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Date: Nov 13, 2018

Location: ORLANDO, FL, US, 32819

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14750

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Financial Analyst – Financial Planning and Analysis l Decision Support


HMH is looking for an early-career finance professional to join the Decision Support team within Corporate FP&A, supporting the Global Education Sales Executive and his team.  This position will report directly to the Vice President, Decision Support – FP&A for Global Education Sales and will provide support to executive, functional and product line financial leaders across the HMH organization.  This position will plan, track and provide analytical support associated with any or all the following financial areas:


  • Revenue, cost and/or direct expense
  • Fixed and variable labor expense
  • Operating expense


Supporting these areas will require the candidate who fills this role to maintain a holistic HMH focus while meeting the needs of the Sales Executive business partner.  This position requires a minimum of 2 years financial/accounting experience which includes the following:


  • Gathering and analyzing historical business, industry and financial data
  • Interpreting and analyzing economic trends, business cases, industry metrics and financial ratios
  • Supporting the development and production of corporate and divisional reports (monthly, quarterly and annual)
  • Interpreting and reporting financial and/or non-financial key performance indicators
  • Developing, maintaining and leveraging relationships with internal business partners to achieve key objectives
  • Building tools to gather/manage business information for financial budgeting and forecasting
  • Interpreting and applying financial accounting concepts, principles and practices
  • Supporting the financial close process, including financial reporting activities and variance analysis
  • Preparing and communicating financial and/or operational presentations using tables, charts, graphs, etc.
  • Interpreting financial ratios and performing rate, mix and volume variance analysis
  • Supporting financial statement, sales volume, revenue and staffing projections
  • Performing “what-if” analyses


In addition to the financial experience requirements above, this position also has the following requirements:


  • Ability to summarize large and complex datasets using advanced Microsoft Excel functions (MS Access a plus)
  • Experience using financial data consolidation tools such as BPC, Hyperion or other proprietary tools
  • Experience using ERP systems such as SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle or other proprietary tools
  • Minimum of 2 years serving within a Financial Planning and Analysis group
  • 4-year degree with a concentration in finance, accounting and/or economics


Experience and/or background are preferred (not required) from the following:


  • Experience specific to SAP, BW and/or BPC
  • Experience using/developing MicroStrategy reporting
  • Experience using systems like for translating sales pipelines into financial forecasts
  • Ability to read and write VBA/SQL (a plus)
  • High-level sales pipeline analysis
  • High-level quarter/annual forecasting/modeling experience for both revenue and operating expense
  • Experience translating order flow through to billings and net sales
  • Expense budget and forecast analysis
  • FTE and casual labor financial reporting, forecasting and management
  • Interface to Business Intelligence team for data acquisition and development/maintenance of key periodic reports

Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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