Cengage Learning Manager, Data Analytics in Boston, Massachusetts


We are looking for a highly motivated, energetic, and experienced manager to lead our cross functional data analytics assessment. As a key interface between Finance and senior management, you will be part of the financial planning and reporting function that has a comprehensive understanding of all key business drivers and sophisticated financial models. The position is a cross-functional position and requires strong knowledge of data relationships and system integration. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills while partnering with their manager to build a robust data integrity model, help drive cultural change and build a knowledge base around our current processes. The candidate must have a passion towards process improvement within a controlled system framework. This role will report to the Senior Director, Corporate Finance and support key leadership across all functional areas.


Data & Systems:

  • Build and maintain reporting dependency matrix with a strong understanding of our ERP system, EPM system, data models and how they relate to each other

  • Plan and manage project requirements and criteria, including scope of control and change management; direct and coordinate project activities to ensure project progresses on schedule.

  • Providing expertise and consultation to the team on analytic coding questions

  • Work with system team to develop data solutions to better answer business questions.

  • Develop and manage terminology taxonomy.

  • Utilizing your interpersonal and analytical skills to dissect obstacles, find solutions and streamline the data function’s processes and procedures

  • Leading efforts to increase the use of analytics and exception reporting across standard reporting

  • Support management in driving improvements, revamping and building centralized solutions (adapting to financial systems challenges for data extraction) to deliver scalable reporting, planning & analysis for leadership across organization.

  • Lead in developing databases, scorecards, and models that add functionality to existing reporting tools in an efficient manner to support key stakeholders

Reporting & Process Improvements:

  • Help support department functions and goals through in-depth analyses across multiple reporting sources

  • Determining, collect, analyze and carry out the creation or correction of data while monitoring and maintaining data accuracy

  • Work to build scalable and automated solutions for management reporting.

  • Able to conceptualize and assist in putting in place scalable processes and tools.

  • Develop and implement new reporting and analytical processes to better analyze and coordinate monthly reporting and ad hoc requests.

  • Focus on process improvements key areas to build integrated reporting tools, accelerate internal controls, and streamline current systems.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required, preferably in the Business Administration, Data Analytics, Finance or Math. MBA a plus.

  • Minimum 8-10 years’ work experience in either Business Intelligence, Finance and operations or data analytics experience and in roles requiring problem solving/analytic skills, project management and presentation skills required

  • Comfortable wearing multiple hats, ranging from leading finance and operational discussions to working with data to provide thoughtful analysis

  • Self-directed, self-motivated and demonstrated experience providing ideas and solutions to further business understanding

  • Must be tenacious, with the emotional intelligence to know when to push harder and when to look for alternative approaches.

  • Must be able to listen and interpret the requirements of internal clients, plan accordingly and exceed expectations

  • Extremely well organized and objective oriented. Tireless work ethic.

  • Exemplifies initiative, intelligence, strong attention to detail, and integrity in striving for continuous improvement

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as, strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Ability to develop moderately complex financial and operational models using spreadsheets and database software

  • Demonstrated financial modeling knowledge and skills. Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills.

  • Familiarity with ERP systems such as JD Edwards is desired. Capable of using enterprise general ledger systems for investigation inquiry and report writing.

  • Expert level in Microsoft Excel, Access & PowerPoint, Hyperion Essbase and Planning or equivalent EPM tool required; Oracle, VBA skills preferred

  • Understanding and application of financial analysis techniques.


Requisition ID 2017-3354

Job Locations US-MA-Boston

Posted Date 6/12/2017

Job Function Finance