The Senior Director of Business Planning will play a key leadership role in the Finance organization. With high visibility to LALA U.S. and Grupo LALA executives, this position will provide financial insight and act as a strategic business partner for the organization. This position will lead the Financial Planning & Analysis function as well as the business planning and budgeting processes. Additionally, this position will be responsible for the financial reporting for both internal and external stakeholders and will provide financial guidance to different functions of the company.
Play a key role in the financial forecasting and planning process, including the annual budgeting process and periodic re-forecasting exercises.
Assist in the month end closing/reporting process to support corporate FP&A and Accounting requirements and submissions to parent company, Grupo LALA, including updating and reconciling TM1.
Provide timely variance explanations between actuals and budget/forecasts and provide recommendations for corrective action to help meet yearly financial targets.
Prepare and publish various financial reports including Sales, Gross Margin, and P&L reports.
Support the development of customer and SKU P&L analysis to be a consistent and repeatable monthly process.
Support marketing post activity analysis to ensure efficient and effective use of marketing budgets that drive top line revenue growth.
Provide recommendations for process improvements for the LALA U.S. Finance department.
Provide guidance and take a lead role in improving the Cognos TM1 system working with the internal Finance team and IT developers.
Support the conversion of JDE/ROSS platforms to SAP.
Provide strategic insights on category key players and industry business news.
Additional adhoc analysis as necessary.
Manage a team of four (4) by providing guidance, priority setting, managing goals and objectives, and providing coaching for continued team development.
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field is required.
Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) is required.
10-15 years of experience in corporate and/or field financial planning and analysis and financial reporting.
Consumer packaged goods (CPG) experience is preferred.
Experience with business systems and financial reporting tools.
Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Cross functional leadership skills.
Strong analytical skills.
Strong leadership skills with the ability to influence change across the organization and develop/motivate the Finance team.
Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and be flexible in a fast paced, ever-changing environment.
Track record of process improvement, simplification, and streamlining finance processes.