Financial Service Organization - Core Business Services - Region Finance Lead

Lead (more than 10 years)

Technical Skills

  • Accountancy
  • Audit
  • Forecasting
  • Risk Management

Job Description

Financial Service Organization - Core Business Services - Region Finance Lead

Location: CN-Hong Kong

Join our Core Business Services (CBS) team and you will help support the important business enablement functions that keep our organization running strong. As a CBS professional, you will work across teams to provide the knowledge, resources and tools that help EY deliver exceptional quality service to our clients, win in the marketplace and support EY’s growth and profitability. Major teams within CBS include Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Enterprise Support Services, Brand Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Knowledge and Risk Management.
Join our Finance team and you will help enable EY client account teams and management to run the business effectively.  You’ll help to improve engagement profitability, manage enterprise wide risk and support market development activities.  You will support EY planning, reporting and forecasting and analysis, or help EY people manage day-to-day activities, such as managing engagements, process and auditing time and expense or invoice processing.  You’ll also work with other parts of our organization, sharing your financial experience and insights to achieve specific goals. You’ll get all the support you need to stay on top of regulations — and the advice and help you‘ll need to meet your own professional goals.
With so many offerings, you have the opportunity to develop your career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. That’s how we develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders, and in so doing, play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. Sound interesting? Well this is just the beginning. Because whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.


Position summary:
The Region Finance Lead (RFL) is the Finance Relationship Owner (FRO) for the Regional Managing Partner (RMP). They serve as a business partner and strategic advisor to the RMP and Region Leadership team, providing critical thinking on regional strategic direction, operating performance and financial results. They serve as a key member of the Region Leadership team. The RFL is expected to understand the clients’ needs and coordinate deliver of relevant finance services in a seamless fashion by collaborating with the other key FRO roles such as, the Region Service Line Advisor and Regional Markets Finance Advisory. They also will team with various Finance support structures for analytical support, functional experience, and execution Finance support teams provide reporting services, transaction processing, and sharing of leading practices.
Essential functions of the job:
  • Acts as the primary advisor for finance related matters to the Region Managing Partner and their respective leadership team of one of the fastest growing regions
  • Ability to provide forward looking insights/analyses to help support critical decision making by regional leadership
  • Identify and execute numerous improvement opportunities/best practices to support the operations of the region
  • Ability to cultivate strong executive level relationships within the region, across the area and within the finance community
  • Drives the successful implementation of the Global Finance vision, aligned with Vision 2020, and overall strategy to perform as a single common and integrated Finance organization
  • Aligns the regional operating structure with the Global Finance structure and people strategy, and build finance capabilities by attracting, retaining and managing a value oriented workforce needed to support an increasingly complex operating environment
  • Provides region-specific guidance and oversight to the Region Service Line Finance Advisor; promotes sharing of information and teaming across the Region FROs
  • Provides region-specific guidance and oversight to the Region Markets Finance Advisor; promotes sharing of information and teaming across the other Region FROs
  • Supports the Group CFO and communicates region-specific perspectives
  • Teams with the Area Finance Lead to share/obtain insights and contribute the regional view of performance and the drivers of performance
Analytical/decision-making responsibilities:
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with decision making capabilities are essential for the RFL role. Common areas where the RFL will apply these skills are:
    • Leading global finance change initiatives across the Asia-Pacific region
    • Align the delivery of financial services to global goals in the context of local/regional business needs
    • Provide knowledge and business insights to global finance from a regional perspective
    • Establish solid relationships with Finance country representatives
    • Teaming with other regional key FROs to ensure Exceptional Client Service is provided to the RMP and Region Leadership team
    • Assessing the drivers of financial results with constant focus on improvement and rapid course correction where necessary
    • Present and communicate a crisp view of the key regional financial metrics to the RMP and agree next steps/decisions
    • Proactively advise the RMP on expected financial performance vs. plan based upon analytics such as trend analysis and modelling of forward looking scenarios
Knowledge and skills requirements:
Leadership and coaching
  • Able to work in a self-sufficient manner, operating across multiple projects, priorities and complexities
  • A successful track record of implementing and leading key business change initiatives
  • Experienced in effectively building, leading, managing and coaching a team of finance professionals
  • Demonstrates the ability to challenge assumptions and decisions in an appropriate manner
  • Successful track in building and maintaining key business relationships

Client service:

    • Able to embed ECS (Exceptional Client Service) practices throughout regional finance team
    • Teams with finance colleagues and other functions to enhance service to clients, and to leverage leading practices
    • Focused on analysis, advice and services that drive the continuous improvement of financial performance
    • Drives interactions that build trust and manages expectations with all stakeholders
    • Clear and concise communication with clients and key stakeholders
Analysis, modelling & advice:
    • Forms and communicates a clear and concise view of regional financial performance
    • Synthesizes and communicates detailed financial information in support of effective decision-making processes
    • Utilizes sound financial practices and seeks leading practices to support operational excellence
Understanding of the business:
    • Understands the organization’s strategy and applies it to analyze and advise on financial performance
    • Has a deep understanding of the drivers of financial performance and applies constantly to analyze and advise on progress against targets
    • Knowledgeable of EY capabilities and services
    • Demonstrates appreciation and respect of varying cultures – both corporate and geographical
Supervision Responsibilities:
The RFL will provide leadership to all regional finance staff, to ensure Exceptional Client Service to RMP. They will also collaborate with the Group CFO SL to agree on hiring, goal setting and performance evaluation for Region SL Finance Advisors as well as collaborates with Global Markets Finance or Area Markets Finance Advisor to agree on hiring, goal setting and performance evaluation for Region Markets Finance Advisors
To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Degree holder in Accounting, Finance or any related discipline, holders of CPA qualification or other professional certification will be an advantage
  • A minimum ten years of relevant working experience in sizeable organizations, team management experience and regional exposure is preferred
  • A general understanding of the external services offered by the firm and the overall area/regional markets landscape would be beneficial
  • Able to operate to support the applicable time zone
  • Regular travel to main EY locations within the region
  • Well-organized, self-driven, committed, able to work under pressure and a good team player
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills with decision-making capabilities
  • Excellent command in both English and Chinese; fluency in Putonghua will be an added advantage
Employment TypeFull-time
Career LevelLead (more than 10 years)
Education LevelBachelor
QualificationCertified Public Accountant (HKICPA)
LanguageEnglish, Cantonese, Mandarin (Putonghua)
Ernst & Young (EY)Accounting and Finance

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