Finance Systems and Applications Manager

Category: Full-time
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer
Location: US Remote
Effective: Jan. 2, 2024

About Water.org

1 in 4 people around the world lack access to safe water and 2 in 5 people don’t have access to a safe toilet. We are working every day to change this. We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective because we believe that water is the way to empower a bright future that we can all share, worldwide. We are an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing women hope, children health and families a future.


Job Overview

The Finance Systems and Applications Manager is a pivotal position that combines financial expertise with technology acumen to lead and enhance system support for the global finance team while fostering collaboration across the organization. This position is primarily responsible for ensuring seamless integration of business needs with technology workflows, data management, and systems to optimize efficiency and accuracy. The incumbent in this position will act as the primary liaison with the Technology department to facilitate evaluation, deployment, and ongoing maintenance of finance systems and related applications.

Department Accountabilities

  • Accounting
  • Analysis, Modeling & Reporting
  • Audit
  • Compliance, Policies & Procedures
  • Corporate & Financial Oversight
  • Financial Management & Planning
  • Forecasting
  • Financial Systems & Applications
  • Process Improvement

Job-specific Accountabilities

System and Application Management

Works collaboratively to lead the evaluation, implementation, and management of modern global financial systems and applications, ensuring data accuracy and system efficiency. Troubleshoots and resolves system-related issues. Manages relationships with third-party vendors and technology providers, negotiating contracts and ensuring that service level agreements are met.

Workflow Management

Ensure the success of the finance team by resolving workflow issues, supporting the development and maintenance of documentation, and partnering with the Finance team to improve and automate work tasks. Drive process improvements in financial operations, often using technology and data-driven insights.

Data Governance

Maintain and improve data integrity by establishing and enforcing best data management practices in partnership with IT and other teams. Ensure data security and compliance with industry standards. Generate reports and analyze data on Financial Systems data.

Information + Business Advice

Serves as a subject matter expert for finance workflow and process management, and system operations. Provide training and support to finance team members, as well as end-users, on system usage and best practices to optimize their capabilities. May participate in cross-functional workgroups, projects, and committees, and interact with individuals or groups representing diverse backgrounds, interests, and points of view.

Complexity + Problem Solving Skills

  • Leverages deep and broad knowledge on financial operations and system and application management to guide internal teams to determine primary needs and goals to create solutions to meet those objectives.
  • Ability to manage complex projects and relationships, requiring adaptive thinking and solutions to unique circumstances and department-level requirements.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex data and concepts in a concise manner (verbal and written) to a variety of audiences.

Management Responsibility

Individual contributor with no subordinates.

This description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by an incumbent in this job. Some responsibilities, activities, and people who are expected to regularly interact with the incumbent in this job may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Key Competencies

  • Customer Focus – Builds strong customer relationships and delivers customer-centric solutions.
  • Optimizes Work Processes – Knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Communicates Effectively – Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Values Differences – Recognizes the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
  • Nimble Learning – Learns through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
  • Tech Savvy – Anticipating and adopting innovations in business-building digital and technology applications.
  • Resourcefulness – Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent related work experience and certifications in information technology, system administration, project management, or related disciplines.
  • 7 or more years of progressive experience with financial systems and applications administration and/or analysis, with at least three years of experience in technical project management.
  • Experience with end-to-end Financial System implementations including needs assessment, system evaluation, configuration, testing, data migration, training and go-live.
  • Deep foundational knowledge of finance operations and workflows.
  • Proficient (written and verbal) in English.

Travel Requirement

  • Up to 10% of domestic and international travel

This position's desired location is within the East or West Coast of the United States. The following states are preferred: California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. Other states registered to hire are as follows: Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

Being authorized to work in the country posted is a precondition of employment.

Type and Estimated Length of Employment

Full-time/Indefinite

Salary and Benefits

This position offers a base salary range of $95,000-$105,000. In addition, this position is eligible to participate in our annual incentive plan up to 10%. This position offers full-time benefits inclusive of medical/dental insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement program, paid time off, paid holidays and more as well as periodic review for merit and incentive pay based on organizational and personal achievement.


Water.org is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, military and veteran status, genetic information, and any other status protected by law. We provide qualified applicants and employees reasonable accommodation, when necessary, to enable individuals to complete the application process and/or perform the essential functions of the job. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. We strive to build and maintain a diverse team that will advance our mission and work and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.