Finance Analyst - GM&C Trading Sales & Margin

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
27 Nov 2021
10 Dec 2021
Approved employers
Approved employer
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Role Profile

Finance Analyst - GM&C Trading Sales and Margin


GM&C Central Trading Finance


Avebury with some with very occasional business travel

Reporting to

Senior Finance Manager / Finance Manager - Central Trading Finance

In a nutshell
  • The Central Trading Finance team provides a key link between the various business partnering teams and FP&A teams across the business to create budgets and forecasts as well as delivering Trading performance insight.
  • Responsibility on ensuring robust daily, weekly and monthly reporting is provided with relevant insight into performance across both the Argos and Sainsbury's General Merchandise and Clothing businesses.
  • Deliver insight into the sales and margin performance of both businesses through working closely with the Trading Finance Business Partners.
  • Creation of the monthly review packs on sales and margin performance - This includes period end reporting as well as supporting the production of the monthly Business Performance review pack.
  • Facilitate and support the production of standardised reporting suites for Business Partnering teams to drive productive action / improved business performance in collaboration with the business.
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to improve the reporting and forecasting processes across a range of business areas.

What you need to do
  • Produce and Develop standardised reporting suites for Business Partnering teams to support the continuous drive of business results in conjunction with the MI team.
  • To own and drive the delivery of period-end results to the agreed deadlines and standards - Ensuring that the results are communicated in a timely and accurate way with a clear articulation of the drivers of performance and impacts
  • Support the delivery of Finance improvement initiatives and implementation of internal & external best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality of outputs including:
  • Data quality improvements
  • Elimination, simplification and/or automation of transactional activities (e.g. daily/weekly reporting and daily/weekly forecasting.)
  • Reporting improvements e.g. report rationalisation, design and implementation
  • Work closely with the other Trading Finance Managers and Analysts to support category specific initiatives/actions to improve the performance of the business.
  • Attend and actively contribute to key meetings as required
  • Responsible for managing relationships with relevant stakeholders
  • Drive the external reporting process for GM&C to support Trading Statement and Interim/Prelim statements as well as providing support to the Investor Relations and Group Finance teams.

What you need to know and show
  • Qualitifed accountant (or studying towards an accounting qualification)
  • Strong commercial acumen and ability to understand key business performance drivers
  • Ability to present compex information in a simple and clear manner
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Strong inter-personal skills and an empathetic nature
  • Strong planning and prioritisation skills.
  • Entusiastic, positive and proactive engagement of key stakeholders
  • Resilience, flexibility and able to cope with time pressure and ambiguity.
  • Experience in business facing finance role.

What decisions I can make including budget

Influence over Sales and Margin reporting across the GM&C business.

Directly or indirectly manages

No line management responsibility.

Support we will provide
  • Line management support.
  • Broader development programmes for the broader finance function.

Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours, giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.


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