Finance Analyst

Sector:Retail
Job type:Perm
Salary/Rate:£50,000 per annum
Town/City:Islington
County:Greater London
Job ref:39422
Post Date:18. 06. 2024
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About the Role

Our client is renowned for their commitment to quality, innovation, and excellence in the retail sector. They pride themselves on pushing the boundaries of design and functionality in their products, all while maintaining a strong focus on sustainability and community engagement. They are currently seeking a talented Finance Analyst to join their finance team.

Role Overview:

As a key member of the finance team, you will be responsible for budgeting, forecasting, long-term strategic planning, KPI analysis, capital expenditure analysis, executive and Board reporting, treasury analysis, and month-end deliverables. This role requires a proactive and analytical mindset to support the financial health and strategic growth of the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Head of Finance and FP&A Manager to deliver comprehensive business budgets, rolling forecasts, and long-range models.
  • Partner with channel owners across the business to produce and collate forecasts.
  • Assist budget holders and business partners in preparing forecasts for central and regional marketing.
  • Manage the forecasting system loads and reconciliations.
  • Prepare the weekly cash flow report, explaining variances to forecast and weekly movements.
  • Analyse weekly bank balances and payment runs with the Head of Transactional Services to manage currency requirements.
  • Prepare the currency cash flow model, formulate quarterly hedge requirements, and provide cash and liquidity analysis.
  • Partner with channel owners and budget holders as needed.
  • Produce monthly reports focusing on sales, margin, and variable costs across all territories.
  • Provide routine and ad-hoc reporting and analysis, including key metrics, financial results, and variance reporting.
  • Own monthly Flash reporting.
  • Complete monthly overhead variance analysis, highlighting risks or opportunities.
  • Summarise and explain variances for senior leadership to enable informed decision-making.
  • Work with management accountants and budget owners to ensure commercial accuracy of costs.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Solid understanding of accounting and financial reporting (relevant degree or part qualified).
  • Strong commercial and analytical mindset.
  • Proficiency in a fast-paced, complex, dynamic, global business environment.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects efficiently.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Energetic, eager to learn, and possess a growth mindset.
  • Flexible approach, always acting in the best interest of the business.
  • Experience with Power BI and/or Power Query and/or working with data cubes.
  • Experience with Microsoft Business Central.
  • Experience working with cash flow and/or treasury forecasts.
  • Passionate about retail or other sectors.
  • Experience in a multi-territory, multi-currency retail environment.
  • Commercial understanding of retail gross margin.

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