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10 Common Job Interview Questions: Answered

10 Common Interview Questions

 

A recent survey from job site Glassdoor.com concluded that more than one in five employees say one of their top resolutions for this year is finding a new job. The question is, are you ready for the interview?

According to Forbes.com, below is a list of some of the most common interview questions and some tips on how to prepare an answer for each:

Top 10 Interview Questions to be Prepared for:

1. Why Should I Hire You?  Do your homework on the company and the position you’re interviewing for. Your job is to illustrate why you are the most qualified candidate. Review the job description and qualifications very closely to identify the skills and knowledge that are critical to the position, and then be prepared to highlight experiences from your past that demonstrate those skills and knowledge.

 

2. Why Is There A Gap In Your Work History?  When answering this question, list the activities you’ve been doing during any period of unemployment. Employers understand that people lose their jobs and it’s not always easy to find a new one fast. Freelance projects, volunteer work or taking care of family members all let the interviewer know that time off was spent productively.

 

3. Tell Me One Thing You Would Change About Your Last Job.  Be prepared with an answer that doesn’t criticize a boss, colleague or situation. Making disparaging comments about former coworkers or supervisors will paint you in an unflattering light.

 

4. Tell Me About Yourself.  Keep your answer short and do not share personal or irrelevant information. Cover four topics: early years, education, work history, and recent career experience. Emphasize this last subject, but don’t waste your best points on it, you’ll have the chance to discuss this later in the conversation. And keep it clean – no weekend activities should be mentioned.

 

5. Explain A Complex Database To Your Eight-Year-Old Nephew.  Again, do your homework and know the industry. Explaining information security, financial applications, or just about anything in terms an eight-year-old can understand, shows the interviewer you have solid and adaptable understanding of what it is they do.

6. What Would The Person Who Likes You Least In The World Say About You?Highlight an aspect of your personality that could initially seem negative, but is ultimately a positive. An example? Impatience. Used incorrectly this can be bad in a workplace, but stressing timeliness and always driving home deadlines can build your esteem as a leader. And that’s a great thing to show off in an interview.

 

7. Tell Me About A Time When Old Solutions Didn’t Work.  To be prepared for this answer, you may want to explore new technologies or methods within your industry. The interviewer is trying to identify how knowledgeable you are in today’s work place and what new creative ideas you have to solving problems.

 

8. What’s The Biggest Risk You’ve Ever Taken?  Some roles require a high degree of tenacity and the ability to pick oneself up after getting knocked down. Providing examples of your willingness to take risks shows both your ability to fail and rebound, but also your ability to make risky or controversial moves that succeed.

 

9. Have You Ever Had A Supervisor Challenge A Decision?  Interviewers are looking for an answer that shows humility and the ability to take direction. Talk about the lessons you learned and not the situation itself or how wrong the supervisor was in challenging that decision.

 

10. Describe A Time When Your Team Did Not Agree.  This question is a way for employers to anticipate your future behavior by understanding how you behaved in critical situations and what you learned in the process. Clarify the situation succinctly and explain what specific action you took to come to a consensus with the group, then describe the result of that action.

 

Of course, in an interview you expect questions like the ones we’ve covered above, but you’ve got to be ready for anything. What if you were asked “Why are tennis balls fuzzy?”(question asked at a job interview for client manager at Xerox), “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” (for a job as an associate at Bed, Bath & Beyond), “What is the color of money?” (for a job as a project manager at the American Heart Association), or “If you could sing one song on “American Idol,” what would it be?” (for an event coordinator job at Red Frog Events)? Would you have an answer for this kind of oddball questions, or would you freeze like a deer in the headlights?

The sequel to this blog is Top 10 Job Interview Question You Should Ask

In that blog I approach the subject of the questions you, as a candidate, should ask in a job interview. You are interviewing the employer just as much as the employer is interviewing you. This is your opportunity to find out if this is an organization where you want to work.

Source: GlassDoor.com and Forbes.com

 

 Dan Counts President Fairwinds RecruitingDan Counts, Founder of Fairwinds Recruiting (@FairwindsRcrtg) is a recruiter/coach for candidates and clients, specializing in the software consulting industries for Enterprise Performance Management (Oracle/Hyperion), Business Intelligence, Cyber Risk Security, Sales, and Product Management. Residing in Monterey, CA near Silicon Valley, he works with boutique firms as well as large companies nationwide. Redefining the recruitment experience one placement at a time. You can check out his website at www.fairwindsrecruiting.com.

Hyperion Planning Essbase Job in San Francisco CA

Hyperion Planning  Essbase  Consultant Job
Based in:
San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles/Orange County

 

A Hyperion/ Oracle Implementation consultancy in San Jose, CA has a job opening for a Hyperion Planning Consultant and Essbase Developer

The ideal candidate will have  technical, business analysis and communication skills to join their growing consulting team. In this high-profile consultant position and you will work closely with their clients’ senior management, business users including finance managers and IT staff to design and implement mission-critical Budgeting Planing and/or Consolidations solutions utilizing Hyperion Planning / Essbase and Hyperion Financial Manager (HFM) as well as related tools.

Utilizing your communication skills and ability to understand client needs, you will craft functional requirements and specifications. Leveraging your software expertise and business modeling experience, design and develop customized Hyperion Planning and Oracle Essbase solutions. Additionally, document the solutions and train users and administrators.

