Geography Finance Director - North America

Arlington, VA
Dec 02, 2021
Dec 05, 2021
Full Time
Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas - the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at . The Finance function serves both internal and external customers: colleagues within our company, client organizations, shareholders, financial institutions, vendors and regulatory agencies around the world. This role resides in our FP&A practice within Finance. The individual filling this role will be responsible for managing many aspects of Finance for the North America geography including geography leader financial support, financial performance management process (budgeting, forecasting, etc. in conjunction with Financial Planning & Analysis and Investor Relations functions), standard and ad hoc reporting and analysis, operating processes (in conjunction with Global Financial Services and global process leaders), controls compliance, policy implementation and interpretation and business transformation. This role can be based anywhere in the United States The Role Act as a valued strategic finance business partner to the geography leadership team through thoughtful analysis of financial information and trends that drives actionable decisions to deliver superior financial performance that meets and/or exceeds internal and external stakeholder financial objectives. A' Work with the geography leadership team to proactively identify and help solve performance issues. Regarded as a key contributor to the geography leadership team in shaping the long-term business strategy to drive superior performance. Build and manage a high performing team that maintains a strong "client service"A' focus and culture and delivers value-added financial reporting and analysis to the segment management team. Develop and manage strong working relationships with various departments within Corporate Finance as well as with leaders in Segments, Geographies and Corporate Functions. Engage other departments to promote and model collaboration and sharing of best practices. Work seamlessly as a team with Corporate FP&A in serving business financial needs in the most efficient and effective way for the company. Coordinate, facilitate and be proactive in representing the geography perspective with regards to key global financial performance management measures as relevant for the respective segment Execute a strong internal control environment and close process within the segment/geography; key areas include controls over revenue recognition, sales accounting, contract management, partner relations and financial reporting processes. Engage and partner with the WTW Transformation Program to drive an optimized segment/geography finance service delivery organization that will deliver enhanced value in terms of financial reporting, analysis and controls. Lead the North America geography finance team in the execution of robust monthly and quarterly end close processes and financial reviews so that the North America business leadership understand what the risks and opportunities of the geography are. A' Areas of focus include Other Regional Segment (ORS), WIP/AR management and client revenue and client profitability across the regions that constitute North America. Drive the development of the monthly North America ORS forecasts and annual plan with the monthly forecasts serving as a mechanism to assess the financial risks and opportunities that North America faces as they strive to meet their plan objectives and the annual plan ensuring financial targets are set to enable WTW will meet internal and external stakeholder objectives. Partner with the segment finance leads to ensure collaboration and alignment of overall North America segment forecasts and plans are pressure-tested. Serves as the key geography finance leader in all strategic initiatives that impact North America such as M&A, investment opportunities, enterprise operational initiatives, etc. The Requirements 10+ years related experience in financial analysis and budgeting experience required Experience with both strategic and operational analyses preferred Systems and data knowledge to be able to direct colleagues in the accumulation and synthesis of data into operational recommendations Financial and business acumen as evidenced by having roles with progressively broader financial responsibilities Possesses or has the strong ability to attain commercial knowledge of the WTW North America business portfolio and have an aptitude of understanding the business financial drivers to enable strong financial acumen partnership with the North America geography leader Based in the US Strong experience in Oracle, Hyperion and MS Office Applications Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines Ability to lead team, drive change, develop skills of direct reports, and positively impact team morale Excellent verbal and written communication skills Ability to build and maintain strong relationships in a collaborative fashion Strong influencing skills Bachelor degree in Accounting/Finance or deep related experience; CPA or MBA preferred WTW Values & Behaviors will underpin all roles and will guide performance criteria Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity Equal Opportunity Employer EEO, including disability/vets This employer is a corporate member of myGwork, the business community for LGBTQ+ professionals, students, inclusive employers & anyone who believes in workplace equality.