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Lead Business Finance Analyst, PO Derivatives


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  81983
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Segment Controlling PO&D
Division:  Intermediates and Derivatives, Refining


Basic Function

The Lead Business Finance Analyst is a key role in the Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D) segment controlling team and reports to the Senior Manager Business Finance PO&D and Segment Reporting. This position provides accurate financial analysis and insights, consolidation, forecasting and reporting for the global PG & ethanol businesses in the Propylene Oxide & Derivatives (PO&D) award unit. In addition to the PG, IPA  & ethanol responsibilities, this role will also provide support to the Senior Manager Business Finance PO&D regarding the consolidation & reporting activities of the total I&D segment by creating and reviewing the monthly I&D business review deck (BRM) and quarterly segment analysis as well as by supporting the monthly I&D working capital forecasting process. 

This position engages with the PO&D Business Directors and Marketing Managers as required during the forecasting and reporting cycle. This position also requires close interaction and collaboration with the business analyst group, the Director Business Finance I&D & other finance, business & operations stakeholders. In addition, this Lead Business Finance Analyst role is a participant of the PO&D Sales & Operational Planning and Manufacturing meetings. 
The successful candidate will be considered as an expert in the use and operation of the company's financial systems. This role will also act as focal point for General Ledger/SAP accounting issues as they relate to properly assigning costs and revenues to cost centers and profit centers, and provides guidance to members of the Finance department often through the process of coordinating a joint work product. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Evaluate the business income statement and balance sheet as part of the monthly close process to monitor data integrity and investigate any significant variance. 
  • Provide variance analysis of business results versus targets for appropriate periods; assist with preparation of short, medium and long-term profitability forecasts.
  • Support preparation of internal financial analysis for PO&D business management.
  • Prepare and present financial results at quarterly Business, Operational Planning and Manufacturing team meetings.
  • Provides PO&D related input for the quarterly business performance flux analysis to the Leadership team and Investor Relations, which is used in external reporting of results in Q and K filings with the SEC. As a result, accuracy and attention to detail are critical success factors.
  • Coordinate the monthly forecast process and provide information to determine if any actions should be taken to ensure delivery of the annual plan.
  • Support the creation and reviewing of the I&D segment reports (BRM, segment analysis).
  • Support the I&D segment working capital forecast process. 
  • Maintain forecasting models for business cash flow by entity, utilizing SAP BPC, Analysis for Office, Business Warehouse tools and other analytical/graphical tools.
  • Provide ad hoc special business performance analysis.
  • Annual budget coordination and preparation, and support the I&D fixed cost responsibility budget process.
  • Monitor the capital expenditures for the PO&D and overall I&D businesses.
  • Perform financial analysis in compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley 404 Management testing standards. On a quarterly basis, provide a Financial Statement Review representation and sign-off on balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flow.
  • Support and participate in other financial initiatives outside of the I&D segment.

Min. Qualifications

  • BA in a financial/business field or relevant experience with minimum three years of financial or business analysis experience preferred.  MBA, CPA, CFA or equivalent experience valued.
  • Strong analytical, evaluation and judgment skills.
  • Thorough understanding of financial and manufacturing accounting principles and procedures (US GAAP and IFRS), and financial performance indicators (e.g. margin, ROCE).
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively as a team member, and achieve results through the contributions of other people within and outside the immediate organization.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Advanced PC skills, including spreadsheets, database, graphics, statistical forecasting, and modeling. Expertise in SAP, BPC and HFM preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and solve non-recurring problems and drive continuous process improvements and exhibit strong analytical, evaluation and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to assert innovation and creativity to improve business and functional processes and reporting whilst adhering to a strong control environment.
  • Attention to detail to ensure accounting and financial information is timely, accurate and complete.
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities (multiple tasks) and support business unit management with sound business and financial counsel while constantly challenging to drive the team to optimize results and add value.
  • Exhibits a strong sense of urgency and accountability.




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Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


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