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Finance & Strategy Leader



Accounting & Finance
Kitchener, ON, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

ApplyBoard simplifies the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process by connecting international students, recruitment partners, and educational institutions on one intuitive and personalized platform. ApplyBoard is a mission-driven, hyper-growth organization. It has been attracting dedicated individuals for more than eight years who are inspired every day to break down barriers to international education and take their careers to new heights at a company that will invest in their career growth. Our six core values are our compass in our mission to Educate the World and the foundation of our unique company culture. As an organization built on a foundation of diversity, it’s important that our team members are representative of the students from more than 140 countries that we support.

The Opportunity:

The Finance & Strategy Leader will be integral to leading the end-to-end global FP&A process and driving the organizational financial strategy. This role will also provide strategic financial analysis, recommendations and guidance to the Executive Leadership Team on a wide variety of business topics and initiatives. This is a critical position on the finance leadership team and will lead a group of talented professionals spanning various areas of Finance, Strategy, Capital Markets, and Corporate Development.

What you’ll be doing every day:

  • Lead global financial planning processes, including budgeting, strategic and operational planning, forecasting, strategic projects, monthly/quarterly/annual results.

  • Maintain and evolve a complex financial model that governs ApplyBoard’s operating plan and long-range projections including detailed analysis and scenario planning to support those projections that drive predictable profitable growth

  • Provide in-depth analysis of financial performance including opportunities, sales performance, profitability trends, project performance, cost analysis and business direction

  • Monitor, analyze and make recommendations from financial performance, including consistent analysis between actuals and forecast in order to provide insights to current and/or emerging gaps and areas of improvement

  • Provide quarterly targets recommendations with support on main KPI’s to support achievement or outperformance of the budget

  • Lead Finance Business Partnership strategy and drive tight alignment with business unit owners

  • Implement new financial procedures to reduce budget cycle, advance budget variance analysis and close visibility gap

  • Manage and refine the development and execution of monthly and quarterly earnings analysis and presentations focused on the internal operations of ApplyBoard

  • Assess and advise on Corporate Development initiatives

  • In partnership with the Executive Leadership Team, evaluate capital expenditures, pricing strategies, investments and/or M&A and recommend go-forward strategies

  • Partner with controllership in delivery of monthly analysis, forecast, budget, strategic plan, impairment modeling and any ad-hoc requests

  • Lead a high performing team with scopes that span the global footprint

  • Prepare board and investor presentations and also help lead fundraising initiatives as

What you bring to the table:

  • Senior level finance executive with a background in investment banking and/or extensive experience in operating in a public company finance organization.

  • 15+ years of directly applicable finance, capital markets and M&A experience in a progressive, fast paced environment spanning multiple geographies and matrices

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent in Finance, Accounting or Business; Master’s Degree, CFA, and/or CPA required.

  • Exceptional communication skills with the ability to influence others outside and across the organizational structure

  • Experience working with institution investors, equity research analysts, and public company earnings release cycles.

  • Proven experience leading a team of finance professionals, building and sustaining high performing teams and collaborating across a matrix organization in an efficient manner to deliver valuable outcomes

  • Expert financial modeling and analytical skills for budgeting and forecasting combined with a strong attention to detail and the ability to present complex information in a usable format to a diverse audience

  • Knowledge of finance, accounting and budgeting principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

  • Ability to analyze complex financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections used by the Executive Leadership Team to make critical business decisions.

About ApplyBoard

ApplyBoard empowers students around the world to access the best education by simplifying the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process to more than 1,750 institutions across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. Headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and with an additional operational office in Gurugram, India, ApplyBoard has helped more than 600,000 students from over 150 countries fulfill their study abroad dreams since 2015.

In 2022, Deloitte named ApplyBoard one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Canada for the fourth consecutive year, ranking #30 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and #170 on the 2022 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list. ApplyBoard ranked on LinkedIn’s 2022 Top Startups List in Canada in 2020, 2021, and 2022 and was recognized as CIX’s Innovator of the Year 2022 and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 Ontario Winner. In 2023, ApplyBoard India was Great Place to Work® Institute (India) certified for outstanding employee experience and workplace culture.

Thank you for your interest in joining ApplyBoard on our mission to Educate the World. Please note that only qualified applicants that have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

ApplyBoard welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.