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Senior Financial Analyst (SFA) Corporate Finance – FP&A - Foster City, CA

Job type:
North America
Foster City, CA, United States
General and Administrative

Guidewire Software (NYSE: GWRE) is seeking a Senior Financial Analyst to join the Corporate FP&A team.  The FP&A team plays an integral role in providing the data and analyses behind critical strategic and operational decisions.  You will be part of setting budgets and forecasts for internal operations and helping with setting guidance and communicating with Wall Street analysts and investors.  The team is also responsible for creating the long-term operating plan, implementing and maintaining systems to measure the business and ad hoc analyses that touch all aspects of the business.  The FP&A team has high exposure to our executive team and business leaders, and many opportunities to influence the long-term direction of the company.

This role will provide key support to the Senior Director of FP&A.  We are looking for someone who is a fast learner and takes pride in producing high-quality work at a high rate.  You must be an Excel power user and love the challenges that come with building sound financial models.  Primary responsibilities will be the consolidation of our budgets and forecasts, maintenance of our long-range plan, and administration of our EPM system.  In order to excel in this role, we are seeking someone that has these attributes: intellectual curiosity, relentless drive to continually learn and improve, self-motivated, excellent analytical and Excel modeling skills, a team-first attitude.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Maintain and improve upon the Long-Range Planning model which will drive company-wide operational and strategic decisions.
  • Consolidate the current year budget and forecast of all departments, providing a CEO/CFO view of the company’s performance.
  • Be the finance representative of multiple G&A departments (e.g. Finance & Accounting, Facilities, Legal, HR, and Recruiting) to set the budget and track performance.  Ensure effective communication across groups and with finance as each team drives toward their separate goals.
  • Work across the worldwide finance team to develop, prepare, and deliver accurate, timely, and insightful management reporting including executive and Board level presentations. Be able to glean the story out of the numbers and build reports in a scalable way.
  • Administrate our EPM / financial planning tool (Host Analytics). Drive systems improvements that enable the team to operate more efficiently and effectively. This will include analysis of competing solutions and possibly the implementation of a new EPM (Adaptive Insights, Oracle EPM, Anaplan).
  • Prepare ad-hoc analysis & projects as needed to support business needs.


Your skills and experience:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical capabilities – ability to produce quick and high-quality analysis and presentation materials with strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Robust financial modeling experience with ability to understand and construct financial models
  • Set up financial models and templates in a well thought out manner.  Needs to be able to create a repeatable process and more importantly, have the desire to continually improve the models and processes as business evolves
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to structure complicated problems, develop hypotheses, mine data and deliver insightful recommendations
  • Detailed oriented with ability to prioritize work, navigate ambiguity and produce high quality work product with limited guidance
  • Collaborative work ethic with ability to work in a team-oriented environment
  • A Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, mathematics, statistics, business or engineering with high achievement, or equivalent work experience is required
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience; preferably 2+ years of investment banking
  • Deep experience with an EPM system is a plus

Why Guidewire?

Guidewire exists to deliver the industry platform that P&C insurers rely upon to adapt and succeed in a time of accelerating change—and to ensure that every customer succeeds in the journey. We provide the software, services, and partner ecosystem to enable our customers to run, differentiate, and grow their business.

Guidewire InsurancePlatform is the P&C industry platform that unifies software, services, and partner ecosystem to power our customers’ business. InsurancePlatform provides the standard upon which insurers can engage their customers, optimize their operations, drive smart decisions, and innovate quickly. We are privileged to serve more than 350 P&C insurers in 32 countries. We invest heavily in R&D to build a technology platform that combines three elements—core processing, data and analytics, and digital engagement—to enhance insurers’ ability to engage and empower their customers and employees.

Please note that we do not accept resumes or honor referrals from headhunters, placement agencies, or other external parties seeking recruiting fees if they do not have a signed formal agreement with Guidewire.