Finance Manager / Head of Finance | NSW - Sydney

Finance Manager / Head of Finance

Posted on 06-Jul-2018
Application Close Date: 03-Aug-2018
NSW - Sydney
Position Type:
Full-time Permanent
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Finance Manager / Head of Finance

  • AGCS planning, reporting and budgeting activities for Pacific Region Lines of business
  • Managing AGCS Pacific Region finance team responsible for Reinsurance accounting and Accounts administration
  • Full Time Permanent opportunity with great staff benefits
  • Based in centre of the Sydney CBD

This role is responsible for coordinating and developing AGCS planning, reporting and budgeting activities for Pacific Region Lines of Business. This includes providing analytical support to AGCS Business Owners, Senior Management in the Regional areas and in London & Munich.

The role as Finance Manager / Head of Finance has the direct P&L control for all Pacific Region lines of business that includes responsibility for cost and reinsurance. The candidate should actively demonstrate process improvement, best practice and teamwork. In addition, Finance tasks & activities related to the total Region (e.g. preparation for the local EMT Meeting) are shared by the team.

Support the leadership with expected growth of the business in the Pacific Region using Analysis and Metrics to assist business leaders with profitable growth. Be an Expert at data manipulation, analysis, report preparation, presentation and communication. Develop expertise and support the Team on data from front end FFIC systems.

The key skills & experience desired for this position are as follows:-

Key Responsibilities:

  • Financial Analysis: Provide analysis and presentation for own area of responsibility (e.g. LoB/ regional/expense analysis, etc.), identify key drivers, risks and opportunities and provide recommendations. Present conclusions in a transparent way with robust financial commentary to enable decision making.
  • Planning and Reporting: Manage regular reporting, forecasting and planning processes in own area of responsibility (e.g. LoB / regional / expenses, etc.) and in line with both customer and global requirements. Manage business as usual tasks in own area of responsibility (e.g. customer requests, target achievement calculations).
  • Oversee timely and accurate settlement of Reinsurance accounts on a monthly basis.
  • Perform ad-hoc tasks as assigned.
  • Drive best practice sharing, efficiency increases, global standard setting and harmonization
    • Aligning and coordinating own area of responsibility with other CFO colleagues.
    • Cross functional collaboration across the business to enhance overall business understanding.
    • Find opportunities to improve and streamline processes.
    • Coordinate global processes.
    • Participate in projects and implement initiatives as required.

Key Requirements/Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree: Excellent tertiary qualification (ideally Master), preferably in Business Administration,
  • Economics, Finance, Accounting, Mathematics or qualified by experience in related discipline
  • Minimum 5 to 10 years: Professional experience in reinsurance, P&C insurance and / or asset management, including 5 years plus experience in managing a high performing finance team.
  • Proven experience in planning and performance management of financials statements and respective analysis
  • Proven experience in communication of results to a variety of stakeholders
  • Project and team work in an international and dynamic environment
  • Successfully lead projects
  • Excel and PowerPoint skills to effectively analyze data and convey messages in a winning fashion. Ideally knowledge about reporting tools (e.g. SAP)
  • Finance and Insurance know-how (ideally P&C) as well as understanding of complexities inherent in an insurance group (consolidation processes, legal vs management view) allowing for cross-departmental thinking and acting
  • Understanding insurance financial statements and their performance measurement
  • Advanced Analytical Thinking and Numeracy: Ability to identify patterns and root causes in complex (e.g. ambiguous, from various sources) data and processes to rapidly distil key issues and provide insight in various situations
  • Intermediate Problem Solving: Ability to identify and initiate appropriate actions to remediate issues that can be abstract / ambiguous and follow through on their remediation
  • Intermediate Communication and Presentation Skills: Ability to understand, elaborate and convey information clearly and effectively in respect

In return, at Allianz you can expect to be ‎recognized for your commitment and rewarded for high performance with excellent employee ‎benefits and opportunities for ongoing career development.‎

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