Finance Manager - Clothing Online & Strategy - 12 Month Maternity Cover

Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
03 Mar 2021
28 Mar 2021
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Helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what we do since 1869. Built on a heritage of bright, bold decisions we have a simple vision : to be the most trusted retailer where people love to work and shop.
Sainsbury's has always been a pioneering business, opening the first ever self-service checkouts in 1950, and this drive for innovation is no different today. Whilst food remains our heartland, the addition of Argos, Habitat and Bank to our family has transformed what we offer to customers, making living well for less even easier. When you join Sainsbury's, you become part of a team that will always do the right thing for customers, colleagues, communities, suppliers and the environment.

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.

Finance/GM&C Trading

Ansty (Flexible)

Reporting to
Senior Finance Manager

In a nutshell

This role is responsible for creating the assets required to effectively business partner, focussing on value creation and collectively strengthening our performance. The job holder will provide insight, analysis and commentary to stakeholders, aiming to drive decisions and actions that improve the bottom line. The job holder will partner with senior stakeholders when required, supporting across the Clothing Online (COL) team. The support will range from day to day trading decisions, to longer term Financial Planning & Analysis that supports the overall strategy of COL within Sainsbury's.

What you need to do
• Business partner the COL management team and support the wider Clothing team where needed.
• Participate in trading meetings and discussions on a weekly basis, ensuring challenge and rigour over performance.
• Interpret management reporting to provide insight, analysis and commentary to stakeholders and provide challenge to the business
• Identify strategic and operational risks and opportunities and flag these to the Senior Finance Manager
• Attend regular meetings ensuring Finance has a 'voice' and a 'seat at the table' where P&L impact meets department initiatives
• Build an external perspective and use outputs to engage and influence the business
• Complete ad hoc / bespoke analysis for the business area as required to drive improvements
• In line with timeline and process set by FP&A, work with business to manage Forecasting, LV, Centrals, Budgeting & Q2F.
• Build strategic business cases and support post implementation reviews as required
• Support and challenge the business to manage strategic projects and initiatives
• Supporting several ad hoc projects and various teams as required during busy times such as Budget, Corporate Plan etc.
• Run Finance Basics master classes with wider business and operational teams where required
• Success in this role will mean being able to deliver timely, robust and accurate analysis; translating data into valuable business insight, communicating all relevant financial and non-financial information when needed

What you need to know and show
• Professionally Qualified Accountant (CIMA/ACCA/ACA)
• Strong commercial acumen with a focus on driving excellent financial and commercial performance
• Proven experience of analysing and interpreting data to identify opportunities and actively participate in the operational decision making process
• Effective presentational skills, both verbal and written with strong attention to detail
• Curiosity beyond traditional finance boundaries and ability to understand key business drivers
• Ability to effectively communicate and challenge senior stakeholders, including audiences of varying financial and commercial acumen to manage financial performance
• Self-motivated team player, able to work autonomously, build and utilise a broader cross-functional network
• Ability to prioritise workload whilst managing business and finance stakeholder expectations in a fast paced, ever changing environment
• Proven ability and desire to deliver change

What we offer:
If being part of a hugely influential 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, healthcare, pension, a save as you earn scheme and staff discounts at Sainsbury's, Argos and Habitat.

What decisions I can make including budget
• Day to day supervision of C4 tasks and activities
• Support with the prioritisation of management insight in line with agreed quality and timescales

Directly or indirectly manages
• Manage the day to day tasks and deliverables of Finance Analysts on projects as required and where appropriate


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