Global Functions Finance Partner Americas|
These roles are responsible for partnering with the Global Functions to provide decision support for their financial performance in Americas. Role holders are dedicated financial partners for one or more of the Global Functions, providing a mix of regular management reporting and key insights, forward looking projections and ad hoc analysis. In conducting this role, role-holders will:
Provide dedicated deep & effective independent challenge business partnering to the Global Function in Americsa
Support leadership in business decision support for the Global Functions.
Provide accurate, timely, consistent and robust accounting, financial and MI reporting (generated by GFC) for respective Global Functions regional activities and committee meetings.
Support respective Global Functions AOP production process regionally.
Support respective Global Functions CCAR and DFAST processes for the US
Support respective cost management processes for the Americas
Financial and tactical planning direction & update to the regional Global Function Heads.
Industrialize processes, leveraging the GFC to ensure efficiency, interfacing with the COO team regionally for any activities / processes conducted in offshore centres.
Report optimization – reduce, standardise reports and deliver consistent, relevant and timely financial reporting to the respective Global Function.
Drive standardization of key systems and data.- Support with requests from key stakeholders
Act as first point of contact for businesses in Americas countries
Coordinate the consolidation of activities around FTE and cost data for Americas on a monthly basis (with the support of GFC where applicable)
Collaborate with GFC and ensure the team have the right business insights to provide all report production, low level analysis
Respond to day to day business queries
The role holder is an integral part of the regional Cost Performance and Global Functions team. The team’s core responsibility is to provide a full business partnering service to the region to levels 3 and above- this involves the development of a robust understanding of all financial aspects of the function to enable the provision of insightful analysis to both function and group stakeholders.
The role holder will chair monthly meetings with senior stakeholders within the Global Function that they support and will have the opportunity to develop their analytical, communication and presentation skills as well as gain a thorough understanding of their respective function(s).
The role holders report to the Head of Cost Performance and Global Functions - Canada/US/LATAM
Key stakeholders include Function Heads and COO’s, CRAO, Head of Financial Control and Global counterparts within region.
Impact on the Business
- Become a trusted and strategic business partner and act as first point of contact for businesses in Americas
- Support with requests from key stakeholders (i.e. production of key reports for Investor Day)
- Provide response to ad hoc queries and understand when to push back
- Provide MI (generated by GFC) & performance KPI’s to interpret Global Functions performance and highlight risks & opportunities in meeting costs targets alongside appropriate recommendations for actions
- Support their line manager with the implementation of Global Functions Financial MI strategy in line with overall Finance MI strategy
- Support Global Functions with the AOP and LE processes
- Coordinate the consolidation activities with support from GFC where applicable
Customers / Stakeholders
- Work closely with Global Function (COO & delegates), Regional and Group MI/ Finance teams
- Analyse stakeholder goals to effectively manage expectations
- Develop and maintain strong and trusted working relationships by providing focused and proactive support, analysis, advice and guidance.
- Ensure service provided to stakeholders is delivered in a professional manner, maintaining the necessary independence and to provide feedback as required.
Leadership & Teamwork
- Collaborating with colleagues and the wider MI team to ensure successful delivery of collective team objectives whilst simultaneously promoting HSBC values and behaviours
Operational Effectiveness & Control
- Identify and implement opportunities for operational improvements.
- Compliance with external regulatory requirements, internal control standards and group compliance policy.
- Establishment of clear operational procedures to be complied with by all.
- To implement the Group compliance policy locally by containing compliance risk in liaison with the Head of Group Compliance, Global Business Compliance Officer, Area Compliance Officer or Local Compliance Officer, ensuring adequate compliance resources and training, fostering a compliance culture and optimizing relations with regulators.
- Complete other responsibilities, as assigned.
- Significant focus on fully understanding the Group’s cost base and how this can be reduced.
- Issues need to be identified quickly, actioned and resolved.
- Build strong relationships with Functional stakeholders and to be perceived as a trusted & value added business partner.
- The role holder will have responsibility for one or more functions, each with potentially a regional and country aspect therefore the prioritization of requirements remains a constant challenge.
- Work closely with line manager in providing robust and timely decision support for all Global Functions and senior stakeholders when required. Output from the jobholder must be accurate and insightful in driving business/operational decisions for the Global Functions and Finance senior management teams.
Management of Risk
- Ensure compliance, operational risk controls in accordance with HSBC or regulatory standards and policies; and optimize relations with regulators by addressing any issues.
- Physical Demands/Work Environment: Very good working conditions. Little or no physical demands. Minimal handling of light materials.The physical demands/work environment described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties.
- Demonstrate leadership on Regulatory & Compliance matters. Maintain awareness of operational risk and minimize the likelihood of it occurring including its identification, assessment, mitigation and control, loss identification and reporting in accordance with section B.1.2 of the Group Operations FIM.
Observation of Internal Controls
- Maintains HSBC internal control standards, including timely implementation of internal and external audit points together with any issues raised by external regulators.
- Maintain and observe HSBC internal control standards, implement and observe Group Compliance Policy, including the timely implementation of recommendations made by internal/external auditors and external regulators. Foster a compliance culture and implement Group Compliance Policy by managing compliance risk in liaison with the Head of Group Compliance, Regional Compliance Officer, Area Compliance Officer or Local Compliance Officer, ensuring adequate compliance resources are in place and training is provided, and optimising relations with regulators
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Qualifications & Requirements
- This role requires an individual who can demonstrate strength and experience in the following areas:
- Strong technical and commercial understanding of what drives the numbers reported
- Proven leadership and relationship management skills in dealing with all levels as well as the confidence to interact with senior management
- Exceptional drive and commitment; ability to work and thrive in a fast changing, results driven environment; and proven ability in handling competing priorities
- Sound judgment, decision making and problem solving abilities
- A self-starter who is not afraid to speak up and face a challenge; also open to listen to guidance and learn as they go
- Good understanding of the Group’s strategy, commercially minded and customer focused
- Strong influencing, interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution abilities and an ability to manage competing requirement
- Excellent communication (written & verbal), planning and organisation skills
- An inquisitive mind who is not afraid to challenge the status quo, continuously look at ways to improve processes and reduce duplications
- Ability to highlight problems but more importantly offer innovative and practical solutions, and drive through their execution in a collective environment and in a timely manner
- Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA/CPA) preferred
- Experience of running an Annual Operating Plan process would be an advantage
- Good systems skills (including use of TM1, Excel, Words, PowerPoint)