Head of Finance - Transformation

London, Greater London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive Bonus
02 Jun 2023
06 Jun 2023
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Job role
Head of finance
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This role is responsible for proactively partnering with the transformation leadership team, providing insightful analysis, challenge, and influence to drive decisions and actions that improve the bottom line. The job holder will lead a team to develop the next generation of assets required to report both internally and externally with a focus on value creation. They will set the direction for the team and provide strategic challenge to the Finance Transformation programme and Finance division alike, to steer and deliver the Finance Reporting of the future.

What you need to do

• Act as a key partner to the Finance Transformation Leadership team ensuring all requirements are clearly articulated and documented in line with programme governance.

• Regular participation in all aspects of project management and governance, issues, and decisions as well as influencing and steering the programme agenda.

• As and when required, step up to cover the Director of Finance Transformation role.

• With your team, support the business in identifying risks and opportunities. Take the lead in prioritising these and work with the PMO to manage them and escalate as appropriate.

• Lead the team to p rovide the business with an external perspective, d efining the benchmark requirements and using outputs to challenge and influence.

• Provide leadership both with your team and across Finance in your location, driving the re-set required in line with the operating model and capturing all future reporting and data requirements across the Finance division.

• Be an active collator and recipient of requirements for accounting and reporting tools, processes and data requirements for the relevant projects.

• Ensure all programme documentation is completed diligently and thoroughly to enable complete transparency at programme level and efficient onward reporting to SteerCo

• Own the design of management reporting, ensuring it is fit for purpose and streamlined

• Work with Tech & our data teams to ensure analytical resource is used effectively and business priorities and resource allocation are well understood and aligned

What you need to know and show

• Professionally Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA)

• Previous experience of Finance Systems based project work essential

• Previous experience of planning and consolidation processes in cube-based systems such as OneStream or Anaplan

• Good understanding of relational data SQL ERP systems such as Oracle eBusiness

• Experience of maintaining strong financial controls

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

• An inspiring leader, supporting colleagues to build successful careers

• Effective communicator and challenger with stakeholders up to and including board level, including audiences of varying financial and commercial acumen

• Proven track record of managing commercial relationships and influencing senior decision makers

• Self-motivated team player, able to work autonomously

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

• Committed to driving change and comfortable with managing any associated conflicts

What decisions I can make including budget

• 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

• Creation and implementation of management information and insight

Directly or indirectly manages

• Directly manage a team of up to 7 FTE

• Indirectly manage and prioritise work for data engineering and reporting teams.

• Indirectly support and prioritise work for external consultants.

Support we will provide

• Sainsbury's Learning & Development

• Line management support

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.


Please note: This role profile is aimed at describing the core output that should be achieved in this role. It is not intended to include specific tasks, temporary activities or projects to recognise flexibility in a changing context.

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