Finance Data Analyst

Job ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Travel Required
FLSA Status
Position Location(s)
US-SD-Sioux Falls



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



The Finance Data Analyst plays a vital role in partnering with business leaders to provide meaningful insights into financial results, supporting operational business decisions. This role examines business processes, reporting, and priorities and utilizes technical and analytical skills to build and enhance data management processes, develop KPI metrics and create analysis that is actionable and aligns with business needs. Collaboration with POET’s leadership team, finance and IT teams to build and execute POET’s vision for financial controls, reporting, processes and systems is key to the success of this role.



  • Using financial and operational data to identify and clearly communicate key business drivers, operational assumptions, KPI metrics, emerging trends, and other key variables.
  • Reviewing and analyzing financial results and providing valuable recommendations to business leaders in order to drive decision-making and improve business performance.
  • Assisting in preparing monthly consolidated financial reporting, including historical financial statements, forecast and projection compilations, and actual to forecast variance analysis.
  • Designing and implementing various analytic tools and effective management reporting.
  • Adhering to best practices in report development by creating and monitoring defined review processes and timelines for new and existing reports.
  • Independently identifying and developing process improvements for financial reporting, analysis, and accounting procedures while adhering to internal control guidelines.
  • Partnering with stakeholders throughout the business, including business operation teams, IT, and other areas of the finance team.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, Statistics or a related field.
  • You have 5+ years (preferred) of relevant experience in business/data analytics, financial reporting, financial modeling/analysis, finance and accounting systems, or a combination of all of the above.
  • You have strong technical, analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze raw data, draw conclusions and develop and communicate actionable recommendations.
  • You have a working knowledge of financial/analytic modeling, data query/data management techniques and visual analytic tools such as Access, SQL, Business Objects, and Tableau and have the ability to become a proficient user of new software.
  • You are forward thinking and strategic, always keeping long‐term goals in mind when looking for ways to achieve current initiatives and able to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • You are driven, highly organized, and have the ability to see the ROI of time spent on an initiative and prioritize initiatives accordingly.
  • You are a change agent – you hate the answer, “because we’ve always done it this way” and drive continual process improvement.
  • You communicate effectively in writing and in person.
  • You have an eagerness to learn and change the world – Never Satisfied.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • This position operates in an office environment working at a personal computer where you may sit or stand.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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