Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis, International - Ziff Davis

Finance London, United Kingdom


Position at Ziff Davis

Ziff Davis International is looking for a Financial Analyst to lead the finance operations of its portfolio International division. This role will be the financial planning and analysis lead for Ziff Davis International as it continues its organic growth, investment in new business, and growth through acquisitions. Responsibilities will include financial modeling, budgeting and forecasting, and assisting in the monthly accounting close. With minimal oversight, the Analyst will take a front seat approach to designing reports that inform management on key performance indicators, “KPIs”, and support strategic decision-making. This position offers a unique opportunity to sit within a business, reporting in to both the General Manager of the business and the SVP, FP&A, and offers unparalleled access to the managers and senior management team.


  • Embed him/herself into the business such that he/she understands the day-to-day operations, drivers, people as well as sales process and environment. The successful candidate will always know the financial forecast for the division and be ready with weekly sales pacing forecast
  • Proactive
  • Actively participate (and contribute to) the monthly accounting close
  • Provide budget versus actual variance explanations and other corporate reporting requirements
  • Assist in planning and delivering annual budgets and monthly forecasts
  • Respond to accounting and financial inquiries by researching and interpreting business unit and departmental financial data
  • During month-end close, partner with sales and operations to ensure the Company properly recognizes revenue
  • Design and prepare key performance indicators to enable better visibility of business operations by management
  • Create sales pacing reports and ad hoc reporting, as needed
  • Prepare, review and analyze sales incentive payments, statements and supporting reports
  • Creation of revenue and cost models to help managers make business decisions on new initiatives
  • Some travel is required


  • Minimum of 3+ years working in Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Graduated from a two-year Investment Banking Analyst or equivalent financial analyst training program
  • Exceptional modeling and forecasting ability
  • Expert in Excel and other Microsoft Office software
  • Pride in accuracy and attention to detail
  • Willing to work hard until we get it right
  • High level of organizational skills, despite changing inputs and priorities
  • Experience with financial accounting systems (e.g., NetSuite, Adaptive Insights, Oracle) is a plus

 The successful candidate will:

  • Be an open and positive
  • Be open to a range of tasks and responsibilities not limited to his or her job
  • Be proactive, inquisitive and curious about how the business works, and never afraid to ask questions.
  • Be comfortable with change and adapting to new responsibilities in a fast-paced and ever changing job
  • The candidate will work frequently with US time zones and must be comfortable working early, late, or weekends to hit a deadline, if required, though this is not anticipated to be frequent. Work independently and proactively manage one’s
  • Be able to pivot and reprioritise workload to best support his or her GM and
  • Become a trusted partner to the General Manager and sales organization within the BU to ensure that forecasts, sales pacings, and analyses most accurately reflect the
  • Have an active interest in the industry, competition, and
  • Always know their number – where the business will come in for the month and
  • Research who to call for questions and never be afraid to pick up the phone.

 **We are an Equal Opportunity Employer**