Job Function: Finance and Accounting
Location: Toronto, Canada
Job Ref#: 2436
Description & Requirements
The role of Client Finance Analyst is responsible for maintaining all client budget control reports, and acting as a liaison between Finance, our media agencies, and the client. This role requires strong organizational skills, ability to meet tight deadlines, work independently and within a team. Furthermore, this role requires daily interaction both with internal groups (i.e. media teams, local finance, IPG Omaha Shared Services) as well as marketing and finance groups at the client,
and as such the successful candidate will possess and exhibit a high degree of professionalism in their conduct and communications.
Setting up and maintaining Budget Control Reports (BCRs), Forecasts, and Accruals, on an ongoing basis – with extensive use of Excel; Acting as control for all MPA's (maintain accurate files and act as the central repository for this paperwork); Setting up and maintaining fee and/or job dockets; Tracking and maintaining intercompany service records (ISRs); Liaising with Client on any PO issues, billing issues, Account Receivable Statements; Liaising with Suppliers on Account Payable issues; Liaising with Omaha A/R and collections group and assisting with maintaining client receivables in a clean and current state; Liaising with Omaha Shared Services to ensure billings and payables issues are resolved; Investigating and following-up on discrepancies with appropriate personnel to ensure they get cleared; Coordinating, maintaining proficiency, and providing training on DDS / SAP related technical knowledge and applications; Approving draft billing prior to live billing being issued to client; Utilizing accounting system to run appropriate time reports as requested; Utilizing accounting system to pull financial updates and billing summaries for client meetings as required; and Assisting the Finance Director and the overall team as needed on ad-hoc projects and assignments which are within the scope of the role.
Desired Skills & Experience
Post-secondary education – University graduate in Finance or Accounting, Bachelor’s degree required; Preference of being in process of obtaining an accounting designation; 0-2 years Financial or Accounting related experience, preferably media agency, marketing, advertising, or technology related industry experience; Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal); Excellent interpersonal skills, and strong internal and client relationship skills; Strong organization and time-management skills; Ability to work well under pressure and multi-task in a fast paced environment; Self-motivated, independent thinker and problem solver; Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (i.e. PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and Excel); and Proficiency in financial systems preferred.
IPG Mediabrands is the global media arm of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). Today, the network manages $39 billion in marketing investment on behalf of its clients, employing over 10,000 marketing communication specialists in more than 130 countries.
A proven entity in helping clients maximize business results through integrated, intelligence-driven marketing strategies, IPG Mediabrands is committed to driving automated buying, pay-for-performance and digital innovation solutions through its network of media agencies which in Canada includes UM, Initiative and Media Experts. Its roster of specialty service agencies including MAGNA, Cadreon, Reprise Digital, Orion and Kinesso, offer technologies and industry moving partnerships that are recognized for delivering unprecedented bottom line results for clients.
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