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The Financial Analyst, Financial Planningand Analysis (FP&A) is responsible for being an objective financial partner, providing reporting and analysis that supports key business decision making, building and maintaining financial models, and assisting with the enhancement and maintenance the of the financial planning and reporting systems and processes. This individual is responsible to assist in the development of financial projections, tracking projects and initiatives, coordinating and completing key aspects of the forecasting, interim estimate, and the annual planning processes. This role works closely with the Finance and Accounting teams throughout the organization, Group CFOs, and the operational functions (Purchasing, HR, etc.) to provide analysis of actual results, to develop forecasts and action plans to achieve financial targets, and by providing financial analysis and decision support to the team. This position also assists the Vice President, FP&A, the CFO, and others with preparation of financial materials, including lender presentation content and other analysis as required.

Our Client is a privately held, parent company of many of the automotive industries most recognizable OEM and Aftermarket brands. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with operations found around the globe, we are a team of professionals dedicated to building profitable, enduring growth among all our customers with an unrelenting drive to exceed customer’s expectations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development and maintenance of financial models, budgeting and forecasting tools, scenario based and predictive modeling, reports, etc. in support of financial reporting, business planning and decision making.
  • Perform financial analysis and complete analytical reviews of the financial statements and business drivers on a monthly, quarterly, and year-to-date basis versus Plan, forecast, and Prior year.
  • Partner with the business functions to support decision making by providing guidance, insights, analysis, projections, etc.
  • Work with IT and other functions to gather and aggregate data and transform the data into meaningful information, reporting, and analysis.
  • Support the Financial Planning and Analysis function and assist with the organization of cross-functional efforts to deliver the financial estimates, forecasts, and annual plans.
  • Analyze, develop, and implement new and enhanced budgeting and forecasting processes and tools to help make the processes more effective and efficient.
  • Assist with interpretation and summarization of variances to plan, last year, forecast, etc.
  • Monitor key performance indicators, interprets results, and report information to upper management.
  • Assist with the management of the company’s Financial Planning Systems and drive the activities to enhance and develop new functionality to improve future budget cycles.
  • Oversee the Financial Planning System Administration, including the creation and modification of planning templates, planning scenarios (forecast, budget, etc.), mapping of source financial records to the planning model, coordinate the execution of maintenance processes and upgrades, manage the User Access processes, and ensure the system administration documents (administration guides, procedures, training materials, Enhancement/Issue Logs, etc.), etc. are maintained.
  • Oversee the end user support process for the financial planning system, including ongoing development and delivery of process and system training documentation, the development and distribution of financial planning communications and process instructions, and the end-user help request and problem resolution process.
  • Assist with preparation and presentation of financial performance updates, lender materials, financial summaries, etc.
  • Support the process of loading data, budgets, and forecasts into financial and reporting systems.
  • Continuous development through reading, seminars, and on-the-job training.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Minimum of 2 years’ related experience in Finance, specifically in an area where business results are reported and analyzed
  • Experience in Manufacturing and Distribution based businesses
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel knowledge
  • Financial modeling
  • Prior experience with Microsoft office (Word, Power Point, etc.)
  • Hands on experience with strong functional financial analysis background in budget and planning processes including a minimum of 2 years’ experience with a financial budgeting system
  • Prior experience with enterprise planning software, a financial consolidation system, reporting development, and financial reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate results and present data to upper management in a way that is easy to use and understand
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Skills

  • Working knowledge of SAP, Oracle, or a similar ERP system
  • Process improvement orientation
  • Excellent organization and time management skills to effectively prioritize tasks
  • Experience in project management
  • Cleveland, OH
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