The Vice President will lead the Financial Planning and Analysis team. The position will be responsible for the planning, budgeting, forecasting, key metrics, analytics and assessment of the business for Kaplan North America (KNA).
The individual will be a key business partner to the KNA leadership and the CFO in particular, and will lead the annual business plan and budget process and participate in long range planning, monthly analysis & reporting performance including key insights into both operational and financial results.
Key Job Responsibilities:
Prepare monthly forecasts/identification/reporting on relevant metrics to gauge performance. Includes determining the relative importance (impact) of the drivers of the business enterprises and recommendations (actionable items) that should be taken by the management in order to meet or exceed goals.
Perform competitor & market analysis in support of the overall goal of developing tactical & strategic recommendations that ensure the long term viability of the business
Provide leadership and support for the 3 yr business plan. Involved in developing the business strategy and financial models to project, evaluate and quantify its impact. Identifies actions required to execute strategies.
Provides leadership & support to complete the annual operating plan. Develops & communicates targets, coordinates calendar of events, consolidates inputs, evaluates requests and works with Senior Management and teams to bring the plan together to meet financial objectives.
Review monthly results; provide analysis of variances along with explanations and recommended actions to Senior Management and other members of the team
Oversee and prepare monthly financial and operational reports with commentary regarding actual monthly performance.
Lead the monthly financial forecast process for the group. Prepares the calendar, reviews forecasts, conducts analysis, consolidates results, reviews with the various BU's and Senior Management, submits a final forecast to Senior Management. and provides any required commentary or explanation.
Participates in preparation of period reviews with Leadership. Includes quarterly & annual reviews of business performance.
Create ad hoc analysis of key metrics and activities which help improve the overall performance of the business. Analysis should yield commentary and actionable recommendations to the Senior Management team.
Provide support for the management of strategic initiatives; Identify and assess strategic opportunities. Determines the relative importance (impact) of the drivers of the business enterprises. Assess potential impact and formulate strategic recommendations in response to changes in the education industry and economic environment.
Alignment of cross-functional initiatives to ensure consistency of forecasts, budgets, and implementations, and outcomes in support of overall organizational goals.
Directly and indirectly manage financial planning & analysis representatives throughout the organization
Hire, lead, coach & develop staff
Must be able to delegate work effectively amongst the entire team
Lead, direct and influence direct and indirect staff, locally and remotely
Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting
Minimum 10 years of related experience with progressively responsible experience
Experience in financial planning and analysis, financial modeling and analysis, budgeting & forecasting, and strong familiarity with corporate finance
Thorough understanding of key business drivers and financial models
MS Excel (power user)
Proficient in Access, Powerpoint, BPC, Oracle and CampusView
Strong verbal and written communication
Group facilitation skills with the ability to influence
Possess the mindset (nimbleness & speed) of an entrepreneur and analytical aptitude (policies, procedures, insight)
Ability to effectively handle multiple situations simultaneously
Requires working some weekends/evenings throughout the year and a significant amount during the budget season.
Strong analytic and modeling skills
Outstanding Interpersonal and leadership ability
Ability to generate output with a very high degree of quality
MBA; CPA; Experience in the Education Industry
Experience in service industry
Operations experience with responsibility beyond traditional accounting & finance roles
Internal Number: JR207444
Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company, with about 11,000 employees and operations in nearly 30 countries. We serve one million-plus students each year and partner with about 1,000 educational institutions and 4,000 corporations across the world. Kaplan is the largest subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC).
Across its 80-year history, first as a pioneer of the test prep industry, then as an early online education leader, and now as a global education provider, Kaplan has been recognized for expanding educational access and improving student outcomes through innovative uses of technology, instructional design, and learning science. We’ve been recognized among the world’s 10 most innovative educational companies (Fast Company); as one of America’s Top 100 employers (Forbes); and a top employer with remote jobs (Flexjobs).
Kaplan’s US-based businesses provide individuals, educational institutions, and businesses a broad array of services, supporting our students and partners to meet their diverse and evolving needs throughout their educational and professional journeys. Among the services provided are test preparation, performance training, industry cr...edentialing, and university support services, such as online enablement, analytics, and marketing. The test preparation and professional products are offered in the market under our brand names such as Kaplan, Kaplan Financial Education, Kaplan Schweser, Metis, PPI, College for Financial Planning, Dearborn, and Manhattan Prep. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, employees who support Kaplan’s North America division work remotely across the US, UK, and India, as well as at regional hubs in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, and Wisconsin.
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