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Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Orlando, FL, US, 32819

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14751

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Financial Analyst

Financial Planning and Analysis l Decision Support | GSC/Corporate


HMH is looking for an experienced finance professional to join the Decision Support team within Corporate FP&A, supporting the Global Supply Chain Executive, her team and its Financial Business Partner, as well as some of the Corporate Support groups (Finance, Facilities, HR and Legal).  This position will report to the Senior Director, Decision Support – FP&A for Global Supply Chain and will provide critical support to executive, functional and product line financial leaders across the HMH organization.  This position will be held accountable to plan, track and provide analytical support associated with any or all of the following financial areas:


  • Fixed and variable labor expense
  • Capital planning & execution
  • 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 Global Supply Chain Executive business partner.  This position requires a minimum of 2 years progressive financial/accounting experience which includes the following:


  • Gathering and analyzing historical business, industry and financial data
  • Building and maintaining organizational hierarchies
  • Interpreting and analyzing economic trends, business cases, industry metrics and financial ratios
  • Supporting the build of corporate and divisional reports (month, quarter and annual)
  • Supporting the financial close process, including financial reporting activities and variance analysis
  • Preparing and communicating financial and/or operational presentations using charts/graphs, etc.
  • Validating financial models for consistency, reasonableness and accuracy
  • Gathering financial business assumptions and creating methods to measure performance against them
  • Interface to Business Intelligence team for data acquisition and development/maintenance of key periodic reports
  • Reporting financial and/or non-financial key performance indicators
  • Developing, maintaining and leveraging relationships with internal business partners to expand influence 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
  • Interpreting financial ratios and performing rate, mix and volume variance analysis
  • Supporting financial statement, capital, OPEX, cash flow and staffing projections
  • Performing “what-if” analysis


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 specific to Concur expense reporting
  • Experience using Microstrategy
  • Ability to read and write VBA/SQL (a plus)
  • Experience in Education companies is a plus
  • Ability to achieve goals via influencing people/processes
  • Process improvement (certification a plus)
  • Experience developing and maintaining Predictive Models
  • Experience in Education companies is a plus
  • Experience creating and presenting executive-level information summaries
  • Expense budget and forecast analysis
  • Operational Process analysis including internal costing


    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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