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Finance Business Partner

East Tamaki Wellington Manukau, New Zealand
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jul 15, 2022

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Finance Business Partner
Contract Type
Full Time
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Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive.

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

How you'll make an impact

As the Finance Business Partner for Technology, you will play a pivotal role in supporting the Head of Finance - Technology to provide expertise and insight to deliver leading financial, planning and analysis across the Technology team.

Building strong relationships with the EGMs and GMs throughout the Technology portfolio, you will become a trusted advisor, helping to guide decision making and drive efficient growth. You will be the Head of Finance - Technology right hand in helping to manage business case appraisal for capital allocation decisions. In addition, you will become the go-to for managing the Technology portfolio forecasting, budgeting and performance evaluation, leveraging your thorough understanding of the Technology and its requirements.

What you'll do
  • Partner with the Technology EGMs and GM's, enabling faster and better decision making and performance within theTechnology, consistent with the strategy of both the Technology portfolio and Xero
  • Support the Head of Finance - Technology in driving the Technology leadership team in making decisions through modeling, analysis, inquiry, challenge, generating options and providing advice on the financial implications and consequences of business decisions
  • Generate insights including the “so-what”, to recommend and advise the business on how best to improve operations, optimise performance, and adapt to changing business conditions
  • Help to drive the finance component of planning and forecasting for theTechnology, translating strategy into financial targets and tactical plans
  • Provide best practice management reporting and modeling, providing strategic insight on the content of reports and performance evaluation for key metrics
  • Lead the finance component of planning, managing the annual budget and quarterly forecasting processes, translating strategy into financial targets and tactical plans
  • Overseeing cost control and delivering on cost management challenges
  • Support the Head of Finance - Technology in the evaluation of strategies and investment opportunities
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Xero's capital allocation framework where required, assisting with the review of capital expenditure and evaluation of investments for the Technology portfolio
  • Build commercial skills across the business, including risk/reward decision making and value management
  • Actively contribute to and provide support for projects/initiatives undertaken by the Finance Technology team and by the wider Financial Planning team
  • Be a proficient user of our planning and reporting systems

What you'll bring with you
  • 7+ years of progressive financial experience within a commercial finance/ FP&A team
  • Qualified accountant (CA, CPA etc.)
  • Experience within a Consulting or Accounting firm and/or a SaaS company is highly desirable
  • Experience with financial systems such as NetSuite, business intelligence tools and corporate performance management software
  • Strong business planning, budgeting/forecasting and data manipulation abilities
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and relationship building / stakeholder management skills
  • Understanding of SaaS Metrics and the levers to drive value
  • Understanding of strategic direction and drivers
  • Developing a strong commercial acumen with the ability to providing insights and add value to the business
  • Building comfort with navigating ambiguity and owning the route to an outcome
  • Ability to shift from technical analysis to building presentations with effective narratives
  • Comfort with running multiple projects and priorities with tight deadlines in a fast paced, dynamic environment

Xero prides itself on living its values, one being #human. In your cover letter outlining why this role is a great fit for you please also address how you would bring #human to the role.

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