Expert Solution Design – FinOps Cloud Financial Analyst

  • Full Time
  • Toronto

Canadian National Railway



At CN, we work together to move our company-and North America-forward. Be part of our Information & Technology (I&T) team, a critical piece of the engine that keeps us in motion.

From enterprise architecture to operational technology, our teams use the agile methodology to automate and digitize our railroad ensuring our operations run optimally and safely and our employees can focus on value-added tasks. You will be able to develop your skills and career in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM.

The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

The FinOps team works closely with CN project and service leaders whose infrastructure is hosted on public cloud platforms (GCP and Azure).

The team’s mission is to enable the organization to generate the maximum business value out of its public cloud investments. As a FinOps Analyst, you’ll be responsible for planning, tracking, and optimizing our public cloud spend.

You will take part in cost optimization, capacity planning, forecasting and budgeting. You will also be responsible to lead cultural change by promoting cloud cost management best practices across the organization.

Main Responsibilities


Manage cloud spend and identify cost optimization opportunities.
Work closely with Finance on budgets, forecasts, and cost allocation reports.
Create operational metrics to track cost and usage and provide visibility to various stakeholders.
Provide expert advice and consulting on cloud financial management.
Configure and manage cloud cost optimization tools.
Create and maintain internal documentation on FinOps and cost optimization processes.
Provide waste reduction, rightsizing and autoscaling recommendations to project and service teams so they can optimize cloud usage.
Promote FinOps best practices to CN project and service teams.
Analyze usage and provide optimization plans.
Lead the rate optimization activities using reserved instances and committed use discounts.
Take part in project design financial plan (including financial ruling of OpEx/CapEx) in order to optimize cloud usage on implementation.
Support service managers and procurement with contracts renewal and negotiations.
Provide IT management with cost reports and KPIs.
Assist internal customers to estimate their cloud usage.

Qualifications
Relevant Training and Experience


A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field
Experience in Accounting, Financial management, Statistics, or a related field
3+ years of experience in IT with at least 4 years in a 1,000+ server environment
Previous experience working in company that went through cultural change from on-premises to off-premises
Exposure to public cloud billing and services

Skills & Knowledge


As this position requires a mix of technical and financial, we are looking for people who would be motivated to learn and complement their existing skills with new ones including:

Experience working with one of the leading cloud platforms such as Azure, Google Cloud or AWS
Experience in budget management or IT financial planning
Experience in capacity planning



Prior knowledge of IT infrastructure (i.e. networking, compute, storage layers) a significant plus

Experience in data analysis
Cloudability experience not required, but a significant plus
Ability to effectively collaborate across organizational boundaries
Have good interpersonal communication skills and oral and written comprehension of English and French.
Strong written and oral communication skills, and experience presenting formally or informally



Decision Making & Impacts

Provide expert advice on cost avoidance to teams and managers
Lead the rate negotiation with cloud vendors in collaboration with P&SM and IT Finance
Identify cost anomalies and investigate
Track overall cost saving on Cloud across CN
Support and educate cloud consumers
Influence and drive change across the organization to achieve desired FinOps maturity


This position is posted as a grade 7.

For internal candidates, note that the grade level of the position may adjust based on the employee’s experience.


About CN


CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year.

As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

For internal candidates, note that the grade level of the position will depend on the employee’s experience.


At CN, we are dedicated to building North America’s safest, most inclusive and sustainable railroad, which includes reflecting the communities in which we operate. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented groups often don’t apply unless they feel they fit the job posting at 100%.

Even if you don’t see yourself in every job requirement listed in a posting, we still encourage you to apply. If you require an accommodation for the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials, accessible meeting rooms or other accommodations), please reach out to our team at .

As an equal employment opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.

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