Financial Management Senior Manager - Business Consulting & Technology

Grant Thornton - Chicago, Illinois
3/20/2017 10:56:53 AM

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Financial Management Senior Manager - Business Consulting & Technology

Position Summary:

Grant Thornton’s Advisory professionals are progressive thinkers who create, protect, transform value today, so our clients have the opportunity to thrive and grow. Our advisory practice creates holistic solutions delivered by innovative, curious professionals who bring technical depth and industry insight to our clients. Business Consulting & Technology transforms value. Our Business Consulting and Technology (BC&T) practice consists of Financial Management, Strategy & Performance Improvement, Technology Strategy and Management and Technology Solutions.

The candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to, the 4 quadrants under Financial Management umbrella: 1) Finance Transformation, 2) Cost and Performance Management, 3) Financial Operations, 4) Shared Services. Complying to constantly changing regulations requires efficient programs with the right technology and protocols in place that not only complete the task at hand, but also report out information that is useful to the business and falls within regulator expectations. Our Financial Management practice can help clients remediate regulatory gaps, both process-related and reporting, as well as design and implement sustainable models that streamline operations, comply to regulatory requirements and meet business needs.

Projects for the Financial Management ABL will include both business process analysis and requirements definition efforts for remediating gaps in operational performance against regulatory requirements. The Cost & Performance Improvement focus means that these initiatives will look beyond just control points and focus on Finance Process Optimization changes that achieve conformance goals, for example where improvements to data and information access as well as reassigning resource roles for in scope processes and leveraging available business intelligence platforms achieve required business reporting output not available in legacy (non-compliant) environments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform engagement management responsibilities, including performance reviews, task delegation, project scheduling, project financials, quality review and client management
Manage teams, lead client interactions, assist with proposals, manage billing, proposal development, opportunity pursuit, client expectation and account management.
Meet or exceed sales targets for new and follow-on work
Meet or exceed targeted billing hours (utilization)
Maintain a good working relationship with clients and work effectively with client management and staff at all levels to gather information and perform services
Work closely with Grant Thornton managers and partners to promptly identify and resolve client problems or issues
Communicate (verbally and in writing) externally with clients and internally with all levels of the organization to successfully accomplish objectives portraying knowledge and confidence
Manage, develop, train, coach and mentor staff on projects and assess performance for engagement and year-end reviews
Motivate others to perform at maximum efficiency without sacrificing quality of the services delivered
Interview campus and/or experienced candidates
Identify and address client needs: build, maintain, and utilize networks of client relationships and industry involvement and communicating the value proposition.
Prepare and/or coordinate complex written presentation materials.
Develop client-focused solutions based on understanding strategy, operations and management in a number of functional areas of corporations and organizations.
Utilize previous consulting and industry experience to help companies to set and achieve their long term goals.
Experience in acquiring and managing engagements within a top tier Financial Institutions effectively integrating the areas of Governance, Risk and Finance & Accounting.
Assess compliance risks and controls, developing and implementing compliance supervisory and control solutions and assisting with the response and/or remediation associated with regulatory actions.
Identify and address client needs: develop and sustain deep client relationships using networking, negotiation and persuasion skills to identify and sell potential new service opportunities; preparing and presenting complex written and verbal materials; and defining resource requirements, project workflow, budgets, billing and collection.
Lead teams to generate a vision, establish direction and motivate members, create an atmosphere of trust, leverage diverse views, coach staff, and encourage improvement and innovation.
Perform accurate analysis and designing effective solutions to a variety of client issues
Work directly with clients to address their issues and acting as the day to day relationship contact
Access Grant Thornton’s global network to bring the best experience to bear
Write and present reports that document the results of the work performed
Other duties as assigned



Accounting or Finance degree experience working in financial services in a consulting capacity, with a focus on Finance

10+ years experience in Banking and/or consulting – Finance or risk management function, data analytics a plus

Undergraduate degree required, MBA preferred

Mega-bank experience a plus

Strong analytical skills and ability to perform quantitative analysis and develop business cases

Process analysis, Reporting & Business Intelligence, Data Analysis & Reconciliation.

Working knowledge of Close-the-books, Chart-of-Accounts, Financial Planning and Analysis & Financial Benchmarking

Knowledge of banking operations and related regulatory issues

Experience with development of governance, policies and procedures and reporting processes

Familiarity with the regulations and a strong understanding of the banking regulatory landscape (e.g. BSA/AML/KYC, CFPB regulations, FRB regulations, Dodd-Frank, Stress Testing-DFAST/CCAR).

Candidate must be well-organized and proactive

Client engagement lead experience

Executive presence

Formalized opportunity pursuit experience and competitive proposal development

Relationship development

PMP or related certification required

PMO experience with one or more of the following:

Finance function transformation – enterprise initiative

Large data aggregation (Big-data) or BI initiative

Excellent written and verbal skills

Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and presentation skills

Additional Information:

Travel 80% - 100%

New York, Charlotte or Chicago (national role with extensive travel)


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Requisition ID: 036243

Chicago, IL
Chicago, Illinois

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