Senior Financial Analyst for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston, MA

Senior Financial Analyst

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Boston, MA - Full time

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Boston, MA - Full time

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HMH is looking for an experienced finance professional to join our recently formed Decision Support Analytics team within Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis. This position will report to the Director of Decision Support Analytics and will provide critical support to executive, functional and product line financial leaders across the HMH organization. This position will be held accountable to plan, track and provide analytical support associated with any or all of the following financial areas:

  • Revenue, cost and/or direct expense
  • Fixed and variable labor expense
  • Operating expense

Supporting these areas will require the candidate who fills this position to maintain a holistic HMH focus while meeting the needs of various functional and product line business partners throughout the organization. This position requires a minimum of 5 years progressive financial/accounting experience which includes the following:

  • Gathering and analyzing historical business, industry and financial data
  • Building and maintaining organizational hierarchies
  • Interpreting and analyzing economic trends, business cases, industry metrics and financial ratios
  • Supporting the build of corporate annual reports
  • Analyzing economic indicators such as inflation, interest rates and exchange rates to build financial models
  • Interpreting and reporting financial and/or non-financial key performance indicators
  • Developing, maintaining and leveraging relationships with internal business partners to expand influence to achieve key objectives
  • Building tools to gather business information for financial budgeting and forecasting
  • Interpreting and applying financial accounting concepts, principles and practices
  • Building, interpreting and relating common financial statements
  • Supporting the financial close process, including financial reporting activities and variance analysis
  • Developing project plans and leading others to meet deadlines on time
  • Preparing and communicating financial and/or operational presentations using charts/graphs, etc.
  • Validating financial models for consistency, reasonableness and accuracy
  • Developing financial business assumptions and creating methods to measure performance against them
  • Interpreting financial ratios and performing rate, mix and volume variance analysis
  • Supporting financial statement, capital, sales volume, revenue, cash flow and staffing projections
  • Performing “what-if” analysis

In addition to the financial experience requirements above, this position also has the following requirements:

  • 4 year degree with a concentration in finance, accounting and/or economics
  • Minimum of 2 - 3 years serving within a Financial Planning and Analysis group
  • Experience summarizing large and complex datasets using advanced Microsoft Excel functions
  • Experience using consolidation tools such as BPC, Hyperion or other proprietary tools
  • Experience using ERP systems such as SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle or other proprietary tools

Experience and/or background are preferred (not required) from the following:

  • Experience specific to SAP, BW and/or BPC
  • Experience specific to Concur expense reporting
  • Experience using Microstrategy and/or building reporting capabilities
  • Experience using systems like for translating sales pipelines into financial forecasts
  • Ability to read and write VBA/SQL (a plus)
  • Experience in Software & Education companies is a plus
  • Experience supporting software engineers and information technology teams
  • High-level spend & forecast analysis for resource capacity models

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Senior Level

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners.

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