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Senior Specialist, Financial Analysis & Business Partnering

Company: Save The Children
Location: Fairfield
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


The Senior Specialist, Financial Analysis and Business Partnering provides financial and analytical support to the Agency's strategic and operational planning processes by supporting the annual budget processes and leadership on resource allocation decisions within Functional Teams. Reporting to the Senior Director, you will collaborate with functional team units and the global movement to foster excellence in financial management reporting across the organization. As a strategic business partner, you will provide support to functional teams and will be accountable for operational excellence in divisional expense planning, Transformation Project expense planning and analysis, ROI analysis for strategic investments and lead with creating and maintaining the Agency's long-range financial model.

What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Business Partnering, Functional Team Support, & Analysis (50%)

* Liaise with Business Technology & Solutions and Office of the President Functional teams, providing support and guidance navigating budget and expense transactions. Ensure budget holders have resources needed to comply with financial policies and procedures. * Analyze and provide accurate and meaningful feedback on Budget vs Actual (BvA) performance for expense reporting. * Facilitate regular discussions and touch points with budget owners to review variances of actuals to budget, changes to budget/plans, and support in addressing questions or concerns regarding performance to budget. Provide meaningful and accurate financial analysis to assist in decision making at the portfolio level. * Partner with Project Management Office on monthly monitoring of Agency Transformation financial performance. * Lead analysis on Agency strategic investments, new business cases and ROI on Transformation Projects in coordination with Project Management Office. Assist with monitoring financial return in the business units or for the agency over the years. * Coordinate monthly reviews and analysis of Agency capital budget and Transformation Project budget with Business Technology & Solutions and Project Management Office. * Partner with Business Technology & Solutions in helping to define best practices or structures for financial measurement based on existing financial systems. * Support in evolution of financial reporting across the Agency to provide the Senior Management Team with timely information to support decision-making.

Annual Budget Process & Budget Revisions (40%)

* Support Business Technology & Solutions and Office of the President Functional teams through the annual budget process and bi-annual budget revisions. Provide guidance and capacity building to support the annual planning cycle. * Ensure integrity of budget tools and train staff, as needed on budget processes. * Analyze and summarize expense inputs and ensure accurate translation into sources and uses. * Lead on the development, execution and ongoing maintenance of Agency capital budget process and multi-year project budgeting in collaboration with Business Technology & Solutions and Project Management Office. * Maintain long-range financial model and lead on coordination with Strategy team to build in long term strategic investments. * Validate final budgets and upload into Agresso

Capacity Building (10%)

* Train relevant audiences on budget and planning matters, ensuring objective materialization with high degree of client service. * Maintain complete and accurate internal process documentation, including submissions to Finance Manual update and creation or enhancement of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). * Support Agency-wide standard management reporting processes and metrics by creating templates, job aids and other materials and produce reporting packages as required.

Required Qualifications

* Bachelor degree or equivalent experience, plus at least five years of relevant experience * Proven analytical skills with demonstrated success in budgeting and planning * Professional proficiency in MS Office suite, with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel such as data mining, financial modeling and report building * Professional proficiency in management of databases and financial management systems * Proven problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills with ability to successfully balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment * Demonstrated anticipation and focus on internal client service delivery with effective interaction at all levels and across all departments * Professional proficiency in written and spoken English * Demonstrated focus on quality and continuous improvement * Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Preferred Qualifications

* Not for profit finance experience * Experience with Unit 4 Agresso financial system or other financial planning systems * Power Query, Power BI or other data management/presentation tools

Why you should join the Save the Children Team

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children - every day and in times of crisis - transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit-at every opportunity-to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form-in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children's policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

Keywords: Save The Children, Fairfield , Senior Specialist, Financial Analysis & Business Partnering, Other , Fairfield, Connecticut

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