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Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

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ISP Malaysia
Mutiara Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia
Date Added: Apr 13, 2022

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Position: Regional Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Department ISP Regional Finance Team – Malaysia

Company overview

International Schools Partnership Services Ltd (ISP) is a focused, international, fast-growing and financially secure global group of schools. Currently, there are 60 schools in 16 countries with over 7,500 employees, educating over 50,000 students.

ISP Principles

Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.

Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.

Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.

Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.

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The Role

The Regional FP&A Manager reports to the Finance Director, Malaysia. This position is responsible for all aspects of the region’s FP&A work including developing financial models and analysis to support strategic initiatives, analysing financial data and trends, providing consolidated management and KPI (enrolment & pipeline) reporting for the region.

Key Stakeholders

• Regional Managing Director, Regional Financial Controller, School Principals, School Finance teams, School Marketing & Admission teams, Divisional CEO and CFO, Group Head of FP&A.

Key benefits

· A culture of engagement and trust, where staff contributions are recognised and valued.

· A passionate and motivated team of professionals who put children at the heart of decision-making.

· An embedded commitment to professional development and employee well-being.

· Access to expertise, best practise sharing and learning opportunities across countries and cultures.

· Flexible work arrangements

· Competitive remuneration

· Fee discount for children of employees

· Medical outpatient benefit and hospitalisation and surgical insurance benefits

· Personal Accident insurance coverage

· Professional Accounting membership fees

Detailed Responsibilities:

Management Reporting and Interpretation

· Produce a robust monthly management reporting pack, with insightful analysis and interpretation of variances, against budget and forecast expectations

· Conduct investigation and business analysis to ensure full understanding of key underlying drivers of performance

· Provide support to identify and evaluate actions to mitigate deviations from targets

· Conduct monthly calls with school, regional and group management on performance, to drive accountability and understanding of performance across the organisation

· Manage and coordinate the annual budget and bi-annually P&L forecasting process for the region, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the underlying assumptions

· Manage and coordinate the completion of long-term financial models for the region

· Manage and report monthly KPI data for enrolment and headcount

· Work with regional functional heads to ensure that data used to track and monitor performance (eg student pipeline data) is robust, accurate and able to be produced on a timely basis

Commercial Support

· Develop a business partnering approach, providing guidance and analysis to the school and regional management, to support the growth of the region

· Conduct review meetings or calls with the school and regional management to drive financial understanding and accountability of business performance

· Provide analysis and support to evaluate strategic, tactical and operational initiatives, to drive sound business decisions

· Assist in the completion of Capex investment papers, providing financial and analytical input

· Conduct regular review of actual expenditure for capital projects versus approved budget spend and highlight deviations

· Evaluate business and financial risks and opportunities and report any possible impact to the delivery of targets


· Assist in the adoption of the ISP core accounting platform, Netsuite and its management reporting tool PBCS, to facilitate efficient and consistent production of timely management information

· Regional champion working with ISP London team on the PBCS reporting tool

· Provide feedback, suggestions and input from the region, to help develop the systems and facilitate efficient and consistent reporting across the region.


· Working closely with the ISP group finance team in London to ensure that acquired schools are integrated into ISP processes and ISP reporting in a timely manner

Team Leadership

· A key finance representative for ISP in the region

· Develop a partnering approach to the school team, providing guidance, training and support, to drive understanding and accountability for target delivery

· Ensure that financial planning and analysis capability in the region and schools is continually improved

Regional Procurement Champion

  • Represent the region in Group Procurement meetings
  • Ensure regional procurement projects/activities are aligned with Group strategies and Procurement Improvement Plan, and support successful implementation
  • Monitors execution and measures the benefits delivery

Role Profile:

  • Qualified accountant, ideally big 4 qualified with 8-10 years’ experience in a group FP&A role
  • Strong analytical capability, knowledge of Power BI or other tools is good to have
  • Attention to detail, strong writing, and communication skills
  • Collaborative, able to work effectively with others, in a team as well as across departments
  • Not intimated by deadlines and pressure, thrive in a challenging, face-paced environment
  • Strong sense of integrity, holding self to high ethical standards and accountable for own work
  • Experience of working in cross-cultural and geographical environments
  • Positive, proactive, passionate, personable, results orientated, ambitious professional, who is keen to progress within a global organization

ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.

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