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Financial Analyst.Senior.

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About the Job

This position is a key role within the Web Performance Finance team who will provide financial analysis & reporting of business results. This role will assist with planning support to the Web Performance CFO, but also partner with other members of the Web Division Finance team, as well as the broader Finance organization, Product Management and Engineering teams.

Key responsibilities include the development of divisional product line revenue forecasts and financial models; defining or driving Network/COGS requirements and plans; providing financial support on new product business case models (ROI analysis) and analyzing and reporting Divisional profitability results, in addition to other strategic and M&A support. This role will also require an individual who can identify, prepare and implement process improvements.

 

About the Team

 

The Senior Financial Analyst-Web Performance Business Unit, will report to the Web Performance CFO, and will be part of a three-person business partner team responsible for providing business support and financial analysis for Akamai’s Web Performance Leadership team. The Web Performance Business Units is a dynamic product innovation team, developing products that enable our customers to offer online commerce websites that are fast, personalized, and reachable by many types of devices across the globe with unsurpassed quality and reliability.

 

Given the rapidly evolving online environment, the product development leadership team seeks robust financial support that ensures accurate insight into existing product lines and helps analyze profitability and feasibility of new product ideas. The Senior Financial Analyst will be responsible for partnering with the product line leaders to help them measure all aspects of their business for enhanced decision-making and improved profitability. The Senior Financial Analyst will be responsible for: developing revenue and expense models for new and existing products; driving data-based discussions with the product line leadership on billing models, pricing strategy, market opportunity estimates; overseeing “budget versus actuals” analysis on direct and indirect P&Ls; establishing business models for the strategic planning needs of the product line managers including “build versus buy” comparisons, and merger & acquisition proposals; and establishing a robust cadence of interactive, data-driven dialogue around financial metrics that enhances the objective standards that the company can use to measure success within the Web Performance Business Unit and across all the Divisions.

This role is a key Finance Partner with the product management leaders to help them measure all aspects of their business and product lines for enhanced decision-making and improved profitability. The Finance Partner also ensures controls are in place and the overall operational know-how (for both the business and financial systems) to help the Web Performance Team achieve performance targets.

Responsibilities

  •  Work with Web Performance product line leaders and management team to analyze financial results, understand key business metrics, provide key insights through analytics and help drive the forecast annual and long-term financial plans.
  •  Responsible for consolidation of Web Performance financial reporting and standardized financial analyses that are provided to both business and finance leadership monthly. This includes ensuring that data accuracy of the results and comparisons against various planning scenarios. 
  •  Help ensure that financial results are effectively interpreted by cross-functional teams (both within the business and financial teams) and assist product line leaders by making potentially complex financial analysis consumable for decision-making.
  •  Work with product line managers to assemble cross-functional teams for consumption and communication of the analysis to ensure operational understanding of the impact.
  •  Proactively monitor and report on the division’s performance to ensure both short-term and long-term objectives are met.
  •  Analyze Product Division Profitability results, plans, and trends against targets, including product revenue and profitability targets by sales territory, geography and product lines.
  •  Perform in-depth financial analysis around specific areas of the business, such as new product development or the profitability and growth drivers of the current portfolio.
  •  Participate and help drive financial analyses of go-to-market / product line strategies and programs that are deployed within the sales / field organizations.
  •  Understand P&L direct and indirect cost drivers of the business and coordinate with centralized functions and other divisions on cost assignment/methodologies, direct costs and allocations.
  •  Assist the cross-functional product divisions with developing rational and operationally supportable allocation models.
  •  Support the Division with pricing strategy and new product pricing development. Coordinate with cross-functional constituents such as network COGS team, billing system team, and Deal Desk for alignment.
  •  Have a working knowledge of the competitive landscape, including business strategies, cost structures and key business metrics.
  •  Analyze and create key metrics and business factors, providing operational and financial measurement tools for the Division.    Balance complexity and detailed accuracy with operational manageability and timeliness.
  •  Work with Finance and Corporate Development leadership on evaluating new strategic business opportunities or investments for growth.   Develop detailed business cases with well-defined strategies and assumptions, summarizing the investment required and future profitability, as well as key financial metrics.
  •  Prepare ad hoc financial analyses and analytical support as required.
  •  Help to identify and articulate risks and opportunities relevant to the forecasting periods
  •  Prepare financial projections for key planning sessions including the Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan
  •  Work closely with Finance, Product Management, Program Management & Engineering to prepare critical analyses of business results (trend analysis, productivity metrics, etc.)
  •  Participate on cross-functional teams focused on process improvement and improving operational efficiencies
  •  Help to implement financial modeling improvements to enhance process efficiency and support new initiatives

 

 

Basic Qualifications

  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business and 8 years of experience or 6 years of experience with Master’s Degree
  •  Minimum 5 years of experience with financial analysis and reporting
  •  Minimum 5 years of experience using Excel & Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint & Word)

 

Desired Qualifications

  •  Strong analytical skills; ability to analyze complex issues and to clearly link financial results to operational performance
  •  Clear thinking and problem-solving skills; ability to quickly grasp new ideas, organize, understand complex information and successfully lead projects and process improvements in a cross functionally environment
  •  Curious, self-starter who consistently takes the initiative to address questions and build new processes and structures
  •  Flexible; able to successfully work independently as well as contribute towards a team’s success
  •  Ability to lead small projects and assignments; comfortable working through complex areas and handling change
  •  Strong time management skills; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and under tight deadlines
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills; can effectively interact with people across multiple levels of the organization and is very comfortable working cross functionally
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  •  Being a graduate of a Financial Leadership Program is a plus
  •  Familiarity with Hyperion, Salesforce.com and Siebel
  •  Experience with process improvement tools such as continuous improvement or Lean & Six Sigma

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai is the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet business ready—fast, reliable, and secure—for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Akamai has offices around the world and operates the most pervasive, highly distributed CDN—with more than 200,000 servers in 110 or more countries—delivering up to 30% of all Web traffic. Learn more at www.akamai.com/careers.


Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more at www.akamai.com/diversity.

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