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Director of FP & A
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Chicago, Illinois, USA Finance Full-time
Cision Ltd is a leading global provider of innovative earned media software and services to public relations and marketing communications professionals. Cision’s Communications Cloud platform allows users to identify key influencers, craft and distribute strategic content, and measure meaningful impact of PR and Communications Teams’ campaigns. Cision has over 4,500 employees with offices in 23 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. For more information about our products and services, visit
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Cision employs the brightest, most passionate people in the tech industry. We’d love for you to join that group! We invest in our people through training and professional development and we empower them to grow their careers - because the most important measure of our success is yours.
The Director of FP&A role is a leading member of our Finance team with the mission to strategically influence business decisions, improve processes and optimize partnerships, performance, margin and growth through leveraging data and analytics. This role will act as a key business partner to executives on a wide range of topics, including headcount planning, business unit analysis and long-range operational planning. You are an exceptional communicator, turning cold hard numbers into relatable business insights, driving action and business outcomes. You are both a doer and a strategist, understanding when it's time to direct your team and when it's time to roll up your sleeves and dive into the weeds.
You embrace ambiguity, forecasting challenges and planning for them. You create order from chaos, and execute on the vision of the company. You know what a services organization needs in order to grow, and which metrics matter and which ones are noise. You partner with the business to understand the goals of each business unit, and guide strategy to maximize business value.
The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated ability to build relationships, influence leaders, think strategically, and provide excellent customer service and strong communication skills.
You'll help us with/as a:
Strategic Business Partner
Budgeting & Forecasting
Support Key Business Initiatives
As a Strategic Business Partner, you will:
Facilitate cross-functional communication and teamwork to understand all aspects of the operating performance, income drivers, unusual items and industry issues that might impact the platforms
Support all FP&A needs of the platforms, including analytics to focus the businesses on their key financial levers that drive performance and straightforward decision support tools that provide actionable insights
Perform regular industry benchmarking to inform business strategies and provide context to performance
Effectively communicate the performance, challenges and opportunities facing the platforms
Provide essential business insights while minimizing the operating team’s reporting time commitment
With Monthly/Quarterly Reporting, you will:
Be responsible for Board reporting (monthly) , ensuring clear linkage with the key drivers of performance, the budgets and the business incentive targets
Assist with quarterly earning call prep and compilation of materials.
Ability to consolidate multi-currency entities globally and experience of creating automated reporting via systematic means
With Budgeting & Forecasting, you will:
Organize monthly review package including key financial metrics and performance indicators.
Responsible for the design and execution of all forecasting processes and models
Identify and execute on opportunities to simplify and enhance the current processes and models
Create ad-hoc financial modeling to support operational and strategic business decisions and to improve efficiency to maximize ROI.
Analyze the business to identify trends in the business; recommend and implement specific corrective actions when warranted.
Support development of 3-year Strategic Plan, Annual Operating Plan, and Quarterly Review.
Lead monthly forecast process, providing periodic updates
Manage and/or assist with special projects on group wide initiatives, process simplification and specific projects as requested.
With Support Key Business Initiatives, you will:
Establish strong controls within the team and ensure data accuracy
Work closely with other functions on key projects (e.g., Investments, Accounting, Tax, Treasury) as needed
Responsible for financial analysis and cash flow modeling supporting the strategic initiatives of the organization.
Help drive finance discipline, fact-based decision-making, and financial visibility
Perform financial analytics in support of all business decisions including balance sheet and cash flow forecasting.
Understand the key strategic priorities of the organization with an understanding of the "bigger picture" and perform analysis to ensure company resources are allocated efficiently in support of those priorities.
Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and critical thinking that can solve problems and make recommendations based on self-directed work efforts.
Develop presentations that effectively communicate and summarize an analysis and facilitate decision-making for Executive Leadership and the Board of Directors. Will assist CFO with periodic Board of Directors information preparation.
Build financials tools, reporting mechanisms, business modeling and financial planning processes that will effectively scale the growth of the business
Identify business risks and opportunities and initiate action plans to close identified gaps.
You'll be a good fit if you have:
Must have a min 7 years FP&A experience
Successful track record of working and thriving in a dynamic, growth-oriented and often highly ambiguous/transformative environment.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required
MBA or CPA preferred
Experience in budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis.
Experience in developing and/or the ability to understand complex financial models.
Demonstrated ability to effectively develop planning calendars and meet deadlines
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with others, including non-Finance personnel
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Advanced Excel skills and working knowledge of PowerPoint, and Word
Experienced in large ERP systems with multiple different currencies–; experienced with consolidation software/tools
You'll be a great fit if you have:
Ability to persuade others through disciplined use of data.
Strong in Systems including NetSuite, PowerBI
Ability to effectively manage multiple projects at once maintaining accuracy and speed.
Positive attitude and demonstrated flexibility in re-prioritizing projects.
Strong problem solving, strategic thinking and analytical skills with the ability to synthesize large amounts of data.
Detail orientation with high attention to quality and accuracy.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Able to develop outstanding business relationships and provide functional leadership even though all players do not report directly to this position.
Above average written and oral communication skills
Disciplined work ethic, detail oriented and well organized.
Team player and results oriented.
Ability to work across cultures and functions seamlessly.
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