• Finance Director

    Operations (Finance, HR, IT, Administration)
    Position Type
    Full-Time Salary
  • Overview


    Do you love math but want to work in a creative environment? Are you great at customer service? If so, we’re looking for you! Our Raleigh office is looking for a Director of Finance to serve as a senior financial counselor to the office and business leadership on operational and financial matters related to the businesses’ overall financial strategies both internal and external. This person will lead and manage a small team of finance professionals.


    In other words, you work hard, laugh easily, and thirst for the next challenge. You don’t mind the occasional interruption/distraction, and appreciate the confidential nature of your work. While being a financial guru, you are equally at ease collaborating with non-finance staff to resolve billing issues (we are a communications agency, after all).


    About the Job


    • Plan, direct and control all financial operations for office, accounts and clients
    • Oversee and drive the creation of strategic business plans
    • Analyze and assess organizational results and identify areas of improvement in terms of costs, budgets, trends and profit opportunities
    • Supervise the creation of all financial reports, including P & L, utilization, staff sharing and revenue to date. Utilize reports to make evaluations around the fiscal health of the agency and suggest appropriate actions to ensure profitability
    • Create and manage all revenue forecasting materials and make recommendations for course corrections to ensure business meets or exceeds revenue goals
    • Serve as a key point of contact for senior-level clients in procurement and finance issues
    • Negotiate contracts and partner with Legal to ensure agency’s interests are protected
    • Provide senior-level counsel to office Directors, Account Directors and practice leaders on client and organizational budget issues

    Business Growth:

    • Work with finance colleagues and business leaders on expansions into new markets and the development of shared financial models that support growth
    • Be a strategic advisor to client groups in improving multi-center processes around finance and operations to enhance client service 


    • Develop and implement strategies to ensure successful client management and agency operations
    • Provide strategic thought leadership and suggestions for improvements in all processes and systems
    • Manage all facilities, capital investment and infrastructure costs
    • Create opportunities for cost-savings by driving continuous improvement through more streamlined operational policies and procedures


    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance or Business Administration with concentration in Accounting
    • CPA or MBA preferred
    • Minimum 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience in finance and operations
    • Financial / operational leadership experience in the professional services industry (public relations / advertising or a similar business) required
    • Proven ability to build positive, productive relationships with internal clients, across geographies and with external partners
    • Strong ability to strategically counsel and advise business leaders on strategies to drive growth and profitability
    • Excellent management skills and strong history of success in leading and building high performing teams
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal
    • Knowledge of current industry and business trends and understanding of financial implications
    • Proven ability to be flexible, creative and service-oriented when dealing with individuals throughout the organization
    • Microsoft Office – outstanding advanced Excel skills required
    • Experience with PeopleSoft application preferred as well as knowledge of Citrix and COGNOS
    • Excellent time management, prioritization and organizational skills are critical
    • Systems specification and implementation experience

    About Ketchum

    As a global public relations and communications agency with 90 plus years of experience, Ketchum builds brands and reputations for clients.  We start conversations, build communities and engage stakeholders—and have a lot of fun doing it.  We inspire and empower our people to think about products, companies, issues and challenges in a different way.   And we’re just crazy enough to think we can impact the world – and how it responds to ideas – through communication.


    We believe great ideas shatter expectations, change thinking and build brands.  We call this break through, and it’s our mission to deliver it.  How?  Very simply—our people.  By listening, cultivating diverse perspectives and rewarding fearless creativity, we’ve developed a culture of break through.  


    Interested?  We’ve got an opportunity for you.


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