Dir, Financial Planning & Analysis at Centro

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Are you ready to transform an industry? At Centro we are building a comprehensive tech platform that radically increases efficiencies and impact across businesses, teams, and campaigns. Our clients can run all their digital business through Basis, with robust business intelligence, workflow automation, search and social integrations, and the number one rated DSP.
We’re taking the digital advertising world by storm and are proud to be headquartered in the rapidly growing tech hub of Chicago, with offices that span across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Join us in our mission to improve the lives of everyone working in the industry!
At Centro, we believe that lasting success is achieved through continual dedication to the growth and well-being of the individual. Our people are the core of what makes Centro unique. Driven by the Centro Manifesto and our guiding principles, we look to hire the best and brightest minds—curious, passionate learners who are driven to create impact.
We are committed to building a culture of highly motivated individuals who create a positive and supportive environment together. When we work hard, stay focused, and act in service to others, we believe that anything is possible. Come grow with us!
Centro’s Finance team employs our product, Basis, to invoice, reconcile, and recognize revenue—all from one platform. Their use case is a prime example of how dynamic, robust, and transformative Basis truly is. This passionate and highly efficient team embodies Raving Fan service with their customers and colleagues by striving for excellence and accuracy in everything they do.
The Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) will be a key leader and contributor on the Finance team at Centro. This position plays a pivotal role in leading, developing and implementing Centro’s financial and strategic plans and formulating Centro’s financial plan, fiscal budget and forecasts. This position is responsible for financial planning and developing analytical insights that drive business growth. This role also provides management information through monthly and quarterly business performance reporting.
You will possess a passion for leading positive, can-do teams to achieve world-class outcomes that can only be achieved through outstanding and caring teamwork. You will have the ability to make a significant impact on driving Centro’s strategy and shareholder value and grow within Centro’s Finance team. You will also contribute by:

  • Providing leadership and strategic direction to Centro’s FP&A organization
  • Partnering with the business to ensure rigor in decision-making, including related to growth initiatives, customer profitability and expense leverage
  • Identifying and executing improvement initiatives – i.e., timeline reductions, systems integration / implementation, data governance, and process design
  • Serving as a member of the finance leadership team, shaping overall finance organization objectives
  • Developing and mentoring staff through recruitment, on-boarding, open communication, training and development, and performance management; ensuring team is staffed with world-class competencies while fostering a positive and fun work environment of success and caring
  • Driving annual, quarterly, and monthly budgeting and forecasting processes, including preparation of analyses and presentations for Centro executives and board members
  • Analyzing monthly and quarterly results against budget, forecasts and prior period in order to ensure the reasons for variances are fully understood, making recommendations for actions, re-forecasting based on current financial information, and updating forecasting methodology to reduce variances to expectations
  • Providing monthly business insights and financial trends and KPIs to the Centro leadership team in order to optimize decision making
  • Leading the FP&A team to deliver budgeting and planning work, including working with financial models, performing sensitivity analyses and forecasting
  • Helping in the creation and implementation of financial analyses and operational dashboards that assist CFO with managing expense efficiency improvements and cash flow
  • Collaborating with business partners to assess business and financial risks, opportunities, and requirements
  • Delivering financial analysis with recommendations for action to senior management about financial and strategic issues for existing, new and potential business activities
  • Assisting in the preparation of ad-hoc financial information and/or reports for the company’s leadership team – i.e., strategic initiatives, M&A, growth modeling and customer base expansion
  • Establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with peers, business partners and executives


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Economics or commensurate quantitative degree
  • At least 9 years of progressive financial experience (preferably financial planning, reporting and analysis)
  • At least 7 years of progressive experience providing financial advice and counsel to P&L/business owners
  • Experience leading positive, can-do teams in strategic decision making and goal setting initiatives
  • Excellent financial modeling and analytical skills. Superior understanding of business drivers and strong capabilities in translating business terms into business models
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP accounting concepts as they relate to financial modeling, analysis, budgeting and forecasting
  • In-depth practical knowledge of financial analysis techniques and methodologies
  • Proven track record of building financial models and leading teams to do the same
  • Successful history of identify process improvements and making appropriate recommendations
  • Extensive financial modeling and Microsoft Excel experience
  • Comfortable implementing and leveraging data resources, ERP systems and BI tools
  • Interest in utilizing new technologies including advanced analytics to assist in developing business insights
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of financial and business planning, budgeting and forecasting processes
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to effectively interact with key stakeholders
  • Ability to manage competing priorities effectively, making good judgements on priorities, with demonstrated ability to complete projects on time
  • Problem solver and simplifier


  • CPA, MBA or CMA

We take care of our people. Our team has put together a thoughtful benefits package and provides a wide range of perks, including competitive 401k/RRSP matching, a tax-free health savings account, tuition reimbursement, generous maternity/paternity leave, and more.
Aside from benefits, we’re always finding new ways to invest in the personal and professional growth our employees. We’re proud to support a variety of employee-led communities that enrich our culture of uniqueness, inclusivity, and empowerment. Centro is more than a workplace.
Centro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and support an inclusive workplace diverse in thought, perspective and culture. We celebrate all team members regardless of gender/identity, sexual orientation, race or cultural background, religion, physical disability and age. We are better together.

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An Insider's view of Centro

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Instead of balancing work and life, it’s about blending the two. As a parent, I may need to leave for part of the day or before 5. Everyone here understands and I don’t feel guilty. Even if I’m not sitting at my desk from 9-5, my work and my teams work will still be done on time. Centro is giving me the opportunity to live the best life I can.

Matt Klaers

Manager, Financial Reporting

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

There’s an incredible balance of freedom, drive, and fun that I’ve only experienced at Centro. On an engineering team retreat this summer, the plan was to code from 10 AM – 2 PM on a fun team-based competition and then go outside to enjoy the day. The team would not stop coding until 10 PM! Of course, this was followed by 6 hours of karaoke.


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What are Centro Perks + Benefits

Centro Benefits Overview

While our people work to change an industry, we reward them with industry-leading perks. It’s not just about the free snacks and onsite yoga (although they help)—it’s about making sure Centrons feel happy, healthy and fulfilled when they come to work.

Volunteer in local community
Centro offers each employee one day per calendar year to use for community work or volunteering opportunities. Local offices regularly organizes group volunteer activities for employees.
Partners with Nonprofits
Centro partners with local non-profit organizations to support various causes and to organize group volunteer events for employees.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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