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Senior Commercial Finance Analyst

Job Title: Senior Commercial Finance Analyst
Contract Type: permanent
Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + 8% Bonus + Outstanding Progression
Start Date: ASAP
REF: NFCOMFIN220917_1506092965
Contact Name: Neil French
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 1 year ago

Job Description

Senior Commercial Finance Analyst, Retail
£50-£55K + 8% Bonus + Excellent Bens and Progression

An outstanding opportunity for a genuine Commercial Finance Analyst to join one of the fastest growing and most successful retailers in Europe. With no month-end (!), a consistent flow of commercial project work, production of business cases, this is an unrivalled opportunity to have exposure at board level and impact £multi-million investment across the business.

Example projects include: Does additional store payroll drive incremental sales? What is Click & Collect worth to the business? What are the most effective marketing channels? What drives shrinkage in stores? Do neighbouring retailers have a positive or negative effect on our sales?
This Senior Analyst role offers a unique opportunity to be a truly commercially focused Business partner. You will be responsible for delivering insightful analysis to answer key business questions that directly influence the day-to-day and long term strategy.

The company offers a highly successful, company-wide Finance Talent Rotation Programme which aims to develop the future Finance Directors and Business Leaders of the future by rounding and developing broad and deep skill-sets across Commercial Finance, FP&A, Financial Control, Audit and Tax. International opportunities are also available.

The Analysis team supports the whole organisation, partnering across Marketing, Operations, Property, Merchandising, Buying, Distribution, Ecommerce and more, providing great opportunity to gain exposure across all members of the Senior Leadership team with direct exposure to the CFO.
-Work with senior management to support the development of appropriate strategies for the growth of the Europe business
-Partner across the entire organisation to support both financially and analytically towards their goals and priorities
-Support the business to conduct trials, consult non finance professionals on Test and Learn best practice, analyse results using statistical software and present findings back to Senior Leadership
-Work with business partners to build financial business cases to support large scale investments
-Develop an understanding of the competitive pressures that the business faces and their potential implications and provide business alternatives/solutions
-Work with the Head of Analysis to provide cohesive analytical support on ad hoc financial analyses that drive strategic business decisions
-Continually challenge current thinking and make recommendations on how to optimise business opportunities and minimise risk/cost to the business.
-Evaluate and report actual versus planned outcomes of key European strategic and tactical decisions
-Ensure all Corporate requirements are met on time and to the required standard

The successful candidate will be of the highest calibre. A CIMA or ACA Qualified (ideally first time passes) Analyst c0-2 years PQE with a very strong track-record of academic and professional achievement. You will be a high potential candidate with ambitions to reach Head of / FD level. You will come from a large Blue-Chip business or from the Corporate Finance / Transaction Services arm of a Big 4 / Top 10 firm. Strong business modelling skills are required; A high level of initiative and drive, combined with an analytical approach to problem solving and acute commercial awareness; You will be able to communicate and influence across the business; Experience within a consumer facing business (Retail/FMCG) is desirable but not essential.

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