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Global Services Finance Senior Manager

London, United Kingdom | Boston Consulting Group

  • Industry:
    Management Consulting
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Finance (Internal)
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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This role is responsible for leading projects and operational activities that progress our GS Finance & Accounting initiatives and change agenda. You will collaborate with fellow GS colleagues, broader global functions (e.g. Operations Services, Risk, etc.), and local office staff worldwide to design and deliver solutions that meet both business and stakeholder needs.


As a key member of the GS Finance & Accounting team the role will spend the vast majority of its time leading the finance consolidation, planning and reporting related activities and change management projects. The work will be a mix of ongoing responsibilities plus initiative/project work. The role will work closely with members of the GS Functional Finance, CKA and Practice Area finance teams, as well as cross functionally with GS HR, GS Business Services and GS Financial Systems Group. Additional customers / stakeholders include CFO, Head of Functions and Head of Global Planning. The Senior Manager will manage a team of four people. Specific responsibilities will include but are not limited to:


Deliver and lead team responsible for: (60%)

GS Decision Support Planning & Analysis

Coordinate planning and estimate process for all GS businesses

Communicate planning parameters, expectations, timelines and deliverables

Together with Functional Finance business partners, develop and prepare presentations summarizing key highlights for senior leadership review

Develop high quality and thoughtful analysis, KPIs and reporting to inform our senior leasers and help steer decision making

Partner with GS Intercompany team to ensure streamlined planning process, accurate financial data etc… for GS & WWI portion of allocations, LSR, SLAs etc….

GS and WWI capacity and compensation reporting, planning & analysis

Ownership for team managing central capacity and compensation for GS and WWI

Responsible for all aspects of resource planning and approval process, including implementation of location strategy

Provide financial guidance to GS HR, Functional Finance Business Partners on all aspects of capacity planning, including scenario modeling, and associated cost plans & trajectories

Drive and lead monthly capacity updates and analysis highlighting recent trend performances and creating insights related to capacity plans and opportunities

Business partner with GS Business Services leads on topics related to space management, long range business plans, and implications of demand from GS businesses etc….

Ensure accurate payroll accounting and rigorous reconciliation/review, including complex nature of intercompany components of compensation

Partner with GS Assistant Controller to ensure all local/legal compliance requirements, thoughtful risk management and effective adherence to firm-wide policies and agreements

Lead and/or participate in change management projects such as: (40%)

Capacity and compensation business process re-engineering

Transitioning functional support model from the current local/regional/global mode to an end to end worldwide view

Optimize/enhance current planning tools and processes

Streamline reporting and analysis processes

Develop and refine robust financial models to support business decisions

Implementing system enhancements and embracing new technologies


You have a bachelor’s degree and preferably an advanced degree. You will bring 10+ years of experience from a top-tier consulting firm or from within a heavily matrixed organization. You have a strong foundation in corporate accounting with solid experience applying it to financial planning and analysis.


To be successful, you need to have a consultative approach coupled with experience across finance operations, data / analytic based methodologies and project management. You need to know how to get things done, be a problem solver and forward thinker – we don’t just fix the immediate ask, but take ambiguous issues, break them down to understand the root cause, and then design an approach and solution that not only adapts outside thinking, but also brings stakeholders along with us.


Building relationships will also be critical to your success – strong written and verbal communication skills are a must. You need to be able to effectively tailor your communications since we work across all levels of our organization. Balance will be important, you will need to listen, negotiate, and flex where needed; while also having the stamina and strength to manage across geographies, keep projects & activities on task and hold others accountable. You need to be outcome focused with the ability to proactively take initiative, use good judgment to prioritize requests and be comfortable working with minimal direction.


You will understand the big picture, even when the work gets granular, requiring strong organizational skills—an ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize them, and carry them out independently. This role does require you to “roll up your sleeves” and play an active role to get the operational aspects done and make change happen.

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