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Financial Planning & Analysis Analyst

Location: Columbia, MARYLAND.
Company Description:

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency's heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 5,500 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 24 additional offices in the US and 25 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network.

Job Description:

This role will be a key asset in the future growth of the company. This individual will be part of a team leading the  FP&A function which spear-heads Merkle’s financial quarterly forecast, annual global budgeting process, operating plan variance analysis and special projects. This team also provides financial consulting and strategic support to senior management including preparing board presentations, financial presentations, capital expenditure analysis, new business opportunities, acquisition analysis and other projects requested by senior management. This function acts as the analytical engine of the company to provide insights and support ‘optimal’ business decision making. This role reports into the Senior Director, FP&A.

Position Responsibilities:

 Analyze current and past trends in key performance indicators including all areas of revenue, cost of sales, expenses and capital expenditures

  Monitor performance indicators, highlighting trends and analyzing causes of unexpected variance

  Contribute to the continued development of Budgeting, Financial Forecasting, Operating Plan and Modeling tools

  Ad-Hoc Reporting and Analysis

  Quarterly and Monthly Financial reports

  Improve performance by evaluating processes to drive efficiencies and understand ROI impacts

  Develop financial models and analyses to support strategic initiatives

  Analyze complex financial information and reports to provide accurate and timely financial recommendations to management for decision making purposes

  Supporting Senior Management Team and Departments heads with in-depth analysis

  Prepare presentations to Dentsu Aegus Network and Merkle’s Senior Management Team

Qualifications:

  Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance

  3+ years experience as Financial Planning and Analysis Analyst

  Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills. Access skills desirable

  Highest standards of accuracy and precision; highly organized

  Articulate with excellent verbal and written communication skills

  Ability to think creatively, highly-driven and self-motivated

  Demonstrated ability to roll-up sleeves and jump right in to work with team members in a highly dynamic environment

Additional Information:

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. At Merkle, we believe that a diverse environment improves us as a community and as a business. We want to foster an environment of growth, where all ideas and contributions are encouraged. We need this culture of courage to continue to thrive in our fast-paced industry. We embrace differences of opinion. We value diversity of experience and thought, which help us to challenge and define industry-leading solutions, and support our goal of being a great place to work.

More Information:

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