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Robert Half Financial Analyst in AMES, Iowa

Description Robert Half is looking for an extraordinary Financial Analyst to join a dynamic firm. This Financial Analyst position includes tasks like measuring, analyzing, and forecasting performance in conjunction with operating plans and conducting financial modeling on a variety of financial products. Additionally, you will be responsible for preparing reports for management and advising management on the allocation of resources to best accomplish objectives. You will focus on areas like forecasting, performance reporting, and expense management as a business partner on tis dynamic team. As the Financial Analyst, your main duties will include supporting world class strategic and financial planning methods, building long-range operating plans to support business imperatives and developing rolling forecast processes to ensure resources every quarter are consumed at maximum effectiveness. On top of your primary responsibilities, you will also assist with operationalizing and cultivating a more data-driven planning process and improved monthly and quarterly reporting. In this role, you will be directly involved in the coordination of various planning cycles (annual planning, quarterly forecasts and monthly outlooks), while providing strategic analyses and recommendations. You will provide variance analysis of bookings, revenues and expenses, clearly explaining the business reasons for variances and adjusting the outlook models to reflect operational adjustments. This Financial Analyst role, which is located in the Ames, Iowa, is a permanent employment opportunity.

Your responsibilities in this role

  • Analyze performance to date and assess potential risks and opportunities

  • Work alongside cross-functional partners in Accounting and Operations to see the proper execution of plans

  • Deliver valuable foresight and decision support by enabling effective Business Intelligence (BI)

  • Work on monthly and quarterly financial close processes in collaboration with the Accounting team

  • Collaborate with senior executives on strategic deep dives on creating financial models and insights on topics such as: Retention forecasts, event tracking and execution, Campaign Planning & Tracking, return on investment of strategic investments, and strategic resource allocation, and prioritization

  • Keep tabs on monthly and quarterly performance through the comparison of actuals versus expectations, ensuring that business partners handle their resources

  • Lead monthly reporting to business partners on financial results and if any actions are required

  • Have a thorough understanding of internal and external drivers and be able to explain how they are impacting performance and trending

  • Drive Area/Segment-level Bookings on a weekly, quarterly and annual basis, as well as P& L forecasting

  • Complete and direct forecasting reports

  • The ideal candidate should be a highly flexible individual who is comfortable with large amounts of information and adept at managing expectations Requirements - 3+ years of experience in problem solving through statistical analysis or with large data sets highly preferable (such as in derivatives, structured finance, or business analytics or in a similarly demanding and analytical role)

  • Skilled in Spreadsheet and ERP system

  • Financial modeling experience

  • Solid understanding of forecasting

  • Corporate Financial Planning experience

  • Expertise in financial analysis

  • Critical thinking, problem solving, ability to work independently

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • BA/BS degree in finance or a related field

  • Business Intelligence (BI) reporting tools experience a plus

  • Strong communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, both oral and written, and ability to build as well as deliver effective presentations

  • Financial planning & analysis (go-to-market experience favored)

  • Firm understanding of problem solving through statistical analysis or with large data sets highly preferable (such as in derivatives, structured finance, or business analytics or in a similarly demanding and analytical role)

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized talent solutions firm that connects highly qualified job seekers to opportunities at great companies. We offer contract, temporary and permanent placement solutions for finance and accounting, technology, marketing and creative, legal, and administrative and customer support roles.

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Robert Half will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All applicants applying for U.S. job openings must be authorized to work in the United States. Benefits are available to temporary professionals. Visit https://roberthalf.gobenefits.net/ for more information.

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