#174: Architects of Growth, FP&A and Strategic Business Partnering with Jason Lin

with Jason Lin

Our Guest Mentors:

Our Guest Mentor: 

Jason Lin, CFO at Centage, a leading provider of cloud financial software that transforms how businesses budget, forecast, analyze and report.   Prior to joining Centage, Jason held financial leadership positions at Zoominfo, Monster Worldwide, IkaSystems and TripAdvisor – helping to drive profitability, growth and operational efficiency. He boasts nearly 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and administration. 

Jason holds an MBA from Fitchburg State University and lives in the Boston, MA area in the United States with his family. 

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

“[On how to know if you’re doing a great job] In my opinion an FP&A professional who is truly doing their job correctly has a seat at that decision making table at any organisation.” [02:35]

“[On being that key person and business partner to go to] I’ve always looked at myself as a business and operations person with a strong financial background.” [06:16]

“[On a recent Forbes Article about Finance] The CFO and the office of Finance are looked to now as the architects of growth.” [26:39]

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Key Points From the Episode: 

  • Two ways on how we can earn a seat at the decision-making table. 
  • What tennis and basketball can teach us on how to have a successful career in Finance. 
  • What business partners are asking for and the mindset we need to bring in Finance. 

Time Stamped Show Notes 

[02:05] – Jason shares his 20 year career journey of large corporates and small companies; been very drawn to FP&A functions; what having a seat at the decision making table involves.

[11:13] – On getting the balance right between being competitive and collaborative.  

[12:21] – What’s exciting most on Jasons work in finance. 

[15:55] – The cost of not investing in tools to improve decision making. 

[19:30] – The importance of leveraging business partners to make an impact as well as using tools to have conversations to generate opportunities. 

[24:46] – How best to connect with Jason. 

 

Resources Mentioned: 

  • [24:46] – How best to connect with Jason. 


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