Finance Analyst

Date: May 29, 2023

Location: Columbus, OH, US, 43202

Company: American Chemical Society

CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. As the scientific information solutions division of the American Chemical Society, CAS manages the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 115 years, has helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide.


CAS is currently seeking a Senior Financial Analyst.  This position will be located in our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

Division Overview

Finance Division Staff support the financial activities of CAS, as well as ACSI (subsidiary of the ACS), ensuring the formulation of sustaining fiscal policy & strategy, the execution of sound financial decisions, the accurate fiscal management of business strategies and operations, and the safeguarding of the Society’s assets.  Directing the fiscal affairs of CAS in accordance with organizational policies, U.S. GAAP, and internal control procedures includes:  budgeting & forecasting including short and long-term financial planning and analysis; accounting & compliance including audits, both financial and managerial analyses and reporting of operations, foreign exchange management, credit & collections, fiscal administration of contracts, billing operations, procurement & disbursements, travel processing, sales incentive administration, project tracking/costing, and tax administration.

Position Summary

The Senior Financial Analyst will report to the Consolidation Manager, FP&A. This position will be responsible for various FP&A duties including but not limited to: reconciliation and reporting of financial information; provide financial analysis that enable the team to deliver insightful, value-added analysis and recommendations across CAS to help drive growth, financial partnership with one or more CAS functions by providing financial planning, forecasting, and ad hoc analyses, assist with the financial planning system(s). This position must demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the organization and be instrumental in delivering an integrated and aligned financial plan based on updated business forecasts and scenario analysis.

Position Accountabilities

  • Provide monthly and ad-hoc financial analyses to support the strategic direction provided from leadership and the CAS growth strategy.
  • Financial partnership and support of CAS function(s) being responsible for monthly forecasting, monthly close, annual zero-based growth planning, business case development, and ad-hoc financial analysis.
  • Develops, evaluates, and provides meaningful business insights based on data driven analysis into CAS performance.
  • Support and execute financial models to gain insights and provide guidance and recommendations around key business decisions for senior management.
  • Identify, propose, and support implementation of continuous improvement opportunities with a focus on reducing manual process risk and increasing team capacity.
  • Ability to understand trends and results at a detailed level.
  • Ability to assemble large volumes of data and inputs and organize data with a sense of urgency.
  • Critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills and is a trusted individual who can be counted on to provide consistent, high-quality results, often on complex assignments.
  • Identify necessary analysis and make independent, yet informed decisions.
  • Supervise the maintenance and updating of the general ledger chart of accounts and various hierarchies (i.e. department, project, product, etc.) in PeopleSoft and Hyperion Planning.
  • In depth knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PeopleSoft, and financial planning tools.


Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance and/or Accounting, Management, or a similar business-related field
  • 3 - 5 years of direct finance experience with progressively increasing scope and responsibility
  • Demonstrated time-management and multi-tasking skills coupled with a keen ability to prioritize assignments
  • Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Demonstrated experience with MS Office applications, business and financial software systems
  • Proven financial analysis skills, including completing complex analyses for special projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, improve, and simplify processes, including applying best practice procedures where appropriate.
  • Serve as a liaison between Finance and Technology when system issues arise
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills including excellent written and verbal abilities are required; Demonstrated ability to write clear financial reports and other business communications is required.
  • Demonstrated experience with MS Office applications (specifically Excel and PowerPoint), Hyperion Planning, and PeopleSoft preferred.


CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans. Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future. EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

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