Jehan

Senior Financial Analyst
Lifestyle

Get to know Jehan

Jehan joined Mattamy Homes fresh out of university as part of Mattamy’s Finance Leadership Development Program. Through the 30-month program, Jehan gained experience working 15 months with the Canadian Corporate Financial Reporting team followed by an additional 15 months with the Canadian Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis team, all while working towards his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. After his rotational assignments, Jehan was promoted to Senior Financial Analyst with Mattamy’s Greater Toronto East Division.

What does a typical morning at work look like for you?

7:30 am
I start my day early so I have time to settle in and spend some time looking at the news, stocks and sports. After I check my favourite websites and get caught up with the world, I’ll dive into my email inbox – respond to the emails that are less time consuming and easy to get back to. Then, I start building my to do list for the day.

 

9:00 am
My team meets every morning at 9:30 a.m. We use this time to check in with each other on a personal level – how our days went yesterday as well as ensure we all know what everyone is working on. This time is also used to brainstorm and talk through any questions or challenges we might be facing or ask for support from the rest of the team.

 

10:00 am
The month and time of year will impact the kind of report or data I’m working with, but it’s safe to say that I’m analyzing and pulling data from one of our various data sources into either an Excel or PowerPoint file. Whether it’s reforecasting our five-year-plan, comparing budget versus actual expenses for a specific business function or special requests from leadership, I’m collaborating with my team and other finance members across Canada to pull together meaningful data that helps our business leaders make critical decisions.  

 

11:00 am
I’m usually meeting with leaders within Mattamy to walk through my latest reports and findings and getting feedback from them on what I need to tweak or update. Then, I’m back to my Excel or PowerPoint file to make the necessary revisions and send it out for approval. We’re very collaborative and need to be in order to ensure the data is 100% accurate and relevant to the business.  


What attracted you to Mattamy Homes?

Growing up in the Greater Toronto Area, I saw Mattamy Homes everywhere, so I was already familiar with the company and its reputation. It was a brand I respected – especially being a Canadian-founded company that has seen such impressive growth and success. 

 

Once I came in for my first interview, that is really what sold me on the company. It was the people and the culture. There was an instant connection with my leader and I immediately felt like Mattamy was somewhere I could really enjoy working for the long-term. 

 

What does success look like as a Senior Financial Analyst?

Mattamy is very data-driven so a big part of being successful in a Senior Financial Analyst role is to ensure the numbers and data that you’re working with are current and accurate. Once you are confident in the data, it’s about distilling down all of the numbers and financial jargon and presenting it in a way that tells a story and helps leaders make smart business decisions. Things are always changing so you must be ready to adapt to different situations, utilize the support network you have around you and collaborate with different teams across the company. 

What is your favourite part of being a Senior Financial Analyst?

I really enjoy taking data and creating a story with it that is meaningful, useful and actionable. Plus, I get to work alongside some of our senior leaders to see the bigger picture for the business – both the present and where we are going as a company.

What has been your biggest lesson learned?

Brad Carr, CEO of Mattamy Homes Canada said something at a meeting once that really resonated with me: “Aim to be on the leading edge, not the bleeding edge.” Since joining Mattamy, I’ve learned that there are always opportunities for improvement and innovation no matter what role you play in the business. Whether it’s using real-time data, being more efficient with your time or presenting your findings in a different way, we can always be better and Mattamy encourages that. 

What characteristics does someone need to be successful at Mattamy?

Collaborative, adaptable, supportive, self-starter and pride in what you do. 

What has been your most meaningful experience since joining?

I wanted to get more exposure on the operations side of our business. I mentioned this to my leader and not too long afterwards, he gave me the opportunity to help one of our newest Division’s develop a standardized Excel template which would be used to help evaluate potential land acquisition deals. Through this project, I got the chance to work with a lot of different operational teams (Marketing, Construction and Land) to make sure the template made sense for the data they used. It was a huge project and at times, a bit scary but I was up for the challenge and learned so much more about the business and created some strong business relationships too. 

What advice would you give to a new hire?

Don’t be afraid to fail. The best learning experiences come from failure. Mattamy has a great culture where it’s okay to be wrong and make mistakes. Your teammates and leaders are here to help you navigate and grow. 


I would also say that it’s okay to ask questions – it’s actually a good thing! Asking questions at Mattamy means you are thinking something through, are engaged and want to improve either yourself or a project/process. If you are questioning the way something is done, it just means you want to make things better in the long run. We are all about that!

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