 

Job Requirements

A proven track record of at least 3 years designing and implementing solutions in Oracle Essbase and Hyperion Planning (version 11.x required, System 11), ideally including the Workforce Planning and Capital Asset Planning modules.  Expertise should include business requirements analysis, solution design and development, integration with data sources, implementation of security and workflow, and performance tuning.

  • Thorough experience with Hyperion’s reporting tools, i.e. Web Analysis, Financial.
  • Reporting, and SmartView.
  • Knowledge of EPMA for Outline management as well as Essbase Studio is strongly desired.
  • A plus if  implementation experience with other products in the Hyperion EPM Suite.

 

Additional Desires:

  • Financial analysis and modeling
  • Ability to understand “business” as well as “IT” and to derive clarity from ambiguity when gathering business requirements
  • Very effective communication skills, in speaking and writing
  • Works well under deadlines
  • Self-motivated, yet enjoys working as a member of a team
  • Ability to grasp the big picture while assuring the details are in place
  • Strong client-centric attitude and desire to deliver outstanding value

 

Conducted by  Dan Counts, Fairwinds Recruiting

Contact us for more details:

 

Hyperion Planning Essbase Systems Administrator Job Los Angeles CA

Fairwinds Recruiting a specialize the search and placement firm for Hyperion professionals has an immediate opening for a Los Angeles-based client seeking a Hyperion  Financial Systems administrator.  The client is a global leader in professional services with more than 400,000 customers nationwide and 220 service locations across the United States.

The BUSINESS SYSTEMS ANALYST is responsible for the analysis, design and implementations of the Hyperion Applications suite, which includes the analysis, design, configuration and the testing of the Hyperion Application modules. The Business Systems Analyst will serve as the administrator of Hyperion planning, building and testing of Hyperion ESSBASE scripts.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Will gather requirements, writing specifications and coordinating implementation of projects and system changes for Hyperion Applications. Specifically with Hyperion Planning, Essbase, Reporting Cubes, Work-Force Planning, Capital Planning, Financial Data Management (FDM), and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI).
  • Performs analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance of financial and operational statements using Hyperion Financial Reporting and Hyperion Smart View.
  • Will perform Hyperion applications performance analysis and optimization (Hyperion configuration settings, outline optimization, Essbase cache management, and Java applications memory management).
  • Performs Hyperion Database and Security Administration tasks (applications configuration, patching, backup, recovery, and process automation) using Hyperion Shared Services, Hyperion Lifecycle Management, Hyperion EPMA, Hyperion Workspace, and Essbase Administration Services.
  • Builds and troubleshoots Essbase Cube based Rules Files and Scripts (Calc Scripts, MaxL scripts, and batch scripts).
  • Designs, develops and maintains Hyperion Planning forms, business rules, and security and in performing Hyperion Planning Administration tasks.
  • Will provide research, troubleshooting skills and should be able to resolve Hyperion Applications issues by working in collaboration with IT, Business and Oracle Corporation’s Hyperion support technicians.
  • Develops and enhances Windows and UNIX-based scheduling, scripting, and monitoring tools for batch processing.
  • Performs module specific testing and cross module integration testing on patches, modifications and enhancements.
  • Should have an understanding of finance and accounting concepts and experience with supporting periodic close, planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes.
  • Will become an integral part of future implementation project teams created to deliver additional modules and functionality to the company.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested.

 

Requirements:

 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science is preferred but not required.
  • A MBA, CPA or PMI certification is a plus.
  • Five years of experience a business systems analyst in a large IT environment is preferred.
  • Five years of solid hands on experience with Hyperion applications is preferred and required.
  • Experience with managing projects and leading teams is required (i.e. inclusive of Project Management Tools and Methodology) is a plus.
  • Experience with Hyperion application integration tools like FDM, ERPi and ODI.
  • Experience with controls application setup migrations between development, test environments and production environments (i.e. Hyperion LCM).
  • Experience with Hyperion EPMA
  • Experience with Oracle (ERP) GL and FA modules will be a plus.
  • Experience in the creation and execution of test scenarios and plans.
  • Experience with business process engineering a plus.
  • Experience with phone and email support of Hyperion Applications.
  • Strong knowledge Oracle ERP Financials implementation and support.
  • Knowledge of Oracle 11i Applications.
  • Strong knowledge of Hyperion application customizations strategy, data conversions, and
  • Integration to Oracle Application financial modules (i.e. GL, FA, PA etc) and other boundary systems.
  • Proficiency with SOX and IT Change Management is required.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and delivering end-user training is a plus.
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with users, business owners, upper management, vendors, and outside consultants during project scoping, requirements gathering, solutions design, build, User Testing, go-live, and production support.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills both verbal and written.

 

For more information an to submit a resume about this position contact Dan

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HFM Architect Job in Chicago

Hyperion Financial Manager (HFM) Consultant

Job in Chicago IL

 

 

A client created by a team of seasoned experts with a passion for the Hyperion technologies and a dedication to delivering high-value results, the client is looking for individuals interested in utilizing their Hyperion talents to make an impact on growing a new organization and benefiting from the results.

To support their growth in the Midwest, the client is looking for skilled Oracle Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) consultants to join their team.

