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Financial Lead(Hybrid in MI)

Date: Oct 14, 2021


Company: Consumers Energy

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.


The Budget, Planning and Analysis organization is the direct planning and analysis support organization for the business. The BP&A team is responsible for managing the overall financial planning model to ensure adherence to company strategy, plan targets and risk and opportunity management throughout the year. Planning tasks include annual budget, monthly forecast and actual to plan variance analysis. Alignment, communication and transparency is required to report out financial results and projections which allows the business to adjust their work plan to meet company strategy and financial targets.


This position is in support of the Information Technology and Security areas of the business. The position will be responsible for managing a team of analysts to support IT&S planning and analysis.  Reporting directly to the BP&A-CXT financial lead. This position directly supports the VP of IT and Executive Director of Security.  Embedding with each organization to understand financial impacts of strategy and decisions is critical to success. Partnering with the organization enables the successful candidate to report results, develop financial plans and advise on an action to achieve financial targets. 


Manage, advise and develop a team of 6 financial analysts that support all levels financially within IT&S. Organizing, guiding and achieving financial deadlines set out by BP&A leadership is the goal for the organization along with client support.



  • Lead and manage the development of the operating and financial plans and the associated monthly variance analysis for Information Technology and Security
  • Partner with the organizations leadership team (Officer) to identify and develop standard reporting metrics, dashboards that eliminates waste and human struggle. This includes system enhancement opportunities and recommendations.  
  • Partner with various levels of management within the organization (Leadership Team, Managers, Project Mgmt Office, Operations Leads) as an advisor to communicate possible risks and opportunities to the financial plans from an organizational level.
  • Lead and manage the annual budget process for each organization and monthly forecasting.
  • Partner with the Data, Systems and Tools organization to develop analytics, reports, metrics that provide insights into performance and planning decisions


Required Qualifications:

  • Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 8+ yrs of experience
  • SAP cost center and cost flow understanding preferred
  • Management experience
  • Experience communicating with all levels of management





The General Management Job Family is utilized throughout the Company.  This job family includes all levels of supervision from first level supervisor of nonexempt employees to Company Officers.  Under general supervision, performs full-performance

professional work planning, organizing, and directing the operation of a business function.  Responsible for management, budget, services, staffing, and all other business activities required to fulfill the goals and objectives of the organizational unit. Has latitude to vary methods and procedures within parameters to achieve desired results. Performs related duties as required.

Nature of Work

At the lowest level in this job family, the work performed may tend to be moderately complex in nature where the work responsibilities can be proficiently performed after a moderate period of time.  At the highest levels in this job family the work performed will tend to be of a very complex nature involving knowledge of various functional/specialized disciplines where the work responsibilities can only be proficiently performed after a relatively long experience-related time and often requires a specialized or advanced degree.  The work environment often includes dealing with risk and limiting exposure.


Leadership, management, facilitation and interaction with senior management will be markedly increased at the mid - highest levels of this job family while the need for direction and supervision will be markedly decreased.  While problem solving and analysis will likely be required at all levels, recommendation and implementation becomes the norm at the highest levels and will often have a major bearing on the Company’s business.  In addition, skills such as the ability to think on your feet, composure under fire and effective communication across all levels of the organization and with outside stakeholders become more finely honed at the higher levels. 


Essential Functions


General management jobs provide or supervise/manage/direct the planning, business analysis, budget preparations and analysis, negotiations, transactions, customer services and auditing of a wide variety of business functions and processes of specific operating and support areas throughout the company. Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, departments and offices. Lead business analysis and support for the plans, reports, impacts, contracts, schedules, estimates, data collection, observations, and field investigations. Provide business analysis and support services with accuracy, on time and under budget. Use computer assisted applications software and equipment to prepare business analysis support documents.  Understand and follow Company established standard procedures for file structure and standard procedures for projects. Become familiar with business and department and Company plans and related material and be able to utilize the information appropriately. May be involved in client contact and communication.  Utilize effective communication skills to answer inquiries from coworkers, clients, or the public.  Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders. Attend internal and external meetings.  Provide business analysis and support services in a legal and ethical manner.  Regular attendance is expected. 



Hours and Travel


Meet travel requirements of the position.  Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.


Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.   The employee must lift and move up to twenty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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