Spencer Stuart

Financial And Operations Analyst

3+ months agoChicago, IL

Position Summary


The Chief Financial Officer Group (CFOG) is responsible for the Firm's global financial and controllership functions. Because all financial data for the Firm from all over the world flows into our team, we are in a unique position to spot trends and advise business leaders. Our first mission is to collect and report information with flawless accuracy. Our next commitment is to provide insightful analysis and serve as business advisors to our front-line managers. In addition, our team members embody a deep commitment to providing brilliant service to our internal clients. We treat our business leaders and front-line professionals like valued clients who deserve first-rate, highly responsive service. Our final commitment is to each other. The CFO division has a unique culture defined by collaboration, mutual support, and a "team first" attitude, combined with a strong commitment to professional excellence. We like go-getters who embody our values about first-rate work and continuous improvement.

Financial and Operations Analyst

The Financial and Operations Analyst position is a new role in the Regional Controllership group representing a key resource for the team. The Financial Analyst will work very closely with the Regional Controllers (RC) on a wide variety of responsibilities from general technical accounting support to full-range FP&A. While the role will have primary emphasis on EMEA, the scope will be wide ranging with exposure to firm-wide results. S/he will be an essential go-to person for the small RC team as well as the broader Finance group. S/he is a results oriented individual with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast paced professional environment. S/he is intellectually curious with a desire to learn about Spencer Stuart, the firm's business model, and the CFOG. As a member of the finance department, the successful candidate will help the Regional Controllership Group be proactive in identifying issues and creating workable solutions. Position requires a tremendous attention to detail and a customer service orientation. Candidates must possess a strong sense of urgency and have the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. A team player with a good attitude is essential. The candidate must have strong communication skills and ability to work well with other departments, colleagues, and clients.

Location: 353 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide front line accounting support to evaluate the accuracy and completeness of results submitted by our global finance colleagues.
  • Assist the Controllership group with reporting financial and operational KPIs on a recurring and ad hoc basis.
  • Become familiar with our business intelligence and financial consolidations systems to provide regular financial reporting support.
  • Participate in the evaluation and implementation of significant accounting standards that the firm needs to adhere to from both a US GAAP and IFRS perspective.
  • Offer support to the global budgeting exercise with specific emphasis on EMEA.
  • Serve as the go-to person or air traffic controller for incoming requests by working with teammates and ensuring that outgoing responses meet CFOG's high standards for accuracy and relationship management.
  • Collaborate closely with all colleagues in CFOG by demonstrating team spirit, an unwavering commitment to mutual success, and a strong work ethic.
  • Serve as a critical thinker as we work to rebuild our reporting inventory and redefine our reporting strategy across several new reporting tools in Workday, Adaptive Planning and Tableau.
  • In working closely with the Controllership team, play an important role in financial quality control for the firm, being proactive in understanding what is behind the numbers.
  • Build strong relationships with the global finance team and partner closely with the team to answer questions, identify issues, problem solve and create solutions.
Key Relationships

Reports to:

Regional Controllership team with EMEA Regional Controller as direct supervisor.

Other Key Relationships:

Corporate Finance Team

Corporate Finance Leadership including treasury, tax and audit

U.S. Accounting Group

International Finance Directors and related staff

Worldwide Client Database Group

Ideal Experience

  • Facile with Software and Databases. Advanced Excel skills. A quick study and fearless regarding learning accounting and consolidation software.
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in accounting is required.
  • Certifications: CPA, or working toward CPA, preferred.
  • Work Experience:
    • Strong preference for public accounting experience.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (knowledge of intermediate functions such as VLOOKUP) applications.
Critical Capabilities
  • Analytical, insightful, curious. "Helicopter" ability: able to delve deeply into and work meticulously with details, while also being able to pull up and offer meaningful insights to colleagues. Fascinated by stepping back from numbers to interpret what they mean, spot trends, and bring insight.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to provide excellent customer service to business colleagues.
  • Dependable, self-motivated, and energetic with a proactive, problem-solving ability.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented. A great team player. Collaborates, shares information, seeks help, looks out for colleagues, helps others shine, and would never let a teammate down. Disinclined to gossip, politics, and drama.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and accuracy. A willingness to dig deeply into information and to hunt down data. A strong commitment to "getting it right."
  • Innately driven by personal excellence and pride in one's work. Strong work ethic and professional dedication.
Spencer Stuart is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are committed to non-discrimination without regard to actual or perceived race, ethnicity, creed, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, immigration status, ancestry, age, marital status, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any basis prohibited under applicable federal, state or local law.

Job ID: SpencerStuart-R1890