Responsibilities

  • Gather business requirements and turn into practical consolidations and reporting solutions
  • Create necessary project documentation based on client design sessions
  • Effective in building complete HFM solutions  including metadata, rules, Financial Reports, Web forms, Smartview, and security
  • Good working knowledge of data collection tools such as ODI and FDM
  • Build effective and sustainable client relationships
  • Successfully execute all project phases including system requirements; design, build, and implementation
  • Write and maintain clear, concise functional and technical specifications on HFM applications and business system processes
  • Troubleshooting and optimization of HFM applications

Minimum Requirements

  • 4 year degree in Accounting/Finance (preferred)
  • At least two years of experience working hands-on with the HFM or Hyperion Enterprise platform
  • Advanced analytical, diagnostic and technical skills
  • Understanding of corporate month end close and consolidation process and actual corporate reporting requirements
  • Experience in developing rules in HFM
  • Experience developing solutions in FDM or ODI
  • Experience developing Financial Reports
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel without restrictions
  • Ability to productively work from home office

Preferred Skills

  • Deep knowledge and experience with multiple products in the Oracle Hyperion product family (Enterprise, Planning, Essbase, Scorecard, EPMA)
  • Hyperion Certified Professional for HFM
  • CPA or MBA
  • Experience using VBScript technology
  • Advanced MS Excel skills
  • Previous Consolidations accounting experience
  • Relational database experience

 

Presented by Fairwinds Recruiting
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SAP Risk Security Controls Consultant – Milwaukee/Chicago

Manager- IT Audit and Controls Specialist –

A Big-five consultancy, which provides Audit and Enterprise Risk Services helps clients understand the complexity of issues such as performance, privacy, risk, controls, and data analysis.

The client helps organizations build value by taking a Risk Intelligent approach to managing financial, technology and business risks. This approach helps their clients focus on their areas of increased risk, bridge silos to effectively manage risk across organizational boundaries, and seek not only risk mitigation, but also pursue intelligent risk taking as a means to value creation.

 

Technology Risk (TR) is a Service Area within, it is comprised of professionals with a broad range of information technology and management consulting skills in the areas of Risk and Compliance, Security and Privacy, and Capital Markets. These professionals perform assessments, remediation, implementation and integration of end-to-end solutions in these three areas.  They also deliver advisory services focused on risk and compliance to IT management and senior executives for both external audit and internal audit clients.  TR professionals focus on information systems and technology that manage risk and/or drive operational, financial and regulatory compliance processes, as well as solutions that manage the risk associated with information technology itself.

 

Financial Statement & Internal Control Audit (FS&ICA) is a Market Offering within TR. FS&ICA provides audits and reviews of financial statements and reporting on internal controls in accordance with applicable professional standards. Their audits are planned to be responsive to their assessment of the risk of material misstatement based on the understanding gained of the organization and its environment, including its internal control. The consultancy utilizes this understanding to design the nature, timing, and extent of audit procedures, while maintaining an objective and independent attitude. They also strive to provide timely communications regarding professional developments, and insights regarding matters that may affect the organization’s business.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Identify and evaluate business and technology risks, internal controls which mitigate risks, and related opportunities for internal control improvement
  • Assist in the selection and tailoring of approaches, methods and tools to support service offering or industry projects
  • Actively participate in decision making with engagement management and seek to understand the broader impact of current decisions
  • Generate innovative ideas and challenge the status quo
  • Facilitate use of technology-based tools or methodologies to review, design and/or implement products and services
  • Play substantive/lead role in engagement planning, economics, and billing
  • Assist in retention of professionals
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of market trends, competitor activities, and client’s products and service lines
  • Build and nurture positive working relationships with clients with the intention to exceed client expectations
  • Understand client’s business environment and basic risk management approaches
  • Participate in proposal development efforts
  • Membership and visibility in professional & civic organizations
  • BA/BS in Business Administration, Accounting, Computer Science, Information Systems Administration or related field; Masters in Accounting or Information Systems, or MBA a plus
  • CPA, CIA®, CISA certification is a plus
  • 5+ years experience in the areas of public accounting, internal auditing or consulting
  • SAP, Oracle or PeopleSoft controls experience desirable
  • Experience with Sarbanes-Oxley and/or COSO is a plus
  • Advanced understanding of business processes, internal control risk management, IT controls and related standards
  • Experience with accounting control related issues
  • Strong technical and/or management background in technical systems/environments
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage engagements along with ensuring deliverables meet work plan specifications and deadlines
  • Successful experience identifying controls, developing and executing test plans
  • Demonstrated ability to write report segments and to participate in presentations
  • Open to travel requirements

Hyperion Planning Essbase Consultant Job Houston TX

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Hyperion Planning Essbase OneStream XF Consultant

Houston, Texas

 

The client is an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) consulting firm located in Houston, TX. Their consultants specialize in Enterprise Performance Management applications and Business Process Modeling. Partnering with businesses of all sizes and across all industries their consultants help identify process inefficiencies and implement technology solutions, with particular emphasis on Oracle BPCS (Hyperion) and OneStream Software. They design customized applications that help FP&A analyze and manage financial data and business processes in real time.

 

The consulting team has a combined 40+ years of real-world industry experience. Levraging this experience and a deep knowledge of a variety of software products, including the OneStream XF (A Platinum partner) software platform, they design process management solutions that address unique business challenges.

