Opex Analyst - Fiber Budget Planning & Analysis

Crown Castle    New York, NY
Job Description

Company Summary

At Crown Castle, we work around the country to build and maintain the infrastructure behind the world’s most revolutionary technologies. Our portfolio of communications infrastructure (towers, small cells, fiber) connects cities and communities to essential data, technology, and wireless service—bringing information, ideas and innovations to the people and businesses that need them. As the nation’s largest provider of communications infrastructure and with more than 5,000 employees across the country, we’ve been building the connections that people depend on for 25 years. Crown Castle is an S&P 500 company and one of the largest Real Estate Investment Trusts in the United States with an enterprise value of approximately $70 billion.

Position Title: Opex Analyst - Fiber Budget Planning & Analysis - 5E

Position Summary

As an Opex Analyst on the Fiber Budget Planning & Analysis team you are responsible for conceiving, building, and running the models, process, and tools necessary to prioritize, monitor, and report on $xxxM+ in Crown Castle Fiber (CCF) operational expenses each year. In this role you will partner with leaders from across the CCF org to deeply understand our expense structure, build the annual operating expense budget, identify opportunities for expense reduction, and analyze tradeoffs between capex and opex spending. You will be on the front line of the connectivity revolution as the key personnel responsible for: CCF budget strategy, operating expense evaluation, planning, and performance measurement. You will have the opportunity to work cross-functionally within CCF and beyond to establish standard operating procedures (SOP) with the goal of educating key stakeholders on how to properly use your models, processes, and tools to effectively execute against CCF’s operating budget.

Essential Job Functions

  • Establish financial tools along with associated SOPs to accurately create, assess, forecast, and monitor the operating expense budget across all CCF.
  • Facilitate the development, documentation, and communication of budgeting processes, templates, models, timelines, and strategies for the entire CCF business.
  • Enhance the quantitative and qualitative analysis of CCF’s operating budget by synthesizing financial and operational data from disparate systems and tools.
  • Build the analytical frameworks and data pipelines to streamline and improve quantitative opex analysis at the metro, regional, and enterprise levels.
  • Proactively identify opportunities to reduce operating expenses and work with key cross-functional stakeholders to implement the necessary changes to do so.
  • Analyze operating budget performance in partnership with CCF finance and operations teams to ensure teams are operating within budget and are meeting forecasted targets.
  • Partner with CCF Finance to accurately and reliably communicate operating budget status and issues reports to inform appropriate stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting/Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, Management Science, Data Science, or related quantitative discipline

Experience/Minimum Requirements

  • Five (5) years of combined experience in financial and/or operational analysis roles, such as: Finance, Operations, Corporate Development, Strategy, Sales Operations, Program Management, Planning, FP&A, or Consulting.
  • Five (5) years experience building, analyzing and maintaining complex financial models.
  • Experience in capital intensive construction or engineering industries, telecom a plus.
  • Expert knowledge of MS Excel for financial modeling and data analysis.
  • Strong fluency in the Office 365 information management and sharing system.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize and work effectively in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently synthesize quantitative and qualitative data from various sources and of variable quality to surface key business insights and improve executive-level decision-making.
  • Experience in requirements gathering, scope drafting, resource organization, task prioritization, scheduling, and achieving objectives on schedule and within budget.

Other Skills/Abilities

  • Masters Degree preferred (e.g., MBA)
  • Experience with Oracle Financial system or similar ERP systems
  • Experience with advanced data analysis tools, e.g., Tableau, Microsoft Access, SQL scripting
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize problems, recommend solutions, and collaboratively implement changes
  • Tenacity in grappling with difficult data sets
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to interface effectively with all levels within the organization, including executive and senior management teams
  • Ability to explain budgeting and financial information in plain terms
  • Experience with multiple unit reporting entities
  • Ability to travel domestically as required

Organizational Relationship

Reports to: Manager of Budget Planning & Analysis

Title(s) of direct reports (if applicable): N/A

Working Conditions: Works in a normal office setting with no exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

Additional Information: N/A

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:24:55 GMT

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