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Great America Leasing Corporation Rotation Program - Finance Rotation Analyst (Cedar Rapids, IA) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rotation Program - Finance Rotation Analyst (Cedar Rapids, IA)

About GreatAmerica:

GreatAmerica is a national commercial equipment finance company dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors and dealers be more successful and keep their customers for a lifetime. While GreatAmerica has grown to more than 600 team members, our entrepreneurial spirit remains and endless opportunities lie ahead. We have experienced unparalleled year over year growth since our founding in 1992. GreatAmerica is structured in cross functional teams that allow individuals to make informed decisions that benefit the company and our customers. There is no doubt in our minds we are building the greatest company of its kind, offering the finest products and services available anywhere. When you are part of the GreatAmerica team, you are part of the future, part of an opportunity to grow professionally and to reach your potential while enjoying your work.

Position Summary

The Finance Rotation Program Analyst will serve the Accounting, Treasury, and Financial Analysis teams in an intensive four-year program spanning four assignments that will prepare entry level team members for broad and impactful roles in finance at GreatAmerica. The analyst will work directly in four areas of finance, becoming familiar with the core financial drivers of the Company, financial operations and accounting, capital market strategies, and strategic decision making. Through challenging job assignments, formal training, and mentorship, this program is designed to accelerate the development of exceptional technical, financial, business and leadership skills.

Individuals in this role will gain exposure to GreatAmerica’s executive leadership and other key senior leaders while developing cross-functional knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, individuals will have the opportunity to assume a challenging and impactful role based on organizational needs which could include (1) Accountant (2) Financial Analyst, (3) Treasury Analyst, and (4) Financial Strategist-type roles.

Essential Functions of 12-month Rotational Assignments

It is expected that this individual serve as a fully contributing member of the functional area of rotation. Based upon development needs of the analyst selected to enter the program as well as functional needs of the organization, training may be customized to obtain desired outcomes.

A high level overview of the areas of rotation and scope is as follows:

  • Accounting: Assist in the responsibility for ensuring that generally accepted accounting principles are followed in the preparation and presentation of financial reports as well as providing reporting to certain GreatAmerica customers. Work alongside senior accountants on impactful projects and strategic initiatives. Key experiences:

  • Fundamentals of accounting and financial reporting

  • Technical accounting research

  • Accounting for special purpose entities

  • Strategic business partnering and education

  • Treasury: Monitor and administer the company’s financing arrangements while helping to maintain strong lender relationships.Additionally, this position will support the strategic initiatives and projects of the Treasury team. Key experiences:

  • Cash management operations and strategy

  • Capital planning strategies and bank relationships

  • Interest rate and interest expense forecasting, risk mitigation and optimization

  • Contract eligibility, strategy, and covenants of the company’s financing arrangements

  • Business Unit Financial Analyst: Serve as interface between the finance department and the business unit on activities with respect to financial controls, evaluating the financial implications of the business unit’s operating strategy and providing planning and support to meet the business unit’s overall performance targets. Key experiences:

  • Front-line exposure and business acumen

  • Philosophy on balance of profitability and growth

  • Business strategy, analysis, and influence

  • Nickels and Dimes of Leasing

  • Corporate Finance: Evaluate the financial implications of strategic opportunities, evaluate the company and its business units’ operating strategies, and provide planning, analysis, and support to meet the company’s overall performance targets. Key experiences:

  • Strategic opportunity decision-support

  • Exposure to big picture and key business drivers

  • Budgeting / forecasting process

  • Strategic initiative and project leadership

Position Outcomes

At competition of this program, GreatAmerica desires that the analyst has developed the following:

  • Well-rounded knowledge of GreatAmerica’s accounting and financial reporting methods

  • Understanding of GreatAmerica’s profitability, growth, and risk philosophies and how to apply them to business problems

  • Ability to recommend and drive favorable changes through process improvement, strategic planning, and technology projects

  • Financial modeling and forecasting skills

  • Leadership skills

  • Project management skills

  • Communication skills

  • GreatAmerica Business Acumen

Position Qualifications


For all GreatAmerica team members: Honesty/Integrity, Customer Oriented, Accountability, Tenacious, Communication Skills (Oral & Written), Adaptability

For this position: Financial Aptitude, Analytical Skills, Detail-Oriented, Accuracy, Self-Motivated, Problem-Solving, Strong interpersonal skills

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field. CPA, MBA, or other related advanced degrees and certifications a plus.

Experience: New college graduate to 1-3 years accounting, treasury, and/or finance experience

Computer Skills: Excel, PowerPoint, Word

Other Requirements: Must have exceptional analytical and problem solving skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and possess outstanding computer skills. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Role will likely include periodic large project oriented demands with tight deadlines requiring more than standard work hours and the need to respond quickly. Must be an organized, creative team-player with initiative who responds well to challenges. Must demonstrate sound business judgment.

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