 

The Houston based client is seeking a Consultant or Senior Consultant within the Texas region to join the team. A Consultant has hands-on knowledge with business performance management and business intelligence solutions and has a track record of successful implementations.

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Tactically develop EPM environments in alignment with design – dimensions, forms, reports, security, data integration and migrations
  • Work with client team members to develop and roll out world-class EPM solutions
  • Complete project plans on time and with in budget
  • Document project activities
  • Assist with designing, building, and testing client applications
  • Become intimately familiar with engagement methodology and service offerings, as well as the partner solution offerings within their respective practice.
  • Assist in pre-sales efforts to explain the services offerings to prospective clients.
  • Identify opportunities for additional consulting services

 

Requirements:

With a good attitude, strong business ethics, an analytic mind, the ability to think on your feet, and excellent customer skills.

 

  • 4 year Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • Minimum 3 years of industry experience
  • Self –Starter with high motivation succeed and a team player
  • Ability to create Essbase Calc scripts
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical background (consulting, banking, research)
  • Technical/Functional capabilities with in corporate financial reporting.
  • Deep knowledge of Hyperion Planning Essbase PBCS and/or OneStream Software
  • Understanding of Finance business processes, including forecasting and budgeting cycles and actual corporate reporting requirements
  • Experience with full life cycle implementation/migration/integration of existing environments
  • Ability to be self directed and complete implementation work with minimal direction
  • Willingness to travel (regionally) as needed.
  • Consulting experience from major firm or FP&A is a plus
  • Willingness to learn OneStream XF

For More Details Contact Dan at Fairwinds Recruiting

Hyperion Planning Essbase Consultant Job Austin Texas

OneStream XF Hyperion Consultant Job

Hyperion Planning / Essbase Consultant

Austin, Texas

 

The client is an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) consulting firm located in Houston, TX. Their consultants specialize in Enterprise Performance Management applications and Business Process Modeling. Partnering with businesses of all sizes and across all industries their consultants help identify process inefficiencies and implement technology solutions, with particular emphasis on Oracle BPCS (Hyperion) and OneStream Software. They design customized applications that help FP&A analyze and manage financial data and business processes in real time.

 

The consulting team has a combined 40+ years of real-world industry experience. Levraging this experience and a deep knowledge of a variety of software products, including the OneStream XF (A Platinum partner) software platform, they design process management solutions that address unique business challenges.

 

The Houston based client is seeking a Consultant or Senior Consultant within the Texas region to join the team. A Consultant has hands-on knowledge with business performance management and business intelligence solutions and has a track record of successful implementations.

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Tactically develop EPM environments in alignment with design – dimensions, forms, reports, security, data integration and migrations
  • Work with client team members to develop and roll out world-class EPM solutions
  • Complete project plans on time and with in budget
  • Document project activities
  • Assist with designing, building, and testing client applications
  • Become intimately familiar with engagement methodology and service offerings, as well as the partner solution offerings within their respective practice.
  • Assist in pre-sales efforts to explain the services offerings to prospective clients.
  • Identify opportunities for additional consulting services

 

Requirements:

With a good attitude, strong business ethics, an analytic mind, the ability to think on your feet, and excellent customer skills.

 

  • 4 year Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • Minimum 3 years of industry experience
  • Self –Starter with high motivation succeed and a team player
  • Ability to create Essbase Calc scripts
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical background (consulting, banking, research)
  • Technical/Functional capabilities with in corporate financial reporting.
  • Deep knowledge of Hyperion Planning Essbase PBCS and/or OneStream Software
  • Understanding of Finance business processes, including forecasting and budgeting cycles and actual corporate reporting requirements
  • Experience with full life cycle implementation/migration/integration of existing environments
  • Ability to be self directed and complete implementation work with minimal direction
  • Willingness to travel (regionally) as needed.
  • Consulting experience from major firm or FP&A is a plus
  • Willingness to learn OneStream XF

For More Details Contact Dan at Fairwinds Recruiting

Hyperion Planning Essbase Consultant Job Dallas TX

hyperion-onestream-job-dallas

Hyperion Planning Essbase & OneStream XF Consultant

Dallas, Texas

The client is an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) consulting firm located in Houston, TX. Their consultants specialize in Enterprise Performance Management applications and Business Process Modeling. Partnering with businesses of all sizes and across all industries their consultants help identify process inefficiencies and implement technology solutions, with particular emphasis on Oracle BPCS (Hyperion) and OneStream Software.  They design customized applications that help FP&A analyze and manage financial data and business processes in real time.

 

The consulting team has a combined 40+ years of real-world industry experience. Levraging this experience and a deep knowledge of a variety of software products, including the OneStream XF  (A Platinum partner) software platform, they design process management solutions that address unique business challenges.

 

The Houston based client is seeking a Consultant or Senior Consultant within the Texas region to join the team.  A Consultant has hands-on knowledge with business performance management and business intelligence solutions and has a track record of successful implementations.

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Tactically develop EPM environments in alignment with design – dimensions, forms, reports, security, data integration and migrations
  • Work with client team members to develop and roll out world-class EPM solutions
  • Complete project plans on time and with in budget
  • Document project activities
  • Assist with designing, building, and testing client applications
  • Become intimately familiar with engagement methodology and service offerings, as well as the partner solution offerings within their respective practice.
  • Assist in pre-sales efforts to explain the services offerings to prospective clients.
  • Identify opportunities for additional consulting services

 

Requirements:

With a good attitude, strong business ethics, an analytic mind, the ability to think on your feet, and excellent customer skills.

