Since its release on 6 July 2016, the whole world has been under the spell of Pokémon GO. This is reflected on eBay: a Pokémon-related item is sold every twelve seconds. This development will definitely cause a spike in the figures. The world of e-commerce is a dynamic, fast-paced world, in which every unexpected trend or hype is an opportunity for more growth. The Financial Analyst position is a great ‘landing spot’ to better learn about eBay and finance in an e-commerce environment.
Business Performance and FP&A
At eBay, Roeland Loof grew from Commercial Strategy Manager for Marktplaats.nl to Head of Business Performance in the European headquarters in Switzerland. In addition to the Business Performance Team (5 FTE), he will soon become Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A); two teams that will collaborate closely under Loof. Business Performance advises Senior Management based on insights from financial analysis. The FP&A team is responsible for all the planning and analysis processes, consolidation of country data, forecasts and a smooth running budget processes. Together they work to professionalize and optimize all the financial processes. The ambition for the next twelve months is for the FP&A team to take an increasingly strategic role within eBay Europe. eBay had a vacancy for a mature, strategic and hands-on Financial Analyst within the FP&A team at the European headquarters in Switzerland.
Vacancy for a Financial Analyst
The Financial Analyst knows how things run at eBay in Europe. They can explain all the financial results and know exactly what needs to be done to improve these results. The Financial Analyst does not keep that knowledge to themselves, but offers a helping hand to financials and non-financials in eBay Europe with regards to budget control, P&L and headcount management, among others.
“At eBay people get the responsibility that fits them best. If they can handle a lot, things can go very quickly.” – Roeland Loof, Head of Business Performance
The Financial Analyst is well-versed in the subject and makes complex financial processes comprehensible for everyone – from the HR Director to a Regional Sales Manager. This person helps them keep the figures transparent, whereby they become even more involved in the commercial success of the platform. Ideally both financials and non-financials go to the Financial Analyst for advice.
Careers at eBay
There is always a place for ambitious, intelligent professionals at eBay and the organization will not let these people go easily. FP&A is a great ‘landing spot’ within eBay; the Financial Analyst will get to know eBay very well and will enjoy a lot of exposure because they will have contact with all the various country organizations and departments at the European headquarters. In what direction the subsequent step will be, is largely in the hands of the Financial Analyst.