Senior Finance Analyst - Governance, Control and Risk

United Kingdom
26 Dec 2020
17 Jan 2021
Job role
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Job Description:


This is not just any Finance team………

M&S Food is forging ahead on the exciting business transformation and Finance is playing a key role fully embedded into the business. As we partner with the business on this journey, we are also embarking on our own journey of creating and living the finance team of the future.

Joining M&S Food Finance at this time provides an unrivalled opportunity to gain exposure to major change programmes, whilst driving day to day trade, for a respected brand.

Our Finance team are currently focussed on brilliantly executing the Ocado joint venture, transforming our categories, working up plans to massively grow the business, lowering cost programmes, and supply chain excellence.

But rather than do things how we've always done it, we see this is the perfect opportunity to create the finance team of the future in the process! We are working through an integrated plan to create leaner and more effective ways of working, transforming our approach to big data and integrating new systems, and developing and growing our people.

If you are passionate about driving the business forward, living the transformation and working together as a high performing team, then M&S Food Finance will whet your appetite!

This role supports our agenda to maintain a strong control environment in M&S Food with the key focus on continuous improvement to support the operational, commercial and financial control framework and promote good governance and compliance within this. You will work within Finance and the wider business in M&S Food to support initiatives and projects that improve the control environment and framework and enable better governance of key activities.

About the role

Your key responsibilities will include:
  • Leading key projects that drive control improvement across commercial, supply chain, operations, and finance
  • Constantly challenging existing processes and ways of working and identify areas for improvement
  • Leading the remediation of control deficiencies identified and track implementation of Internal Audit actions and external audit's management letter points
  • Working with the GSCOP Code Compliance Officer to support in compliance monitoring across all relevant business areas
  • Developing, tracking and implementing changes to enhance the supplier experience of working with M&S Food while managing commercial risk
  • Being a key point of contact to support Finance and Non-Finance stakeholders in control management and process improvement
  • Supporting the facilitation of the risk management process to identify, assess and manage key risks to our business and work with risk owners to identify and track mitigating actions to completion
  • Performing controls testing when required

About you

Your skills and experience will include:
  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA)
  • Internal audit experience in the retail sector
  • Strong business partnering and stakeholder management skills
  • Collaborative approach, with natural style that builds strong network with finance and non-finance colleagues
  • Ability to drive/lead the implementation of new ways of working
  • Confidence in challenging existing processes to identify improvement opportunities
  • Programme management skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Structured and logical problem solver
  • Influencing and leadership skills
  • Strong organisation skills and flexible approach
  • Self-starter who possesses the ability and drive to operate independently

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