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Senior Vice President of Finance

Date:  Nov 24, 2022
Location: 

Remote, MA, US, Remote

Onsite or Remote:  Remote
Company Name:  EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases - all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 2,700 people worldwide, most now working hybrid or remotely. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and outstanding team. EIS is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. Our mission is to transform lives by providing relevant and reliable information when, where, and how people need it. We are looking for bright and creative individuals whose unique differences will allow us to achieve this inclusive mission around the world.

 

 

Reporting to the EVP of Finance, Strategy and Operations, the Senior Vice President of Finance (EIS) will provide high-level oversight for all financial planning and analysis and accounting activities for our major product lines general and administrative (G&A) expenses for the Database, Discovery and EBooks Business Unit (DDE) and consolidation of all financials for EIS.  This includes strategic financial planning, budget analysis and management, capital planning, financial modeling and reporting, business case development, accounting and order management, and refining a forecast process.  The SVP of Finance will be part of the Finance, Strategy and Operational Leadership Team and recommend appropriate fiscal measures for achieving financial objectives and supporting growth.

 

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following areas:

 

  • Direct oversight of FP&A and Accounting teams focused on DDE General & Administrative management expenses and product lines, and overall EIS consolidation (4 Directs, Total team of 31)
  • Provide guidance to EVP of Finance, Strategy and Operations regarding current and future financial considerations, participates in short and long-term financial planning sessions and collaborates on developing and enhancing financial processes and systems
  • Responsible for recruiting and training the team to provide quality results for the organization as needed; Promotes key finance talent and identifies/resolves performance issues as appropriate
  • Lead financial planning and analysis including forecasting, reporting and analysis of revenue and expenses for DDE Business Division and EIS in aggregate
  • Lead the budgeting process for all product lines and G&A expenses and ensure the financial plan aligns with the business strategies
  • Responsible for all financial communication, including monthly performance, budget expectations, and long-range financial plans
  • Leads effort to proactively identify investment, continuous improvement and cost optimization opportunities across EIS.
  • Leads financial planning and analysis efforts. Directs development of internal systems to forecast organizations needs and report on financial results, and implementation of financial best practices.
  • Leads the accounting team and ensures we are following appropriate accounting guidelines and principles;  Additionally works directly with parent company corporate accounting group.
  • Responsible for developing and tracking financial KPIs;  Additionally, establish clear ROI metrics for major business expenditures
  • Develop and utilize complex financial models that drive data-driven insights for business leaders to make informed decisions
  • Build relationships across the finance/strategy team and collaborate with business stakeholders to understand the current state of the business and how to develop insights that can be easily understood and implemented to drive product line goals and strategies
  • Work cross-functionally to drive analytics on new business models, refine existing business cases, and analyze pricing for our major product lines
  • Collaborate with product leads and finance to ensure EIS is investing in and creating differentiated products and value propositions
  • Provide financial support of mergers and acquisitions

 

Role-Based Competencies:

 

•     Strategic Thinking:  Collaborates with senior executives to develop long-range financial goals; monitors on-going performance against these objectives; identifies potential problems and initiates appropriate corrective actions to maximize results.

•     Proactivity/Bias for Action:  Promotes a strong sense of urgency for reaching goals and key deliverables. Acts without being told what to do.  Brings new ideas to the company.  Leads with a results-oriented mindset to meet deadlines.

•     Deliver Information:  Ability to deliver information in a concise manner, providing necessary context for understanding by executives.

•     Analytical Skills:  Able to rapidly and clearly structure and process qualitative and quantitative data to draw insightful, fact-based conclusions from it. Develops financial and operational models to support long-range planning, project ROI analysis, “what-if” scenarios, and sensitivity analysis to draw strategic insights.

•     Attitude/Approach:  Possesses a collaborative, non-threatening, and positive disposition.  Willing to change course quickly to gain a desired result. Exhibits flexibility and willingness to take on new responsibilities to assist with various ad hoc projects as needed. Is not easily discouraged. Strives to exceed expectations and “over deliver” on commitments and deliverables.

•     Talent Development: Identifies current and future talent needs, assesses strengths and gaps, and puts development strategies in place across the business to accelerate readiness and build bench strength.

•     Team-Oriented:  Understands that input from different part of the business is critical to hear and synthesize.  Able to listen, build trust/consensus (across sometimes disparate teams), and then act. 

