Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA at Cox Media Group

Date Posted: 5/23/2023

Job Snapshot

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    Atlanta, GA
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Job Summary

The Financial Analyst reports directly to the Sr Director, FP&A and will play a key leadership role on our 7-person Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) team, offering analytical support and strategic thought partnership to senior leaders throughout the company while also managing the financial planning process for CMG’s 9 television markets, 11 radio markets, associated digital properties, and corporate functions. 

This role will help to assess the team’s existing tools and processes, make recommendations for improvement, and work with stakeholders including the CMG Business Intelligence and Enterprise Accounting teams to execute selected initiatives. 

The Financial Analyst will be expected to take full ownership and accountability for delivering highly challenging team objectives, with appropriate support from Finance leadership.  In addition to ensuring that all assigned deliverables are completed timely and error-free, this will involve work planning and managing complex processes and initiatives, building high-quality strategic relationships across the company, initiating and driving continuous-improvement initiatives to completion, and leading, coaching, and supervising a small team of high-performing individual contributors. 


The Financial Analyst will work with senior leaders throughout the company to provide financial and analytical support, serve as a strategic thought partner, and ultimately leverage data to drive business results. 

More specifically, the ideal candidate will spend 70-80% of his or her time executing on the following individual responsibilities: 

Become an expert in media, finance, analytics, and CMG business units/corporate functions as assigned 

  • Acquire and maintain a detailed understanding of data/metrics underlying company/industry financial performance 
  • Stay current on market conditions as well as industry/function news, trends, emerging technologies, etc. 
  • Develop a deep understanding of assigned business partners’ processes, systems, data sources, and analytical needs 
  • System & operational improvements around the use of SAP, SAC, and existing databases within the company 

Lead assigned business partners in the monthly and annual financial planning processes 

  • Monthly: Assess financial performance, including drivers of variance to budget/forecast, and update forecast 
  • Annually: Manage aspects of the comprehensive planning effort to develop budget and update multi-year Long Range Plan (LRP) 

Develop effective KPIs and scheduled reporting to drive continuous operational improvement 

  • With assigned business partners, co-lead development of effective KPIs, maintaining alignment to drivers of success 
  • Create and maintain dashboards to communicate financial/operational results on a scheduled and/or real-time basis 
  • With Business Intelligence/Accounting, ensure financial/operational data accurately reflect the state of the business 

Perform sophisticated ad-hoc analysis to answer complex business questions 

  • Translate business questions and requirements into productive data exploration and analysis exercises 
  • Identify, collect, cleanse, and validate financial, operational, and external data from a variety of cloud/local sources 
  • Build detailed analytical models to identify valuable insights that impact leadership decision making 
  • Create and deliver executive-level presentations offering actionable recommendations to drive business results 

Support ongoing corporate strategy and business development efforts 

  • Research/report on opportunities, threats, partners, competitors, emerging technologies, and other strategic concerns 
  • Value organic and inorganic new business opportunities 
  • Participate in pre-merger diligence and post-merger integration activities as required 

Continuously increase efficiency and effectiveness of financial and analytical processes 

  • Develop and implement enhanced tools and workflow within and adjacent to assigned areas of focus 
  • Develop shared resources, e.g. documentation, training, best practices, policy, etc., related to assigned areas of focus 


  • Remain easily reachable/available on short notice to accommodate urgent requests from leadership and/or Apollo 
  • Work independently/with minimal supervision on all level-appropriate tasks, leveraging supervisor’s time 
  • Complete additional duties as assigned 

The Financial Analyst will spend the remaining time supervising Analyst(s) charged with executing on the responsibilities listed above.  In this team lead capacity, you will: 

  • Take extreme ownership for delivering on highly challenging team objectives 
  • Manage complex projects and processes across FP&A, Finance, and CMG as a whole, with limited supervision 
  • Invest in and foster relationships across the business to help us be successful as a team and as individuals 
  • Initiate and drive continuous improvement objectives (people, process, technology) across FP&A, Finance, and CMG 
  • Lead and develop direct/indirect reports to facilitate rapid career growth and ensure an exceptional team experience 



What we look for


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics, or other quantitative field 
  • 2-3 years experience working in highly demanding quantitative roles with a record of increasing responsibility 
  • Experience dealing with senior business leaders and have previously managed another analyst.
  • An understanding of financial planning activities including budgeting, forecasting, and variance analysis 
  • Working knowledge of GAAP principles, with willingness to learn more as required 


  • Prior media experience 
  • Knowledge of advanced analytics tools (e.g. SQL, VBA, Python, Alteryx, Tableau Prep, R, SPSS, Stata) 
  • Experience using BI/data visualization tools (e.g. Tableau, PowerBI, Qlik, DOMO) 
  • Skills with ERP/Planning (e.g. Oracle-Hyperion, SAP S/4HANA) and/or CRM systems (e.g. Salesforce) 
  • Exposure to Data Governance and/or Master Data Management initiatives 
  • CPA credential, CFA credential, and/or an MBA from a top program 

About Cox Media Group
CMG Media Corporation (d/b/a Cox Media Group) is an industry-leading media company with unparalleled brands, award-winning content, and exceptional team members. CMG provides valuable local and national journalism and entertainment content to the people and communities it serves. The company's businesses encompass 14 high-quality, market-leading television brands in 9 markets; 54 top-performing radio stations delivering multiple genres of content in 11 markets; a Washington, DC news bureau; and numerous streaming and digital platforms. CMG's TV portfolio includes multiple primary affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo and MyNetworkTV, as well as several valuable news and independent stations. For more information about CMG, visit


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