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Director, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Open until best-qualified candidate is selected.

Please quote vacancy number: FIN1580-2201


Reporting to the CFO, the incumbent is responsible for leading the company’s budget planning, reporting, and analysis processes; ensuring that RFE/RL does not exceed its annual grant; and ensuring that grant funds are used efficiently, effectively, and comply with the Uniform Guidance and other sponsor requirements.

The Director is also responsible for managing and improving RFE/RL’s financial processes, procedures, and systems to ensure that a) its information systems capture and generate the data necessary to enable coherent, decision-quality analyses for senior management, b) its budget systems and processes ensure that grant funds are efficiently, effectively, and strategically allocated, and c) its overall approach to financial management enhances its reputation as a strong, well-managed, and compliant organization.

Along with the CFO, the Director is RFE/RL’s principal liaison with the USAGM Office on financial matters.

The Director is responsible for three teams: 1) Finance Business Partners who provide input to the senior management and support budget owners across the organization in the effective management of their financial resources, 2) Data Science and Analytics who analyze, evaluate, and forecast RFE/RL’s cost structure, the financial impact of strategic decisions, and overall financial performance, and 3) a Financial IT Manager who oversees the technical management of the company’s financial information systems and recommends and/or implements such enhancements and upgrades as the Director requires.

 

 

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Budget Planning, Reporting, and Analysis

 

  • Leads the organization through the annual budgeting process: Works with divisions and departments on their priorities, organizes and evaluates budget requirements and requests, and ensures projected costs are properly documented and justified.
  • Ensures budget use is properly monitored and budget owners are informed of their funding levels and reports periodic updates on the state of RFE/RL’s budget and progress against plans.
  • Prepares future and current draft budgets and allocations for review and approval by the CFO and other Senior Managers.
  • Prepares relevant required materials for RFE/RL executives and board members and for USAGM.
  • In conjunction with the CFO, keeps senior managers abreast of budget-related developments in Washington D.C.
  • Works with USAGM staff to prepare and submit an annual operating plan to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Prepares and submits the corporate financial plan for approval by USAGM Works with USAGM staff to execute a grant agreement or amendment as appropriate.
  • Works on both short and long-term initiatives to provide for the long-term sustainability and health of the company by developing proposals with respect to capital investments, benefits restructuring, cash flow, foreign currency fluctuations, and deferred revenue/carryover.
  • Strives for year-on-year budget process improvement.
  • Coordinates and monitors team performance; coaches and provides feedback as needed.
  • Collaborates with the Comptroller on accounting policies and procedures that impact the budget process, reporting systems, or the chart of accounts.
  • Seeks guidance from the Director of Risk & Compliance as necessary regarding policy, procedure, and applicable US Government requirements.
  • Deputizes for the CFO in instances where the CFO is unavailable.
  • Liaises and maintains collegial relationships with USAGM-funded sister entities.

 

Information Systems Management

 

With the FP&A team:

  • Increase the ability to capture, track, and present senior management’s allocation decisions
  • Ensure ad hoc reports and analyses are of decision-quality for presentation to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the CEO, the Board, and USAGM
  • Design standard templates for forecasting budget requirements that encompass base budget allocations, carryover allocations, and distribution of changes in appropriations
  • Develop consistent calendarizations leading to clear, unambiguous due dates to which both budget owners and FP&A are held accountable
  • Reduce reliance on a) Excel to collect budget inputs and generate budget allocation output, b) external data entry consultant, c) single “master” spreadsheet that cannot be easily modified to reflect changing requirements, and d) manual intervention for any entries that are out of the ordinary
  • Create norms of and formats for communication among budget owners, FP&A, and the SLT/CEO on budget builds and performance management
  • In conjunction with the Corporate Strategy Director, develop guidance and templates that assure connectivity between strategy and budgets
  • Develop templates and reports with key performance indicators/metrics that are useful to budget owners, the CFO, and the SLT/CEO
  • Develop standard and ad hoc reports that focus on data and provide appropriate storylines to support the analysis
  • Ensure workflows within FP&A and between FP&A and budget owners are clear and consistent and not ad hoc; ensure that Finance IT systems support these workflows
  • Ensure that financial data is collected, configured, and stored to allow deep analysis of unit costs and enable the identification of best and worst practices (e.g., a Language Service can identify the unit cost of producing content on a given platform)
  • Develop a culture within FP&A of 1) continuous improvement through the review and correction of inadequacies in process and procedures, and 2) customer support

With the Financial IT Manager:

