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MassMutual Head of Anaplan Development in Boston, Massachusetts

The Opportunity

The Anaplan Architect and Masterbuilder will lead an expanded team responsible for developing and executing MassMutual’s financial forecast modernization. Reporting into the Head of Financial Visualization and Model Development, this position will grow our Anaplan footprint and development team in order to expand our forecast capabilities. The Anaplan Architect and Masterbuilder will own all phases of the software development lifecycle, including requirements definition, architecture and functional design, build, testing, and implementation while maintaining appropriate levels of governance and controls. This position will work collaboratively with the Forecast Modeling team to translate models into system capabilities that stakeholders will use to derive insights and will lead to actions.

The Team

The Financial Visualization and Model Development team resides within Financial Planning and Analysis and is composed of professionals with diverse backgrounds in finance, consulting, technology and data analytics, among other disciplines. The Financial Visualization and Model Development team is working on building cutting-edge analytical capabilities and reporting solutions that drive business value by delivering visual dashboards and improved forecasting abilities in a seamless manner to MassMutual leadership.

The Impact

What Great Looks Like

This leader will exhibit strong leadership and communication skills in all aspects of this role ranging from presenting to management, interacting and partnering with stakeholders, to managing own team. This leader will demonstrate the ability in developing team vision & strategy, establishing governance and systems, driving continuous improvement opportunities in our data and technology landscape, and executing on projects effectively. This leader will play a key role in actively managing team performance and developing talent within the Financial Planning & Analysis department at MassMutual.

Key Objectives and Impact

Leadership, Culture and Engagement: Consistently drive continuous improvement mindset and foster inclusive and engaging team culture

  • Exhibits passion, curiosity and pursue learning opportunities. Takes ownership of professional development of self and team.

  • Drive collaborative solutions and results by seeking and valuing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and driving execution.

  • Maximize team effectiveness by driving a compelling vision & strategy, managing priorities effectively and adapting quickly to achieve goals.

  • Earn confidence and trust by demonstrating ownership, commitment, and follow-through in achieving results

  • Displays transparency and open communication as a norm with team, peers, and stakeholders

  • Give employees opportunities to learn and grow; and help them identify the right developmental actions to help them improve

  • Create an environment where the team is inspired, engaged, creative, and motivated to deliver quality work and continuously improve capabilities

Overall Anaplan ownership: Define the overall architecture and design of Anaplan and develop and integrate new forecast capabilities for use in forecast cycles

  • Develop the technology vision for FP&A’s forecasting tool, named FinX Forecaster, built in Anaplan, including architecture, data and model design, development standards, and documentation

  • Working with the Forecast Modelling team, using the agile development delivery approach, drive all phases of the software development lifecycle, including requirements definition, model design and data flow, build, testing, and implementation to deliver end-to-end forecasting abilities

  • Optimize Anaplan performance, reduce data capacity and develop processes for creating snapshots of past financial forecasts as well as transferring that data to the Company’s data lake

  • Create best in class software testing procedures and system documentation

  • Ensure team is proactive and highly responsive to stakeholder needs, anticipating upcoming deliverables and taking accountability for proper execution and establish governance, standards, and systems to ensure quality and proper support and ensure that the forecast process is operationalized and executed in a consistent manner every time

  • Influence in the design of future forecast processes and integrating strategic initiatives

  • Provide Anaplan training and support to ensure the Company’s self-service model is embraced; ensuring key users have the resources and dynamic workspace they need to operate the forecast tools / models and produce the deliverables they are accountable for

  • Work with vendors, as needed, to obtain technology support and align to leading industry standards

  • Collaborate with Finance Data Management and ETX teams for proper support of data transfer between Anaplan and the data lake

  • Establish strong relationships and trust with all stakeholders

The Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in a quantitative field (e.g. Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Economics)

  • 8+ years of experience in a Corporate Finance function or in a financial consulting role

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in financial planning, budgeting and forecasting, expense allocations, and developing controls in process design

  • Level 3 Model Builder Certification with 3+ years of significant work experience driving Anaplan development in complex business environments

  • Experience in the full development life cycle of at least 5 Anaplan models

  • Ability to configure and maintain Anaplan lists, modules, dashboards (NUX interface), actions and other model settings

  • Strong expertise and deep understanding of multi-dimensional modeling

  • Ability to translate from model-building in Excel to multi-dimensional technologies

  • Manage Data Integrations & Data HUB – Partner with extended IT teams like integration into data warehouses

  • Strong analytical, time management and problem-solving skills; ability to analyze process flows, highlight inefficiencies and drive process improvement

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to express ideas in an articulate, organized and persuasive manner to leadership and staff

  • Ability to build, coach, inspire and guide cross-functional teams to successfully deliver business outcomes from data and analytics initiatives

The Ideal Qualifications

  • Agile project delivery experience

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience with an insurance company or comparable experience working

  • Experience leading cross functional product / project teams to execute and achieve success on complex, high value deliverables

  • Former technical experience is preferred, such as working with data engineering/science/analytics teams

  • Knowledge and experience of modern data technology platforms (big data, visualization and analytics) with understanding of architecture and design principles for high performance and scalability of analytical or visualization solutions

What to Expect as Part of MassMutual and the Team

  • Focused one-on-one meetings with your manager

  • Access to mentorship opportunities

  • Networking opportunities including access to Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, African American, women, LGBTQ, veteran and disability-focused Business Resource Groups

  • Access to learning content on Degreed and other informational platforms

  • Your ethics and integrity will be valued by a company with a strong and stable ethical nosiness with industry leading pay and benefits

WORK LOCATION:

Boston or Springfield preferred, hybrid schedule. Might consider a remote work arrangement with regular travel.

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MassMutual is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Individual with Disability/Protected Veteran. We welcome all persons to apply. Note: Veterans are welcome to apply, regardless of their discharge status.

If you need an accommodation to complete the application process, please contact us (talentacquisition@massmutual.com) and share the specifics of the assistance you need.

At MassMutual, we focus on ensuring fair, equitable pay by providing competitive salaries, along with incentive and bonus opportunities for all employees. Your total compensation package includes either a bonus target or in a sales-focused role a Variable Incentive Compensation component.

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