• VP, Finance - Financial Services Vertical

    Location US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    Adtalem Global Education
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    U.S. - Exempt
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    The VP of Finance of Adtalem Global Education's Financial Services Vertical will provide financial planning, analysis and leadership for all components of the vertical and should bring an international perspective.  This role will be a key leadership member of both the Financial Services (FS) vertical and corporate finance team who will work across the organization and functional boundaries using an understanding of the business and develop financial analyses/models and recommendations to support business planning and decision making. This role will work closely with the senior executive team to develop the vertical strategic long-range plans, annual budgets, forecasts as well as analyze historical results, identify business trends, assess viability of organic and inorganic business opportunities, develop strategic plans, measuring success to provide recommendations for future business decisions.  The role will require that the individual can help facilitate, working with functional financial leaders, structure/processes and tools for international expansion including currencies, payment types, and tax compliance.


    Working closely with home office resources to support financial reporting and performance needs of Adtalem, this role will indirectly manage the Directors of Finance in each of the business units constituting the vertical and provide strategic financial counsel. The VP of Finance will draw on the support of the home office Chief Accounting Officer, the heads of FP&A, Treasury and Tax to support the FS vertical. 


    This role reports solid-line into the Financial Services Group President and dotted line Adtalem's Chief Financial Officer.  This role will bring a deep understanding of the finance function defined to include helping the Group President develop their growth strategy, supporting execution steps of that growth strategy, providing analytical expertise on commercial negotiations, driving delivery of the annual operating plan and long-term trajectory, financial reporting, maintaining key financial planning activities, accounting, leading ad hoc financial analyses to support leader and management, order-to-cash process, and helping drive M&A integration, due diligence, negotiation and financial integration.


    • Contribute to the overall strategic direction and management of the Financial Services vertical business. Ability to operate as a true business partner of the Institution general managers and serve dual mandate of determining innovative solutions to business challenges while ensuring proper accounting controls, planning and reporting deadlines are maintained.
    • Responsible for consolidating the vertical business financial reporting of all business units.
    • Monthly review of P&L results to work with the business unit leader to achieve budget as planned and to prepare forecasts, based on current results.
    • Overall management of the organizational, monthly, quarterly, and annual close processes including, adherence to deadlines, resolution of critical issues
    • Responsible for helping support the creation and maintenance of documentation related to accounting and financial reporting issues
    • In conjunction with the CAO, Internal Audit and external auditors as required, ensure existence and effectiveness of key financial controls as well as collaboration and resolution with internal and external audits and review issues as required.
    • Responsible for meeting all financial and other compliance requirements as required.
    • Ensure availability of timely and accurate financial information for key areas within Adtalem to assist in decision making.
    • Design and implement systems in conjunction with the business systems/technology teams for financial management across the vertical.
    • Closely support our international operations, supporting field teams, business unit financial roll-up, KPIs, as well as proactively monitoring financial and tax-related matters that could impact our business, including currency fluctuation, financial regulatory changes, or markets with high inflation.
    • Establish defined road map aligned to the vertical’s strategy that identifies key support required from functional finance areas.  The leader will partner with both vertical leader and functional Finance leaders to ensure appropriate financial support/processes/tools are being provided and implemented in a timely manner.
    • Provide leadership to the Finance team across the FS business units. 
    • Work closely with the Corporate Strategy team to ensure coordinated support of our business units related to preparation of long-range strategic plan, sector trends, market research, financial KPIs, acquisition pipeline, etc.
    • Attract, recruit, retain and develop outstanding high-performing talent in the Finance team. 
    • Some travel is required, but it is not substantial (less than 20%). 
    • Completes other duties as assigned.

    Technical, Managerial and People Skills Required


    This individual will have functional and corporate finance experience in at least several markets as an indication of international operations understanding.  Relevant experience will include having helped in a rapidly growing business through acquisition and organic growth. The ability to interface effectively with a commercial organization is essential given the growth underway and the nature of the role. To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    • Results Orientation: demonstrated through developing an effective financial strategy and model for the business proactively that sets a new benchmark in the Financial Services area of responsibility, in the context of growing a business that involves partners and acquisitions.
    • Team Leadership: A high-energy, dynamic personal style which creates commitment and enthusiasm in the organization to achieve stretch goals.  Proactively leads change, and gains commitment using logic and data.  Holds individuals accountable for agreed plans and rewards those who support team objectives.
    • Collaboriation: demonstrated by effective teamwork across functional and geographic boundaries in pursuit of home office goals within a company as well as outside of a company with partners, governmental and regulatory officials.
    • Driving strategy: evidenced by shaping strategy for the business, not just for the finance function. Able to spot previously unidentified business opportunities.  Demonstrates evidence of setting  the long-term agenda, and frames strategic options for the business.  Implements a successful strategy that challenges other parts of the company or other players in the industry.
    • Market Knowledge: evidenced by an excellent knowledge of the local market, ideally customers, market: the latest business and market challenges, market trends and best practice developments, (knowledge of the educational regulatory environment a plus).
    • Excellent planning and execution skills allied with well-developed analytical and problem solving skills.
    • The ability to build positive relationships with country, regional and home office representatives.
    • In-depth understanding of Adtalem’s culture and modeling these values and attributes daily.
    • A team player, mature with initiative
    • Openness, transparency and the ability to communicate values and beliefs about the organization and its vision in a persuasive and motivating way.
    • Self-confidence, ambition and energy.
    • Influencing and advocacy skills of a high order.
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Effective relationship building skills, allied with the ability to listen.


    • 10 -15 years of accounting and/or finance experience required.
    • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field required, CPA and an MBA is highly preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience and success leading Finance/Strategy in complex, matrixed organizations.
    • Demonstrated success in managing financial reporting and analysis for a growing and diversified portfolio of programs.
    • Public accounting experience is desirable.
    • Previous experience with Sarbanes Oxley and internal and external audit process reviews highly desirable.
    • Must have strong technical and automation skills.   Knowledge of US GAAP, US GAAS, and IFRS is required.
    • Strong executive presence and experience in working with C-Suite/Board level
    • Excellent people & leadership skillset. Able to influence, partner and positively impact at across all levels within the organization.
    • International work experience.
    • Must be flexible, able to contribute to a team environment, and able to handle multiple priorities.


    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. At Adtalem, we welcome everyone and have a strong commitment towards diversity and inclusion. We encourage our Colleagues to be their true authentic selves and support laws that prohibit discrimination everywhere we do business. We also maintain a drug-free workplace.

    Who We Are

    The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider and the parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit adtalem.com.


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