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Financial Analyst

About Us:  We are a unique group of individuals who are disrupting the way people think about education and skill building for today’s middle skills workforce. At Penn Foster our goal is to connect displaced learners with the opportunity to further their education (at an affordable price) and skills with the end goal of placing our students in a steady long term job. As one of the largest distance and blended learning schools in the US we work with over 1,000 corporate partners and have 125,000 active students enrolled in one of our three schools; Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster College.


Job Summary: 

As Financial Analyst, you’ll have the opportunity to complete challenging work and the chance to develop both personally and professionally while working in a fun, results-driven environment.  You’ll be part of a high-growth team and company, which means ample opportunities for career advancement.  This role has an emphasis on innovation, optimization and data-driven decision making.  You’ll work in an organizationally flat culture that allows you to interact directly with senior management while completing work that makes a direct impact on the performance of the company.


What You Will Be Doing

As a Financial Analyst at Penn Foster, your primary job responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in the annual planning and forecasting processes
  • Developing and refining reporting dashboards and analytical tools that measure financial performance and provide actionable insights to the business by partnering collaboratively with business owners
  • Performing monthly variance analysis of actual results to budget
  • Providing financial reports and analyses that drive revenue and expense improvement and identifies gaps and opportunities.
  • Ensuring financial integrity of FP&A data and analytics environment and managing road map for reporting improvements for continuous improvements to reporting
  • Participating in the financial modeling of longer-term strategic projections
  • Analyzing product line performance and profitability trends
  • Ad hoc analytical projects for the CFO and Senior Manager, FP&A that drives value for the business


Job Qualifications

  • 1-3 years of post-undergrad professional experience
  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Management or Economics
  • Strong Excel skills; experience with financial accounting systems (JDE) and business intelligence software products (SAP Business Objects etc.) is a plus
  • Excellent financial modeling and analytical skills
  • Highly organized, detail oriented nature a must
  • Pride in accuracy and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated analytical proficiency in data research and interpretation
  • Ability to work cross-functionally across organization
  • Intellectual curiosity with an innate interest in learning about, and improving, both the company and one’s self
  • Meets deadlines, prioritizes appropriately, copes well with change, and maintains composure under pressure
  • Ability to own projects and/or areas of responsibility with limited ‘hand-holding’
  • Composure and confidence to interact with executive team
  • High energy, humble team player, strategic and creative thinker, “get it done” attitude


How we define success in this role: 

To excel as the Financial Analyst, you must act as an investigative reporter of the Penn Foster business and exhibit the following competencies:

  • Excellence in using spreadsheets and databases to analyze information
  • Solid understanding of the company’s products, markets and processes
  • Consider your work to be analysis rather than reporting
  • Ability to navigate through the company’s financial systems
  • Knowing the needs and personal style of the individual(s) for whom the work is being done
  • Understanding management accounting concepts and how to apply them to the business
  • Possess a growth mindset
  • Taking the initiative to improve in each of the areas mentioned above and have a continuous-improvement mentality


Physical Job Requirements and Demands

The Financial Analyst can expect to sit for lengthy periods of time in an office environment and may occasionally need to lift/carry up to 15lbs.


Compensation Details           

We offer a competitive base salary plus a robust benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, generous paid time off, plus a 401K with a company match. 


Penn Foster is an equal opportunity employer.

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