Gartner Research

Selecting the Placement of an FP&A Analyst

Published: 21 January 2019

ID: G00432647

Analyst(s): Finance Research Team

Summary

FP&A leaders can learn how to select the right location for their FP&A analysts to ensure each analyst is set up to be productive and influential.

Table Of Contents

Framing FP&A Analyst Location Selection

General Guidance for Selecting FP&A Analyst Placement

Evaluating the Business Unit Placement Decision

Prerequisites for Aligning the FP&A Analyst to a Business Unit

Determining If the FP&A Analyst Should Be Located in the Business Unit

Alternate Location: Decentralizing Analysts in Other Corporate Functions

Evaluating the Corporate Center as a Placement Choice

Prerequisites for Placing the FP&A Analyst in the Corporate Center

Determining If the FP&A Analyst Should Be Located in the Corporate Center

Alternatives to the Corporate Center Placement Choice

Alternate Location 1: Centralizing Analysts in SSCs

Alternate Location 2: Centralizing Analysts in COEs

Alternate Location 3: Centralizing Analysts in a Decision Expert Model

Making the FP&A Analyst Location Decision

Trade-Off 1: Prioritizing Finance Needs Versus Business Unit Needs

Trade-Off 2: Prioritizing Management Control Versus Business Proximity

Conclusion

Recommended by the Authors

Endnote

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