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Sr Finance Manager - Business Partner for PHL

Makati , Philippines

Ref#: 21001875

Date published: 18-Jan-2021

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Position Purpose 

The Finance Business Partner will play a key role collaborating across the GWK & IFM business segments to drive financial growth & support the achievement of strategic objectives. 
This will require a high level of commercial thinking, analysis building & collaboration across a matrix organisation to influence strategic decision making. 
The accountability of the role will cover the financial performance of the total APAC GWK & OFM businesses totalling revenue ~USD40m & segment operating profit ~USD6m.
The finance business partner will be the single point of contact on all finance business partnering & FP&A issues. This includes but not limited to forecast performance & assumptions accuracy, risk mitigation plans, business case submission, commercial finance analysis & pricing model optimisation.  
The business partner will work in close partnership with the controllership team to ensure financial management decisions are aligned to strategic objectives. He/she will have a direct reporting line to the APAC COO Finance Business Partner for GWK & will support the SEA Finance Business Partner for IFM.   

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities 
  • Financial Performance 
    • Proactive focus to implement productivity improvement initiatives that drives OPEX savings 
    • Ensure reporting consistency, accuracy and financial integrity of commercial analysis 
    • Accountable to lead the budgeting process, improve forecasting accuracy, drive financial strategic planning & analysis for both LOBs
    • Understand the key financial drivers & accountable to achieve financial targets including SOP, TWC etc in close partnership with the GWK controllership team
  • Compliance
    • Support & cascade top down finance compliance processes / requirements to business leaders as required 
    • Support CBRE’s central controllership teams, ensuring compliance processes are followed by dedicated account teams
  • Commercial Finance 
    • Develop & maintain in-depth knowledge of GWK & IFM commercial structure, margin levers & SOP opportunities to achieve YoY growth targets. 
    • Drive visibility, accountability & ownership of financial objectives ie revenue and profit targets to business partners.
    • Accountable to drive insight & action orientated monthly financial business reviews with leadership. Setting out clear expectations of YTD results, commercial drivers, opportunities & risks. 
    • Support financial acumen across GWK & IFM function leaders to improve forecast accuracy and ownership of targets. 
    • Drive the financial performance of accounts and manage business overheads in partnership with business leaders. 
    • Play an active role in pricing and governance of client contracts to maximize shareholder returns and optimize return on investments.
    • Key contact point for GWK commercial finance matters from respective account finance leads & other business stakeholders across APAC. 
  • Forecasting and Planning
    • Reviews planning, budgeting and forecasting information focusing on challenging assumptions, ensuring quality and consistency
    • Working closely with APAC FP&A teams and Reporting COE to derive insights and develop models
    • Lead Financial Review meetings with the Business to identify and investigate risks, issues and opportunities and agree interventions
    • Creates scorecards and metrics linked with enterprise strategic objectives utilizing disruptive technology
    • Advise senior management on decisions pertaining to improving performance, minimizing risk or capturing new opportunities
  • People
    • In partnership with the controllers – Focus on development of GWS finance talents to build the right capabilities & attitudes. 
    • Manage succession planning of GWS finance teams 
    • Identify current finance development gaps and proactive coaching / team management to bridge these gaps. 
    • Facilitate knowledge sharing across finance teams, GWS business segments, accounts and CBRE platforms. 
  • Accounting degree or post graduate diploma in accounting 
  • Qualified accountant and member of recognised accounting organisation preferred.
  • Experience with contract management an advantage.
  • International/regional/cross-country or multi-cultural experience
  • Experience managing a high degree of complexity, bringing together financial, commercial, operational and people considerations, to secure the best outcomes
  • Experience in business partnering & ability to influence strategic decisions with financial insights esp with senior management. 
  • Experience of planning and forecasting financial performance within a matrix organisation structure. 
  • Experience driving financial performance in a dynamic business environment. Knowledge of Facility Management markets, an advantage.
  • Expected 7+ years post qualified with people management experience 
  • Willing to be assigned at M1 Tower Makati
  • Willing to work on any shift depending on business needs
  • Self-starter and autonomous mindset
  • Strategic thinking 
  • Deep commercial acumen to deliver better business insight by aligning finance & commercial objectives 
  • Keen interest on operational matters and ability to bring together operational, contractual & financial matters
  • Ability to challenge the status quo & influence with financial insights to build consensus
  • Highly interpersonal & demonstrate techniques that facilitate productive discussions with stakeholders  
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills 
  • Ability to work in a Matrix organization involving many stake holders
Technical Skillset
  • Microsoft Office product literate, excel modelling and data manipulation skills
  • Solid understanding of modern Digital & Technology solutions, used to facilitate and enhance business performance (ERP, Reporting tools, Cloud based solutions, etc.) 
  • Experience of engaging and working remotely