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Retail Financial Analyst

Job Title: Retail Financial Analyst
Contract Type: permanent
Location: Luton, Bedfordshire
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Bonus + Full Study Support
REF: RETFAGB1209_1536772493
Contact Name: Guy Barwell
Contact Email:
Job Published: 7 months ago

Job Description

Retail Financial Analyst
Bedfordshire / Hertfordshire
Up to £30,000 + Bonus + Full Study Support if required

The Company
Boasting some of the best known brands on the High Street this highly successful and market leading retail business continues to lead the way and grow from strength to strength. The business operates a 'best in class' finance function that nurtures talent, providing a mentoring scheme, regular development appraisals and a comprehensive study support programme. The finance team is also large enough to allow ambitious individuals to move around different departments to gain rounded experience in various accounting functions.

The Opportunity

Due to continued expansion and internal promotion an opportunity has arisen for an ambitious graduate who already has at least 12 months experience under their belt either from a placement year or from their first roles outside of University. Your experience could have been gained in a finance / accounting department or in a more commercial / analytical role, the emphasis being on gaining commercial experience / exposure which has already started to develop your commercial acumen and business head.
The Retail Analyst will work within a vibrant and dynamic team in the fastest growing retail business in their sector. The successful candidate will be supporting the operations team, offering quality commercial insight and ensuring that key business decisions improve profitability.
Key Responsibilities:
*Business Partner to a Divisional Operations Director
*Deliver the monthly financials to the ops team, ensuring issues are understood, presented with authority and challenge applied at the right level
*Weekly sales and key cost line forecasting
*Monthly financial reporting including P&L's
*Cost exception reporting highlighting areas that have been overspent vs budget
*Manage new promotions and offer changes, creating complex models to understand the risk and benefits associated to gross margin
*Providing support and analysis on key business projects and presenting to key senior decision makers
*Create and share reporting, adapting to the key business initiatives, providing insight and recommendations
*Playing a key role in the full year budgeting process
*Develop imaginative and creative solutions to financial performance issues, promoting greater awareness of business drivers that affect business performance
Key Requirements:
*Looking to study or early stages CIMA/ ACCA Student with a degree in Finance or Accounting / Business / Economics (or similar)
*Strong Excel skills with good formula knowledge like: VLOOKUP, SUMIF, MATCH, the ability to create and format graphs and tables and use large data extracts
*Intermediate PowerPoint skills
*Good communication skills
*Attention to detail
*Ability to work to tight deadlines
*A "raring to go" mentality and willingness to progress
*Strong work ethic
*The ability to apply the context of a situation to hypothetical scenarios
*Mobility and a willingness to travel to various sites

What Next?
If you are currently seeking an exciting commercial finance career within a vibrant and fast paced marketing leading business please apply immediately.

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