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Financial Analyst

Date: Nov 22, 2022

Location: Orlando, FL, US

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 18125

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Job Title: Financial Analyst

Location: Hybrid Remote Work Option. Must live within 50-mile radius of Orlando office Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly (less than 50% of the time on average). 


Who We Are 

HMH is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators, and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students' potential and extend teachers' capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150 countries.


What you’ll do:

Reporting to the Director of Corporate FP&A, the Financial Analyst will support revenue and cost of sales analysis, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting. This role will collaborate with business partners from other departments to help drive FP&A processes and understanding. Along with financial support, this role will have the opportunity to support other data/analytical requests and process improvement/redesign via excel modeling for the department.


The ideal candidate will be a self-starter that naturally has an obsession over process improvement, automation, and efficiency which will lead to everyday looking better than the last.


Working in Finance Decision Support, the Financial Analyst will be responsible for the following primary duties:

Financial Analysis / Reporting

  • Revenue and cost of sales analysis (volume/rate/mix), commentary, and reporting for monthly, quarterly, and yearly performance
  • Support distribution of reports during month end close to business partners
  • Compare current year results vs comparable periods (prior year, budget, forecasts)
  • Partner with other Finance and Operations teams to keep FP&A up-to-date on product pricing changes, changes in unit costs of product inventory, details around sales offerings (i.e. print vs digital expectations, subscription durations of sales), and trends in transportation costs


Budgeting / Forecasting

  • Support the budgeting and quarterly forecasting processes for revenue and cost of sales
  • Collaborate with partners across the organization to collect line of business details, leading to consolidated submissions
  • Support deferred revenue (ASC 606) modeling using cash-based revenue submissions


FP&A Process Enhancements:

  • Use financial knowledge in driving process/reporting/analytical enhancements
  • Leverage technology (i.e. SAP BPC, Anaplan, Tableau, excel macros, excel modeling) to improve FP&A processes/reporting


Data Analytics:

  • Pull data from various systems and utilize data relationships to turn large data sets into insightful summarized results that can be easily conveyed to leadership
  • Develop new reporting/analytics tools to assist the day-to-day finance processes
  • Ad-Hoc analysis


What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration
  • 2+ years of similar professional experience (financial experience focusing on budgeting, forecasting, long-range planning, modeling, analysis, reporting/scorecards and presentations)
  • Skills/Competencies:
    • Strict attention to detail and intensity around consistently delivering high quality outputs
    • Understanding of variance analysis and financial performance monitoring
    • Ability to concisely summarize the results of financial analysis, explain the meaning and implication in varying levels of detail depending on the audience
    • Understanding of financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow)
    • Must have intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel (complex formula, pivots, modeling, etc.)
    • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments in fast paced, deadline-driven work environment


Preferred but not necessary: 

  • Business (Accounting or Finance) related Master’s degree
  • Experience with enterprise financial systems (SAP BPC, SAP BW, Hyperion, IBM Planning Analytics, Anaplan etc.)
  • Experience with Business Intelligence Tools (Tableau, Qlik, etc.)
  • Skills:
    • Ability to think outside of the box and challenge the status quo
    • Understanding of Business Intelligence concepts



How We Work:


  • Instills Trust
  • Nimble Learning
  • Cultivates Innovation
  • Connects With Courage
  • Action Oriented



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 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.

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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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