Financial Analyst

Claire's Accessories Ltd
Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
Please note the salary is completive and will be discussed at interview.
22 Mar 2023
22 Apr 2023
TW - Claire's
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Entry level, Part qualified

Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a level 7 qualification with Claire's Accessories Ltd and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst studying towards the ACCA qualification. 

Duties will include:

Primary Responsibilities Budgeting Process

  • Work with the Head of Planning & Reporting and the Senior Management team to ensure a comprehensive annual budgeting process for the European business.
  • Ensure the completion of comprehensive annual budgeting process for all areas of responsibility.
  • Produce monthly A v B reports for both Central Office and Store Expenditure.
  • Participate in monthly meetings as and when required with Managers throughout the business, challenging all material or adverse expenditure and aim to instil a cost conscious culture within the organisation as a whole.

Planning Process

  • Assist in the financial planning aspects of the company, advising on any material variances, both sales and costs, that are highlighted in discussions with departmental heads.
  • Production of Store sales targets field bonuses.
  • Ensure an understanding of store performance, seeking to develop knowledge and understanding in all areas.

Management Accounts

  • Assist in the production of monthly management accounts for the Senior Management team and heads of departments.


  • Perform monthly reviews of Head office/Field salaries and headcount comparing to Plan to ensure compliance with the plan and to highlight any future projection requirements


  • Production of monthly reports on capital expenditure to authorised budgets, comparing actual spend to agreed projects and providing any explanations for variances.
  • Production of capex reforecasts.

Ad Hoc Projects and Information Requests.

  • Decision support – producing analysis and conclusions as required to support business decisions.
  • Production of ad hoc information and analysis and involvement in project work as required.

Qualifications required

  • Part-Qualified accountant (CIMA or ACCA), or beginning studies.
  • GCSE's grades A-C including Mathematics and English (or equivalent).

Skills required:

  • Financial Planning Accountant Essential.
  • Good numeric / mathematical skills.
  • General Excel and Microsoft Office skills.


  • Experience of a retail environment.
  • Experience of preparing accounts for a multi-sited or departmental organisation.
  • Experience of Oracle Financials.
  • Knowledge of UK, French, German, Dutch, Belgium, Swiss, Austrian financials.
  • Knowledge of any European languages.

Personal qualities required:

  • Produces work that is accurate, thorough, and on time.
  • Accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work.
  • Analyses situations accurately.
  • Uses relevant data and information in a clear and coherent process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.
  • Is able to demonstrate the ability of resolving problems with lateral thinking.
  • Uses intelligence, common sense, hard work and tenacity to solve challenges.
  • Makes timely decisions without sacrificing quality even during uncertain times, circumstances or when data is limited.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of how their actions impact the bottom line and uses their knowledge to constantly improve results.
  • Demonstrates achievements and initiative in contributing to the overall effectiveness of the business.

Other information:

The working hours are flexible, either 8am - 4.30pm, or 9am - 5.30pm. This is a hybrid role, working 2/3 days in the office and the rest homebased. There is free on-site parking available. Please note the salary is completive and will be discussed at interview.

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