Next PLC

Finance Analyst

Next PLC
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Competitive salary + benefits
13 Jan 2022
13 Feb 2022
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

An opportunity has arisen in the distribution finance team to support the warehouse function within the Brand Finance Department!

Finance Analyst role within our Logistics team! Find out more...

At Next, not only are we one of the UK’s largest fashion retailers, but we’re also one of the largest listed companies. Selling our own NEXT brand as well as hundreds of world-famous brands, in the UK and worldwide. What’s more, we’re growing. Fast. And it’s the kind of growth and investment that is exciting for everyone in our business.

As well as our Logistics Finance team. Based out of warehouses in South Elmsall, we support our warehouse and distribution teams with all the data and information they could ever want. To help them plan the despatch and distribution of 14,000, 40-foot containers worth of stock per year to our 500 retail stores – and over 8 million online customers.

It’s safe to say our logistics operation is, well, huge. With over 7 million square feet of warehouse floor space. So, managing these operations in an efficient, cost effective way is about as important as it gets. Making sure our customers have a seamless experience starts here. While we’re finance teams, we work closely with operations at all times. Making this about as hands on as can be.

This role as a Finance Analyst provides reporting and analysis for all accounting aspects for our first class logistics operation

As the Finance Analyst for Logistics, you will be dealing directly with the Logistics managers and their teams to ensure costs are correct. You will also work with other Finance colleagues within other teams as well as many other operational departments in the business.

In the Finance team at the Elmsall site there are 25 colleagues in total, all working within Warehouse & Logistics, Stock and Audit. Once established in this role we offer office and home hybrid working.

Ideally we are looking for someone who is great at Excel, with excellent communication skills and who would like to develop within Next!

About the role:

  • Weekly reporting on warehouse resources and key KPIs, working with the operation to understand any unexpected anomalies
  • Prepare and complete the finance month-end process for logistics in an accurate and timely manner
  • Provide monthly commentary on how Logistics costs are impacting on the operating profit of the Online and Retail sales channels
  • Support the business and key stakeholders in understanding the costs associated with key commercial streams (online UK, online International, brands and retail stores)
  • Preparation of Balance Sheet reconciliations, ensuring all balances held are accurate and any anomalies are thoroughly investigated and corrected
  • Preparation of Monthly Finance Packs for each warehouse operations
  • Conduct monthly finance reviews with the warehouse managers
  • Monthly forecasting updates with commentary on movements to previous forecast
  • Close involvement in the twice annual budget process, with budget preparation and explanation of variances to previous years
  • Calculation of and client billing for any services provided
  • Involvement in capex planning and investment appraisal


About you:

  • CIMA/ACCA or ACA part or fully qualified
  • IT literate - Excel (Essential)
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and communicate information clearly
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills to ensure delivery of work to timescales and the ability to prioritise own workload
  • Adept at building strong relationships both within logistics and other departmental areas
  • Due to the office location a full driving licence would be advantageous


  • Bonus Scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • ShareSave Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Staff Discount
  • On-site Nursery

About Next:

You know Next, but did you know we’re a FTSE-100 retail company employing over 43,000 people across the UK and Ireland. We’re the UK’s 2nd largest fashion retailer and for Kidswear we’re the market leader. At the last count we have over 540 stores, plus the Next Online and it’s now possible to buy on-line from over 70 countries around the world! So we’ve gone global!

Closes 28th Jan 2022

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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