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Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Lannick Group of Companies

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted August 9, 2017.

ARE YOU A DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL PLANNING AND ANALYSIS LOOKING TO WORK FOR A GLOBAL FIRM? Our client is seeking a Director of Financial Planning and Analysis on a full-time basis. Director of Financial Planning and Analysis The Director of Financial Planning and Analysis will be responsible for providing financially driven decision support to the business. This Director will be a source of financial expertise for the Senior Leadership Team and ensure that long term, profitable growth is delivered in line with the company’s strategic goals. This role involves leading the annual strategic planning and budgeting processes, and ensuring effective forecasts are produced throughout the year. The Director will create useful management reporting and KPIs that link to the strategic goals. The Director will interact with senior management and the executive team on matters concerning the current and long term financial performance of the business unit and its operating models. An ability to translate complex financial and business metric data into clear, actionable next steps with senior management will be crucial to success in this role. The company is undergoing rapid change. The Director must be able to lead change and make proactive recommendations that are accepted and understood by the team. The Director will have direct reports to manage, as well as access to a broader functional team with varying skill sets, tenure and experience. The Director will be looked upon to provide coaching to all members of the team and to be seen as a trusted advisor. It is expected that the Director will be an effective delegator, and one that can match tasks at hand to the resources on the team in an effective manner. About the Opportunity Lead the annual budget process for the company, working collaboratively with a multi-functional team Challenge key assumptions based on actual trends, knowledge of the business model, and the need to continuously improve overall profitability Ensure an accurate forecast is built with buy-in from all key leadership team members Communicate the current financial performance of the business Oversee the production of the monthly variance analysis of actual vs budget and forecast, including root cause analysis and recommendations to improve profitability and deliver planned targets Make recommendations for proactive operational changes to drive for improved financial management and profitability Work collaboratively with business unit leadership to influence required changes Drive improvements in the company’s approach to managing client profitability Collaborate with the Pricing team to adjust company pricing/bid model to address learnings and to ensure long term financial targets are met Proactively make recommendations for new pricing strategies in market to ensure improved financial performance for the company Ensure that resources are in place to monitor actual profitability vs expectations and gaps are addressed with action Ensure required monthly management reports and metric reports for the key business lines within the organization’s Corporate group are produced on time, and are unified in methodology and approach, regardless of geography Create valid productivity analyses, and monitor hiring activities to ensure effective management of costs in line with revenue projections in any given fiscal year Provide financial support for Corporate business cases Ensure effective, but profitable growth commitments are made and agreed to by the leadership team before securing incremental company resources Track actual performance vs estimated in the business cases to capture learnings and report back to management Influence cultural change by ensuring financial data is disseminated, reviewed, and linked to decisions in a way that drives for overall margin growth Be seen as the key partner to senior leadership to drive improved results in a sustainable manner Some travel may be required (business unit has operations located internationally) About You University degree, with a business, finance or accounting focus Professional accounting designation or MBA 7+ years of work experience in a similar role Previous experience in financial analysis and planning with strong link to business and operations Previous people management experience Excellent communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with others Previous experience working in a matrix organization is beneficial, but not required Strong analytical skills with a proven ability to interpret data, analyze information, and an ability to write formal recommendations and proposals An ability to use a variety of technology tools to access information Superior MS Excel skills as demonstrated by the use of MS Excel tools to create multi-parameter based modeling, pivot tables, and automated updates when linked to external data sources Salary Range $120,000-$150,000/year