Urban Science

Regional Finance Manager

US-CA-Long Beach
1 month ago(12/8/2017 12:57 PM)
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Accounting and Finance

Overview and Summary

Urban Science is a business-solutions company focused on supporting the needs of the sales and marketing function of the automotive industry. We leverage a scientific methodology to help our client partners sell more vehicles, improve profitability and increase customer loyalty.  And we do that by helping solve their toughest challenges including planning an optimal dealership network, improving individual dealer performance and efficiently converting sales leads into sales. In short, we guide business through science—and we’ve been doing this since 1977.


This Regional Finance Manager opportunity will support Urban Science business objectives by providing accurate and timely consultation, expert analytical support, and the oversight of effective adherence to finance processes using tools and reports provided by corporate finance. The successful candidate will employ best practices and leverage them to identify opportunities for greater efficiency and productivity.  In addition, this position will be responsible for ensuring consistency in reporting, and analytical approached and timely business decisions. In this role the Regional Finance Manager will serve as a consultant to regional leaders on all finance related issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Business Partnership

  • Act as a liaison between the regional offices and corporate finance. 
  • Provides corporate finance with recommendations that will enable the offices to more effectively manage their business. 
  • Oversees proper adherence to all corporate finance policies, required activities and requests for information.
  • Participate in the proposal process and ensure accurate pricing, forecasting of profit, etc.
  • Provide expert recommendations regarding ability to deliver work profitably – by identifying and implementing tighter controls on our financials and assisting the business in understanding how consistency in planning and actuals.
  • Maintain an effective level of business literacy regarding the region’s financial position, strategic planning, and overall business objectives.
  • Monitor and analyze financial data which summarize and forecast business activity for use in making business decisions.  
  • Interact with client purchasing departments, corporate finance, auditor, etc. 
  • Provide both regional and corporate finance management with timely and detailed information.

Analytical Support

  • Assist management in understanding the content of standard monthly reports and provide guidance use in monitoring business performance.
  • Use the monthly financial statements, variance reports and other standard monthly, weekly or daily reports to analyze financial and operating results in support of  regional business management.

 Process Implementation

  • In conjunction with the corporate finance function, design and develop processes, procedures, tools, resources, and methodologies of leading the regional finance function.
  • Working closely with corporate finance, track and evaluate the effectiveness of proposal pricing, identifying and analyzing variances in order to ensure profitability objectives are met.
  • Support the implementation of a new corporate financial system.


  • Assist with monthly close procedures.
  • Prepare monthly revenue journal entries.
  • Assist with timely invoicing for the region.
  • Assist with timely accounts receivable collections for the region.
  • Compile and coordinate monthly, financial reports, statements and special analyses.

 Financial Planning and Analysis

  • Conduct monthly analysis of income statements vs. budget, providing associated recommendations and action plans to budget leaders in support of timely adjustments to operations and/or necessary course corrections.
  • Work collaboratively with client teams to develop annual and 5 year revenue, NOC, and independence budgets which align with corporate objectives (VMS 521)
  • Monitor and analyze VMS 521 metrics monthly, taking appropriate actions to maintain metrics at or better than the budgeted VMS 521 levels.
  • Assist budget leaders in forecasting of revenues and expenses down to project, team, department, office, or regional profitability.
  • Provide expert level support during yearly budgeting process consolidating and submitting office and regional data as required in support of company budget planning and forecasting processes.

 Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position will manage remote office finance staff and associated financial activities, as well as external accounting vendors in various assigned countries. 
  • Responsible for all aspects of supervision of selected staff, to include: recruiting and selecting, assigning and prioritizing work activities, performance management, compensation management, developing employee skills and abilities, providing career guidance, and supporting company policies and processes.


Qualifications - Education and Experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Solid experience and financial acumen in analytics, forecasting and financial modeling.
  • Expert level reasoning and problem solving ability.
  • Must possess ability to develop a deep understanding of the organization’s business – clients, solutions, Project Management processes and required tools, delivery methods, regional operating models, etc. 
  • Experience with international finance operations preferred.
  • Ability to apply business knowledge to the finance puzzle.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in the use of Excel or other spreadsheet software required.
  • Able to think creatively when developing new solutions or solving problems.
  • Proven track record of successful client expectation management, collaboration, and performance monitoring.
  • Executive level ability to be diplomatic, as well as an excellent negotiator and strategist.
  • Deep regional awareness and ability to collaborate regionally.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and project management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively RSTMM (Recruit, Select, Train, Manage, Motivate)



  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in accounting or finance required. MBA or other relevant graduate degrees preferred.  
  • 7 – 10 years’ experience in accounting, finance, and/or audit experience.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this position.  It is NOT an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified. The job will require additional hours beyond the normal 40-hour workweek and working off hours to accommodate global time zones.  Will require some US and international travel. 



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