• Financial Planning Business Partner III (Technical Operations)

    Post Begin Date 1 week ago(8/8/2018 9:25 AM)
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    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.


    Acts as a business partner with Customer Leadership by translating their visions into monthly, quarterly and annual budgets. Provides reporting to show progress and assists Leaders in understanding the financial impact of their business plans to the Department/Company while helping to influence those decisions.



    • Evaluates and endorses sound business decisions through collaborative business case analysis
    • Guides business Customers on headcount, operating expenses, and capital expenditure forecasts
    • Proactively influences business Customer to resolve business/financial issues both tactical &  strategic
    • Actively engage and negotiate with internal and external partners 

    General Analysis: Ability to break a complex topic or substance into smaller parts in order to gain a better understanding of it

    • Ensures that Leadership understands the financial impacts of their current and future decisions
    • Provides meaningful insight to Stakeholders when conducting routine and ad-hoc analysis
    • Identifies relationships and connections within several information sources
    • Provides solutions to problems by identifying root cause; capable of scenario modeling while considering upstream and downstream impacts

    Budgeting: Knowing the company's and the department's related systems for the establishment of financial budgets and the reconciliation of these budgets including business unit

    • Translates business strategy into financial and tactical plans
    • Interprets and makes effective recommendations to Leadership using benchmarking, trends, and other planning methods; develops and implements improvements to the planning processes
    • Implements flexible, trackable and repeatable planning processes
    • Communicates the trends and progress against key initiatives to the Business and Executives

    Financial Modeling: Knowledge of Modeling, the preparation of a quantitative or qualitative representation of a physical system, process, workflow, grid, product, or other area of concentration intended to enhance the ability to understand, predict, or control its behavior, construction, costs, etc.

    • Uses extensive knowledge of domain and financial acumen to build effective, predictive models
    • Enhances existing models, seeking continuous improvement, based on an analysis of past performance versus forecast
    • Works closely with Customers and Senior Team Members to determine requirements for new models
    • Able to develop models of multiple variables that can scale and provide sensitivity analysis
    • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee’s Leaders



    • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent education required
    • Must be at least 18 years of age
    • Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986


    • Four-year undergraduate degree in finance, business, math, engineering, economics, statistics and or information systems required
    • Aviation undergraduate degree preferred
    • Business-related graduate degree preferred 


    • Minimum of five years of work experience required, or three years of work experience and a job related graduate degree required 
    • Airline, travel, and or aerospace experience preferred


    • Professional certification preferred (e.g., CPA, PMP, CMA, CFA, Six Sigma)


    • Ability to perform work duties from desk/office work area for extended periods of time
    • Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description



    Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines

    • Prior experience with data mining and visualization tools preferred (e.g.,Hyperion planning/Essbase, Tableau and Business Objects)
    • Highly proficient in Excel and PowerPoint (e.g., advanced basic forecasting and modeling techniques, advanced pivot table skills, high level of accuracy)

    Communicates Effectively: Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions

    • Proactively plays a Leadership role in providing insights and recommendations based on logic, know ledge, and experience
    • Expertly handles Direct Leader’s and Customer’s questions and challenges in a non-defensive and well-articulated manner
    • Has a great level of influence by translating data and analysis into effective written/verbal communication
    • Connects data, metrics and processes from other parts of the Business to ensure the best decision for Southwest

    Resourcefulness: Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently

    • Identifies which resources will be most valuable for any specific issue/scenario
    • Skillfully and promptly deals with new situations without losing productivity or becoming discouraged
    • Is viewed as someone who has a wide network of collaborative, professional resources
    • Drives for the use of new tools, methods or relationships that help to look at current systems and problems in a new or better way

    Plans and Aligns: Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals

    • Consistently provides practical and relevant ideas and perspectives on process improvements that can be easily implemented
    • Implements solutions to avoid potential bottlenecks or disruptions and coaches others on how to build contingency plans
    • Leads the planning efforts for highly complex projects and initiatives
    • Seeks to incorporate Process Improvement into all functions and looks for roadblocks and inefficiencies by focusing on a longer term


    • Must meet confidentiality expectations as to confidential, proprietary, and sensitive Company information
    • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines


    Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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