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General Electric Lead Finance Specialist - Cash Flow Planning & Analysis in Budapest, Hungary

Job Description Summary

The Lead Finance Specialist will be an integral part of Gas Power (GP) Billing & Collections Cash team. Interprets simple internal and external business challenges and recommends best practices to improve data quality, past due AR reduction, reporting initiatives and FCF. Stays informed of industry trends that may influence work. The role requires independent research ability and passion for implementing new and innovative approaches to analytics. You will be working directly with Regional Leaders and functional teams focused on Billings, AR, Collections and KPI reporting, running projects targeting process and business results improvement. You will be leading efforts on exploratory analytics for new metrics, and other analytical or research projects.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Partner with HQ cash, regions and ITR teams in the coordination and development Billing and Collections Cash reporting and analytics ensuring key operational leaders have visibility to and are made accountable of weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual operational cash KPI targets.

  • Provide data driven, provocative analytics to challenge pacing, estimates and targets with operational drivers.

  • Lead functional teams or projects. Communicate difficult concepts and may influence others' opinions. Guide others to consider a different point of view.

  • Lead Problem Solving efforts to improve cash linearity, on time collections and Past Due reduction

  • Owner of AR related reserves (BDR) projection model and forecasting process, monthly forecasting and quarterly closing reporting

  • Understand and apply management reporting hierarchy changes in the AR reporting environment and propose changes, enhancements

  • Become an expert on the key data systems

  • Ensure reporting accuracy for standard and ad hoc reporting

  • Provide insight and commentary into reporting to aid collections efficiency

  • Identify LEAN projects to drive standard work and continuous improvement of analytics through automation

  • Drive financial modeling improvements in the planning and forecasting models to enhance process efficiency

  • Prepare presentations and clearly communicate findings from initiatives to senior management and to the broader organization

  • Create data visualizations to make data easily accessible across the organization

  • Identifying key drivers of performance across a broad set of partners and business models leveraging the large repository of data

  • Ad hoc analysis and support, such as CFO requests, CEO analysis, and other

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration

  • Significant relevant experience

  • Significant Finance experience in roles of increasing responsibility and finance competencies

  • A strong problem solver who is entrenched in data/KPI’s to support financial and operational decision making

  • Good Understanding in financial reconciliation walks and great capability to articulate and explaining the operational drivers to leadership

  • A track record of process excellence across the finance value stream

  • A boundaryless people leader who will build, retain and develop our key finance talents

  • Experience interacting with clients to understand business issues, define and pitch projects, develop and own analytic solutions, generate insights, and present findings and recommendations

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Demonstrated success in delivering against aggressive timelines

  • Demonstrated experience in manipulating, merging, and mining large and complex data sets (structured and unstructured) from diverse sources

  • Experience with Business ERP’s (Oracle, SAP, Hyperion), business intelligence & data visualization tools (Tableau Prep, Desktop, Server)

Desired Characteristics

  • Prior FP&A experience including data governance, pacing, closing, reporting, and planning

  • Strong analytic skills: able to clearly link financial results to operational performance drivers

  • Clear thinker, problem solver: successfully led projects and process improvements within operations/finance functions; able to quickly grasp new ideas

  • Adaptable/Flexible: being open to change in response to new information, different or unexpected circumstances, and/or to work in ambiguous situations

  • Master of MS Office applications with strong Excel skills in data compilation and aggregation (i.e. complex and linked tables, pivots, formulas and macros)

  • Experience working in global business environment with sound understanding of global process and transactional flows

  • Excellent communication skills: experience working across multiple levels (including executive level), functions and regions

  • Experience working in a matrixed environment

  • Successful applicant will be legally eligible to enter into an employment relationship under the laws of Hungary

Additional Information

Relocation Assistance Provided: No