Finance Business Partner - Operations & IT

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
25 May 2021
23 Jun 2021
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Experience level
Qualified accountant
In a nutshell

As the Finance Business Partner supporting our Operations & IT functions, you'll be working closely with our Heads of these areas and be responsible for providing financial support, insight and challenge on their financial performance.

What success looks like?

You'll be a Qualified Accountant (preferable) with practical experience of financial reporting and management accounting or you'll have strong financial modelling qualifications coupled with commercial experience, along with the skill to introduce fresh thinking to the role and the wider team.

What you'll be doing
  • Representing Finance at the Operations & IT cost centre meetings, being the Business Partner to the Heads of these areas. Your role will include month end P&L reviews, KPI analysis, cost patterns, new product development, investment appraisals and preparation of relevant papers.
  • Monthly rolling forecasting to facilitate the understanding of the cost base, the ongoing risks, opportunities and how this impacts the full year out turn projection. You'll assist in the delivery of plans to support the Bank in driving efficiency and value for money.
  • Challenging assumptions through analysis of trends and other MI available, combined with your judgment and expertise to deliver realistic and balanced forecasts and budgets. Reviewing outputs for accuracy.
  • Co-ordinating and processing information from various sources, to ensure the delivery of all aspects of the annual planning cycle and regular forecasting processes. You'll work across all stakeholders to understand and minimise ambiguity in future performance, use your judgment and expertise to set challenging yet achievable budgets and forecasts within the context of wider Bank strategy.
  • Developing or simplifying existing models and processes to ensure maximum efficiency.
  • Acting as primary point of contact within finance for your cost areas. You'll be responsible for ensuring that business developments are shared with appropriate Finance colleagues and are financially robust.

What you need to know and show
  • You'll preferably be a Qualified Accountant with practical experience of financial reporting and management accounting or alternatively will have strong financial modelling qualifications and commercial experience. A prior knowledge of financial services would be advantageous.
  • Demonstrable strong relationship management skills, ideally partnering within a commercial function.
  • You'll be well organised and able to prioritise workload in line with tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
  • Highly numerate, with excellent problem-solving and Excel skills.
  • Excellent team player, ability to work closely with others to deliver results.
  • Customer-focused.
  • Excellent written communication and an ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organisation, translating complex / technical issues.

Our benefits

In addition to the all- important competitive salary, pension & bonus offering, we totally get that life outside work is important to us all. So, we want to shout out some of our other great benefits...
  • We offer flexible working to help you achieve a good work/life balance
  • Opportunity to buy extra holidays is on the table
  • Discounts on your weekly shop, buying a laptop or sofa? We've got it covered through your Sainsburys, Argos and Habitat store discount card
  • Cycle to work scheme and great coffee and cake!

A little about us & our culture

We're proud of our heritage as the UK's first supermarket bank. As digital technology drives the banking landscape we want to be at the cutting edge of this technology, offering award winning innovative digital banking products to our customers. Technology is where we see our growth therefore we need innovators to join us and drive the next phase of our evolution.

We're a friendly bunch who collectively share a passion to make our customers' financial lives easier. As part of the wider Sainsbury's Group, being one of the UK's most trusted brands, it brings our colleagues a wealth of opportunities to fulfil their potential. Here, you can be part of something bigger and help to create a new approach that puts the customer at the heart of everything we do.

Everyone is welcome at the Sainsbury's Group, and we're proud to be an equal opportunities employer that champions a diverse and inclusive culture that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours within their working days, giving plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.

If you're interested in applying and are excited about working with us but are unsure if you have the right skills and experience - we'd still love to hear from you! We'd also be happy to discuss more flexible working options such as job shares and part time working.

As this role involves working within a regulated environment any offer will be subject to satisfactory background checks including criminal record check, credit check, fraud check and employment references.


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