FP&A Director

Finance Birmingham, Michigan


Position: FP&A Director


Job Description

Corporate FP&A is a critical function for Shift Digital, sitting at the center of the broader finance team to help the CFO, Shift Digital’s executive leadership and board gain financial visibility and insights on the business.  The Financial Planning and Analysis team runs Shift Digital’s financial processes, including annual budgeting and planning, annual (updated monthly) forecasts, contract related financial modeling, and helps architect the financial information flow across the business needed for dynamic business partnerships.  Corporate FP&A sets the parameters and forecast/budget processes for the finance team, partners closely with operations to set guidance and help tell the Shift Digital story through the numbers, and partners with all departments on generating needed decision support data to fully understand what drives financial performance.  As the leader of the FP&A team and effort, you will work with partners across finance and the leadership team to meet and exceed established goals. 


Primary Responsibilities (may include but not limited to)

  •       Manage and continue to develop the FP&A team, currently consisting of four members
  •       Manage key financial processes including, forecasting, budget planning, performance reporting,

        contract financial modeling, and others….

  •       Architect financial commentaries and documents to support key financial deliverables.
  •       Develop new processes as needed or improve existing processes relating to financial


  •       Collaborating across all levels of the company, manage and develop metrics to track company-

        wide trends, and identify and provide recommendations on improvement opportunities

  •       Support ad hoc projects and help define business system improvements to support Shift’s


  •       Apply an analytical approach to influence business strategic decision-making, with a focus on

        long term financial planning

  •       Provide financial analysis and commentary to key partners including Shift’s board, CEO,

        CFO, executive leadership, and program managers

  •       Understand how to operate and improve upon, as needed, Shift’s financial systems
  •       Work with executive leadership and program managers to update the forecast monthly
  •       Complete monthly variance analysis at the consolidated company, entity, revenue stream,

        department, customer, and product levels

  •       Lead the FP&A team in system-based projects and implementations
  •       Function as a change agent for process improvement and process automation
  •       Assist the accounting team in monthly close procedures, as needed



Position Competencies

  • The ability to multi-task from simple to complex
  • Work product requires a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Team player with interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse group of individuals
  • Deadline driven task approach
  • Persistence and strong problem-solving skills
  • Decision making skills with the ability to know when to obtain assistance
  • Utilization of analytic skills in evaluating data
  • System and workflow conceptualization and design capabilities



Required Education/Skills/Experience

  • A BA or BS in finance, accounting, or economics or related fields
  • 7+ years’ experience in FP&A or similar position, including 3+ years in managing the FP&A team, with emphasis on forecasting, financial analysis, and financial modeling
  • Experience in various finance systems including, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, NetSuite, PBCS, Power BI, and Salesforce.  Advanced modeling skills required
  • Track record of influencing leadership decisions through clear communication of complex data analysis
  • Fundamental understanding of Subscription-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model
  • Experienced thinking strategically about complex business problems, leading to a recommendation and action plans
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to create strong relationships with upper management
  • Strong understanding of US GAAP and financial concepts
  • Experienced team leader
  • Comfortable in a fast pace, entrepreneurial driven, growth oriented, dynamic company environment
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, manipulate, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with partners at all levels of the company
  • Knowledge of digital marketing, digital media, media agency, and/or automotive industries preferred
  • Solid project management skills


Direct Report/Location

The position reports to the Controller and is based at the Shift Digital Headquarters in Birmingham, Michigan.  Currently, the work environment for the company is hybrid, three days in office.