Manager, Finance Operations

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Job Description

CDM Smith is one of the world’s top design, program management, and construction management firms, providing innovative and creative solutions for our clients and assisting them in achieving successful outcomes on their water, infrastructure, environmental, and transportation programs.

We are seeking a leader who will manage and oversee finance and operations projects for our Technical Services Unit which is comprised of over 2,000 employees. In this position you will be responsible for conducting multiple, highly complex analyses on industry key performance indicators (KPIs) and developing recommendations for leadership. Overseeing the analyses of internal KPIs to identify past and current trends and creating reports on trends and variances. This position offers the opportunity to manage the development of financial models, and analyses to track and ensure cost control and group efficiency. Providing management oversight and operational expertise to the unit and direct reports.

The position can be based out of any CDM Smith office. We offer a hybrid work environment allowing for working in the office and remotely from home.

As Manager, Finance Operations you will:

  • Manage the development of programs to improve financial operations efficiency, consistency, and compliance in support of the Technical Services Unit’s financial business objectives. Executing strategic initiatives across the unit to drive efficiency and value.
  • Manage the internal financial, planning, and analysis projects and initiatives for the business, including budget, forecast, and ad-hoc reporting.
  • Manage the development of highly complex analyses and reports providing accurate, timely, and actionable financial and/or performance improvement recommendations. This includes utilization analysis, overhead cost control and analysis, P&L analysis, backlog analysis and trending, staff workload analysis, SWOT analysis, Risk and Opportunity Analysis.
  • Oversee the development of consolidated findings to provide insights and recommendations into business performance, levers, and opportunities.
  • Support leadership decision making with in-depth analysis and assessment of business processes. Manage approvals and reporting for hardware, software, cellphones, and capital expenses.
  • Oversee finance operation’s monitoring of the unit’s talent acquisition, and resource and performance management processes. Participate in regular discussions with recruiters to track and monitor priority hires and reports progress to unit leadership. Ensure staffing start dates are monitored and tracked as they relate to forecasting and equipment procurement.
  • Oversee the tracking, calculation and reporting on KPIs for SPARS staff and staff that have a role with defined goals and metrics. Review the analyses of performance metrics, including quarterly results for staff in the bonus program. Manage the group award program budget.
  • Assign and monitor the unit’s operational primary point of contact by ensuring coordination, assistance and direction with various corporate functions and other departments or groups within the firm.
  • Manage the preparation of presentations to and recommendations for unit leadership. Perform ad-hoc reporting and analysis including analytical and research support for various corporate and unit projects. Recommend and develop financial content for group presentations.
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of staff. Lead, coach, develop and train assigned team members. Monitor staff workloads and provide team resources needed to ensure delivery of a high-quality outcome to complete their jobs. Conduct performance reviews and provide ongoing feedback of performance to direct reports. Approve time sheets, manage the group’s budget and ensures company policies are followed.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 10 years of relevant experience with at least two years of leading teams.
  • Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous department reporting, financial controls, and P&L responsibility strongly preferred.
  • Master’s degree.
  • Previous experience with Oracle R12.
  • Previous experience with Qlik Analytics.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite.
  • Previous experience working for a professional service organization.

Amount of Travel Required


Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrates expert knowledge and understanding of financial measures, metrics and trends.
  • Demonstrates excellent project and program management skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent ability to manage ambiguity by operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
  • Possesses an excellent understanding of confidentiality and how to exercise diplomacy.
  • Possesses expert ability to build and maintain productive cross-functional relationships.
  • Demonstrates an excellent process-oriented mindset with expert analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative skills, attentive to detail, and the ability to work independently and effectively in a fast-paced and highly dynamic environment.
  • Expert ability to prepare and deliver insights and recommendations based on analysis.
  • Excellent ability to lead teams of staff.

EEO Statement

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

U.S. Vaccine Status

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) are committed to your health and safety. CDM Smith and its employees adhere to all applicable government and client COVID-19 requirements.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant’s criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Agency Disclaimer

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

Additional Compensation

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

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