Finance Analyst - Planning & Insight

  • £35000 - £45000 per annum
  • Birmingham
  • Posted: 08/10/2021
  • Permanent
  • Job Ref: V40102566

Job Details

A golden opportunity for an innovative Finance Analyst with advanced systems skills to play a key contributory role in the transformation of Financial Planning and Analysis within an instantly recognisable UK brand.
The business
A large, private equity backed consumer brand, this is a fascinating, fast-paced and complex environment which maintains a supportive and collaborative culture whilst pursuing ongoing operational and financial optimal performance.
The position
Reporting to and supporting the FP&A Manager you will be responsible for maintaining, developing and streamlining the finance forecast models, providing the business with understanding and explanation of the £300m cost base. You’ll also assist in performance analysis working alongside the Reporting Team and the Commercial Finance Team to provide insight into historic and projected performance. Duties will include:

  • Management of financial forecasting tools, developing an understanding of financial modelling undertaken to be able to drive continuous improvements, remediating potential issues and highlighting risks or opportunities within the business.
  • Understanding underlying assumptions within the model, support the update of these and allow continued full use of the model across commercial finance and wider business teams.
  • Supporting forecasting cycles with analytics to identify trends, outliers etc to enable better explanation of numbers.
  • Working closely with Finance Business Partners with analysis to understand monthly performance through linking Operational KPIs and variance analysis against the forecast/budget
  • Support the forecasting & budgeting process, challenging business inputs and understanding any significant changes between forecast cycles.
  • Partner with the Financial Reporting team to ensure accurate month end reporting (BAU plus continuous development to improve speed, accuracy and insight).
  • Improve financial performance by providing insightful and accurate analysis and challenging the business where necessary
  • Support FP&A Manager on ad hoc projects

The person will have/be
  • A solid base of Finance & Accountancy knowledge (likely fully ACMA/ACCA/ACA qualified or finalist) with excellent systems skills - in particular a natural aptitude for mastering new advanced BI systems, analytical tools or coding (knowledge of VBA, Power BI, SQL, R, Data Studio, Tableau would all be of interest)
  • A passion for, and track record of showing initiative and making innovative systems and process improvements in order to deliver enhanced business information
  • Strong analytical, decision making and problem solving skills
  • Experience in a deadline driven finance environment – adaptable and proactive
  • Used to handling and analysing big and complex data sets
In return you will enjoy working for and contributing to the success of a known and loved brand with a friendly, high-calibre team.
Salary to £45k + 10% bonus + comprehensive benefits + 50% WFH

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