Finance Director

Leo Burnett   •  


11 - 15 years

Posted 265 days ago

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ob description:

The purpose of this role is to provide financial and operational support to the CEO of the Agency.  The Finance Director has overall responsibility for the agency financial reporting, and is responsible for maintaining a strong internal control environment across all financial operations of the Agency.  The Finance Director reports directly to the Regional CFO.

Job Responsibilities

Financial Planning & Analysis – Anticipate risks and initiate actions to achieve financial objectives

    • Prepare the annual business plan, taking into account business initiatives and financial targets

    • Analyze actual performance against key benchmarks and highlight to management any areas requiring action

    • Prepare rolling forecasts as needed to maintain visibility on full year financial performance

Financial Operations – Work with business unit management to maximize profitability and optimize functioning of the BU

    • Provide financial counsel to management to assess financial risk/benefit of operational initiatives and actions

    • Provide “what if” analysis to management, with corresponding financial impact

    • Assist management and account teams with development of commercial pricing (ie, functional hourly rates, piece rates, value at risk pricing models, etc) and support by working and dealing directly with clients (large clients / rsiks)

    • Ensure that all contracts (current and future) are legally and financially sound; this involves the ability to defend the interests of the agency when dealing with procurements, suppliers, clients and prospects

    • Provide operational analysis to management (ie client profitability, capacity management, etc)

    • Liaise with Shared Service Center for key operational areas (ie, Real Estate, Supplier Procurement, Legal, Treasury, etc)


Additional Information:

 Financial Reporting – Ensure that monthly reporting is performed accurately, completely and timely

    • Review transactional accounting performed by Shared Service Center accounting department

    • Perform all subjective areas of financial reporting, particularly revenue recognition and provisions for risks & charges

    • Ensure that all financial reporting is performed in according with Publicis Groupe Corporate Policies and Procedures (“Janus”)

    • Ensure performance of and compliance with Financial Monitoring Controls

    • Perform monthly analysis and submit reports to BU, Regional and Global management

Financial Operations

    • Work with agencies’ management to maximize operational efficiency and effectiveness

    • Work closely on compensation methodology, client contracts, client profitability analysis and implementation of consistent processes and methodologies with PCNA finance team


 Key competencies that are required to be successful in the role:

    • Decision Quality

    • Dealing with Ambiguity

    • Business Acumen

    • Planning

    • Customer Focus

    • Developing Direct Reports & Others

    • Strategic Agility

Job Requirements

    • 10 years financial management experience in a Public Company

    • Advanced finance related credentials preferred (i.e. CPA, MBA, Masters)

    • Appropriate industry experience, including extensive client and executive interaction

    • Extensive negotiation experience

    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

    • Ability to work autonomously

  • Highly organised and able to work according to fixed calendar cycles