Finance Analyst - FP&A

London, London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
03 Mar 2024
08 Mar 2024
Approved employers
Approved employer
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Job Description

In a nutshell

A key member of the Retail Financial Planning team with primary responsibility for providing the business with high quality Cash & Balance Sheet performance analysis, Latest Views, Budgets, forecasts and five year Corporate Plan and coordinating and tracking cash generating initiatives.

What you need to do

Support the preparation of the corporate budget, forecasts and the corporate plan covering Sainsbury's cash flow and balance sheet and other KPIs for the Retail business, which will involve:
  • Working closely with Finance teams, developing an understanding of trends in performance, and key issues, activities, and timetables
  • Coordinating the development of cash generating initiatives and providing necessary challenge and insight
  • Consolidating submissions into the corporate picture, providing constructive challenge to relevant Finance teams
  • Assisting in the production of executive summaries and board papers which distil the data and focus on the key issues
  • Support the production of timely, accurate, and insightful periodic Retail management accounts
  • Coordinate and consolidate the Cash & Balance Sheet Latest View process by working closely with stakeholders on their latest expectations, tracking through cash generating initiatives and monitoring the risks and opportunities
  • Provide Treasury with robust weekly Retail cash forecasting and analysis of any reported variances, with more frequent views provided in the run up to the half year and full year reporting dates
  • Produce accurate and timely management reporting information for various senior forums including insightful commentary to support the key summary documents
  • Work closely with Finance teams to establish consistency and develop best practice
  • Support the Group Finance and Investor Relations teams on the corporate interim and preliminary financial reporting process
  • Assist in the production of a high quality internal and external financial / business review in addition to producing the supporting Q&A document for the CFO answering queries raised to support external reporting
  • Responsible for cross-referencing and producing accurate documentation in all areas
  • Perform a high standard of ad hoc analysis supporting the Head of Retail Financial Planning
  • Deputise for the FP&A Cash & Balance Sheet Finance Manager as appropriate
  • Provide leadership support for the Cash Flow & Balance Sheet team
What you need to show
  • Qualified accountant (or studying towards an accounting qualification)
  • Effective communicator with stakeholders, ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders & build trusted relationships
  • Team player, able to work effectively within frameworks without direct supervision
  • Strong Excel and numerical skills, with an aptitude for turning data into analysis and insight and being able to clearly articulate this through your communication
  • Strong commercial acumen and ability to understand key business performance drivers
  • Understanding of the importance of strong financial controls
  • Strong planning and prioritisation skills
  • Strong presentation and communication skills (both verbal & written)
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 10% of salary, depending on how we perform.

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. 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. 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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