Posted on Jun 1, 2020 by Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is seeking a Director, FP&A to join our storied, 122-year-old media organization, now backed by one of the world's leading private equity firms in Apollo Global Management. We believe that local media is an essential contributor to a healthy and informed community, and together we're poised to blaze a new trail, investing in growth to build the future of the industry around our dozens of beloved consumer brands including WSB-TV ABC Channel 2 and B98.5 FM.
The Director will play a key leadership role on our 8-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 20 television markets, 11 radio markets, associated digital properties, and corporate functions.
In addition, the Director will supervise and/or participate in business development activities such as valuation of new business opportunities and support for pre-merger diligence/post-merger integration, as required. He or she 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 on selected initiatives.
As a team leader, the Director will be expected to take full ownership and accountability for delivering on 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 workplanning 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.
As an Apollo portfolio company, CMG is led by an executive team that places tremendous emphasis on driving value through data and analytics, offering this role high visibility and direct access to the C-suite and our private equity partners.
We are seeking a candidate with a high level of intellectual curiosity, outstanding work ethic, strong attention to detail, and a continuous improvement mindset. Someone who is proactive, organized, resourceful, and determined to succeed. He or she should be an expert in Microsoft Excel, knowledgeable in a variety of analytical tools and methods, and able to intuitively grasp complex business problems. Given that this role is heavily team-oriented with significant exposure to senior executives, a consistently positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills, are a must.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in finance, economics, or another quantitative field with excellent academic record, an MBA from a top program, and 10-15 years excelling in highly-demanding quantitative roles, eg corporate finance, management consulting, investment banking, equity research, or Big 4 public accounting, with a record of increasing responsibility. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of financial planning activities (budgeting, forecasting, and variance analysis) and a working understanding of GAAP, plus experience partnering with senior business leaders and supervising a team of 7-10+ high-performing managers and individual contributors.
Prior media experience is a strong plus but not required, however applicants must have a strong interest in media, finance, and analytics, along with the ability, desire, and drive to grow quickly and become an expert in the industry and function.
Exposure to advanced analytics tools (eg SQL/relational databases, VBA, Python, Alteryx, Tableau Prep, R, SPSS, Stata), the latest BI/data visualization tools (eg Tableau, PowerBI, Qlik, DOMO), ERP/Planning systems (eg Oracle-Hyperion, SAP S/4HANA), and CRM systems (eg Salesforce) is a strong plus but not required, as are the CPA and/or CFA credentials.
At the highest level, the Director will partner 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 Director will spend 40-60% 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
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 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, eg 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 Director will spend the remaining 40-60% of his or her time supervising Analysts/Sr. Analysts and Managers/Sr. Managers charged with executing on the responsibilities listed above. In this formal team leader capacity, the Director 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 You've Done
You have a Bachelor's degree in finance, economics, or other quantitative field, with excellent academic record
You have an MBA from a top program
You've spent 10-15 years excelling in highly-demanding quantitative roles, eg corporate finance, management consulting, investment banking, equity research, or Big 4 public accounting, with a record of increasing responsibility
You have experience partnering with senior business leaders and have previously managed a team of 7-10+
You have an understanding of financial planning activities including budgeting, forecasting, and variance analysis
You have exposure to and a working knowledge of GAAP principles, with willingness to learn more as required
You might be familiar with advanced analytics tools (eg SQL, VBA, Python, Alteryx, Tableau Prep, R, SPSS, Stata)
You might be familiar with the latest BI/data visualization tools (eg Tableau, PowerBI, Qlik, DOMO)
You might be familiar with ERP/Planning (eg Oracle-Hyperion, SAP S/4HANA) and/or CRM systems (eg Salesforce)
You might have exposure to Data Governance and/or Master Data Management initiatives
You might have earned the CPA credential, CFA credential