Finance Manager - Retail Controllable Costs

London, Greater London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
01 Jul 2022
16 Jul 2022
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Holborn Store Support Centre

Reporting to

Head of Finance - Retail Costs

In a nutshell

This role will proactively business partner with the Channel Operationsteam, Contact Centre and retail leaderships team across Sainsbury's and Argos, providing insightful analysis, challenge and influence to drive decisions and actions that improve the bottom line. The job holder will leverage the Retail Reporting and Change and Store Facing Business Partner teams to provide support and challenge, working cross-functionally with business Stakeholders to deliver well-constructed business cases and post-investment reviews. The job holder will support in the tracking and delivery of financial benefits.

What you need to do

Act as key Finance Business Partner for the Channel Operations and contact centre team interpreting management reporting to provide insight, analysis and commentary to stakeholders and providing challenge to the business

Hold the business to account for P&L performance, identifying areas for value creation and building action plans that are put into place

Ensure close alignment between multiple stakeholders by delivering clear and robust analysis in a timely manner in line with initiatives and plans across the business

With your team, support the business in identifying risks, anomalies and opportunities. Take the lead in prioritising these and work with the business to manage them

Challenge the business on existing strategic initiatives and identify new strategic opportunities, helping them to prioritise appropriately

Develop a robust corporate and channel budget and planning framework that sets realistic but challenging targets and deliver the key messages to a variety of stakeholders.

Complete ad hoc / bespoke analysis and reporting for the business area as required to drive improvements

Support the design of management reporting, ensuring it is fit for purpose, streamlined and aligns to that prepared for the other Retail cost lines

Support the Retail Reporting and Change team to work with our data team (ADA) to ensure analytical resource is used effectively and business priorities and resource allocation are well understood and aligned

Lead specific areas of analysis both pre and post implementation to ensure the best capital investments take place

Stepping up to cover the Head of Finance where needed

Supporting several ad hoc projects and various teams as required during busy times such as Budget, Corporate Plan etc.

Success in this role will mean being able to deliver timely, robust and accurate analysis; translating data into valuable business insight, communicating all relevant financial and non-financial information when needed

Success in this role will mean supporting the business in making decisions that enhance performance across Store Operating Profit and EBIT

What you need to know and show

Professionally Qualified Accountant (ACCA/CIMA/ACA)

Strong commercial acumen with a focus on driving excellent financial and commercial performance

A proven track record of financial control, but also the ability to develop and maintain such an environment

Effective communicator, influencer and challenger with senior stakeholders, including audiences of varying financial and commercial acumen

An ability to inspire and a desire to support colleagues with their development

Strong Excel and numerical skills, with an aptitude for turning data into analysis and insight

High levels of pace, energy and resilience

A self-starter, and a strong team player that can work independently, spotting the areas to focus on and assisting in the decision-making process

Must have a strong eye for detail and a passion for accuracy

Comfortable working with ambiguity and ability to present complex information in a simplified manner

Proven history of effective prioritisation and ability to push back when appropriate

What decisions can I make including budget

Prioritisation of deliverables in line with Business Partner expectations

Set direction for the team and provide challenge to the business

Leadership and development of the team

Allocation and prioritisation of team resources

Allocation and prioritisation of team activity

Help to prioritise business projects in line with ROI and strategic importance

Directly or indirectly manages

Directly manages a team of 2 C4's

Support we will provide

Line management support

Access to CPD and on the job training

Training both on the Job and via Sainsbury's L&D offer including; face to face sessions and online resources.

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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