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Financial Planning & Analysis Director

Company: Learning Resources
Location: Vernon Hills
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

If you are unable to complete this application due to a disability, contact this employer to ask for an accommodation or an alternative application process. Financial Planning & Analysis Director Regular Full-Time Learning Resources, Vernon Hills, IL, US 6 days ago Requisition ID: 1587 About Learning Resources: We are Learning Resources - , and we have been helping parents and teachers build generations of amazing kids since 1984. Voted one of the Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces in 2020 and 2021, we're a 150-person strong, family-owned company on a mission to bring learning to life with our award-winning products, including Toy of the Year winners Tumble Trax -, Botley - the Coding Robot, and Coding Critters---. From ABCs and 123s to fine motor and STEM skills, our educational toys offer kids the building blocks they need to succeed in school and develop a lifelong love of learning. We pride ourselves on having a thriving culture and a diverse, creative atmosphere. Come join our award-winning team today! Position Description: This position reports to the CFO and is responsible to provide financial and business insights to the company's executive teams. The successful candidate will possess a strong operational orientation that allows them to leverage their financial expertise for improved business performance. This will be achieved through the processes of financial planning and forecasting, business analytics, management reporting and day-to-day advisory support to teammates throughout the organization. The scope of this position includes our family of three companies - Learning Resources Inc., Learning Resources Ltd. (UK), and hand2mind, Inc. Scope of Responsibilities: - The individual in this role will:

  • Lead the annual operating plan, budgeting and forecasting processes. -
  • Initiate a periodic strategic planning process to identify future business building opportunities.
  • Enhance management reporting and metrics to evaluate and predict overall business performance.
  • Conduct financial modeling and analysis of key business investments, including in new brands, licensing opportunities, capital expenditures, market expansions and M&A opportunities.
  • Implement an approach for driving continuous improvement of operating costs and working capital investments.
  • Provide insights and advice to the organization on day-to-day business decisions.
  • Play a key leadership role in developing and mentoring the finance organization. Requirements/Preferences: -
    • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance; MBA; CPA a plus.
    • 12+ years of business experience in complex operating environments. Branded CPG and omni channel experience is very desirable.
    • Prior experience managing and developing teams is required.
    • Experience working in multiple finance disciplines is required (e.g. controllership, treasury, planning and analysis).
    • Experience leveraging advance ERP and analytics platforms. The company has recently installed MS's D365 ERP and is developing an analytics platform in the MS Data Lake with Power BI as the analytics tool. Ideal Attributes:
      • Advanced business acumen is necessary to play the role of advisor to the company's leadership teams.
      • Must bring a strategic orientation to the role. -
      • Must be an exceptional problem solver, creative, resourceful, resilient.
      • Ability to work both independently and cross functionally.
      • Flexible and able to adapt quickly to changing priorities.We are a drug-free workplace and an EEO employer.

Keywords: Learning Resources, Arlington Heights , Financial Planning & Analysis Director, Executive , Vernon Hills, Illinois

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