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Senior Finance Analyst- Cost & Headcount in Troy, MI at J.D. Power

Date Posted: 2/28/2018

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Job Description


Be where the voice of the consumer meets the value of thebrand. At J.D. Power, you’ll be at the heart of commerce, working for aworldwide leader whose intelligence and insights are shaping the way peoplesell, and the way people buy.


Title:  Senior Finance Analyst- Cost &Headcount

Location: Troy, MI

Reports to: Director ofFinance  


The Role:  The Revenue and SalesTeam Support Senior Finance Analyst will be responsible for partnering with theAuto and SI Sales teams to analyze and report on the Salesforce pipeline,support the attainment of the revenue forecast, and to support the three Auto& SI Finance Managers with project-level revenue forecast input andanalysis.


The Impact: This position will play a key role in driving revenue for the Auto and SIbusinesses by focusing attention on the Salesforce pipeline for each businessunit, and the actions required to close open sales opportunities in order tohit the revenue forecast.




  • Weekly Salesforce pipeline reports for theAuto & SI teams
  • Bi-Monthly revenue forecast support(Develop & Communicate “Need to Close” list)
  • Revenue & COGS forecast/budget forAuto Retail and SI Consulting projects
  • Account Executive scorecards and SalesIncentive Plan (SIP) reporting
  • Sales Teams’ OpEx and BizDev forecastingand expense allocation


Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

  • Able to manage the monthly financial close andforecast process, including processing accrual journal entries, updatingforecasts on multiple projects, and performing variance analyses against Planand prior periods 


  • Able to work closely with Auto and SI Sales Teams’leadership as the “voice of Finance”
  • Able to manage a significant number of revenue forecastitems and Salesforce pipeline opportunities, and communicate concisely on thestate of the overall revenue outlook with the three supported Finance Managers 


  • Demonstrated experience with a Multi-Dimensional OnlineAnalytical Processing data cube system (e.g. Hyperion Essbase; Cognos/IBM TM1;SAP Business Objects; Microstrategy)
  • Demonstrated experience with advanced Excel skills (Pivottables, lookups, sum-if’s; macros)
  • Demonstrated familiarity with General Ledger tools suchas NetSuite, Oracle or SAP solutions 


  • Although this role resides in the Finance function,familiarity with basic accounting principles is strongly desired.  In particular, the right candidate willunderstand rules surrounding revenue recognition, capitalization of costs, andthe purpose and execution of accrual accounting


  • 2-3years of related experience in finance and FP&A systems includingparticipation in multiple planning and forecasting cycles
  • Financeor Accounting 4-year degree preferred
  • Non-Excelbased budgeting experience required
  • TM1or other multidimensional OLAP cube based enterprise planning system experiencerequired (i.e. Hyperion Essbase; SAP Business Objects; Microstrategy)
  • AdvancedExcel experience required (pivot tables, lookups, sum-ifs, macros)


The CareerOpportunity:  Growth opportunitiesare significant, both within the finance teams as well as across theorganization. This position has a high degree of visibility, and will beresponsible for the P&L of Auto Retail and SI Consulting projects as agrowth opportunity.  Good performance inthis role can lead to opportunities to advance into one of the supportedFinance Manager positions in this group, other FP&A positions, orpotentially positions on the supported Sales Teams.

The Team / TheBusiness: At J.D. Power, you’ll work in a flexible,friendly, collaborative environment. We understand the value that ourassociates provide for our clients and for the company, and encourageinnovative thinking that addresses the latest industry and technologicaldevelopments.

Our Hiring Manager says: This is a critical position that will be responsible for keeping on top of an ever-changing forecast in a project-based environment.  A successful candidate will be able to partner with associates within the business practice, our research team, and the rest of the Finance and Accounting group to provide accurate and timely information regarding the financial health of the projects they support.  Additionally, they should be an active participant in diagnosing problems and suggesting corrective actions when the financial outlook turns negative on a given project or industry.  I’m looking for someone who can hit the ground running, work independently and be able to anticipate the needs of key stakeholders/senior management.  You have to be able to partner with the key stakeholders to drive results, and have the ability to summarize complex situations in an easily understood manner.  Finally, I’m looking for someone who works collaboratively with finance and business associates to maintain and enhance our forecast & budget data as well as refine and continuously improve our processes. This role will provide someone the opportunity to learn about what it takes to make JDP successful. It’s a fast-paced and exciting opportunity to learn what drives our business model.

Who We Are

Since 1968, companies around the world have trusted J.D. Power to generate and gather the consumer insights that illuminate and inform business success. At J.D. Power we amplify the voice of the consumer, and help brands improve the value of their products and services. Together, these principles empower everyone in the global commerce ecosystem, enabling better purchase decisions – and better business results. Beyond our proven process, J.D. Power’s strength is its people. They offer diverse disciplines, talents, and expertise, but share one common goal: to generate growth and long-term value for our clients. Our scientists, Ph.D. level statisticians and methodologists, ensure our research meets the highest scientific quality standards and provides advanced statistical support. J.D. Power represents the science of customer satisfaction in any language, to consumers and businesses worldwide.


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