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Head of Financial Insights

| Greater Boston Area

POSITION SUMMARY:

Financial Planning & Analysis seeks an exceptional leader to join our organization to lead a visualization and insights team focused on the following objectives:

  • Simplify business processes and enable self-service analytics in support of greater efficiencies and timely insights
  • Modernize reporting and analytics capabilities by leveraging innovative new technologies including Data Preparation and Visualization and Natural Language Generation (NLG)
  • Apply Data Science techniques to solve real world financial problems and generate actionable insights
  • Develop analytical skills across Corporate Finance by driving adoption of common solutions for reporting, visualization and advanced analytics

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Corporate Finance Organization began a transformation journey to achieve our CFO’s vision and goals by 2020 and data analytics is central to the “CFO 2020” strategy. As part of this transformation, Corporate Finance established a Data & Analytics Office that is tasked with delivering industry-leading capabilities in Finance data management and analytics.

The Finance Data & Analytics Office seeks an exceptional leader to join our organization to lead a reporting and insights team focused on the following objectives:

  • Simplify business processes and enable self-service analytics in support of greater efficiencies and timely insights for corporate finance functions
  • Modernize reporting and analytics capabilities by leveraging innovative new technologies including Data Preparation and Visualization and Natural Language Generation (NLG)
  • Apply Data Science techniques to solve real world problems and generate actionable insights
  • Establish the core Financial Insights team and help drive the overall Finance transformation efforts, ensuring adoption/integration of team across the organization, enabling the division to move into next-gen Finance
  • Develop analytical skills across Corporate Finance by driving adoption of common solutions for data preparation, reporting, visualization and Data Science

Our goal is to create a team of innovative, high-performing, collaborative, and resourceful people who like to think big, test ideas, and are dedicated to their ideas to see programs through from conception to delivery. This role will be based out of our Boston, MA office and will lead multiple cross-functional teams collaborating with internal experts across Corporate Finance, Information Technology, and Business Units. This position reports to the Head of Financial Planning & Analysis.

KEY ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Partner with Corporate Finance functions to frame, structure and design solutions to business problems where data and visualization tools can have the biggest impact to drive efficiencies and informed business decisions
  • Lead cross-functional agile teams to implement key data visualization initiatives – assess current state, develop strategy and implement high value added solutions
  • Apply design thinking to help redesign Finance reporting processes leveraging automation and other innovative data/analytical technologies
  • Create a Finance Data Science center of excellence to deliver insights using advanced analytical techniques
  • Create business case to articulate potential benefits of changing current processes and solutions and deliver stated results
  • Manage the development of new visualization and Data Science tools to increase opportunities for self-service analytics that drives value throughout CFO and to key stakeholders
  • Continue to maintain a backlog of prioritized opportunities to deliver innovative insights in support of finance functions
  • Plan delivery sprints, create roadmap, estimate effort and skills required, work with senior Finance leaders to identify talent necessary for accelerated delivery
  • Establish standards and include appropriate governance and quality considerations from inception
  • Drive adoption by embedding business intelligence into our culture

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 15+ years of total experience with 5+ years of experience designing and implementing highly visible, complex, and wide-scope analytics solutions with successful conclusions
  • Deep knowledge and experience of modern data technology platforms (big data, visualization and analytics) with understanding of architecture and design principles for high performance and scalability of analytical or visualization solutions
  • Experience applying advanced analytical (Data Science, AI/ML) techniques and tools to solving business problems
  • Ability to build, coach, inspire and guide cross-functional teams to successfully deliver business outcomes from data and analytics initiatives
  • Experience with creating, managing and scaling cross-functional agile teams to deliver results quickly and iteratively
  • Strong bias for action with a continuous improvement mindset
  • Change agent with successful track record driving adoption of new analytics solutions
  • Ability to smoothly deliver complex projects using effective planning, pragmatic approaches, and collaboration, despite obstacles and ambiguity
  • Business value focused with skills to discern potential use cases and high quality solutions, and reject low-impact technologies and methods
  • Experience developing a project pipeline and executing projects successfully using shared services, vendors and information technology teams
  • Financial Services industry experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Corporate Finance (Accounting, FP&A, Tax, Treasury, Valuation & Modeling, Procurement) exposure and familiarity with related data, reporting and analytical use cases

COMPETENCIES

Business Acumen: Demonstrates knowledge of the interdependencies of key business processes, functions and risks. Identifies and uses the key financial indicators necessary to measure business performance. Knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace. Identifies and anticipates customer requirements, expectations, and needs.

Critical Thinking: Critically and logically evaluates the costs, risks, and benefits of alternatives before coming to a solution. Probes and looks past symptoms to determine the underlying causes of problems and issues. Approaches problems holistically; defines connections, linkages, interdependencies and develops solutions. Takes ownership of problems and stays on top of them until resolved.

Execution/Results: Makes quick decisions in high stakes situations, crises, or conditions of uncertainty. Critically and logically evaluates the consequences and implications of alternatives, actions, or decisions. Encourages others to set challenging goals and high standards of performance. Fosters a sense of energy, ownership, and personal commitment to the work. Creates an environment in which performance excellence is rewarded.

Engage and Inspire: Encourages others to set challenging goals and high standards of performance. Fosters a sense of energy, ownership, and personal commitment to the work. Creates an environment in which performance excellence is rewarded.

Change Leadership: Advocates for needed change across the organization that add to our success. Ensures the implementation of change with appropriate communications, goals, resources, metrics and reviews. Takes ownership and personal responsibility for implementing change despite opposition or barriers.

Communications: Ability to engage in and mode courageous and constructive dialogue; confidence to offer a new and potentially challenging idea to foster conversation and critical thinking; ability to successfully deliver difficult and/or complex messages and help others understand multiple points of view.

CORE VALUES

Focus on the Customer: Know your customers well; add value with a sense of urgency.

Act with Integrity: Be trustworthy, adhere to high ethical standards and adhere to the letter and spirit of applicable laws, rules, regulations and company policies.

Value People: Lead people to success; appreciate diverse backgrounds, ideas and experiences.

Work Collaboratively: Partner with others to achieve results that leverage the right resources.

Achieve Results: Focus on winning; consistently exceed expectations, beat the competition.

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470 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110

An Insider's view of MassMutual

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As a Product Owner, I spend most of my time collaborating with others across different business units. On any given day, I could be spending time brainstorming design concepts of upcoming features with our design team or assisting them with presenting these concepts to outside users as part of our user testing process.

Ryan

Digital Product Owner

What makes someone successful on your team?

Successful people on my team are: passionate, curious, receptive, and engaged. Each team member is expected to be passionate about the work that they do, and the domains in which they practice. They are always solving unique problems and must be curious about finding new solutions.

David

Digital Lead

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We work in an open floor plan, so there is a lot of opportunity for networking across roles, teams and levels. Everyone is very friendly and welcomes the opportunity to get to know other people on the floor.

Kristina

Digital Product Manager

What are MassMutual Perks + Benefits

MassMutual Benefits Overview

At MassMutual, employees have the opportunity to earn a competitive salary and bonus, enroll in an
array of benefits, and participate in programs and services that support healthy lifestyles, assist them
in building financial security for themselves and their families and help them live well-balanced lives.

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