VP, FP&A in Atlanta, GA at Cox Media Group

Date Posted: 7/23/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Summary

The VP, FP&A will report to the Chief Financial Officer and serve as a member of the  senior leadership team responsible for planning, implementing and managing financial-related activities across the company. They must possess strong analytical skills and be able to distill and communicate critical insights to improve the business.  

The VP, FP&A must be a seasoned professional with the confidence and the experience to guide and influence beyond core finance topics.  They should understand how key stakeholders value the company’s performance and have the skills necessary to share the company’s strategy and performance with the Executive team and the Board.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of driving financial results and is known as a dynamic, operational leader and change enabler.  The VP will serve as a true business partner to senior leadership and will understand and be able to explain in great detail the performance of the company, including its departments and stations.  Ideally, the candidate will have a track record working in a matrixed, distributed organization amidst a complex and changing environment.   

This role requires deep expertise, industry knowledge and proven cross-functional and cross-organizational leadership and ability to translate vision and strategy into rapid execution.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Leads financial planning in alignment with the annual budget and strategic business plan.
  • Partners with cross-functional leaders to deliver timely and accurate revenue and expense models enabling management to make appropriate business adjustments as needed.
  • Ensures that forecasts provide transparency into business drivers, risks and opportunities and are proactive in nature.
  • Provides analytical support to cross-functional teams to impact and drive the company’s operating performance and financial returns.
  • Develops a superior, high-performing Finance team that meets increasing needs and requirements across the business to help drive the organization forward.
  • Accountable for all the financial planning, analysis, and reporting to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Produces management reporting tools assessing the financial performance of various business segments and solutions, as well as evaluating the ROI on key investments.
  • Responsible for performance measurements of the organization, including key operating metrics, forecasting, reporting, and variance analysis.
  • Identifies and monitors key operating metrics, business risks and opportunities associated with the annual operating plan.

Assists with broader re-forecasting efforts and Executive-level financial requests, including support for Board meetings, Lender meetings, and management presentations.

Year one Critical success Factors

Direct Contribution:

Ability to hit the ground running and strong desire to “own” the financials of the organization. Ability to quickly become the go-to person for financial requests and develop a broad level of trust and quick action within the organization and with key stakeholders. Quick development of a detailed knowledge of the company and the financials with the ability to communicate and present results and forecasts accurately and effectively.

Leadership:

Provides leadership and coaching of a talented finance operations team to excel; sets high standards and performance expectations; operates as a player/coach; has a passion for mentoring and growing talent.

Strategic Contribution:

Developing and leading the strategy and execution of an overall cohesive, enterprise financial operations approach that delivers consistent and integrated value to all key stakeholders; orchestrating the planning and implementation of the business strategy, while seeking to employ a functional “best practices” philosophy to collaborate and integrate across the enterprise.

Ongoing Key Leadership Characteristics

Build Relationships

Building, leveraging and maintaining relationships within and across work groups.

Business Acumen

Using one’s knowledge of economic, financial, market and industry trends to understand and improve individual, work group and/or organizational results; using one’s understanding of major business functions, industry trends and own organization’s position to contribute to effective business strategies and/or tactics.

Decision Making

Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probable consequences.

Establish Strategic Direction

Establishing and committing to a long-term business direction based on an analysis of systemic information and consideration of resources, market drivers, organizational values, and emerging economic, technological and regulatory conditions.

Influence Others

Using effective involvement and persuasion strategies to gain acceptance of ideas and commitment to actions that support specific work outcomes.

Lead Teams

Using appropriate methods and a flexible interpersonal style to build, motivate and guide a cohesive team to complete team goals.

Knowledge and Ownership

Understands and can effectively communicate in-depth knowledge of the financial characteristics of the business without reliance on a team

 

 

What we look for

 

  • BS with a degree in Accounting or Finance preferred.
  • MBA preferred, but not required.
  • CPA preferred, but not required.
  • Prior experience in Private Equity and Public Companies preferred.
  • Prior experience with debt agreements preferred.
  • 15+ years in progressively responsible financial operations leadership roles; demonstrated experience in financial operations management, compliance and financial systems oversight, risk management and problem-solving.
  • Deep understanding of financial and accounting principles, including non-GAAP items, such as EBITDA, One-time Adjustments, Pro Forma Adjustments, Free Cash Flow bridges, etc.
  • Proven track record of process improvement successes.
  • Ability to communicate complex data simply to a wide range of audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees and management to maximize performance.
  • Results oriented, with a high bias for action and a strong sense of ownership/accountability.
  • Experience working in a high-change environment, directing large, dispersed teams.
  • Media industry experience, especially television broadcasting, preferred.

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