North America's number one company focused on customs brokerage and trade compliance, Livingston International also offers consulting and global trade management services as well as international freight forwarding across North America and around the globe.
Livingston is a dominant customs broker along the U.S.-Canada border. Its U.S. headquarters and air/sea hub are located in Chicago, with regional centers in Los Angeles, New York and Norfolk. Livingston employs more than 3, 200 employees at over 100 key border points, sea ports, airports and other strategic locations across North America as well as in Europe and Asia.
The Senior Financial Analyst serves as a financial advisor to business unit leader(s) which includes, but not limited to, preparing, reviewing and analyzing financial reports; preparing budgets, forecasts and projections; supporting pricing for new business proposals for new/existing customers; analyzing costs in total and by client to understand and optimize business structure; conducting variance and profitability analysis and providing explanation to business unit leader(s); and ensuring all reports are accurate and completed within specified timelines.
KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Partners with business unit leader(s) and/or senior management to provide financial guidance and support in interpreting and analyzing financial and business issues which includes driving operating performance, delivering on business initiatives, growth and profitability while ensuring compliance to accounting principles and corporate governance
Maintaining current cost data by client and FTE to support ongoing pricing.
Proposes and influences alternate financial and business solutions which link to the business strategies to the operational units and annual operating/performance plans to assigned business unit leader(s).
Prepares monthly reporting of key financial information for assigned business unit(s) in a timely manner.
Performs variance analysis proactively throughout the month, and after results are final, informs senior leadership of key drivers
Prepares ad-hoc reports and analysis, when requested.
Supports Business Case development in support of Optimization, growth and new strategic initiatives.
Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial closure as well as supporting narrative to financial statements.
Prepares and distributes financial reporting packages to assigned business unit leader(s) and senior management. Ensures compliance with company guidelines and financial reporting requirements.
Works with business unit leader to analyze and determine variance and business trends including profitability by customer /service offering, pricing validation and utilization. Proposes solutions, potential savings or actions to mitigate business trends.
Participate and lead project and other initiatives.
Performs other related duties as assigned by management. Adheres to established policies and procedures
Invests time in understanding how the business operates
A minimum of 5 years' experience in Accounting/Finance.
Strong understanding and experience performing financial, forecasting, budgeting, and operational analysis.
Experience in performing financial modeling.
Strong business acumen with a solid understanding of the business environment.
Ability to clearly understand the business objectives and link the financial results/data to operational performance drivers.
Ability to think strategically, creatively and systematically along with strong critical thinking, and problem solving.
Strong analytical skills with the ability to gather and analyze large amounts of data at a macro and micro level and report information.
Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills; must be comfortable to communicate with all levels of management.
Ability to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines, work on various deliverables simultaneously and prioritize.
Ability to work independently, but also as a part of a team.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Advanced knowledge in MS Excel.
Working knowledge of financial systems (e.g. Hyperion or other similar systems).
Recognized accounting designation preferred.
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