Senior Finance Analyst

Marks Sattin
£45000 - £48000 per annum + + 15% Bonus
22 Jun 2022
29 Jun 2022
Sarah Perkins
Job Title
Finance Analyst
Experience Levels
Qualified Accountant
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Senior Finance Analyst

Salary: £45,000 - £48,000 plus 15% bonus

Location: Leeds City Centre, LS1 4BN

Hours: Full time, permanent, hybrid working


Your purpose (in a nutshell)

To develop and deliver clear and robust value add reporting and insights to the Operations team and field business partners, which drive performance improving actions and decision making. Model complex problems and business scenarios, and deliver compelling story telling across performance reporting. Build, engage and deliver the Strategic Finance Plan, Budgets and Forecasts for supported area, through quality stakeholder management.

To be successful in this role you will require the following

  • Either Accountancy qualified (CIMA, ACCA, ACA or equivalent) or near qualification
  • 4 plus years of accountancy experience
  • UK Driving Licence
  • Ideally worked in an insights or business partnering role
  • Strong working knowledge of analytical methods, practices and techniques, including hypothesis framework approach to answering questions
  • Evidence of delivering strategic financial plans, budgets and forecasts
  • Proven ownership of systems and procedures
  • Business casing and financial appraisal

Technical & People Skills:

  • Flexible and agile - able to balance multiple competing priorities and tight timescales effectively
  • Adopt a collaborative approach to working and problem solving
  • Process improvement and continuous improvement approach
  • Ability to manage a wide number of stakeholders rather than partnering one key stakeholder, balancing time and impact effectively
  • Maintain an independent perspective, challenge appropriately
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence more senior stakeholders
  • Evidence of performance storytelling and impact in communication

You will be accountable for:

Financial Planning

  • Deliver detailed and accurate Operations Financial Plans for your supported area, which have been stress tested and had full engagement with business owners
  • On an ongoing basis, embed identified risks and opportunities into future forecasts, providing clarity on the financial impact and work with the Operations team and field business partners to mitigation that risk or maximise on the opportunities
  • Own and maintain all planning data inputs and all the assumptions and drivers within the forecasts, budgets and strategic plans

Performance Management

  • Track agreed performance actions and report back to the Operations team on key themes;
  • Support the challenge and influence of stakeholders to ensure they make well informed decisions that improve business performance
  • Partnering your designated area with Central Operations, you will work closely with key stakeholders across the business and the field business partners to ensure targeting and cost control are optimised
  • Tell the performance story, with impactful, simple and clear slides on weekly, periodic and on longer-term performance trends

Data, Reporting, and Insights

  • Reconciliation of key performance layers and conduct variance analysis weekly, periodic, quarterly and full year, to understand what is driving the results
  • Liaise with Financial Control on period end actuals reporting to ensure the view is reconciled, so that we can communicate with impact to our stakeholders and ensure actions are taken on under-performing areas
  • Delivers key cyclical performance reporting for your area Operations, including P&L and Capital, and support on providing a consolidated review of performance
  • Seek to simplify weekly and periodic reporting processes, to ensure effort marries value
  • Identify new techniques and methodologies to improve insights, including external benchmarking, working with internal & external relevant stakeholders, and developing own knowledge of advancements in modelling technique
  • Responding to key trends/issues to perform complex financial modelling and interpretation of the data to provide recommendations to senior management and stakeholders to aid decision making
  • Support the transition to dashboarding and a productionised data and reporting environment, with combined financial and non-financial KPIs information provision

Financial Governance and Control

  • Analytical support on business cases including trial analysis for infrastructure and strategic projects
  • Build business cases with the accountable operations team and field business partners, to support the draw down of investment to secure future value, supporting the Finance Manager - Network and Planning
  • Own relevant appraisal assumptions and ensure agreed business cases flow back into financial planning models
  • Continue to improve the financial control environment to ensure risk is reduced, through clear risk management processes and best practice financial control is in place