  • 4 year Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • Minimum 3 years of industry experience
  • Self –Starter with high motivation succeed and a team player
  • Ability to create Essbase Calc scripts
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical background (consulting, banking, research)
  • Technical/Functional capabilities with in corporate financial reporting.
  • Deep knowledge of Hyperion Planning Essbase PBCS and/or OneStream Software
  • Understanding of Finance business processes, including forecasting and budgeting cycles and actual corporate reporting requirements
  • Experience with full life cycle implementation/migration/integration of existing environments
  • Ability to be self directed and complete implementation work with minimal direction
  • Willingness to travel (regionally) as needed.
  • Consulting experience from major firm or FP&A is a plus
  • Willingness to learn OneStream XF

For More Details Contact Dan at Fairwinds Recruiting

How to create the Personal Brand of You. Me, Inc.

How to create a personal brand

How to create the Personal Brand of You.  Me, Inc.

In a previous post I discussed Branding Statements – Branding Statements. The Essence of Who You Are. In this post we’ll get into the “How” of creating your brand and even discuss consistency across social media.

 

We live in an increasingly competitive and complicated business world. No longer are we as isolated as we once were. Gone are the days of working for a single company from the time you got out of college until the time you retire. More and more often as business cycles ebb and flow we find that we must reinvent the essence of who and what we are to accommodate and meet dynamics of a changing business world.

 

“Set you self apart from the pack with a personal brand.”

 

 

In this blog we’ll discuss how to build a personal brand which is the essence of you. Whether you are an employee or a business owner or even an independent consultant a personal brand is what you are. Let’s face it; you are the executive, the janitor, the sales manager, the training coordinator, the marketer of the business called “Me, Inc.” Aligning who and what you do with your skills and how that meets the changing skills required in the a changing business climate can be the difficult difference between great success or not.

 

 

“Your personal brand essence of what you do.” Tips to create. 

 

Why have a personal branding statement

We live in an increasingly fast-paced lifestyle and more and more of our writing outlets are being reduced to smaller and smaller bites. For instance Twitter limits you to 140 characters from which to make a point. Text messages are becoming the main form of communication not only for millennia’s but anyone with a smart phone. Likewise, today hiring managers and potential customers want to know who you are, what you bring to the table, and how your solution(s) will solve their problem; ideally quick, easy and painless. We need to think in terms of “reverse engineering” what they (the customers of Me, Inc.) want. What are your special skills, qualifications that can help solve those challenges. That is the essence for your brand.

 

Characteristics of the Personal Brand

Your brand should be straightforward concise and to the point. It should tie directly in to the business that you are an expert in. It should be readable much like that of an elevator-pitch. Concisely written in one-paragraph forces you to define your brand such that in can be quickly read. It should answer what you do for the customers of Me, Inc. and how that’s a benefit to them. Is the image of you and should be aligned with what you want to project to the world. When a hiring manager or perspective customer Google’s you it will be the first thing that they read about you. Moreover, it should be consistent across all your social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blog, etc,). It is the uniqueness of you and what you bring to the table.   What are your skills and qualifications that provide a benefit for your customers? A simple and realistic statement yields best results.

 

“Your personal brand tells the world you’re and expert.”

 

 

Steps to create a personal brand statement

I find it best to write in the present tense and ideally in third Person voice, much like the description for your most current position on a resume.

 

Brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm! A great way to get started is to sit down and find words that identify the characteristics of you. In my own experience below is a short list of what I came up with.

 

Coach

Trusted Advisor

Helpful Expert

Specialist

Industry knowledge

Caring

Professional

Follow though

Value

Listener

Personable

 

 

 

A good deal of these characteristics came from reviews left by hiring managers and candidates on my LinkedIn profile. It’s a good way to see how you are perceived in the market place.

 

Next, organize your keywords into ‘thought blocks’ from which you can then create a list of one-line statements. Here are a few examples:

 

  • Recruiter/coach navigating the interview process
  • Listens and takes time to understand
  • Follow through with prompt feedback
  • Deep knowledge of the industry
  • A specialization
  • Show value to the search process
  • Helpful expert
  • Personable and easy to chat with

 

Once you have a short list of ‘thought blocks’ one can craft a personal branding statement from there. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out right on the first draft. Like a professor in college used to say, “…there’s no such thing as good writing, just good rewriting.” I believe this to be true. So take time and work through the process. A good test once you have something down on paper it to ask friends/colleagues to read it and get their feedback. After all, they know you.

 

“…there’s no such thing as good writing, just good rewriting.” 

 

Here is an example of mine that I use for blogging.

 

Dan Counts Founder Fairwinds RecruitingDan Counts, Founder of Fairwinds Recruiting (@FairwindsRcrtg) is a recruiter/coach for candidates and clients, specializing in the software and consulting industries for Enterprise Performance Management (Oracle/Hyperion), Business Intelligence, Data Science/Big Data, Cyber Risk Security, Sales, and Product Management. His hands-on positive style as an advisor to candidates and clients provides an environment for redefining the recruitment experience one placement at a time, resulting in better long-term matches. Residing in Monterey, CA near Silicon Valley, he works with boutique firms to large companies nationwide. In his free time he enjoys sailing, hiking/walking, woodworking and most recently home coffee roasting. You can check out his website at www.fairwindsrecruiting.com.

