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Finance Analyst

About the role

 Provide analytical and reporting support to the Finance Team and the wider business teams to aid financial control and decision making in the business for both HQ and Contact Centre spend.

Role Responsibilities

MONTH END ROUTINES & CONTROLS

  • Ensure accurate & timely month end accounts. To include balance sheet reconciliations – highlighting risks and opportunities. Be proactive in investigation of issues arising. Identify improvements to processes and quality of output. 
  • Pro-actively work with HQ and Contact Centre teams to ensure spend forecasts are accurate & provided in a timely manner with variances clearly explained. Understand the key performance drivers.
  • Schedules & systems for monitoring spend maintained & processes adhered to: For example: PO system.
  • Provide finance system (Dynamics AX) support to users across the business, including setting up new users and maintaining the integrity of the purchase requisition process.
  • Produce and explain wholesale stock movements and margin for the weekly P&L.
  • Look for opportunities to support other business areas and grow experience.

 

DECISION SUPPORT

  • Provide accurate financial analysis to aid commercial decision making, and dealing with adhoc requests.
  • Provide interpretation of financial information to non-finance managers.

 

FORECASTS & PLANNING

  • Understand and agree timetable ensuring that stakeholders understand deadlines and expectations.
  • Operate models in conjunction with agreed trading KPI’s and planned activities.
  • Pro-actively work with Budget Holders to review and challenge financial plans, ensuring that schedules & systems for monitoring spend are maintained & processes adhered to.
  • Complete relevant templates to other business units to enable operational planning and financial recharges.
  • Upload & reconcile total business budgets / forecasts to AX.

 

BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE & SUPPLEMENTARY

  • Build relationships across the business to ensure department and wider FGH objectives are achieved, whilst maintaining financial objectivity.
  • Deputise for Managers where appropriate.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Miscellaneous

  • To be committed to the fair treatment of customers at all times.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable UK and local regulations, Company Policies and FCA Conduct Rules.
  • Demonstrate behaviours in line with our Company values.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and other persons who may be affected by acts and omissions at work.

About you

  • Studying/aiming towards a professional accountancy qualification.
  • Retail experience preferable – but certainly some understanding of the challenges & KPI’s in managing a retail business.
  • Understanding of the importance of the accuracy of the detail that underpins management accounts.
  • Commercial awareness - the ability to apply that understanding to the role’s requirements.
  • Ability to persuade other people to an objective point of view.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Ability to communicate written & oral financial information clearly & concisely to all levels of personnel – providing summaries which facilitate a clear interpretation of the detail and enable quick decision making.
  • Strong Excel, Access and reporting skills, including modelling and visual basic.
  • Ability to deliver to strict reporting deadlines whilst maintaining accuracy.
  • General ledger experience.

Credit & DBS Checks will be carried out for this role.

Why FGH?

Our staff enjoy competitive benefits including staff discount, generous annual leave, healthcare cash plan together with a vibrant, colourful, creative and flexible working atmosphere. With our competitive benefits, and supportive teams our staff enjoy helping us on our mission and benefit greatly from the challenges that come with working for a successful retailer.

About us

Freemans Grattan Holdings (FGH) is based in West Yorkshire and is part of the OTTO Group – one of the world’s largest online retailer. FGH is the home of familiar brands such as Freemans, Grattan, Kaleidoscope, Swimwear 365, Look Again, Bonprix, Curvissa and Witt.

We offer a broad choice of products and are committed to offering great service and delivery seven days a week. We meet the needs of our extensive and varied loyal customer base by having a Customer First mantra and being fair in how we deal with our customers and employees. Innovation is key as we look for new ideas which will improve the customer experience and our business processes.

We have a great team and integrity plays an important part in how we work together. We currently employ over 700 people within Vicar Lane office, Listerhills warehouse and credit operations, offering a diverse range of opportunities, generous benefits and a good work/life balance. Our mission is to be the preferred choice in internet and home shopping…do things better or do things differently.

                    

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