product launches, market entry, and process improvement efforts
  • Provides analytical support; conducts research as required, shares skills and knowledge with colleagues – helps to develop others, coaches new or more junior associates

Business Partnering:

  • Partners with Key Stakeholders and Business Partners to align on business priorities and drive effective solutions/execution. Constructively communicates compelling arguments based on facts and data, and obtains necessary buy-in to deliver on business objectives·
  • Builds working relationships with business management and other partners in support of key priorities and objectives through complex analytics

Financial Operational Policy:

  • Establishes and maintains consistent financial operational policies and procedures to govern related practices
  • Complies with all departmental/ financial operations policies and practices

Key Requirements

  • BS — Finance, Accounting, Economics or equivalent. MBA or credits towards MBA preferred
  • 4 — 6 Years of Experience in Finance/Accounting
  • Business Analysis and Acumen: Uses an organized and disciplined problem solving methodology; can conduct complex analyses and synthesize and simplify information for others, using experience, business knowledge and judgment to offer insight.·
  • Influential Business Partner: Builds working relationships with business partners; demonstrates ability to tailor communication to the audience — can simplify and clarify, will redirect poor assumptions or clear up misinformation; can negotiate and doesn’t avoid conflict. 
  • Information Management Acumen: Has advanced desktop application skills and understanding of systems including but not limited to Hyperion, ESDB, Oracle; creates reports of moderate to high complexity, looks to improve processes, reporting formats and capabilities and partners with others to make improvements. Demonstrates the ability to transfer knowledge to others and assist them with building relevant skills.
  • Results Accountability: Is results oriented, sets high standards for self and team members, and holds self and others accountable for delivering quality, timely results; and takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Impactful Communication: Demonstrates flexible communications based on the setting and purpose of a situation, demonstrates strong listening skills; is a proactive communicator who is effective at including all associates regardless of culture, geographic and language differences.
  • Building Talent: Shares knowledge with colleagues; gives feedback effectively; is accountable for own career displaying a willingness and strong desire to learn new skills; and demonstrates resilience, persistence and curiosity.
    Relationship Building: Builds trust, is collaborative, actively participates and works well with others, shares information and knowledge.
  • Bias for Growth: Initiates opportunities to enhance operational efficiencies, shares constructive input that results in innovative solutions, demonstrates creative thinking and measured risk taking within and beyond the scope of position.

Spencer Knibbe
Managing Partner

Spencer is the Founder and Managing Partner of MBK Search, LLC - an executive search firm that specializes in the governance, risk, compliance, and cybersecurity market space. Prior to founding MBK, Spencer was Head of Operational Risk at Bridgewater Associates. Before moving to Bridgewater, Spencer was the Head of Risk for ICAP, Plc covering the Americas Region. He started his career in venture capital as an investment associate.

Spencer graduated from Harvard University in 2001 and resides in Ridgefield, CT with his wife and two sons.

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