 

 

Consistency across social media

The next step it to creating a brand for Me Inc., is to make it a consistent message across all you social media sites (LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc.) This is important whether you are seeking a new job, a business owner or and independent consultant. If you contact someone about a job opening or a service offering you’re pitching, the fist thing they will do after is Google you on the Internet to see who you are.   Or at the very least check you out on LinkedIn. Inconstancies will lead to question marks in the readers mind and that may result missing out on a great opportunity.

 

“A consistent personal brand yields credibility.”

 

In an up coming blog I’ll discuss creating a condensed version (one-line) branding (POWER) statement for a resume.

EPM Cloud Corporate Finance Solutions Consultant Pre-Sales – San Francisco Bay

Pre Sales Solutions Consultant

Sales Engineer

A leading EPM Cloud/SasS Software provider is seeking a seasoned Pre-Sales Solution Consultant who wants to build a great career helping to drive exciting, high-growth business to the next level.

As the fastest growing cloud-based Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) company, the client is growing and looking for a high-energy individual with exceptional business acumen who wants to be part of that success.

The Solution Consultant is central to how the company does business, serving as the subject matter experts who works with prospective customers as they evaluate their corporate Budgeting, Planning, Forecasting & Consolidation challenges and goals while a considering EPM solution.  Working to understand the buyers’ needs and delivering dynamic presentations to drive compelling discussions which map and illustrate the solutions and benefits that the software solution can bring to their prospects’ issues and business effectiveness. Their customers benefit from improved business agility, improved security and lower overall cost compared to legacy on-premises alternatives. World-class companies like NEC, Burlington Coat Factory and Splunk are just a few customers that trust the client’s software solution to power their strategic financial processes.

The ideal candidate will be based on the west coast.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the sales cycle for solution based activities through customized product demonstrations, Proofs of Concept, and hands-on workshops
  • Confidently present industry and domain focused expertise and convey understanding and professionalism to prospective customers
  • Demonstrate business benefits and the value of using the Cloud EPM solution
  • Drive the initial evaluation and qualification of the customer opportunity
  • Maintain product competence by keeping abreast of new product enhancements, product best practices and new product offerings
  • Bring a high level of energy to the team
  • Embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and add creative ideas and perspective to all internal and external interactions

 Desired skills and experience:

  • More than three years of relevant financial applications experience
  • Experience in multi-product solution selling within the Enterprise Performance Management sector or other similar application software focused on finance
  • Working knowledge of Financial Planning and Analysis standards and practices and the associated challenges and pains experienced by finance and the broader business
  • Working knowledge of the monthly close and consolidation process and associated challenges and pains experienced by accounting and the broader business
  • Proven ability to establish credibility with senior finance and accounting professionals.
  • A strong background of solving complex challenges in sophisticated business environments
  • Able to understand and explain business and technical issues related to Customer’s proposed solution
  • Exceptional presentation skills to drive highly compelling meetings and product demonstrations Sales positioning and process experience
  • Outstanding communication (written and oral), organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to execute to a plan and demonstrate dependability and ownership
  • Ability to prioritize opportunities and tasks
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; advanced degree desirable.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

 Location:  San Francisco Bay Area

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Data Science Job in Ann Arbor MI

Business-Analyst Insights

 

An international client in the Ann Arbor Michigan area is seeking a data analytics professional to join their Data Insights team which is responsible for leveraging multiple data sources including but not limited to point of sales, trackers, store locators, economics, demographics, marketing, promotional, weather conditions and web analytics into and delivering impactful information based on data insights for their  business units that are best able to leverage that information.  The client is looking for a full-time technical professional to join their team with a strong analytical background and a deep understanding of quantitative methods and statistical practices.

 

Responsibilities and duties:

Perform Important Company Analysis Projects

With the Business Insights Team, execute all phases of analysis, including:

  • Work with various internal users to determine goals and expected results of initiatives to be analyzed
  • Determining best testing methodologies leveraging statistical and analytical best practices
  • Identify data anomalies and adjust analysis accordingly
  • Isolate the incremental business impact of the project or business action
  • Prepare and summarize results

Develop Best Practice Advanced Analytic tools for Standard Analysis

With the Business Insights Team, execute all phases of Tool Development

  • Along with the Manager of Business Insights, research and design data analysis systems that are flexible to provide advanced analytics to common testing applications
  • Coordinate with IT as needed to implement tools
  • Examples include:
    1. Test vs. Control Methodology
    2. Estimated Contribution Margin per order
    3. Profitability and Net Promoter Scorecards

Work with other analysts and third-party analyst partners relating to:

  • Leverage and share existing knowledge of company data sources, access methods, likely correlations and solutions
  • Retain any key learnings from their analysis to further our collective knowledge and tools

 

Develop Models, with Team, to Address Complex Company Needs

With the Business Insights Team, develop sophisticated models to:

  • Project results
  • Isolate the impact from a particular activity
  • Examples include:
    1. Store Siting
    2. Sales Forecasting
    3. Media Mix models
    4. Operational work flow models and simulations

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3-5 years relevant work experience in Advanced Analytics, Business Intelligence, Econometrics, Statistics, Forecasting, Data Analysis or a related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Financial Engineering, Econometrics, Engineering or related field.  Master’s degree a plus.
  • Comprehensive understanding of advanced analysis techniques.
  • Strong Statistical knowledge.
  • Advanced excel skills.
  • Ability to communicate sophisticated statistical terminology to non-technical users.
  • Ability to work independently and with cross-functional teams.
  • Proficient with manipulating large data sets in relational databases using SQL, and other query tools.

