Cengage Learning Senior Financial Analyst, Corporate Finance, Planning & Analysis in Boston, Massachusetts


We are looking for a highly motivated, energetic, and experienced analyst to support our corporate finance team. The position will provide an excellent opportunity to lead the Finance organization at an exciting publishing technology company going through a transformation in the industry. As a key interface between Finance and executive management, you will be part of the financial planning and reporting function that has a comprehensive understanding of all key business drivers and sophisticated financial models. You are responsible for delivering value-added business analysis, as well as defining and reporting meaningful financial and operational metrics that lead to insightful, accurate business decision-making. In this highly visible role, you’ll partner across functional lines and work with the corporate finance team to drive financial and management reporting. This role will report to the Director of Corporate Finance, Planning & Analysis in the Boston office and support key leadership across all functional areas.


  • Oversight of the financial planning tools and technology, including driving the enhancement roadmap in partnership with our financial systems team.

  • Assuring the development and maintenance of an effective internal control structure within respective areas of responsibility, including internal controls over corporate reporting and planning deliverables.

  • Automate and continuously improve our monthly reporting that includes full financial statements, comprehensive Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reporting, operational Dashboard reporting, analysis of key business trends, actual versus budget variances and comprehensive executive level explanations of differences.

  • Responsible Lead management reporting efforts for monthly business reviews, KPO compensation analysis, and Hyperion reporting infrastructure.

  • Support management in driving improvements, revamping and building centralized solutions (adapting to financial systems challenges for data extraction) to deliver scalable reporting, planning & analysis for leadership across organization.

  • Lead in developing databases, scorecards, and models that add functionality to existing reporting tools in an efficient manner to support key stakeholders

  • Working with executive management, accounting, finance, human resources and professional services to understand business priorities, identify strategic initiatives, and develop effective and timely and centralized reporting solutions.

  • Able to conceptualize and assist in putting in place scalable processes and tools.

  • Focus on process improvements key areas to build integrated reporting tools, accelerate internal controls, and streamline current systems.

  • Support ad hoc analysis and special projects as needed by office of the CFO and organization.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required, preferably in the Business Administration, Finance or Math. MBA a plus.

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ work experience in financial planning or sales analysis/operations experience and in roles requiring problem solving/analytic skills, project management and presentation skills required

  • Comfortable wearing multiple hats, ranging from leading finance and operational discussions to working with data to provide thoughtful analysis

  • Self-directed, self-motivated and demonstrated experience providing ideas and solutions to further business understanding

  • Must be tenacious, with the emotional intelligence to know when to push harder and when to look for alternative approaches.

  • Must be able to listen and interpret the requirements of internal clients, plan accordingly and exceed expectations

  • Extremely well organized and objective oriented. Tireless work ethic.

  • Exemplifies initiative, intelligence, strong attention to detail, and integrity in striving for continuous improvement

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as, strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Ability to develop moderately complex financial and operational models using spreadsheets and database software

  • Demonstrated financial modeling knowledge and skills. Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills.

  • Expert level in Microsoft Excel, Access & PowerPoint, Hyperion Essbase and Planning or equivalent EPM, VBA skills required


Requisition ID 2017-3528

Job Locations US-MA-Boston

Posted Date 7/24/2017

Job Function Finance