This role is responsible for leading project and process improvement initiatives and is responsible for partnering with senior management to optimize the efficient and effective utilization of budgeted resources. This will include the tracking, planning, accounting and reporting of projects within the Emerging Markets Finance department.
This role must demonstrate strong leadership and collaborative skills within a cross functional (matrix) environment to ensure successful completion of enterprise wide Finance initiatives. As an advocate for the Finance organization, this role must provide timely analysis/updates on programs/projects, and process improvement efforts. Additionally, the ideal candidate will help in the creation of business cases and tactfully challenge assumptions as necessary.
The ideal candidate must be self-directed, results oriented and focused on continuous process improvement. In addition, this role must drive adherence to all corporate Finance policies, processes and procedures to ensure compliance with internal controls, General Accepted Accounting Principles and regulatory statutes.
Assist in the selection, installation, conversion, upgrade, and improvement of information systems within the department
Analyze data to identify opportunities for process improvement, cost reduction, increased efficiency, and alignment across functions and broader enterprise strategies.
Lead and successfully execute initiatives around system upgrades, application configurations, reporting and various Finance related process improvement initiatives.
Assist internal clients in the development and implementation of business strategy goals, P&L targets and forecast business needs.
Create and evaluate process flows, to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.
Provide project/program accounting support.
Prepare various financial reports to help drive financial project strategy & performance.
Assist in the identification of technology & process related cost reduction opportunities.
EDUCATION OR EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance related field required. CPA is preferred. Relevant combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of degree. Continuous learning, as defined by AFHI's learning philosophy, is required. Certification or progress toward certification is highly preferred and encouraged.
Prior experience in an insurance company preferred with demonstrated technical experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.
Seven years of project management experience in a Financial setting required. One (1) to three (3) years insurance experience preferred. One (1) to three (3) years of experience in a finance leadership role preferred.
SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES (SKA) REQUIRED:
Ability to lead teams evaluating IT and process solutions that enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and controls of the Finance Department
Working knowledge of activities, practices and terminology for property and casualty insurance companies.
Must demonstrate leadership ability and team building skills to effectively influence professional and non-professional staff and interact with all levels of management.
Ability to work with and empower others on a collaborative basis to ensure success of the enterprise.
Highly proficient in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP Financial systems) like -- NetSuite, PeopleSoft, Oracle, etc.).
Experience with insurance industry applications like the Guidewire Insurance suite preferred.
Ability to effectively exchange information, in verbal or written form, by sharing ideas, reporting facts and other information, responding to questions and employing active listening techniques.
Ability to effectively present budgetary and/or cost information, and respond to questions as appropriate.
Ability to establish workflows, manages multiple projects, and meets necessary deadlines.
Strong analytical, planning and reporting skills required.
Strong data management and financial/operational metric scenario modeling skills preferred.
Ability to effectively collaborate and lead within a cross functional team.
Ability to successfully manage completing priorities
Ability to work effectively in team environment and with multiple priorities and certain deadlines.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills at all levels of the organization.
Excellent problem solving, interpersonal, and organization skills.
Proficient in current industry standard PC applications and systems (e.g., Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint).
Other related skills and/or abilities may be required to perform this job.
Certification (CPA, CMA, CFM) preferred or an advanced degree in Finance or Accounting.
Other duties may be assigned.
Work is performed in an office setting with no unusual hazards.
The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum education, experience, skills, knowledge and ability levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity is valued and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. Candidates for the position stated above are hired on an "at will" basis. Nothing herein is intended to create a contract.