Senior Associate - Financial Planning & Analysis

Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
12 Nov 2018
15 Nov 2018
Contract type
Full time
The Role

The Senior Associate is responsible for supporting the head of Financial Planning & Analysis and finance director for the CEEMEA (Central Europe, Middle East and Africa) geographic region within International. The successful candidate will be responsible for working closely with business units within the region to build strong relationships, build deep understanding of the business and the regions financial performance. They will also support and facilitate the provision of high quality advice, information, analysis and interpretation to the business to underpin effective decision making, meaningful performance management and to meet statutory requirements.

Major Accountabilities:

  • Supports the region in developing and executing business plans including providing decision support and direction for the creation of long term plans.
  • Assists in providing the region with in-depth analysis and commentary on business performance.
  • Supports Business Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting processes.
  • Challenges and reviews management accounts, plans, budgets and forecasts.
  • Undertakes and analyses business unit revenue and pipeline analysis.
  • Produces ad hoc commercial data requested by BU, including review of underlying data to support effective decision making.
  • Continual analysis of business drivers including identifying trends to deliver improved business performance and undertaking project appraisals based on acceptable criteria (i.e. IRR, NPV, payback and risk profile).
The Requirements
  • Qualified Accountant, equivalent Finance degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of providing financial analysis used to support the management and strategic development of the business.
  • Experienced in the application of financial planning, forecasting and budgeting concepts and processes.
  • Ability to interpret and analyse financial data and able to quantify measure and assess finance function performance indicators.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines with a proactive mind-set.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications.
  • Strong influencing skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships in a collaborative manner.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a changing environment.
The Company Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas - the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at

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