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CBRE Finance Manager in Charlotte, North Carolina

Imagine being a part of a vast and innovative enterprise that leads the commercial real estate industry. At CBRE, you have tremendous opportunity to grow and make an impact. Responsible for providing leadership and analysis support to the Sourcing/Operations Director and Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Manager to create increased visibility into operational strategy and performance with the goal of driving speed, quality, and cost efficiency. You will play a part and lead others in formulating, implementing, and maintaining robust financial reporting/analysis process/reports, as well as, coordinating and consolidating plan/estimates for the Sourcing organization. The role will actively partner with the CBRE and client’s FP&A teams.


Provide financial information to Sourcing which monitors all aspects of sourcing performance including savings, inflation, labor rate changes and contract term escalation Track forecasted sourcing savings from initiation of sourcing initiative to contract and from contract to implementation to ensure forecasted savings are realized. Proactively escalating as required should actual savings not track to forecast

Provide budget by vendor and work with Sourcing to manage cost

Ensure Sourcing baseline by vendor and cost category reconcile with the general ledger

Review and approve all Sourcing savings initiatives and track to P&L

Support FP&A in monthly accruals

Support the Sourcing teams in their negotiations of favorable payment terms

Support the identification of recovery / mitigation plans to improve performance

Partner with controllership in the proper accounting of rebates

Provide support for outsource vs. self-performance analysis

Provide key reports and analysis to the Sourcing, FP&A and clients on current performance metrics, future forecasts and associated risks and opportunities

Support client cost savings strategy

Lead and support ad-hoc projects as required

Ensure complete staff work, procedures and data integrity

Implement standard procedures around baseline price calculation and clear procedures for change requests

Implement audit program to ensure contract and process adherence

Uses project management tools which may include a project plan, business case/cost benefit tracker, training and communication plan, etc.

Research and gain in-depth understanding of current processes and formally document new areas of process improvement.

Analyze and benchmark process metrics against industry standards to ensure a “best practice” is achieved when possible.

Assist management in the tracking and prioritization of projects


Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) required plus a minimum of six years’ experience with process improvement, project management, sourcing or other related experience.


Green Belt Lean Six Sigma Certification is helpful.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to customers. Ability to effectively present information.


Requires in-depth knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate complex figures. Ability to forecast and prepare budgets. Conducts financial/business analysis including the preparation of reports. Broad, in-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), concepts. SEC reporting experience desired (depending on the specific finance role).


Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex financial information and transactions and accounting principles. Ability to independently research complex accounting transactions/issues. Ability to problem-solve, both independently and working as a team. Requires advanced analytical and quantitative skills. Draws upon the analysis of others and makes recommendations that have a direct impact on the company.


Strong computer skills, including specific knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.). Broad experience with other software and financial systems is desired such as HFM Consolidation, PeopleSoft Financials and Cognos Planning. Knowledge of real estate service industry and terminology is helpful. Strong work ethic and adaptable.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer Women/Minorities/Persons with Disabilities/US Veterans