Retail Finance Analyst

Milton Keynes
Competitive plus benefits
08 Jan 2019
29 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; 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:

In this role, you will provide business partnering support to the Retail Operations team, specifically the Fast Track Delivery and Regional Fulfilment Centre teams, to help them make sound commercial business decisions. You will drive improvements in our procedures and processes to facilitate the production of high quality reports & insight. Working in a team of ten to provide insight and challenge to drive operational performance and influence decision making.


Retail Finance is a dynamic department responsible for supporting the Retail operational team, 880+ stores, Fast Track Delivery and Regional Fulfilment Centres. We ensure that the financial impact is considered when making operational decisions and support the team to effectively manage the cost base and drive value through our store estate

What I need to do:

Manage and retain strong relationships with our internal stakeholders, being both the operational teams and the relevant finance teams.
Work closely with the FP&A Centre of Excellence, specifically the Accounting and Reporting, Financial Accounting and Analytics teams to provide an end–to–end service to our stakeholders.
Provide sound financial analysis to ensure that all operational decisions are carried out with full consideration of the financial impact and can be implemented within current operational constraints.
Present information to help raise awareness of both the Fast Track Delivery and Regional Fulfilment Centre propositions, supporting ad hoc queries that may arise from daily operations.
Deliver timely and accurate reporting, planning, budgeting & forecasting activities with guidance from the Retail Finance Manager.
Support the delivery of operational improvement initiatives and implementation of internal and external best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality of outputs.

What you need to know:

Qualified Finance Accountant (ACCA/CIMA) with ideally 1 – 3 years post qualified experience.
Strong commercial acumen, curiosity beyond traditional finance boundaries and ability to understand key business drivers.
Ability to present complex information in a simplified manner.
Team player with good presentation and communication skills (both verbal & written).
Ability to positively and proactively engage key stakeholders to build credible relationships whilst retaining professional integrity.
Experience of working with and presenting analytical results to non–finance users.
Strong excel, analytical and presentation skills, with attention to detail.

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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