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Head of Financial Planning and Analysis

Head of Financial Planning and Analysis

Job Title: Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
Contract Type: permanent
Location: Hertfordshire
Salary: £100000 - £110000 per annum + Bonus
REF: GBHOFPA0106_1654083176
Contact Name: Guy Barwell
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Job Published: 29 days ago

Job Description

Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
£100,000 - £110,000 + 30% Bonus

This is a number two role working for a Divisional Finance Director with a clear path to succession within 2-3 years.

We are seeking an exceptional Senior Finance Leader with 7 + years post qualified experience who has got the depth of experience in a Head of FP&A role, for the multi-faceted business ideally with a background with Retail, FMCG, Leisure or Consumer facing environment.
An ambitious individual with a strong track record, looking to take the next step in their career ahead of potentially moving to a Finance Director level role in the future.

As a key finance leader the role will provide oversight and guidance for the overall financial performance of this circa £700M t/o / impressive EBITDA division, both internally and to shareholders, across P&L, cashflow and balance sheet. The scope of the role includes leading the annual budgeting and forecasting cycles, capital appraisals and capital management as well financial modelling of longer-term strategic plans, scenarios and M&A. The role will be involved in a number of exciting projects and will play a pivotal role in shaping the next 3-5 year Strategic Plan and how the business best deploys its capital at a time of significant investment including M&A.

The role will be tasked with:
*Delivering targeted financial performance and nurturing strong relationships across the board members with clarity on financial performance
*Providing clear and accurate long term strategic plans
*Oversight of capital spend to plan and delivering ROI on investment
*Supporting successful appraisal and execution of M&A targets
*Cash and working capital management delivered to plan
*Managing a high performing team with succession planning

Key Responsibilities:

*Reporting of the overall divisional financial performance including KPIs, variance analysis, insight and commentary.
*Preparation of the monthly board pack and commentary for financial performance and capital spend. Providing commercial decision support for the division and main boards. Working closely with PE investors, ensuring all reporting activity is completed accurately and on time
*Lead and oversee budgeting and forecasting cycles, including commentary on consolidated position and business partnering with Directors on decisions there-in.
*Strong focus on timely reporting of management information, blending financial and operational performance metrics to drive profitability across the business and supporting a culture of incisive decision making.
*Providing high-level analytical support and scenario planning to the senior leadership and assist in strategic business decisions
*Support in the evolution of the brand 3-5 year strategic plans, including the financial modelling, appraisals required and the associated capital investment plan.
*Oversight of the capex team, including management of capital spend to plan, ROI analysis and pre and post investment appraisals.
*M&A and expansion opportunities - providing financial modelling and appraisal support and ensuring relevant due diligence is carried out as required. Where successful, supporting with post acquisition integration planning.
*Coaching and development of the wider finance team to ensure we have a highly skilled, fulfilled team with a pipeline of finance talent for the future.
*Working with the central finance team to provide oversight of cashflow forecasting and management, including management of the balance sheet and related working capital movements
*Two direct reports with a further two indirect reports as part of a wider finance team of c.20.

About you:

*Ability to quickly understand drivers behind results and communicate effectively to all levels of the business.
*Able to simplify complex situations to facilitate insight and decision making
*Strong analytical skills and commercial understanding.
*Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to challenge, collaborate and drive results whilst maintaining team cohesion
*Able to work in a fast moving, varied environment, balancing attention to detail and willingness to roll sleeves up, with the ability to comprehend the bigger picture
*Qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA or ACCA ideally first passes) with 7-10 years post qualified experience.
*Prior experience of interacting with and presenting to Board Level executives.
*Finance Business Partnering experience with demonstrable value-add achievements
*Strong Excel skills - prior experience of financial modelling desirable.
*Strong academic background including University level education.
*Ability to manage your own and the wider finance team's workload and priorities in a fast moving, dynamic environment.
*Prior experience of Private Equity environments desirable.
*Sharp commercial acumen, with the ability to help others understand the commercial rationale behind decisions.
*Prior experience of budgeting/forecasting and business intelligence tools desirable.

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