Why would I want this job?

The Senior Financial Analyst is a key role in the Finance Department, responsible for gleaning insights from business data and through business interaction to ultimately guide decision-making of the US business’ senior leadership teams.

This position will ensure timely, accurate and insightful information delivery to our senior business partners. Your excellent business acumen and strong communication and presentation skills will allow you to glean information from a complex business environment and synthesize relevant key facts and trends that help drive decision-making. Using your financial expertise, you will ensure the accuracy and integrity of your assigned segment’s P&L and trade working capital.

What would I be doing?

Principal Responsibilities

 

  • Analyze performance of business segment ensuring integrity, timeliness, and usefulness of analysis
  • In-depth data modeling and analyses gathering key drivers and providing insights to our business partners
  • Partner with the business to create and validate budgets and forecasts using Workday Adaptive Planning. Create meaningful and accurate presentations for review with senior management
  • Prepare, review and understand monthly volume, sales, cost, price, mix, and profitability results and analysis, comparing and analyzing to plan and prior year levels while understanding and explaining movements between periods
  • Understand linkages between internal management reporting and group reporting. Ensure alignment on reporting
  • Create and review fixed & variable cost overviews and commentary, highlighting trends for cost center owners
  • Regularly review product inventory levels and product standard costs to ensure proper inventory valuation
  • Monitor FTE development of assigned business segment and ensure all personnel expenses are properly accounted for
  • Together with business partners, drive revenue and CAPEX internal orders to completion and ensure timely recognition of revenues/profits and capitalization of underlying assets. Ensure depreciation expenses are captured timely and accurately
  • Take data quality issues seriously and effect change where necessary. Adopt responsibility for system and process issues affecting financials and engage in optimization efforts
  • Fulfill business segment lead finance position performing executive level preparation and presentation of data, drawing conclusions and providing periodic outlooks, annual budgets and annual strategy
  • Prepare and lead monthly meetings with business partners to review results. Compare actuals to prior year and budget etc., with independent follow up on open items and requests
  • Support preparation of monthly highlights summary for CEO, CFO and board members on relevant topics
  • Work within schedules set by annual planning team to align on commitment from business segment, while meeting or exceeding all deadlines
  • During annual budget cycle, understand and communicate content requirements and tools used to business segment managers, ensuring accuracy and consistency
  • Develop annual view of sales volumes, price/cost recovery, productivity savings and other key assumptions and events and advise on impact to strategy, plan and outlooks
  • Professionally prepare annual budget presentations for CFO and Executive Committee, including key assumptions, action items and events, and bridges from actual to plan
  • Partner with the business to create phasing of annual budgets to ensure credible plan vs. actual comparisons
  • Provide systems expertise and training to department and business partners increasing understanding of the content, source and flow of information
  • Develop solid understanding of information flow into/out of SAP, BW, and local reporting solutions
  • Provide training for FiCo and business segments on the use and understanding of Tableau/SAP Analytic Cloud reports
  • Deliver training as needed to department and business partners on planning tools, BW, etc.
  • Participate in testing & certification of changes made to local SAP system
  • Participate in implementation of budget tools and other technical aids to complete the budget process
  • Prepare ad-hoc reporting and analysis for business segment
  • Prepare and validate reports as requested ensuring fit with existing data provided and company guidelines
  • Champion and implement change within the team and business partners
  • Gather requirements and act as a change manager for new or enhancements to existing reporting solutions

What would make me qualified?

  • 6+ years financial experience with focus on delivering financial results, forecasts, plans and strategy with clear analysis and concise commentary
  • Bachelor’s in Finance/Accounting required
  • MBA and/or CPA highly desirable
  • Strong business acumen, experience bringing insightful commentary to numbers, recognition of trends
  • Excellent understanding of accounting mechanisms/cost accounting, preferably in a larger industrial company
  • In-depth knowledge of ERP systems and business information systems (SAP ERP/SAP Business Warehouse)
  • In-depth knowledge of Excel (knowledge of Power Query and PowerPivot desirable), PowerPoint (Think Cell), and Dashboarding tools (Tableau and/or SAP Analytics Cloud)
  • Solid knowledge of, and experience with, cloud-based planning software (Workday Adaptive Planning or Anaplan)
  • Working knowledge of SQL and SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) desirable