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Finance Relationship Owner

Core Business Services
IND00GLV Requisition #
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Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Communicates regularly with the SL/ Function Finance Teams on monthly performance, and is responsible for identifying, communicating and supporting resolution of issues identified.
  • Monitors and tracks financial results against goals and historical performance leveraging reports from the Reporting Center of Excellence (COE).
  • Explains the critical upcoming Finance activities (Forecast, MLO, and Financial Plan).
  • Works with SL/ Function to develop budgets, taking overall ownership of this budget process. Liaises with Sub Service Line (SSL)/ Sub Function Leaders to define targets for SSLs/ Sub-Function. Challenges, reviews and consolidates annual budgets and forecasts/projections for SL.  
  • With the support of their GDS Analyst team, manages all aspects of Executive Layer engagement codes. This includes
  • engagement code set up and maintenance
  • issue and handle invoices
  • manage accruals
  • identify time booked by people that are not in the budget, challenging and proposing a course of action to leadership
  • Provides technical financial advice, knowledge and counsel to customers.
  • Manages the relationship with the SL/ Function CFOs and their deputies on behalf of the Controlling function.
  • Drives key methods and processes at the direction of Executive Finance (e.g. financial planning).

Analytical/Decision Making Responsibilities:

  • Synthesizes, provides insight and communicates a clear and concise view of Executive Layer financial performance to SL/ Function Leadership and the SL Finance team.
  • Advises on expected financial performance vs. plan/forecast based upon analytics such as trend analysis and modelling of forward looking scenarios.
  • Assesses the drivers of financial results with a constant focus on improvement and rapid course correction where necessary.

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:

Leadership and coaching:

  • Able to work in a self-sufficient manner, operating across multiple projects and priorities.
  • A successful track record of implementing and leading key business change initiatives.
  • Effectively manages and coaches a small team of GDS based staff.
  • Demonstrates the ability to challenge assumptions and decisions in an appropriate manner.

Client service:

  • Able to embed ECS (Exceptional Client Service).
  • Focused on analysis, advice and solutions that drive the continuous improvement of financial performance.
  • Drives interactions that build trust and manages expectations with all stakeholders.
  • Collaborates and teams with finance colleagues and other functions to enhance service to clients, and to leverage leading practices.

Analysis, modelling & advice:

  • Forms and communicates a clear and concise view of financial performance. Has a deep understanding of the drivers of financial performance and applies constantly to analyze and advise on progress against targets.
  • Synthesizes and communicates detailed financial information in support of effective decision making.
  • Able to analyze large volumes of data and spot where there is greatest financial opportunity and risk.
  • Utilizes sound financial practices and seeks leading practices to support operational excellence.
  • Must be an analytical thinker, comfortable taking initiative in situations where thought leadership is either absent or unclear.

Understanding of the business:

  • Understands NextWave strategy and applies constantly to analyze and advise on financial performance
  • Knowledgeable of EY capabilities and services.
  • Demonstrates exceptional commercial awareness with respect to EY's position and ambitions in the marketplace will make a valued leader.
  • Demonstrates appreciation and respect of varying cultures – both corporate and geographical.

Supervision Responsibilities:

  • Leads and oversees the work of supporting Business Analyst resource based in the GDS in Bangalore.  Leverages this team to deliver on the functions of the role. Responsible for managing the relationship with the GDS, and the quality of what gets delivered.
  • Able to lead cross functional teams and drive decision making across different functions and regions.
  • The success of this role also depends on the FRO successfully teaming with and leveraging other members of the Finance team, other FROs and the Global Controlling function.

Other Requirements:

  • Vacation approval will be subject to restrictions of the monthly and annual financial cycle.
  • Must be able to work flexibly to accommodate global time zones and regular overtime required to accommodate deadlines in the financial cycle.

Job Requirements:


  • Graduate and/or professional certification in a business related subject matter (i.e. Accounting, Finance) or commensurate experience in an Accounting and Finance role is required to perform this position.


  • A minimum of 10+ years of relevant financial planning & analysis experience is required to perform this position.
  • A deep understanding of the external services offered by the firm and the overall area/regional markets landscape would be beneficial. 
  • Professional services experience is preferred.

Certification Requirements:

  • CA, ACCA, CPA or equivalent professional certification preferred