  • Ensure RFE/RL’s data systems are structured to best capture, store, and assure easy access to data and information
  • Architect and implement improvements to RFE/RL’s ERP system that reduces reliance on Excel to collect budget inputs and generate budget allocation output
  • Develop the architecture and continuous improvement of a well-integrated budgeting and reporting tool, including the conceptualization of required changes in workflow between budget owners and FP&A that assures the most efficient use of the tool
  • Define the output of financial information tools to ensure systems are designed to easily draw data to respond to myriad standard and ad hoc USAGM requests

Working with the Comptroller:

  •  Ensure a) RFE/RL’s accounting systems capture transactions accurately and consistently; b) data is captured in formats that enable efficient reporting, whether to USAGM, the IRS, DOL, or other stakeholders; and c) control systems are automated and follow best practices
  • Develop processes that assure timely monthly, quarterly, and annual closings, enabling the distribution of timely budget performance reports and other financial reports, including 990s, 5500, GAAP, Uniform Guidance, VEBA, and the like
  • Create a taxonomy of terminology for general ledger entries that ensures consistent assignment of expenditures to cost objectives and reduces/eliminates manual reviews
  • Reduce/eliminate manual analysis of journal entries to determine correct assignment of costs particularly a) related to carryover items and b) the accumulation of accruals

Working with the Director, Procurement:

  • Ensure the purchasing and contracting function is automated and follows best practices
  • Create consistent automated workflows within Procurement and between Procurement and technology owners
  • Create a single or integrated information system that provides centralization of contract information
  • Define clear delineation of responsibilities between Procurement and technical staff
  • Working with the Director, Risk & Compliance
  • Ensure data is readily accessible to validate that compliance strategies are working
  • In conjunction with the Financial IT Manager, ensure that financial systems provide adequate controls consistent with the R&C Director’s requirements
  • Review policies and procedures that ensure compliance and assist in promulgating those requirements throughout the enterprise

Other:

  • Works with the Director, Corporate Strategy to develop guidelines, criteria, and templates for ensuring alignment of budgets to strategy
  • Works with the Corporate CIO to ensure that the Finance Division’s systems and strategies are consistent with the corporation’s
  • Creates forums within the Finance Division for raising issues that require multiple departments to define a problem and craft a solution
  • Participates with the CFO and the Finance leadership team in evaluating the Finance Division’s progress toward its long-term goals and in updating and refining its strategies
  • Deputizes for the CFO in instances where the CFO is unavailable

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education:

  • BA degree in business administration or related field (mandatory); MBA or the equivalent in experience (strongly preferred)
  • Prior experience and track record in workflow improvement delivering better systems and processes, decision support, and initiatives that improve organizational financial performance (mandatory)

 

Work Experience

  • Minimum 8 years of experience
    • Advancing process improvements in a finance function or with relevant experience in strategy/management consulting or corporate finance (mandatory)
    • Budget management methodology and policy development experience (mandatory)
  • Global international or multi-national experience (strongly preferred)

 

Professional Skills

  • Culturally facile: Familiar with a multi-office, multi-national environment and able to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff and clients
  • Strong analytical skills: Able to develop process-driven financial control systems within a complex international organization
  • Solution Builder: Able to work independently across teams and locations to improve compliance controls
  • Proven leadership: Strong verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely to a wide range of audiences, including senior management
  • Risk Strategist: Experienced in building financial risk management control processes in an international work environment
  • Ethics Subject Matter Expert: Knowledge of the standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics as developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Discrete: Experienced handling confidential, sensitive data and issues with discretion
  • Strength of character:  Possesses integrity, objectivity, and competence necessary to build trust in their position and work effectively across the organization
  • Self-starter:  Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to take initiative and work both independently and as member of a team
  • Willingness to travel internationally (25%) with sensitivity to different cultures and world views with previous experience working across multicultural teams

 

Business and Interpersonal Skills

  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills, with demonstrated ability for critical thinking and informed strategic business decision making
  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic, rapidly changing business environment
  • Proven leadership success, with persuasive communication, active listening, and learning, writing, and presentation skills, including the ability to lead by influence rather than by command
  • Elevated level of initiative and motivation to achieve goals
  • Effective relationship building “customer service” approach and people management skills with ability to build trust with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Elevated level of initiative and motivation to achieve strategic goals
  • End-user knowledge of enterprise information and database systems
  • Ability to handle projects with multiple work streams, with demonstrated leadership success over a wide variety of business problems and organizational planning,  
  • Effective time management skills with ability to quickly anticipate and resolve problems

 

Languages

  • English fluency (Mandatory)
  • Czech (Desirable)    
  • Other languages (Desirable)

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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