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Global Manager Financial Planning
Leominster, MA

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Our client is building out a new divisional reporting structure for this global sustainable packaging solutions manufacturer. This structure will entail integrating two acquisitions with several total sites.
 
The recently appointed Director of Finance is seeking a professional with a strong operational finance background and an interest in manufacturing. Initially the selected individual must be willing to be on site. After the individual gets acclimated there will be some flexibility in working from home.
 
The hiring manager is seeking a talented professional who is also promotable.
 
Job Description
 
Our client is the divisional headquarters and an operating unit within an investor sponsored global manufacturing company.
 
This role will analyze and study the company’s financial data, economic conditions, and other aspects of the business to provide expert advice to executive leadership to support financial decisions. This person will collect and organize data into accessible reports and perform various types of analysis using key metrics. By studying past financial reports, and future investment forecasts, the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager will generate informed investment strategies and help the business achieve overall profitable growth and stability of the business.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
  • Acts as a business partner to executives to support ideation, gap closure and project approvals.
  • Develops, interprets and implements financial concepts for financial planning (which includes forecasting and budgeting) and control.
  • Performs technical analysis to determine present and future financial performance.
  • Analyzes and interprets consolidated financial information to explain variances from budget and forecast, especially as regards to revenues, margin, inventory, operating and capital expenditures across multiple states and business units.
  • Assists with period financial closings as directed by Financial Director.
  • Analyzes, prepares and summarizes recommendations for financial plans, trended future requirements and operating forecasts.
  • Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the business drivers across the full P&L for the brand and cross-functional partners (sales volume and mix, trade, cost of goods sold, marketing, selling, general and administrative expenses).
  • Direct and timely preparation of multiple reports, including the division scorecard, which summarizes and forecasts company business activity and financial key performance indicators.
  • Acts as a business partner for other key employees within the organization. Offers support and research on projects to those with decision making authority.
  • Assists with Global Consolidation process for planning, forecasting and actuals
 
Qualifications
 
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance and/or business administration is required; an MBA is a plus;
  • Professional designation such as a CMA and/ or CPA is attractive;
  • Three (3) plus years of experience in budgeting and forecasting is necessary; Five (5) plus years of relevant experience is desired; prior involvement with manufacturing finance is attractive;
  • Advanced Excel skills a necessity; prior ERP experience with Sage or IFS, a distinct advantage.
  • Financial Planning & Analysis Manager role supports the Plant Controller in fostering a supportive and collaborative environment;
  • Understanding of internal control and risk concepts is necessary;
  • Proven track record in demonstrating a strategic mindset;
  • Initiative and a high degree of self-motivation are essential;
  • Takes responsibility and ownership of tasks/projects;
  • Focus on delivering high quality output in a timely manner;
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities and deliver on key priorities.

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