The Team: The team is responsible for execution of the ongoing financial planning and analysis cycle, including budgeting, forecasting, and finance business partnering with all functional lines of business (e.g., technology, index production, etc.). The role reports to the Senior Director, Finance, and will have a team of two direct reports. The overall team size, including this position, is seven people.
The Impact: The goal for creating this position is to continue to elevate the skillset and profile of the S&P Dow Jones Indices finance team and to create succession planning for key roles within the finance group. Ultimately, this position will contribute by continuing to implement FP&A best practices, creating and distributing value-added financial analysis, and adding to the strategic positioning of finance within S&P Dow Jones Indices.
What's in it for you: This role will immediately be tasked with execution of the ongoing FP&A process and with enhancing existing processes, procedures, and analyses in order to add effectiveness and efficiency to the team. Additionally, this will be a high exposure role with the opportunity to collaborate directly with functional leaders in driving financial and operational value from within each of the functional units. Lastly, this position will play a significant role in elevating the profile and scope of analysis performed on the business and will contribute to business decision making on a regular basis.
Play a lead role in the annual financial planning process, including preparation of the yearly operating plan and the monthly estimates/projections for a $250M+ operating expense budget
Provide in-depth financial analysis for critical operating expense items in conjunction with preparation of monthly/quarterly reporting;
Lead execution of the monthly close process for all operating expense items, ensuring both accuracy and precision of the monthly actuals and forward looking estimates
Play a lead role in creating key performance indicators and development of financial and operational dashboards for use by senior management
Provide financial support for M&A activity and commercial deal-making on an ad hoc basis
Train and develop staff on FP&A best practices
What We're Looking For and Basic Qualifications:
Financial acumen accumulated through prior experience in a strategic finance organization
Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities; someone who can look at a problem and intuitively develop solutions and execute
Top-notch communication skills and an ability to collaborate across all levels of seniority within the organization
Strong project management skills; an ability to keep multiples balls in the air at once and drive key priorities to completion
Prior experience training and developing staff
8 to 10 years prior experience in a financial planning and analysis role or a combination of public accounting/industry financial planning and analysis preferred
Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, or related field
MBA desirable but not mandatory
CPA desirable but not mandatory
About S&P Dow Jones Indices
At S&P Dow Jones Indices, our role can be described in one word: essential. We're the largest global resource for index-based concepts, data and research, and home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other index provider in the world; with over 1,000,000 indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices defines the way people measure and trade the markets. We provide essential intelligence that helps investors identify and capitalize on global opportunities.
S&P Dow Jones Indices is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit www.spdji.com.
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