•     Organization & Planning:  Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets in an efficient, productive manner.  Ensures organization is focused on key priorities. Conducts continuing assessment of business unit performance. Drives efforts to evaluate and redirect operating performance in order to maximize group contribution and profit growth.

•     Honesty/Integrity:  Does not cut corners ethically.  Earns trust and maintains confidence.  Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient.  Speaks plainly and truthfully.

•     Attention to Detail:  Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.

•     Continuous Improvement:  Continually focused on improving processes to do more with existing resources to enable team to be more effective through improved efficiency.

 

 

Cultural Competencies:

 

•     Positive Attitude: Communicates optimistically and enthusiastically about business opportunities and our future while acknowledging challenges and avoiding wishful thinking. Boldly tackles complex issues; helps others envision what can be; makes tough or unpopular decisions in a timely way and ensures others do as well. Models steadiness, focus and calm under pressure; strikes a balance between healthy self-confidence and appropriate humility.

•     Trust & Respect: Demonstrates, promotes and reinforces an uncompromising commitment to high standards of ethical behavior and the EBSCO Way. Inspires trust by sharing information appropriately, taking a clear stand on important issues, and following through on commitments; deals with others in an open, honest manner; extends trust to others. Treats others fairly and with respect for their talents and differences; assumes positive intent; puts systems, policies and procedures in place to ensure fairness in employee relations and business dealings.

•     Drive: Models a determined focus and will to succeed that is contagious; handles adversity well, recovers quickly, and sustains drive over the long haul. Creates a dynamic culture of high expectations, high performance standards and achievement. Sets the expectation that leaders will act swiftly to address issues and opportunities facing our employees and customers.

•     Collaboration: Promotes the importance of collaboration within and across our business to create, capture, share and maximize value. Interacts effectively with others; is considerate and approachable; values, respects, and welcomes differences and others’ perspectives; is mindful of own authority and personal impact. Is not afraid to surface and address conflict directly; acts as a barrier buster where necessary.

•     Open Communication: Conveys a compelling picture of the organization’s future that engages and energizes employees at all levels. Consistently seeks to engage, excite, and influence a broad range of stakeholders about EBSCO’s future direction, strategies, and decisions by connecting it to “what’s in it for them;” values input, is eager to understand, and can be influenced by others. Seeks input and involves others in decisions that affect them; effectively delegates and drives decisions downward.

•     Talent Development: Demonstrates keen insight into own strengths, opportunities, and impact on others; leads the way in self-improvement. Identifies current and future talent needs, assesses strengths and gaps, and puts development strategies in place across the business to accelerate readiness and build bench strength. Sets and reinforces organizational norms and practices that respect, value, and leverage difference to achieve better results.

•     Critical Thinking: Analyzes complex problems fully and objectively before acting; able to draw logical conclusions from available data; gets at the root cause of issues. Thinks systematically; understands and works through complexity; considers competing issues, benefits, and risks; recognizes connections between issues that aren’t obviously related. Balances decisiveness with patience; navigates ambiguity; recognizes personal biases and assumptions; makes well-reasoned decisions.

•     Strategic Thinking: Understands our business model and the evolving business environment; has a strong P&L perspective; uses data to measure and analyze business performance, manage risk and make decisions. Identifies the business implications of changing conditions, patterns, and trends; develops strategies to seize the new market, customer, and business opportunities. Thinks and acts, where appropriate, with a global mindset. Considers differences across cultures, geographies, and markets when shaping business strategies, decisions, and practices.

 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree; preferably in accounting, finance, or business
  • Minimum of 10-15 years of progressive finance and management experience
  • Minimum of 8 year leading a team that delivered monthly reporting and analysis to business stakeholders
  • CPA or strong knowledge of GAAP
  • Proven leader with high energy, confidence, and demonstrated ability to influence others
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; Ability to solve problems, think creatively, and provide recommendations with sound business judgment
  • Experience creating and developing core financial, planning and analysis skills within a team
  • Experience interacting and navigating across a matrixed organization
  • Superior communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills

 

Target Annual Compensation Range: $245,000 - $350,000

 

This Pay Target range includes a bonus target of 25% of base salary. The actual salary offer will carefully consider a wide range of factors including your skills, qualifications, education, training, and experience, as well as the position’s work location. EBSCO provides a generous benefits program including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a retirement savings plan, paid parental leave, holidays and paid time off (PTO), as well as tuition reimbursement. View more about EBSCO’s benefits here: https://www.ebsco.com/about/benefits

 

 

 

We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. We strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex, pregnancy status, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.


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