Assistant Trading Finance Analyst

Milton Keynes
Competitive plus benefits
08 Jan 2019
25 Jan 2019
Job role
Finance analyst
Contract type
Full time
At Sainsbury's Argos, the great digital transformation is under way. It's our aim to become the digital market leader in choice, value and convenience, so our Finance teams are more important to us now than ever before. They're the people who provide support across the business and help make the crucial decisions that will allow us to develop into a leading digital retailer.

We have joined Sainsbury's in our journey to become a leading retail organisation and ensuring we place our customers at the heart of everything we do. Together we have a great opportunity to build a brilliant future and do a fantastic job for all our customers.

People are essential to our vision and we make sure that talent gets the stage it deserves. We don't just recruit outstanding people into Sainsbury's Argos; we also ensure they thrive once they get here. Our colleagues get the support to grow into the leaders of the future, with structured development and excellent progression opportunities across the Group.

In a nutshell:

You will ensure robust daily, weekly and monthly reporting is provided with relevant insight into performance across both the Argos and Sainsbury's non–food businesses. The role will deliver insight into the sales and margin performance of both businesses through working closely with the Trading Finance Business Partners. You will aid in the creation of monthly review packs on sales and margin performance and consolidation of the forward looking rolling forecasts (CRM) including submission into Sainsbury's Group.


The Central Trading Finance team provides a key link between the various business partnering teams and FP&A teams across the business to create budgets and forecasts as well as delivering Trading performance insight.

What I need to do:

Execute standard weekly reporting procedures to ensure accurate production of the Weekly Trading Pack to tight deadlines.
Produce and Develop standardised reporting suites for Business Partnering teams to support the continuous drive of business results.
To own and drive the delivery of period–end results to the agreed deadlines and standards – Ensuring that the results are communicated in a timely and accurate way with a clear articulation of the drivers of performance and impacts.
Support the delivery of Finance improvement initiatives and implementation of internal & external best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality of outputs including:

Data quality improvements
Elimination, simplification and/or automation of transactional activities (e.g. daily/weekly reporting and daily/weekly forecasting.)
Reporting improvements e.g. report rationalisation, design and implementation

What you need to know:

Part qualified individual studying towards a professional accounting qualification
Some experience of working with and presenting analytical results to Non–Finance users
Strong analytical skills, Excel & Access skills and attention to detail
Team player with good presentation and communication skills (both verbal & written)
Some experience in driving process simplification and improvements
Experience in a large company environment, preferably retail (desired)

What we offer:

If being part of a hugely influential Finance team wasn't enough, you'll also receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and a huge range of learning and development opportunities, you'll also enjoy a bonus scheme, holiday allowance, pension, a save as you earn scheme and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury's and Habitat.

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