VP, Finance, Planning & Analysis

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National Geographic Society

Published 11 days ago

How You’ll Contribute

The Finance department is responsible for the overall integrity of the Society’s financial activities and provides timely and accurate financial information, protects Society assets, and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws from a financial and fiduciary vantage point. With an emphasis on accuracy, integrity, and insight, the Finance Division strives to be a value added partner to ensure that we have adequate financial resources to support the overall mission of the Society. The Finance Department’s major areas of responsibility include financial planning (budgets and forecasts), accounting and reporting, payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, gift processing, tax returns and compliance, risk management, investment oversight and treasury management.

The Vice President of Finance, Planning, & Analysis is a key role within the Finance division. Reporting to the CFO, this position will lead the National Geographic Society Finance, Planning & Analysis team and processes, including Budgets and Forecasts, Management and Board reporting, financial planning management, and financial analysis. Provide a wide range of financial and decision support information to executives, including evaluation of new initiatives, maintenance of long-range financial plans, and other ad hoc projects. Gather and assess relevant financial data and information to help reach value added conclusions. Produce financial and non-financial reporting for Management and assist in preparing Board and Committee materials. Your Impact

Responsibilities Include

  • Budget and Forecast: Lead the administration of the overall Budget and Forecast process, including developing the timeline, working with business and project owners, preparing underlying assumptions and reviewing results, and presenting to Management. Develop operating and financial plan required to achieve management’s strategic plan. (30%)
  • Analysis and Dashboards: Provide business modeling analysis for Management decision making, assisting business leads in creation of annual and multi-year business plans. Analyze and explain variances.  Drive accurate company revenue and cash forecasts by evaluating key metrics and proactively digging into the details to develop insights about drivers of performance and risks & opportunities.  (25%)
  • Management and Operations: Lead the Finance, Planning & Analysis team, including updating and streamlining processes. Overall Finance strategic partner for various business needs throughout the Society, including programmatic and operations functional areas. (20%)
  • Reporting: Provide monthly, quarterly and annual reporting and analysis to Management on all Society functions, working with various business groups and the internal accounting and Treasury teams to consolidate all financial and non-financial reporting.  Provide guidance for Management decision making, including P&L, cash and balance sheet reporting. Understand and drive insights from the full company P&L, balance sheet and cash reports. Create and develop presentations that tell a story focused on insights, not just data. (15%)
  • Strategic Initiatives and Ad-Hoc: Various projects on behalf of the CFO and other Management, including systems and process enhancements. (10%)

Educational background

Undergraduate degree in finance, economics or a quantitative discipline. MBA strongly preferred. 

Minimum Years and Type of Experience   

15+ years of finance experience that includes interfacing with organizational leadership and working with many groups within an organization and at least 5 years of experience managing a team. 5+ years of experience in financial planning & analysis (FP&A) or similar planning roles. Work experience includes providing financial analytical data to business groups and providing advice to such groups for business decisions.

Necessary Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, in particular Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with building complex financial forecasting models and conducting scenario analysis.
  • Experience with large ERP systems required.
  • Solid knowledge of GAAP account rules
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Highly organized and strategically focused with exceptional attention to detail and sound business judgment.
  • Flexible and collaborative working style; ability to collaborate successfully with executives and employees at all levels of the organization.

Desired Qualifications

  • Provide leadership to the team-members, develop and stretch talent to maximize the function’s business impact.
  • Comfortable and thrives working in an agile environment and can adapt to evolving priorities.
  • Workday and Adaptive Insights experience a plus.
  • Familiarity with non-profit accounting preferred.
  • Experience with G-Suite a plus.


2 to 3 direct reports

We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position. We are looking for someone with relevant skills and experience, not a checklist that exactly matches the job description. We want to help you grow and in return, you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization. 

How You’ll Contribute

The Finance department is responsible for the overall integrity of the Society’s financial activities and provides timely and accurate financial information, protects Society assets, and ensures compliance with…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial


1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

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