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Corporate Planning & Management, Spend Management, Sustainable Operations, Associate, Birmingham

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

Operations
Birmingham, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Job Description

OUR IMPACT

The Corporate Planning & Management (CPM) Division unifies Finance & Planning, Spend Management, Operational Risk and Resilience, and CPM Engineering teams to deliver business planning and analytics, expense management, third party risk management, and governance strategies across the firm. CPM have 5 operating pillars.

Finance & Planning supports the execution of the firm’s strategic objectives through the management of the planning process, firmwide reporting and analytics and insights into the firm’s business plans and budgets. They develop consistent framework for revenue division projections creating transparency, accountability and efficiency around projections. This pillar also includes the CF&O, EO and Engineering divisional CFOs, who are strategic finance advisors helping the firm and the non-revenue divisions achieve commercial financial opportunities. Product Finance is responsible for the overall governance and proactive management of the firm’s non-compensation expenses. Spend Management encompasses the functions responsible for managing all aspects of the firm's spend with third parties - advising commercial agreements and driving operating efficiency. Departments include Strategic Sourcing, Procure to Pay, Integrated Travel and Expense, Infrastructure and Transformation and Sustainable Operations. Operational Risk & Resilience drives firmwide Operational Risk programs along with second line teams and implements required changes within CPM. The Corporate Insurance & Advisory team in this pillar identifies, procures, and manages corporate insurance needs for the firm and its investing businesses. The CPM Engineering team provides engineering solutions that enable the firm to manage third-party spend, data and automation, plan budgets, forecast financial scenarios, allocate expenses and support corporate decision making in-line with the firm’s strategic objectives.

YOUR IMPACT

Professionals in CPM have an analytical mindset, exhibit intellectual curiosity and are from diverse academic backgrounds. This role sits within the Spend Management pillar.

The role requires collaboration with different functions across the firm on a regular basis, an ability to work independently, and ability to interact with senior professionals across the firm. It also entails in-depth analysis and reporting for senior management, requiring diligence and a commercial mindset. The candidate is required to work closely with global counterparts. Should have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with a range of internal and external stakeholders globally across all areas managed by the Sustainable Operations team, including vendor diversity, and operational and supply chain sustainability and net zero goals.
  • Vendor Diversity: support the team to find and vet small and diverse vendors, manage relationships with advocacy bodies, track and report associated spend, deliver training and strategic initiatives, represent the firm at relevant conferences.
  • Risk Management: assist with screening of environmental and human rights risks within supply chain and updating requirements documentation and training materials.
  • Net Zero: assist in deployment of sustainability projects, incl. data collection, analysis, and implementation of strategies to reduce emissions across operations and supply chain.
  • Reporting: support in managing sustainability data, benchmarking, performance metrics, and preparing reports to track progress against goals.

Qualifications:

  • Passion for sustainability and diversity; preference is someone who has either studied this as a degree or degree module, and/ or has experience working for organisations (incl. not for profits) on ESG-related matters. Relevant certifications are a plus (e.g. LEED/BREEAM/WELL, Certified Energy Management).
  • Strong Microsoft office skills, in particular Excel and PowerPoint; must be able to handle spreadsheets.
  • Numerate; ability to analyse numbers and draw insightful conclusions.
  • Attention to detail; takes initiative to learn about vendor diversity and sustainability to broaden their knowledge and apply to day job; self-starter with ability to drive and deliver projects.
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic environment and able to navigate a degree of ambiguity.
  • Manage relationships with relevant local and global teams, and particularly across strategic sourcing, product finance, communications and business functions.
  • Strong work ethic, results oriented, taking accountability for delivering quality output, with excellent numerical skills with good attention to detail.

ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS

At Goldman Sachs, we commit our people, capital and ideas to help our clients, shareholders and the communities we serve to grow. Founded in 1869, we are a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Headquartered in New York, we maintain offices around the world.

We believe who you are makes you better at what you do. We're committed to fostering and advancing diversity and inclusion in our own workplace and beyond by ensuring every individual within our firm has a number of opportunities to grow professionally and personally, from our training and development opportunities and firmwide networks to benefits, wellness and personal finance offerings and mindfulness programs. Learn more about our culture, benefits, and people at GS.com/careers.

We’re committed to finding reasonable accommodations for candidates with special needs or disabilities during our recruiting process. Learn more: https://www.goldmansachs.com/careers/footer/disability-statement.html

Please note that our firm has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for employees who work onsite at any of our U.S. locations to safeguard the health and well-being of all our employees and others who enter our U.S. offices. This role requires the employee to be able to work on-site. As a condition of employment, employees working on-site at any of our U.S. locations are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and to have either had COVID-19 or received a booster dose if eligible under Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) guidance, unless prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Applicants who wish to request for a medical or religious accommodation, or any other accommodation required under applicable law, can do so later in the process. Please note that accommodations are not guaranteed and are decided on a case by case basis.

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