Manager FP&A - Corporate Development & Acquisitions


At KinderCare Education, we make it our passion to nurture a sense of discovery, joy, and wonder in every child, every day, at every one of our centers. As the nation's leading private provider in accredited early childhood education, we're committed to delivering the highest-quality child care and educational opportunities for families and the dedicated professionals who serve them.

We see the greatness in each child, and we believe teachers can change the world. Every day, our more than 33,000 employees create a world of learning, joy, and adventure for more than 158,000 children. Whether you're in one of our centers or providing support from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, being a part of the KinderCare family means that you care deeply about positively impacting the lives of children and families through the power of education.

KinderCare Education has three brands to meet the needs of busy families wherever they need us:

  • We're in neighborhoods with our KinderCare Learning Centers that offer early childhood education and care for children 6 weeks to 12 years old
  • We're at offices with KinderCare Education at Work, our suite of family-focused benefits for organizations to offer to their employees, including on-site and near-site early learning centers, Back-up Care for last-minute child care and Care Select
  • And we're at schools with our Champions before and after school programs
Job Summary:

This role is a leading member of our Growth Finance team and broadly on the Corporate FP&A team with the mission to strategically influence business decisions, improve processes and optimize partnerships, performance, margin and growth through leveraging of data and analytics.

Primary responsibilities include financial analysis and modeling for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as well as corporate partnership collaborations. Specifically, this role owns the acquisition pipeline from identification to ownership, working directly with brokers and/ or owners to understand financial performance and possible operational constraints that will impact integration. In addition, this manager provides financial guidance to our corporate development team on viability of on-going and new corporate partnerships, sales team commissions and fiscal planning.

The ideal candidate must have a demonstrated ability to build relationships, influence leaders, think strategically, provide excellent customer service and strong communication skills. The individual must be a team player, be willing and able to analyze data independently, capable of dealing with complex issues and should be able to present effectively at a senior level. The Manager, FP&A - Corporate Development & Acquisitions supervises and provides leadership to Financial Analysts.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Work closely in a fast-paced environment with NSC (National Support Center) partners to ensure potential opportunities are financially viable and a cultural fit.
  • Perform financial analytics in support of all business decisions.
  • Actively communicate to senior staff in a simple, concise and easy to consume format.
  • Understand the key strategic priorities of the organization with an understanding of the "bigger picture" and perform analysis to ensure company resources are allocated efficiently in support of those priorities.
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and critical thinking that can solve problems and make recommendations based on self-directed work efforts. Develop and create ad-hoc financial modeling for special projects and program development using standard investment metrics (NPV, IRR, etc.).
  • Evaluate models against portfolio results to determine model reasonableness, evolving models as business evolves.
  • Develop a highly engaged, highly talented and high performing team.

Key desired skills and experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Finance or related field. MBA degree a plus.
  • At least 4 years' experience in a similar position with a medium to large sized multi-unit company.
  • Experience in budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis.
  • Experience in developing and/or the ability to understand complex financial models.
  • Experience in utilizing more qualitative data to inform analytical positions.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects at once maintaining accuracy and speed.
  • Positive attitude and demonstrated flexibility in re-prioritizing projects.
  • Strong problem solving, strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Detail orientation with high attention to quality and accuracy.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Supervisory experience and desire to develop and lead team members.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact with various levels of management and develop strong working relationships inside and outside of the team and organization.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office: Outlook, Advanced Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Desirable Skills: Cognos, Hyperion, MS Access, Anaplan, TM1/Cognos

KinderCare Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

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