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Finance & Accounting Analyst

 

The Role

The Finance & Accounting Analyst is responsible for achieving Aristocrat’s objectives and strategies by supporting the VP, Finance - Commercial Product & Technology (D&D) and local Digital stakeholders.  The role is a key business partner to the Digital / Product Madness Management team and a pivotal conduit between the regional finance teams, corporate finance and Digital management. This role works collaboratively across a wide range of stakeholders and has a direct influence & impact on the financial and strategic direction of the Digital organisation.

 

The role is primarily financial planning and analysis where the key outcomes are:

  • Analysis and provision of advice (& opportunity) through the proactive monitoring of performance.
  • Input to the short term and long range planning cycles.
  • Month end close process and analysis
  • Create forecasting models to project future spend based on the product roadmap and known financial events and investments.
  • Commercial business partner to the local Digital Management team.
  • Partner with the VP, Finance - Commercial Product & Technology to build up business cases, run due diligence processes and analytics to support strategic initiatives and closely monitor and manage investment spend.

 

Role Responsibility 

  • Financial Planning - Manage the construction, collation and communication of the Digital planning process for quarterly re-forecasts, the annual plan and the 3 year strategic plan. Maintain data integrity, construct messaging, communicate process and manage delivery to deadlines.
  • Financial Reporting - Manage the reporting of performance plans monthly to the Digital Management team including the integration of both historical financial performance with forward looking operational forecasts. Create insight, exception driven and future focused financial outputs.
  • Business Partnering - Partner with the local Digital operational teams to drive insight, challenge and partner to help deliver on the business’s commitments.
  • Proactively analyse and look for improvement opportunities to enhance performance and assist in GAP management.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders to continually drive ‘value add’ and ‘continuous improvement’ across the business
  • Proactively manage cost base to agreed targets (headcount & $)
  • General Accounting and Month End Close Process - Warrants the accuracy of the month end accounts and submissions to corporate.  Define, own and execute on all daily accounting operations for our development office, including but not limited to A/P, intercompany, general ledger, banking and payroll.  Lead and drive the accounting close process, including preparation and delivery of accurate financial statements for management, tax and statutory purposes.  Preparation & review of various month end financial reports.
  • Strategic Initiatives - Partner and support VP, Finance - Commercial Product & Technology (D&D) and Digital Management as required to evaluate, model, present and track strategic initiatives. 

 

Qualification & Experience

  • 3+ years of professional experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree (Finance, Accounting, Economics or related business discipline); CPA or CA desirable
  • Ability to work independently and with ambiguity and across multiple time zones in a fast-growing environment 
  • Experience owning and administering accounting software (e.g. Sage) and working with enterprise planning and reporting software (e.g. TM1) is highly preferred 
  • Highly organized with impeccable attention to detail 
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, and communication skills; must be able to partner effectively with all levels of the organization 
  • Solid working knowledge of GAAP, finance concepts and internal controls
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and drive them through completion

 

Functional/ Technical Skills & Competencies

  • Strong modelling and system skills (Excel, TM1)
  • Demonstrated sound business acumen. Ability to understand and analyse financial data and provide recommendations to management that allow effective and efficient achievement of business objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise with key stakeholders (VP & Business Partners)
  • Attention to detail
  • Proven proficiency in accounting and strong knowledge of reporting requirements.
  • Ability to work under pressure and within set time constraints.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills including proficiency in PowerPoint.
  • Ability to coordinate and present accurate information in a consistent, organised and concise fashion
  • Self-directed, detail orientated and organised. Creative, innovative, energetic and flexible.

 

Core Competencies

  • Lives core values - Models behaviours consistent with Aristocrat’s core values of Respect, Courage, Integrity and Passion
  • Strong Communicator - Ability to manage robust communication processes and coordinate geographically dispersed stakeholders.
  • Passion for outcomes - Challenge what is possible and continuously strive to do things better (more efficiently; more effectively; more productively) and to set and exceed stretch objectives. Focus your energy and efforts on delivering business outcomes, as necessary balancing competing demands.
  • Takes initiative - Self starting, initiating action without the need to be prompted by others. Take action to exploit opportunities or address current or future problems and make things happen and do not simply think about future actions
  • Hold self and others accountable - Demand high performance of themselves and others, ensuring that goals and expectations are clear, and that individuals and teams are consistently measured against them. They are open to feedback from others as a means of monitoring their own performance.
  • Influencing others - By understanding others’ needs, identify the best tactics to suit specific situations in order to win support, gain co-operation, or overcome objections and modify barriers
  • Rigour - Ensure that decisions are based on fact and that people act in accordance with agreed standards and systems. 
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