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Donna Draper

Partner

Fairwinds Recruiting

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Hyperion Planning Essbase Administrator Job Denver, CO

Hyperion Planning Administrator

A leading material company in the Denver Colorado area is seeking a strong Hyperion Planning/Essbase Administrator with a strong finance background to join their team.  The company has been aggressively growing predominantly thorough acquisitions providing products such as heavy-side building materials, aggregates, Ready-Mix Concrete, Cement, Asphalt paving and construction to industry.

 

They offer world-class benefits including medical insurance, 401K matching, short-term & long-term disability and a competitive salary with room for advancement for the right candidate.

 

Hyperion Planning Administrator will work closely with the Finance and Operating Units to coordinate the Budget/Forecast Process for Hyperion Planning/Essbase, design and prepare recurring and ad hoc budget/forecast tools and reports for Executive management, and perform other related reporting and analysis tasks, as requested. Candidate will also assist in effectively implementing Hyperion Planning on-going development and enhancements across the organization. Must be highly motivated with a team focus, and a desire to produce results.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Primary developer/administrator in the on-going development and enhancement of the existing Hyperion Planning/Essbase applications.
    • Build out requirements and develop associated implementations schedules, identify and work with project stakeholders.
    • Example Projects could be: Detail Equipment Model, 3 year Plan, Detailed Rolling Reforecasts, etc.
    • Oversee/coordinate complete business development cycle from requirements gathering, development, testing, to final sign off.
    • Strong Essbase scripting skills – MaxLs, Calc, etc.
    • Assist in Month-end/Year-end close process
    • Data loads with FDM or related technologies
  • Coordinate with Finance, Performance Teams, and Operating Units the annual Budget process and periodic Forecasting in the Hyperion Planning application.
    • Includes creating or assisting with application development and support documentation.
  • Work alongside HFM Administrator to support/coordinate as needed shared resources:
    • Hyperion FDM data interfaces – Manage and/or troubleshoot the load of data files into the Hyperion applications.
    • EPMA Maintenance – Management of shared metadata new and updates to existing metadata/artifacts. Evaluate requirements, develop the design, and implement organizational changes in the application. Perform application changes to entities, accounts, calculations/business rules, and data.
    • Reporting – Management/Development of meaningful reports from source applications.
    • Training – Coordinate periodic New and Super User Trainings. This includes creating/maintaining applicable meaningful training and support documentation.
    • Data Syncing & Reconciliation between the Hyperion applications.
    • Quarterly updates/migration of DEV to Prod (vice versa) environments and testing of New Releases/Patches.
    • Security – Manage the integration of new users into the application.
  • Perform application troubleshooting, as necessary for Hyperion Planning, HFM and FDM.

Position Requirements:

  • A B.S. in Accounting or Finance from an accredited college or university.
  • At least five years of experience in financial and operational reporting.
  • At least five years of experience as an advanced user or administrator of Hyperion Planning/Essbase or similar application system.
  • Experience in the development and maintenance of financial reports using analytic applications or other source databases.
  • Typically an experienced financial analyst who is adept at problem-solving and is the group’s Excel guru.
  • Very knowledgeable with the Finance group’s business operations and processes.
  • Willingness to travel to support end-users, troubleshooting and training, as necessary.

 

Additional considerations for determining a “good fit” or emphasis of essential qualities:

The central functions of this staff member will be to lead the systems administration function for our Hyperion Planning/Essbase application and provide backup to the HFM Administrator in the application support of the monthly close/consolidation process. These tasks will require proficiency in Hyperion Planning/Essbase, HFM, FDM and Excel. Tasks will include: application and report development and maintenance, extensive communication with the company’s operating units, and communication of status and results to management.

 

In addition, the candidate will provide training and consultation to business unit users of Hyperion which is a critical component of this position and may include some travel. The candidate will also provide application support for the general financial budget/forecast reporting and analysis functions. This will be accomplished through report development, preparation, review, and communication with operating units and research.

 

Critical skills include a strong computer aptitude in order to become proficient in our financial planning and consolidation system, strong verbal communication skills in order to brief stakeholders and the like on project statuses and issues encountered, and the ability to help enforce corporate policies and timetables. Candidates must demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to work to deadlines.

 

The candidate must be able to work with minimal direction and be effective in a small, team-oriented department. Must be capable of building strong working relationships with staff within the company’s operating units, as well as be willing to provide off-hours emergency support as required.

 

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PBCS Hyperion Systems Manager Job Orange County CA

Hyperion Planning Essbase Systems Manager

Business Profile

The client is a leading global medical supply company located in Southern California that manufactures and distributes a wide variety of medical products.

Job Description

The client has been using Hyperion software for 15 Years. They have HFM and FDMEE suite of applications for nearly 10 years and currently on version 11.1.2.4. Additionally the client desires to launch Hyperion PBCS for their Planning and Forecasting needs coupled with a tight HFM integration. Both installations are managed within the finance department. Their HFM user community consists of 190 users.

