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Zovio Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis in Chandler, Arizona

Position Summary:

The Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, is a full-time, senior finance position charged with developing enterprise capability to “see ahead” and accurately and timely forecast the future. Reporting to the Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, this role will build our analytical capability and be a trusted business partner to the executive leadership team. This role has high visibility across the organization while molding the finance organization to be data-driven and committed to meaningful data visualization. Zovio’s mission is to help everyone be in a class of their own – this role is critical to helping the organization to deliver on that promise.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all short and long-term financial forecasting (P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow) while guiding the organization to evaluate the economic implications of new initiatives and investments, driving best-in-class FP&A process and systems enhancements

  • Lead a team responsible for delivering timely and accurate financial planning and forecasting across the enterprise, while actively supporting business functions to build their financial planning capabilities

  • Provide financial modeling and analysis to support organizational decision making

  • Be a thought leader and partner in driving data-driven decisions that support the Company’s financial performance

  • Interface with functional leaders to ensure spending aligns with budgets while driving cost savings initiatives

  • Lead the planning and rolling forecasting process on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis

  • Manage the annual budgeting and forecasting process for the Company

  • Drive the month-end internal reporting process

  • Provide in-depth analysis of financial results and develop insights around variances to be used with executive leadership

  • Interpret financial data and translate information to facilitate action and understanding of metrics to non-finance leaders

  • Participate in the development of board and executive management presentations and reporting

  • Assess ongoing FP&A processes and tools to support continuous improvement and automation

Preferred Experience:

  • 8-10+ years of experience in financial planning and analytics, reporting and analysis roles

  • Career reflecting progressive movement into senior finance leadership roles

  • Large multi-divisional public companies, including support of investor facing information

  • Experience scaling high-growth companies

  • Passion for understanding GAAP account and key non-GAAP metrics used by investors

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and comfortable working cross-functionally

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of ambiguity

  • Ability to make the complex simple; brings the right balance of process without being bureaucratic

  • Proven track record of leading, motivating, and developing a high-performing finance team

  • Strong technical abilities with advanced Microsoft Excel skills

  • Knowledge and experience using Hyperion


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or related field - MBA or CPA preferred

Education Requirements:

If a degree or education credit minimum is required for the position, all education must be conferred by a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited institution. All candidates must provide proof of higher education (official transcripts) upon request.

Zovio is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. Zovio leverages its core strengths and applies its technology and capabilities to priority market needs. Using advanced data and analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners.

Zovio’s purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own.

Our Commitments

Truly Personalized

Using data and analytics to power radically innovative experiences that are simple, predictive, and tailored to every individual.

At Life Speed

In tune with real life, creating platforms that are accessible, convenient, and that meet people where they are.

Activating Ambition

Helping people make progress in their lives by solving the problems that matter with empathy and intelligence.

Our Culture

We are ambitious individuals coming together to create bold solutions for a brighter future. We put our people first, and value different ways of thinking.

Passion | Bring it.

We take pride in what we do and have fun doing it.

Innovation | Ignite bold ideas.

We challenge the traditional way of thinking.

Teamwork | Our teams work.

We share knowledge to get the best solutions.