Finance Analyst - GM&C Trading Sales & Margin

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive Benefits
20 Jan 2023
11 Feb 2023
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Experience level
Qualified accountant
Our Finance function isn't just about championing internal audits and controlling risks. It's about transforming our Finance systems and processes to make sure we're set up for success in the ever changing world of retail. It's generating crucial insights for our business, keeping costs under control and maximising our cashflow. Here you'll see strategic decision making at its finest. We're changing the face of retail. And you can be a driving force

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.

Leading on supporting the periodic Latest View planning process across Comemrcial for Sales and Margin - working closely with Finance Business Partnering teams and wider commercial finance teams.

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 the Latest View planning cycle - in line with 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.

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

Experience in business facing finance role.

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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