Manager of Finance
Company Summary:Founded in 2001, Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions for schools, school districts, and students in grades K12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. In 2017, Connections Education brings full-time online and blended school to 65,000 students across the US and abroad, and delivers online courses to over 340,000 students. In total, over 400,000 students in the US and 48 countries will receive online learning from Connections Education in 2017. Connections Education is based in Baltimore, Maryland and was named a "Top Workplace" by the Baltimore Sun for the third consecutive year and a 2013 "Best Place to Work" by Baltimore magazine. Regularly recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Education is part of the global education company, Pearson.Position Summary:Working with the VP of Finance, the Manager of Finance will assist in driving investment business decisions by providing fact-based, financial data and analytics. This individual will report and analyze against investments and capital spend, and will develop a process to analyze new initiatives and projects. This position will develop reporting and forecasting models that fully integrate the entire revenue and cost structure supporting new/existing products, projects, and related capital spend.The Manager of Finance interacts on a regular basis with departmental leaders and peers at Pearson, our parent company. This position reports directly to the VP of Finance. Responsibilities:Business Planning & Support Analyze all aspects of operations, cost structure, and spending patterns to help identify opportunities with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency; Provide analytics surrounding product and segment profitability with a focus on key drivers of performance including pricing, mix, cost and other variables; Drive actionable analyses and recommendations for business growth acceleration, investment prioritization, acquisition strategies, and efficiency improvements; lead business intelligence projects to automate and scale reporting and financial processesFinancial Planning and Production Support Provide necessary diligence and management of day-to-day forecasting and budgeting for Corporate functions, including monthly close, reforecasting, management reporting, variance analyses, tracking of internal capital labor in compliance with accounting guidance, reporting and forecasting of spend; Develop financial models and automated tools to support the budgeting, forecasting, cash management and other analytical functions; Develop, prepare and distribute financial, key performance metrics and analytical reports as neededTransformation Leadership Champion a culture of creativity, collaboration, diversity and innovation; Develop and mentor a team of finance professionals; Other duties and responsibilities assigned as necessary Bachelor's degree in Finance or related field required; MBA or CFA preferred. 7 years' experience in a high growth or transformational corporate finance environment. Strong data mining and modeling expertise. Ability to establish a high degree of accountability across the organization through both performance measurement and clear communications. Exceptional communication and presentation skills with ability to deliver strategic messages to senior leadership level positions.