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Financial Planning Partner - 819

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Canadian National Railways

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Homewood, IL

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This job was posted by https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov : For more information, please see: https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/r/jobs/5668301 Financial Planning Partner

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The Financial Planning Partner is a bridge between Finance and Operations. Function acts as a trusted business advisor. Plays a key role in developing, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of corporate strategy with the functional regional Chief and his leadership team with emphasis on bottom line performance and investments. Provides financial insights to build a better business, proactively driving value through informed and insightful decision-making, fostering a culture of cost consciousness, control, simplification and continuous improvement. Primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, monitoring, managing and controlling all financial related activities within areas of the Region. Critical outcomes include supporting the functional leadership team with key financial insights and operational analytics.

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Major Responsibilities:

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Manage budgeting and planning process ensuring they are dynamic and aligned to business needs and properly communicated to each budget owners .

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Prepare year-end outlook (YEO) based on actual results and spending trends, and drive cost improvements with support from senior functional regional management to address areas of concerns.

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Prepare operating expense budgets and capital plan investments - ensure buy-in by key stakeholders on budgets by making them understand the assumptions and key elements used to establish the budget.

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Prepare and distribute weekly, monthly, quarterly reports on expenditures and key performance metrics, including various analysis as required.

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Monitor, analyze and explain monthly operating results against budget.

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Preparation and distribution of financial reports.

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Preparation of financial outlooks and financial forecasts.

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Manage changes/transfers within the Operating and Capital budgets.

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Advise and inform the regional senior management teams on the merits and risks associated with the Outlooks and keep financial Planning abreast of the changes to the YEO.

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Drill down on unexpected variances to provide explanations to key stakeholders and establish courses or corrective actions through discussions with regional senior management.

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Monitor workforce headcounts and compares it versus the workforce plan. Help to develop strategies to achieve productivity improvements.

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Instill and maintain a culture of ongoing communication with key budget owners .

Ensure management reporting and financial management processes are dynamic and relevant to business and drive business performance.

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Provide functional leaders and their leadership team with guidance and advice on their operational expenditures, trends and metrics.

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Identify gaps and provide recommendations to strategically enhance financial performance and business opportunities, and provide a full range of financial solutions.

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Ensure dashboards (KPI's) are dynamic and appropriate and that management action results from analysis through translating management information into recommendations.

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Monitor performance against other regions and objectives

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Actively pursue to deliver cost savings and efficiency gains.

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Leverage data from various systems to highlight and quantify issues and to improve reporting and controls.

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Document issues and coordinate resolution by engaging accountable budget owners.

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See budget section for Opex and Capex.

Continue to improve processes and controls.

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Ensure that effective controls are in place to en ure compliance with SOX and GAAP, including monitoring and reporting.

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Develop appropriate control processes and monitor compliance (overtime, adherence to policies, etc.)

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Proactively review and implement new processes triggered by new accounting pronouncements, new systems or other.

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Provide recommendation and procedural improvements for financial audit issues and controls.

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Perform balance sheet account reconciliations.

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Manage accrued liabilities in compliance with corporate accounting rules.

Manage Regional special project (including recoverable) financial impact process including the preparation of business case, monitoring the project spend and explaining the project variances.

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Prepare business case and related AFE (including revote) with the project owner validating the assumptions used and translating them into relevant financial impact.

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Validate that significant potential financial impact and risks are identified

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Provide appropriate update on capital spend vs. project advancement

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Prepare the budget and the forecast (YEO) for these projects

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Ensure that effective controls are in place to ensure compliance with SOX and corporate policy, including monitoring and reporting

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