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Principal Financial Analyst - Operations at Cognex

Principal Financial Analyst - Operations

Cognex Natick, MA (On Site) Full-Time
Job Description

The Company:

Cognex is the global leader in the exciting and growing field of machine vision, with annual revenue of $1 Billion. We are a financially strong international company with a culture that maintains the fast-paced, creative environment of a startup. Our employees, proudly called "Cognoids," take their work seriously but don't take themselves seriously. Our Work Hard, Play Hard, Move Fast culture recognizes our employees for their innovation, perseverance, and hard work in a fun and rewarding environment. We value in-person team collaboration, while offering remote workplace flexibility up to two days a week.

The Team:

The Finance team has strong business partnerships and influence throughout the company. We drive financially informed decisions in support of the company's strategic objectives. We are investing in advanced analytics capabilities to enhance our data-driven approach to problem solving. We are focused on process improvement to provide the most efficient transactional support for our customers, vendors, and employees. The Finance leadership team has a proven track record of talent development. We invest in our team members and partner with them on their career development by offering a wide range of opportunities, including mentorships, special project assignments, training programs, and executive exposure.

The Role:

Cognex is looking for a Principal Financial Analyst to join the growing FP&A team to support the Operations & Technical Support teams. A key function of this role is performing financial analysis, planning and reporting of the business. The successful candidate will have very strong finance, accounting and analytical skills, solid business judgment, and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. This role provides a great foundation for career growth.

Essential Functions:
  • Partner with the Operations and Technical Support business leaders to prepare the annual expense budget and quarterly expense forecasts
  • Coordinate the consolidation of the global operations forecast and budget from the regional cost analysts
  • Analyze month end department expense results for the global departments and prepare appropriate journal entries to ensure expenses are recorded properly
  • Provide mid-month analysis of actuals vs. forecast to flag any potential variances
  • Provide objective analytical support to influence and reinforce financial decisions
  • Prepare month end variance explanations for the Management Financial Package and Responsibility P&Ls
  • Monitor and provide insightful analysis around business key performance indicators (KPI)
  • Be a key contributor in the development of the Operations 3 Year strategic planning process
  • Continuously look for opportunities to improve existing processes and procedures
  • Perform ad-hoc analysis as needed
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Strong attention to detail to produce consistent, high-quality results
  • Strong planning and organizational skills to meet deadlines
  • Self-starter and problem solver
  • Demonstrated initiative to implement process improvement
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to work productively in a cross-functional team environment
  • Comfortable raising different points of view
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong systems skills (advanced excel, SAP, SAC)
Minimum education and work experience required:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance or related field
  • 5+ years of financial planning and analysis preferred
  • Experience supporting global expense planning preferred

Additional Job Description

Equal Employment Opportunity

Cognex is an equal opportunity employer. Cognex evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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