Finance Project Manager

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Date: 13-Jan-2023

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company: Alstom

Req ID:325187 

Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide 

Purpose of the Job:

  • Leads finances for projects rated in medium/low Criticality, in order to improve the project overall performance.
  • Ensures project accounting is in accordance with Company guidelines;
  • Participates in overall Project Management process jointly with Project Manager(s).
  • Provides financial analysis, advices and guidance to support the project team in making the best business decisions for the project.
  • Main partner for the Financial Strategy success of the project, contributing in negotiation processes to secure project success.
  • The FPM supports PM in risks and opportunities process and sign-off contingencies/committed savings.
  • The FPM is part of the Finance organization and covers the entire project lifecycle, i.e. acquisition, bidding and execution.
  • Analyses the execution performance and propose action plans to improve contract margin and cash profile as well as corrective action plans to mitigate identified risks
  • Coaches Finance Project Manager Community in the evolution of rules and processes, trying to implement agility, simplification and efficiency.


Key accountabilities:

  • Participate in overall Project Management process jointly with Project Manager.
  • Main partner for the Financial Strategy success of the project.
    • Participates in preparation, reviews and validation of key projects
    • Optimize financial aspects on the project Org. Tax, Hedging, Financing.
  • Business Partnering:
    • supports and participates in Regions biannual portfolio reviews.
    • provide finance advise and tutoring to the project team.
    • set up technical expertise within the real and current concerns of the business to create value.
    • enrich integration within the organization (functional intermediation).
    • ensure compliance of finance rules in project review preparation and throughout project execution.
    • contribute on business agility and awareness.
    • key player in REX deployment within the region
  • Supervision, analysis and support for overall finance topics of the project.
  • Control the financial performance of the project and propose action plans to improve contract margin and cash profile as well as corrective action plans to mitigate identified risks.
  • Raised "Early Warnings" when necessary to increase management attention.
  • Add insight and accuracy to project financial information (Improve accuracy on forecasts, revenue, cash, cost, etc.).
  • Challenge and approve Project Financials (cash, competitiveness) as per DoA
  • Provide confirmation of Internal Transfer Pricing policies to procurement for the issuance of internal purchase orders.
  • Control the interflows of Internal purchased orders.
  • Ensure compliance with local regulations, especially for tax and statutory accounts purposes.
  • Liaise with other finance expert functions (e.g. Tax and Customs, Treasury and Financing, Internal Audit & Risk Management, Accounting and Finance efficiency, etc.).
  • Supports Countries/sites lacking maturity in Project Finance Management: project start (TTM/CPR 0)
  • Cooperate with other expert functions (e.g. legal, platforms, Operational Excellence, etc.).
  • Establish strategic network with external financial players involved in the project.
  • Contribute in negotiation processes to secure project success (customer and / or partner).
  • Support PM in risks and opportunities process and sign-off contingencies/committed savings.
  • Partner with PM and CM in Contract & Claim Management (focus on finance topics & risks profile).
  • For partnership (consortium or JV), ensure follow up of the financial aspects in compliance with the partner agreements and alert in case of any deviation or risk profile for Alstom.
  • Know and understand businesses portfolio and the operation of every business function.
  • Animates and develops of the FPM community (participate to Projects staffing, FPM training, …). Shares best practices within the region and between regions
  • Responsible for coaching Junior FPMs to develop necessary skills to manage projects.
  • Consolidates and checks monthly reporting and portfolio reporting (NAVO/ambitions/opp./etc.);
  • Controls backlog, reconciliation project reviews and consolidation tool, workload on projects;
  • Monitors GM, PPI, R&O evolutions;
  • Contributes to the project performance in Region Business Review (R&O disclosure, degradations/improvements anticipation and reporting, support in target settings). Articulates project messages at executive level.
  • Participates in special focus on some projects (including site/project visits). In case of finance issue on a project, identifies root causes and proposes actions plan.
  • Tools and Transformation projects and Community Management. Works on improvement of project reporting,  on all tool evolutions impacting FPM function.


Educational Requirements:

  • Master’s in Business school, engineering school or university equivalent, Desirable: MBA, Master’s in finance


Mandatory Experience:

  • 8-10+ years’ experience in Finance including Senior Project Finance Manager on large and complex projects.
  • Solid organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Team working
  • Excellent Knowledge in MS Excel and SAP knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Fluent in other languages is a plus


Desirable Experience:

  • Previous experience in railway company in equivalent position
  • Previous experience in industrial projects in equivalent position


Competencies & Skills:

  • Leadership
  • Autonomous
  • Strategic Thinking and Self Mastery
  • Synthesis and analytical mind
  • Demonstrated ability to partner well and influence others
  • Entrepreneur and proactive
  • Good relations and strong communication skills
  • Integrity and resilience
  • Ability to articulate key project messages at Executive level


Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?  


Equal opportunity statement:
Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by local law. 


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