 

They are looking for a highly competent and talented individual to perform all PBCS (Hyperion Planning) administrator, development management functions, with additional experience in HFM and integration or support.

 

Essential job skills

A successful candidate will have the knowledge, experience, and flexibility needed to perform the following:

  • Administration, maintenance, and continued development of the Hyperion Environment.
  • Manage and support the Hyperion Planning Cloud applications – Headcount & Compensation Planning inclusive of month-end-support
  • Metadata and data load processes, including validation, to confirm quality and accuracy with FDMEE or related technologies.
  • Manage BPCS user security with efficient strategies.
  • Provide support and training as necessary to end-users.
  • Perform process and technical analysis and problem resolution.
  • Anticipate and plan for impact from Oracle PBCS cloud upgrades.
  • Work time flexibility during our month end close cycle.

 

Beneficial Experience Desired

  • EPMA enabled applications with Calc Manager
  • Hyperion Planning and Essbase Calc Scripts
  • FDMEE – Data Integration with WorkDay & Data Warehouse
  • HFM support and administration
  • Tableau – Report Development
  • Maestro – Master Data Management.

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Senior Data Science Analytics Job in Seattle WA

Senior Data Science Analyst Job

Seattle, WA

 

The  client is seeking a Senior Digital Analyst with responsibility  for collecting, analyzing and presenting data to improve decision making in our client’s high-growth online channel.  This individual should have a high degree of curiosity about the business and the skills to discover impactful insights from data and communicate those insights in a way that builds confidence and drives business value.

Responsibilities:

  • Partner with key stakeholders on large scale data problems.
  • Mine complex digital behavioral data and transform it into actionable information.
  • Apply expert level statistical analysis, data modeling, and predictive analysis on strategic and operational problems for the online business.
  • Provide exceptional customer service through professionalism, ownership and initiative
  • Demonstrate productivity through the efficient use of time and a commitment to strong results
  • Establish a position and reputation for providing thought leadership in the field of digital measurement

Qualifications:

  • Degree, preferably MS or PhD in mathematics, statistics, operations research, computer science, engineering, econometrics, or similar quantitative analytics discipline.  Published work is a plus.
  • Extensive experience applying business logic to extract and cleanse large datasets from structured and unstructured data sources
  • Working experience in building advanced statistical models.
  • Solid programming skills with knowledge of R, SAS, SQL, Python or other data-extraction and analysis tools
  • Experience applying visual elements to your data, preferably using data visualization tools such as Raphael, Flot, or WebGL.
  • Experience working with distributed computing tools such as Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, etc.
  • Experience using BI tools such as Microstrategy, Tableau or TIBCO Spotfire
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, ability to convey rigorous mathematical concepts and considerations to non-experts

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BI Analyst Data Scientist Job San Francisco

The client is seeking an exceptional Business Intelligence / Data Scientist that will be part of a growing, world-class analytics team supporting their Enterprise Risk Management department. The analytics team is a key analytical resource within the company. We distill information, provide analysis, and utilize predictive analytics to support business leaders and enable data-driven decision-making.  As a Data Analytics professional, you will be a key resource creating actionable business intelligence that supports and influences business decision-making. You will have the ability to see your insights and analytical products impact the business on a regular basis.

 

The Business Intelligence Analyst / Data Scientist will serve as a business intelligence, analytics, and problem solving specialist, responsible for integrating and analyzing data from multiple sources. You’ll be a “power-user” of the company’s information systems and data-sets. You’ll gain exposure to many areas in the company, including risk management, supply chain, EHS, operations, marketing, competitive intelligence, data warehousing, information technology, and strategic planning.

 

Responsibilities Include:

 

  • Work with various business units to understand information needs and provide effective solutions.
  • Develop solutions for generating specific metrics and, when required, collaborate with the enterprise information systems teams on implementation. Own critical processes that are central to the delivery of accurate metrics.
  • Pull and model data in order to create dashboards and operational KPIs. Develop resulting key metrics and either publish via executive metrics dashboard or share ad-hoc analysis (often using slides) with stakeholders.
  • Develop Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse and Reporting solutions to address a growing portfolio of business reporting, analytics and data requirements. Own and manage multiple business intelligence initiatives and work programs on regular and ad-hoc basis.

 

Qualifications

  • 3-6 years of experience in a reporting & analytical role.
  • In-depth experience analyzing data and creating reports with strong spreadsheet and database query experience (e.g. SQL).
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, combined with strong business judgment and an ability to present analysis in a clear and compelling manner.
  • Tenacity in finding creative solutions to building BI data marts primarily using SQL; and managing data from multiple sources.
  • Experience with SQL and data visualization tools such as Tableau.
  • Experience using industry-leading BI tools for reporting and visualization (Tableau and MicroStrategy).
  • Strong deck creation and presentation skills to highlight key business opportunities and gaps.
  • Broad understanding of business processes and measurement of business success.
  • Very high attention to detail and accuracy.

 

Additional Desirable Skills

  • Experience in specific database platforms, SQL Server preferred, including stored procedures, functions, etc.
  • Experience designing and implementing ETL packages in Microsoft Integration Services.

Education

  • BA/BS in a quantitative field or MBA.

The client’s employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and a dedication to quality work, their customers and each other.

About the Client

The client invests heavily in their employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And they foster a supportive, people-first work environment.

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