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Senior Manager, Forecasting

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: Gavi, Vaccine Alliance
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: CS4 - Career Step 4 - Professional - Both internationally and locally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-21

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Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together implementing country and donor governments, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of more than 822 million children and the prevention of more than 14 million future deaths.


Embedded within the Finance & Operations team, the Finance function has responsibility for Financial Control and Accounting, FP&A, Business Partnering and Treasury. One of the core FP&A responsibilities is to lead the organisation wide strategic financial reforecasting process. The financial forecast is presented to the Board for approval semi-annually and confirms the resources available and programme expenditures envelopes Gavi must operate within. This vacancy has responsibility to manage the end-to-end financial forecasting process from planning to Board reporting.
Coordinate the semi-annual forecast process
  • Focus on continuous improvement by agreeing and implementing lessons learned;
  • Align with senior stakeholders on timetable and deliverables;
  • Cascade forecast deliverables and adopt active management approach to ensure organisation delivers against the agreed plan;
  • Leverage deep understanding of financial forecast drivers and organisation strategy, ensure early alignment and resolution of issues and key matters;
  • Detailed review on forecast submissions to identify and where drivers of variances, incongruences, and matters for attention at Executive Office (EO) and MD level;
  • Manage process to obtain Senior Leadership (EO and MD) alignment on forecast key assumptions and endorsement of the financial forecast outcomes;
  • Prepare Board and Audit and Finance Committee materials (papers and slide decks);
  • Lead and mentor a team of 2.
  • Business lead on transition financial forecast model to SAC, forecasting and analytics platform.
Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Support preparation of the financial results, including driver based variance analysis of results compared with the forecast;
  • Lead on ad-hoc projects consistent with the role.
Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not limited only to the tasks listed and may include other duties as assigned.
  • At least 8 years professional experience in forecasting, financial planning & analysis or decision support;
  • Experience within a dynamic international commercial group or NGO with exposure to non-Finance teams and senior leaders essential;
  • Experience working with large complex processes with key financial and non-financial drivers and outcomes essential;
  • Experience working and analysing large amounts of information (financial and non-financial);
  • People management experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Excellent planning, organisation and project management skills;
  • Ability to navigate through ambiguity;
  • Ability to link, assess and articulate financial outcomes of operational drivers;
  • Deep analytical skills to analyse, assess and communicate large amount of information;
  • Systems expert - excel and analytical tools (SAC, BW, Power BI);
  • Ability to articulate financial impacts to non-finance audience;
  • Collaboration and working effectively within cross functional teams and indirect reporting lines;
  • Flexibility and champion of change;
  • Confident and resilient.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.
  • Degree in business, finance or STEM;
  • Accounting and financial qualification preferred.
  • Finance Department – in particular the Financial Planning & Analysis team; Vaccine Forecasting & Grant Operations Team, Finance Director and Managing Director, Finance and Operations;
  • All departments and teams within the Secretariat, in particular the Country Programmes and Vaccine Supply & Demand leadership teams, Strategy and IT Functions;
  • Executive Office.
If you wish to apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through our Careers webpage and apply by clicking on “Senior Manager, Forecasting”. Deadline for applications is 21 October 2021.

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Gavi brings together the public and private sectors to save lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable and sustainable use of vaccines against 18 infectious diseases. You will be joining an organisation at the centre of the international COVID-19 response, at the most critical time in global health in a lifetime. You will work in a culturally diverse environment with over 70 nationalities. You will collaborate with partners such as WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank – and from business, civil society and government.

And you will work in the first global health organisation to receive equal gender salary certification. Your unique experience, skills and talents can help us achieve our vision of leaving no one behind without the life-saving power of vaccines.

In support of Gavi’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, we hire globally and welcome applications regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, family status, sex, gender identity or expression, physical characteristics, race, religion, spirituality or sexual orientation.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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