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Senior Financial Analyst- HR Insights

A mutually rewarding experience.


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Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there's more to being in business than just making a profit. That's the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.¬  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.


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Because it's never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It's about how you can grab everything that's within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It's about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we'll all be a little better off. It's that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.


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About Mars, Incorporated¬ 


Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M's¬ , SNICKERS¬ , TWIX¬ , MILKY WAY¬ , DOVE¬ , PEDIGREE¬ , ROYAL CANIN¬ , WHISKAS¬ , EXTRA¬ , ORBIT¬ , 5‚„Ę, SKITTLES¬ , UNCLE BEN'S¬ , MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA¬ . Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD¬ Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl¬ , VCA¬ and Pet Partners‚„Ę. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles ‚€“ Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom ‚€“ inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


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Overview:


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The primarry purpose of this role is to support the Senior Finance¬ Business Partner¬ to provide partnership to VP's/Directors of Mars Global¬ Services businesses and MGS Overhead Functions.¬  This includes, but is not limited to (i) traditional FP&A support, (ii) stakeholder, risk and investment management support, and (iii) acquisition integration support.¬  The role is likely to adjust and flex based on demand within MGS. The job holder will also need good execution skill, strong analytical capability, superior problem solving skills, strong technical, functional & business acumen and familiarity with change management.¬ 


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Job Responsibilities:


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Finance governance (20%)



  • Be responsible for setup/implementation of the finance processes and procedures in term of control, planning and reporting.

  • Ensure the finance governance and proper controls are in place

  • dentify risks through process review, and financial analysis and take proper actions


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Reporting (30%)



  • Provide financial insight to MGS Service Business and MGS Overhead Functions ,including analysis and inputs to key customers on



  • Periodic financial reporting and presentations,

  • Cost allocation and impact to segment/business

  • Support for team meetings and business unit governance reviews

  • Ad hoc requests



  • Setup proper cost hierarchy and cost centers to accurately report operating/non-operating cost of service business in a structured manner

  • Manage the finance closing process to ensure it is completed timely and accurately

  • Manage the cost billing process to ensure all the costs are properly billed to business units

  • Track and Report periodic & YTD results vs latest budget, flat out the current view of "Risks & Opportunities", communicate key variances and maintain rolling year-end forecasts whilst maintaining continual alignment with key stakeholders


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Planning (40%)



  • Provide operational support to MGS service businesses and MGS Overhead Functions with their actual and plan, including budget manager training and support during plan cycles:

    • Coordinate and facilitate the annual operating plan/replan and budget revision processes

    • Ensuring business/segment targets are fully understood and communicated by all involved stakeholders

    • Ensuring entries into budgeting system are complete, accurate and aligned with targets, constraints and parameters

    • Providing insightful information on service business performance by analysis on key cost drivers and performance matrix


  • Support the financial integration of acquired businesses, as applicable

  • Manage the cost allocation and billing process of service business. Develop robust cost allocation methodology and maintain proper allocation to business unit.

  • Participate in the mid-term and long term planning of service business

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Process improvement¬  (10%)



  • Challenge existing processes, defining new and more efficient solutions and applying best practices.



  • Routinely assist with high profile, ad-hoc projects


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Education & Professional Qualification:



  • Bachelor's Degree

  • CPA/ACA/CIMA/ACCA or relevant finance experience.


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Knowledge & Experience:


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  • 3-5+ years of experience working in a finance/planning environment

  • Experience of working in a global function/organization (working across different time-zones/regions).

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

  • Strong organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written)

  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to successfully influence associates within & outside the S&F function.

  • Ability to work effectively with all levels within the organization.

  • Knowledge in SAP & MS Office (Strong Excel skills desired, i.e. pivot tables)

  • Fluency in English is essential


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Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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