Grant Thornton UK LLP

Business Analyst - Business Consulting area

London, London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
14 Jun 2021
04 Jul 2021
Approved employers
Approved employer
Job role
Business analyst, CFO
Experience level
Newly qualified
Join us and you'll shape more than just your career

We believe we're best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. Every day, we provide a diverse range of organisations with the kind of business and financial advice it takes to do this. Our ideas and insights empower our clients to make big decisions about the future and unlock sustainable growth. With a relentless focus on quality and integrity, we help businesses, communities and our people to flourish.

Job Description:

Happy to talk flexible working and to consider reduced hours/job shares.

Let's talk about the job

The Deals business is focused on supplying advisory services to the mid-market. This market is growing fast with GT's share also increasing. The Deals business encompasses Corporate Finance Advisory, Transactions Advisory, Business Consulting, Valuations, Financial Accounts Outsourcing and Restructuring services.

Here are some things you can expect from this role.
  • Making quality second nature. This means doing what's right even when no one's looking. The work that you will do has a major impact on our clients and our firm. We pride ourselves on the high-level standards we have for the work that we do.
  • Own your own work. You will be primarily responsible for the financial monitoring of Business Consulting within the Deals business including preparation of management accounts, annual budgets and business plans and providing financial analytical support to enable those teams to be managed effectively.
  • You will report to an experienced Business Partner on the divisions you are responsible for and you will also be expected to provide cross-Deals support as required as well as being the "face" of Deals Finance Business Partners in the London Office.
  • Be a part of a team. The Business Partnering team numbers about 22 and is geographical spread throughout the UK. Currently, most members of the team are working from home, but pre-pandemic six members of the team were based in the Finsbury Square office.
  • The role is currently home-based but is expected to be a mixture of office and home working post pandemic. The internal client is largely based at Finsbury Square, London, and you will be expected to attend Finsbury Square where necessary and at other GT sites in the UK.
  • Take responsibility. Reconcile the BC team's internal income tracker to the management accounts in detail and resolve/explain differences to senior management as part of the presentation of the monthly management accounts.
  • Encourage good discipline around core business processes such as timesheets, expenses, portfolio management, business data management, invoicing, bad debts, etc.
  • Highlight non-performing debt and WIP to senior management and assist in its resolution
  • Encourage good financial discipline in our people by directing them to the various dashboards and reporting options within Business World.
  • Assist their familiarity with reporting options by appropriate training and support.
  • Monthly and annual accounts
  • Annual budgeting, business planning & rolling forecasting.
  • Maintenance of price lists and the annual recalculation of standard costs
  • Finance and business reporting
  • Business unit KPI design & implementation
  • Participate in team calls by contributing to debate and offering assistance where appropriate.
  • Participate in project work that arises from time to time.
  • Build your brand. This role offers exciting opportunities for the right person to expand their knowledge. The team has a history of developing internal talent for progression.

The minimum criteria
  • Newly qualified, part qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) or qualified by experience.
  • Strong accounting skill sets including experience of accounts preparation.
  • Demonstratable ability to build and maintain strong, professional relationships with management team and portfolio managers.
  • Good understanding of income recognition principles.
  • Strong IT skills including familiarity with Office 365 and in particular with Excel and Teams.
  • Good communication skills including the ability to write clearly and simply.
  • Comfortable with being part of a geographical dispersed team.

Skills to set you apart

Here are a few more skills we are looking for. Don't worry if you don't tick every box. It's important for us to support you in your role and help you to develop along the way.

  • Experience in professional services environment
  • Experience of Business World or predecessor products from Unit 4 such as Agresso
  • Previous experience as Finance Business Partner
  • Reporting skills including the use of PowerPoint.

Do you care about the same things we do?

We have six values we work by. When we meet, we'll want you to show us how they're important to you, too.

Collaboration: We work together, share ideas and always make time to help each other out.

Leadership: Everyone has the chance to lead their own projects.

Excellence: Quality is central to our purpose. We love what we do, and it shows. We sweat the details. We see things through, no matter how tricky.

Agility: The world moves quickly. To keep up, we stay flexible - changing approaches, changing projects, working offline, online, together and alone to get things done.

Respect: A given, of course: we value each other and our clients. We listen, we understand, we care.

Responsibility: The decisions we make and advice we give affects people's lives and livelihoods. We take that seriously and always do well by doing what's right.

Bring your whole self

Now you've seen our values, it shouldn't be a surprise that we're creating a respectful, open, diverse place to work. Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues, is not just the right thing to do, it helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

"We are committed to making sure that the opportunities within our firm are equally accessible for everyone - regardless of background or gender." Dave Dunckley, CEO

There's more to life than work

Families, children, sports, night classes...the things you do and the people you're with outside work matter. They can inspire, motivate and energise you. Inside the office and out. So if you'd like to work flexibly, let us know. We're happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we'll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

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