Commercial Finance Analyst

Smart Recruitment Limited
08 Aug 2017
31 Aug 2017
Hair & Beauty
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a confident finance analyst with good communication skills? Do you enjoy or desire working in fast paced retail environment?

Smart Recruitment is seeking a Finance Analyst with Commercial or retail experience for a large, established client based in Street. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast paced, ever changing environment and drive profitability for a large retail chain.

Essential Skills:

- ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified or studying towards one of these qualifications
- Strong analytical Skills
- Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel, including an analysing and reporting data in a useful manner
- Knowledge of strategic planning, budget and forecasting processes
- Experience in detailed balance sheet reconciliations
- Strong skills of analysis
- Stakeholder engagement
- Previous experience in commercial finance within a large company

Soft skills:

- Ability to work well with others (interpersonal skills)
- Prioritising and time management
- Influencing attitude as must speak with high level executives
- Ability to problem solve
- Good oral and written communication with differing levels of stakeholders

Responsibilities include:

- Driving profitability through understanding and challenging of key areas
- Lead the financial management of the range selection process, identifying and assisting the business to manage all risks and opportunities for the ranges
- Supporting the delivery of consolidated Merchandising financial analysis across all distribution channels for range selection, budget, forecasts and five year planning cycles with the Finance Manager
- Supporting Merchandising in evaluating and communicating actual trading performance (Reporting) (e.g. understanding of price and range conditions) inclusive of critical out-turn recommendations utilising trends
- Key promotional analysis, highlighting trends to look to drive profitability.

Key Accountabilities:

- Identification, development and delivery of financial solutions and challenges for the Merchandising team to maximise the overall financial returns and deployment process ensuring profit is delivered through commercial insight
- Lead the margin management process through the range selection, working closely with Merchandising and Merchandising finance manager. Monitoring margins achieved against planned margins. Identifying and explaining variances.
- Support the management of the Budget, quarterly forecast and 5Y planning process for all assigned business objectives, coordinating the release of Merchandising financial assumptions to each of the distribution channels and acting as the key business unit contact
- Supporting the Merchandising team in their regular trading, operational and merchandising forecast meetings, providing financial insight and counsel. Owning the finance out-turn to assist seasonal challenge into the process earlier than in season trading
- Currency forecasting for Retailing Finance, ensuring risks and opportunities are highlighted in a timely manner and consistent communication is maintained with key stakeholders.
- Lead liaison with the Trading planning team in creation and maintaining promo library, to recommend appropriate activity to stimulate trade and manage balance of margin achievement vs Brand strategy.

If this sounds like you and you don't want to miss out on this brilliant opportunity, please apply today!