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Director, Finance - FP&A Cash

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Date: Aug 7, 2019

Location: New York, NY, US

Company: Nielsen

Director, Finance - FP&A Cash - 41080

Finance and Corporate Development - USA New York, New York 


This newly created position on the FP&A team will play a vital role in assisting with the company's short-term and long-term financial forecasting, process optimization and key strategic initiatives This role provides the unique opportunity to obtain an in-depth view and understanding of the full company cash flow and balance sheet and provides visibility and interaction with the business units inside Nielsen.


This is an excellent opportunity for career advancement and exposure to the business and finance leadership.


Extensive experience forecasting, budgeting and analyzing free cash flow is a requirement for this position.


Essential Responsibilities:

Budgeting & Forecasting

  • Refine / manage the methodology and process for the annual budget and work with stakeholders to implement process improvements
  • Manage the Operating Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow planning processes for all estimates, budgets, and long-range plans. This includes consolidating and analyzing key elements including working capital and other components of the walk from EBITDA to OCF & FCF 
  • Update the forecast for the balance of the year P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash Flows monthly
  • Review and challenge business’ proposals
  • Coordination with the various regional teams to ensure accurate forecasting
  • Being a strategic partner to the business leaders and supporting Cash data driven decision making
  • Be responsible for understanding, forecasting and optimizing the core drivers of cash across the business
  • Partner with various business leaders to determine the core levers of our businesses and identify revenue maximizing initiatives

Reporting & Analysis

  • Report and assist in analyzing quarterly actuals, communicate variance drivers to budget & prior year and key working capital components and trends
  • Analyze KPIs for insights and analysis
  • Consolidate Risks and Opportunities outside of the forecast
  • Monthly presentations to senior management

Other Strategic Opportunities

  • Implement FP&A best practices to provide best in class budgeting, forecasting, planning and analysis
  • Identify opportunities and implement process improvements for automating the planning processes, trend analysis and reporting actuals
  • Identify and drive opportunities improve the cash conversion cycle




  • Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting (or related field) required. MBA, CPA, or CFA preferred
  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrated experience with an organization-wide financial planning and budgeting process and strategic analysis in a complex organization, with at least three years of experience forecasting, budgeting and analyzing free cash flow or working capital.
  • 5+ years’ experience partnering closely with supply chain finance
  • 5+ years of business-facing experience collaborating with commercial and operations teams to drive improved performance.
  • Advanced financial modeling skills – ability to create pro forma or forecasted Income Statements, Balance Sheets, and Cash Flow Statements
  • A creative analytical mindset, with an ability to identify opportunities, solve problems and shape decisions through the application and analysis of data, 
  • Deep intellectual curiosity; excitement and eagerness for delving into complex challenges and opportunities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in order to effectively interface with all levels of the organization 
  • Proven leadership with success in building effective business partnerships at all levels of the organization, in addition to acting as a trusted partner and advisor
  • Experience with SAP, Hyperion Essbase, SQL a plus but not required


The successful candidate will:

  • Be open to a range of tasks and responsibilities never limited to a job description
  • Be comfortable with change and adapting to new responsibilities in a fast-paced and ever changing job environment. Be able to pivot and reprioritize workload to best support shifting priorities




We’re in tune with what the world is watching, buying, and everything in between. If you can think of it, we’re measuring it. We sift through the small stuff and piece together big pictures to provide a comprehensive understanding of what’s happening now and what’s coming next for our clients. Today’s data is tomorrow’s marketplace revelation.

We like to be in the middle of the action. That’s why you can find us at work in over 100 countries. From global industry leaders to small businesses, consumer goods to media companies, we work with them all. We’re bringing in data 24/7 and the possibilities are endless. See what’s next with us at Nielsen:


Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.

Job Type: Regular 

Primary Location:  New York,New York 

Secondary Locations: , , , 

Travel:  Yes, 10% of the Time 

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