Head of Finance - Central Trading Finance

London, London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
01 Dec 2023
08 Dec 2023
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Job role
Head of finance
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Job Description

What you need to do
  • Act as key Finance Business Partner for senior leadership team, leading your team to interpret 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 and Balance sheets
  • Co-ordinate all Central Trade Finance budgeting forecasting and periodic reporting
  • With your team, support the business in identifying risks and opportunities. Take the lead in prioritising these and work with the business to manage them
  • Lead the team to provide the business with an external perspective, defining 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
  • Challenge the business on existing strategic initiatives and identify new strategic opportunities, helping them to prioritise appropriately
  • Complete ad hoc / bespoke analysis for the business area as required to drive improvements
  • Own the design of management reporting, ensuring it is fit for purpose and streamlined
  • Work with ADA to ensure analytical resource is used effectively and business priorities and resource allocation are well understood and aligned
  • Success in this role will mean supporting the business in making decisions that enhance performance
What you need to know and show
  • Professional Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA)
  • 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
  • Strong commercial acumen with a clear focus on driving excellent financial and commercial performance
  • Experience of maintaining strong financial controls
  • 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
  • Identification of focus areas and challenge of business performance
Directly or indirectly manages
  • Directly manage a team of 3
Support we will provide
  • Sainsbury's L&D offer
  • Line management support


We'd all like amazing work to do, and real work-life balance. That's waiting for you at Sainsbury's. For a FTSE business, we move incredibly fast. When we're not handling projects, we're helping all corners of the wider group with what they're trying to achieve. And around here, you can see the results of your work as soon as you walk into a store, which gives you a real sense of purpose and responsibility. Better still, the team around you will listen to your ideas and opinions, and you'll have every chance to try something new. The sheer scale and complexity of our set-up means there's always something else around the corner, and we'll help and support you every step of the way. We're trusted to get on with it. So get ready to make things happen here.


We are committed to being a truly inclusive retailer so you'll be welcomed whoever you are and wherever you work. Around here, there's always the chance to try something new - whether that's as part of an evolving team or somewhere else across the business - and we take development seriously and promise to support you. We also recognise and celebrate colleagues when they go the extra mile and, where possible, offer flexible working. When you join our team, we'll also offer you an amazing range of benefits. Here are some of them:

Starting off with colleague discount, you'll be able to save 10% on your shopping online and instore at Sainsbury's, Argos, TU and Habitat, and we regularly increase the discount to 15% at points during the year. We've also got you covered for your future with our pensions scheme and life cover. You'll also be able to share in our success as you may be eligible for a performance-related bonus of up to 65% of salary, depending on how we perform (in cash and shares).

Your wellbeing is important to us too. You'll receive an annual holiday allowance, and you can buy up to an additional week's holiday, and we provide private heathcare. We also offer other benefits that will help your money go further such as season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, health cash plans, salary advance (where you can access some of your pay before pay day) as well access to a great range of discounts from hundreds of other retailers. You'll also receive a company car cash allowance unless you are going to travel 10,000 business miles in your role, then you'll be able to choose a car. And if you ever need it there is also an employee assistance programme.

Moments that matter are as important to us as they are to you which is why we give up to 26 weeks' pay for maternity or adoption leave and up to 4 weeks' pay for paternity leave.

Please see for a range of our benefits (note, length of service and eligibiity criteria may apply).

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