Senior Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis

Toronto, Ontario, Canada Finance Full-time
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Senior Manager Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) leads the financial planning and forecasting, reporting and decision support processes, by ensuring the accuracy and integrity of financial & sales results via timely financial & sales reporting.
Provides financial expertise to the senior leadership team to make sound business decisions in alignment to company objectives and compliance with legislative and fiduciary requirements.

Key Accountabilities

  • As a key member of the financial management team, leads, coaches and manages a team of two (2) to ensure the efficient preparation and delivery of financial, operational and management reporting, including but not limited to monthly, quarterly and annual reporting; monitoring operational budgets; variance reports; ad hoc reports (e.g. performance analysis, churn); forecasting and financial close; and execution of the commission process.
  • Orchestrates and prepares the timely execution of financial planning, budgeting and forecasting processes (bookings forecast), including but not limited to creating financial models and analyses of financial and operational metrics to evaluate and direct business performance.
  • Incorporates key internal stakeholder input to develop and maintain optimal processes and financial controls to maximize revenue and profitability.
  • Oversees all aspects of the annual operating plan, quarterly forecast updates, and long-term planning process, including providing forecast financial statements and detail-level explanations of trends and variances, and collaborating with the senior leadership team and US finance teams on various FP&A reporting-related projects or initiatives. Assumes a lead role to provide financial guidance and insightful analysis and aggressively monitors corporate progress against targets, ensuring management has the financial insight necessary to achieve goals.
  • Spearheads the Monthly Operations Review (with the VP of Sales), including determination of topics, meeting details and tracking completion of action items.
  • Compiles and executes comprehensive summary reports for key stakeholders as required, and ad hoc usage reports for all applicable business units including Sales and Operations.
  • Administers, reinforces and monitors compliance with established financial reporting policies and procedures in alignment to company standards, strategic goals and SOX requirements. Provides input to the Director, FP&A on the development or updating of said policies and procedures.


  • Minimum of 6 – 8 years of experience in general accounting and reporting is required, with at least 5 years of experience in a financial planning and analysis role.
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is a must.
  • Advanced Excel.
  • In-depth knowledge of Great Plains and Salesforce or similar financial planning ERP systems is an asset, coupled with expertise with compiling comprehensive performance analytics reports.
  • Advanced sense of urgency, time management, attention to detail and organizational skills. Adaptability and flexible with respect to managing organizational and legislative requirements.
  • Strong leader / collaborator with proven relationship building and negotiation abilities to partner and influence internal stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in accounting, finance or business administration or a related field
  • In-depth knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as applied to reporting, commission processing and financial analysis, as well as in-depth knowledge of financial planning/ budgeting principles are required.
  • Advanced listening, verbal and written communication skills to understand business’ needs or problems and respond clearly and concisely.
  • In-depth analytical, problem diagnosis and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to identify, recommend and implement changes and improvements.
  • ·Champion and prove implement or of financial planning, analysis and reporting best practices, current trends, to enhance the overall quality and efficiency of customer support.
  • Adaptable to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
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