Cloud Finance Operations Manager

Canada Life Limited
Potters Bar, United Kingdom
10 Jan 2023
01 Feb 2023
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Canada Life UK looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.

Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life UK has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.

Canada Life UK is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.

Job Purpose

The Cloud Centre of Excellence (CCoE) is a newly established area of Canada Life, responsible for managing the overall Cloud Environment for the migration of existing applications and build of any new applications. The CCoE contains 6x Functions, ensuring that the environment is available, stable, secure, resilient and remains compliant with all organisational policies and standards.

The Cloud Business Office (CBO) Function is responsible for managing the Business Office and FinOps related services in the Cloud environment, specifically:
  • Cloud Financial Portfolio Management & Performance Reporting
  • Cloud Cost Split & Reconciliation
  • Billing Hierarchy Definition
  • Billing, Tagging Strategy & Enablement
  • Cloud Cost Analysis & Optimisation (reserved instances etc)
  • Cloud Procurement Management
  • Cloud Cost Forecasting & Actuals
  • Cloud CoE and Shared Services Pricing Model
What you will do

The FinOps Manager is responsible for performing key FinOps related activities in the CBO Function. The role of the FinOps Manager is to contribute to enabling the vision of a best-in-class FinOps practice and cost management services for Cloud.
This is an opportunity to be part of the new CBO Function.

Duties and Responsibilities

The role holder will be expected to have credible experience (5-8yrs) in Finance and be familiar with financial aspects of IT operating environments. They may have previously worked in Finance as a Finance Analyst or Finance Manager for Technology or a FinOps Manager for Cloud. The role holder should ideally have hands on Cloud / FinOps experience but should at a minimum be passionate about striving for best-in-class FinOps and keep up to date with the latest developments in the Cloud and Finance industry.

Specific objectives are:
  • Carry out duties listed in the CBO Operating Model, ensuring there is adequate understanding and accountability for CBO and FinOps related activities
  • Maintain the FinOps related artefacts, specifically the FinOps dashboards, policies, templates and standards, ensuring all are kept up to date and accurate
  • Provide FinOps advisory and input into the CBO Function and wider CCoE Work with the wider CCoE team to ensure that Cloud Consumers have met adoption pre-requisites and are able to fund consumption (inc SaaS)
  • Act as an active member of the Cloud community both internally and externally
  • Act as a mentor and advisor to more junior members of the organisation
  • Contribute to the delivery of CBO and FinOps related OKR's and KPI's
  • Act as a FinOps Subject Matter Expert (SME) to leaders in CCoE and wider Canada Life, including Product Owners and Application Leads, providing insight and advice on FinOps related matters
  • Continue to improve FinOps and overall cost management and optimisation strategies
Desired Skills, Knowledge and Experience
  • Experience consulting in Cloud Advisory & IT Financial Services or Operational Experience with Cloud Cost Governance within an IT Organization
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills and proven relationship builder
  • Excellent communication skills at executive level
  • A natural leader, with experience of leading or coaching others
  • Strong knowledge and experience technical understanding of cloud migrations
  • Strong technical analytical skills, specifically FinOps and finance skills, and an eye for detail
  • Experience with PowerBI tooling strongly preferred
  • Able to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience, emphasising key points for decisions and understanding
  • Has a deep understanding of Cloud FinOps Strategy and FinOps tools and processes, including consumption models and reporting, dashboarding, FinOps governance
  • Can act independently with initiative and decisiveness, and is aware of when to escalate issues
What you'll like about working here
As a Canada Life UK colleague, you'll receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance, along with a generous pension and bonus scheme. You'll also receive the support you need with your personal and professional development.

Diversity and inclusion
Canada Life is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our role as an employer of choice is to provide the right environment for talented people to do their best work, by respecting, understanding and valuing individual differences
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