Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
The Financial Analyst is a full-time, professional role involving a range of financial operations, analysis, and reporting to support the growth and effective management of the DAI Global Health business unit. This role is involved in unit-level financial analyses and budget/forecasting, project financial support, and commercial proposal pricing. The role must ensure compliant, complete, competitive commercial pricing proposals and requires calm under pressure of meeting tight deadlines, extreme attention to detail, and consistently accurate, high quality financial analyses.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Pricing and Commercial Analysis
Prepare commercial pricing spreadsheets and pricing volumes for proposals. Activities include supporting price-to-win strategies; analyzing RFPs for costing implications and requirements; implementing sound, defensible estimation techniques; preparing detailed, auditable pricing spreadsheets; maintaining price proposal calendar and ensuring appropriate approvals; maintaining price proposal files; preparing final price proposal spreadsheets for submission; and writing compelling business proposal narratives describing estimation methodology and assumptions.
Perform competitive price analysis for subcontractors and competitors. Calculate and analyze proposal budgets for return on investment, considering business risks, cash flow, and project profitability. Enhance and document pricing templates and estimation heuristics.
Business Unit Financial Management
Support the tracking and analysis of the business unit’s financial performance and assess areas of financial and performance risk. Conduct business unit analyses and reporting including corporate budgeting, monthly financial analysis, reforecasting, variance analysis, pipeline analysis, and graphical summaries of business unit financial performance.
Project Financial Support
Support project management teams in establishing and tracking project budgets, internal and external reporting on project financials, project pipeline tracking, and reforecasting estimates to complete.
Ad Hoc Financial Analyses
Other ad-hoc business analyses, including financial analysis of target companies (P&L, balance sheet, cash flows, forecasts), developing acquisition pricing and ROI/DCF modeling, supporting financial due diligence, and supporting financial integration of acquired businesses.
Additional responsibilities as necessary.