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Finance & Expense Analyst

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

Summary:
The Finance and Expense Analyst is responsible for supporting the Company's financial planning and analysis team.  It includes supporting internal financial statement reporting to the Board and senior leadership team, as well as the overall expense management process, which focuses on ensuring optimal use of Company resources and ultimately protecting or maintaining product value and financial strength either at the corporate level or for an assigned function/department. This role is responsible for developing timely and accurate financial statement and/or expense reporting, and for providing value-added expense management consultation and analysis. This could include consulting with business partners and/or building financial models to evaluate strategic decisions, providing financial analysis, developing forecasts and budgets, comparing expectations to peers and/or internal expectations, evaluating and presenting options and prioritizing solutions within the department.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • May interact with executive officers, department heads, and other members of senior management to provide meaningful financial statement and/or expense management consultation and analysis, and presents recommendations to aid in decision-making. Identifies issues for routine casework and participates in discussions to resolve those issues across departments. Makes decisions on more complex casework after consulting with higher level staff.

  • Supports managers and directors to understand department operations and resulting cost structure. Coordinates monthly reporting of all expenses to meet financial reporting needs of the department.  Monitors spend, develops forecasts and budgets and analyzes expense results. Applies creativity and innovation in identifying process improvements and other opportunities for the departments to better manage expenses or reduce spend.

  • Responsible for building financial models to predict and understand the business as well as actual results.  Understand revenue and cost drivers, internal metrics, unit costs and benchmarking for tracking and comparing results.  Challenge assumptions made in forecasts and projections.

  • Assures that all expense activity follows the appropriate accounting controls, policies and procedures and is appropriately accounted for on the general ledger in compliance with statutory and/or GAAP accounting standards.

  • May be responsible for maintaining aspects of the financial reporting systems (Such as PeopleSoft, IBM TM1 system, Apptio, or Project Portfolio Management).

  • May be responsible for corporate expense projections, metrics, fixed assets, accounting for payroll, fixed assets and intercompany charges between NM and its subsidiaries, procure to pay process or other corporate processes.

  • Supports special projects and assignments related to expense management, product line allocations, financial reporting, process improvements, or other projects as requested by division leaders.

  • May collaborate with other enterprise resources in Human Resources, Corporate Strategy or Planning Coordinators.

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related degree with accounting emphasis preferred.

  • CPA candidate or CMA designation is preferred.

  • Typically three or more years of financial management experience and/or financial planning and analysis experience.

  • Analytical, planning, organization, budgeting, problem solving, negotiation, oral and written communication skills are essential to this role.

  • Ability to develop and interpret financial models for analysis.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage multiple assignments concurrently while effectively prioritizing.  Ability to develop and present recommendations to management. 

  • Ability to communicate clearly with peers and at different levels of management within finance and across the company. 

Skills-Proficiency Level:

  • Accounting – Advanced

  • Budgeting – Basic

  • Cost Forecasting – Basic

  • Expense Management – Basic

  • Financial Analysis – Advanced

  • Financial Modeling – Intermediate

  • Financial Reporting – Intermediate

  • Financial Reporting Systems – Intermediate

  • Negotiation – Basic

  • Reconciliations - Intermediate

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This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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