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Senior Finance Manager, Global Growth & Opportunity

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Accounting & Finance, Sales & Business Development
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we’re committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team

The FP&A team is responsible for optimizing portfolios to achieve foundation goals, engaging with partners and grantees, and identifying and analyzing grants to maximize foundation impact.
• Portfolio Management: Optimize finite resources across portfolios to
achieve foundation goals using a fluid capital market approach to fund
• Partners and Grantees: Engage in coordinated strategic and business
analysis across funders and institutions with shared strategic objectives
and strengthen partners to improve their capacity to execute.
• Grants: Assess value for money, identify and mitigate risk, and provide
financial analysis in order to maximize grant impact.

The Senior Finance Manager role is responsible for providing strategic financial and business support to their assigned program strategy teams (PSTs) and leadership in the Global Growth & Opportunity program division. Our Global Growth & Opportunity Division focuses on creating and scaling market-based innovations to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth. It includes PSTs focused on Agriculture Development, Financial Services for the Poor, Water Sanitation & Hygiene, Global Education, and Nutrition.

This role partners with the program teams on grantee financial assessment and grant structuring, including financial due diligence and organizational capacity building as well as building and leading key relationships. Senior Finance Managers are expected to work independently with the ability to identify risks across the portfolio and advise Directors, Deputy Directors, and key partners on sophisticated grants and other financial matters. Senior Finance Managers will also provide budgeting and financial planning and resource allocation to one or more of the program business teams, as well as support of priority projects.

Core FP&A Responsibilities

  • Independently lead sophisticated annual budgeting and financial planning processes, including partnering with Program Officers and the Strategy, Planning and Management teams to translate business strategy into mid and long-range forecasts to produce detailed, dynamic 4-year budgets, as well as risk assessments and scenario modeling.

  • Independently lead analysis and provide program leadership with strategic and financial information to support budget management and forecasting, and effective financial resource allocation and decision-making through the foundation’s financial and strategic processes.

  • Independently create dynamic financial plans, dashboards, and grants to streamline organizational capacity and discuss with finance leadership.

  • Provide business advice to program teams on a set of diverse and sophisticated grants, driven by factors such as grant structure, organizational effectiveness of the partners, and more.

  • Serve as financial lead to PSTs and support divisional needs and projects.

  • Lead organizational assessments/due diligence of key grantees/partners, and partner with Program Officers to develop appropriate mitigating strategies to run financial and organizational risks of partners and grants.

  • Partner with programmatic teams to lead grant and contract spending.

  • Work closely with PST leadership to recommend financial strategies and translate strategy into long-term grant plans during strategy development efforts.

  • Advise Program Officers in negotiating and structuring complex grants and sizing and sequencing partner payments.

  • Drive, cultivate, and lead key functional relationships and partnerships with internal stakeholders.

  • Identify and optimally communicate financial trends and themes within division and supported teams.

  • Assess and advise program teams on business plans and perform financial sustainability analysis of organizations and specific projects. Recommend risk mitigation actions including grants to strengthen the organizational capacity of partners.

  • Drive analysis and processes to identify financial risks to support grant making and management, including proactive monitoring of actuals and forecasts against budget.

  • Independently lead forecast and portfolio allocation management for assigned PSTs, including the monitoring of actuals and forecasts to budget, with risk assessment and produce variance analysis.

  • Develop executive level financial deliverables and solutioning for PSTs and divisions.

  • Independently lead data analyses to generate new insights on grant portfolios, leading to improved allocation of resources. Structure grants to optimize cash disbursements in consideration of operational risks.

  • Leverage tools and reports to plan and supervise workflow, forecast and payout performance.

  • Cultivate business trends across FP&A for divisional teams.

  • Participate and/or lead in transactions and special projects for PSTs with significant financial analysis components.

  • Lead sophisticated transactions and special projects for teams with significant financial analysis component.

  • Potential mentorship of Finance Associates or Finance Managers (with business need), by leading trainings, prioritizing collective success and cultivating team development.

  • Other duties as assigned.

You are a creative, thoughtful, and curious professional who has a strong track record of achievement in roles of increasing responsibility. You should be prepared to work across a diverse set of subject areas, bridging a wide range of expertise, with a demonstrated ability to work with agility, and tact in a dynamic environment. Additionally, we seek:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of strategic financial analysis and/or planning and leadership experience, or equivalent years of relevant experience.

  • Proven financial savvy and experience in financial analysis, business case development, budgeting, and forecasting.

  • Identify operational and financial risks of completing annual budgets and broader planning horizons and propose mitigating strategies to program leadership.

  • Shown technical and complex financial knowledge, including understand financial statements, financial modeling and complex grant and deal structuring.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; including ability to craft compelling presentations and communicate sophisticated financial concepts to broad and diverse audiences.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects – or support multiple teams – simultaneously.

  • Highest level of integrity and leadership by example, helping to set the tone for the organization and demonstrate an affinity for creating and enabling an inclusive culture.

  • Strategic problem solver with proven track record applying quantitative and qualitative data to present options for decision making, highlight tradeoffs and propose recommendations for a broad variety of business models and transaction types.

  • Must be a hands-on, team-oriented individual with highly developed interpersonal skills, adept as an influencer and negotiator.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with C-level executives.

  • Strong collaborative skills and demonstrated ability to navigate and develop positive, constructive working relationships across a matrix organization and/or shared services business model.

  • Project management skills and solutions orientation with consistent record to proactively identify needs and deliver results.

  • Advanced Excel skills and data visualization experience preferred.

  • International finance experience/exposure preferred.

  • Demonstrates intellectual curiosity.

*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

**The foundation requires all employees based in the United States to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, subject to applicable laws.

The typical salary range for this role is $127,300 to $236,900 USD. The exact offer will be determined by a variety of factors such as the candidate’s individual skills, qualifications, and experience relative to the requirements of the role.


Hiring Requirements

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Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — and we support this diversity through all our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.