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Senior Financial Analyst in Washington, DC at Accounting Now

Date Posted: 9/22/2020

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Job Description


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance. 3-5+ years in job-related role showing progressive growth in responsibilities (law/professional services Firm experience a plus).
  • Specific experience in budgeting, forecasting, and monthly financial reporting is required.
  • Strategic and analytical thinker with superior problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Detailed-oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills. Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proactive, possess written and oral communication skills to clearly and concisely summarize conclusions and observations to senior/executive management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Financial Reporting: Analyze actual results against budget, forecast prior period/year to identify trends, highlight drivers, and expose risks to achieving financial targets. Evaluate overall performance and communicate findings regarding profitability and productivity. Prepare standard reporting and other Firm-level reporting/analytics for executive leadership. Produce expense reporting for department leads.
  • Budget and Planning: Initialize the budgeting process with benchmarks and targets set by the executive team for the planning year. Construct detailed revenue budgets with guidance from CFO and assist department leads to develop their respective expense budgets. Consolidate the final budget, prepare budgeting materials and analytics for meetings with the executive team. Prepare full forecasts quarterly leveraging recent performance metrics to restate/adjust targets. Collaborate with department leads to incorporate expense adjustments as needed.
  • Decision Support: Build complex financial and performance models with embedded calculations to evaluate planning scenarios for decision-making purposes. Provide ad hoc analysis and reporting as needed.
  • Survey Preparation: Extract and consolidate data for participation in external and client-focused surveys. Evaluate growth/attrition in headcount, assess the Firm's diversity, summarize performance metrics, and other financial information.
  • Process Improvement: Identify opportunities to increase automation, streamline reporting practices, improve accuracy, and reduce the amount of time required to complete specific tasks.

Additional qualifications:

  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills, with a particular focus on financial modeling and the use of advanced Excel features.
  • Experience using financial and budgeting applications is required.
  • Highest level of integrity and good judgment, with the ability to effectively deal with highly sensitive and confidential information.

Technical Skills:

  • Budgeting/Forecasting software applications is required. OLAP-based is a plus.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills, proficient in developing macros, utilizing complex formulas, and advanced level features in Excel.
  • Relational databases/SQL writing exposure is a must.
  • Report writing skills is a plus -- Crystal Reports or similar software.
  • Experience with data visualization software is a plus -- Tableau or similar software.