Financial Planning and Strategy Manager

7 days left

Robert Walters
Milton Keynes
04 Feb 2017
04 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

A successful and growing global organisation is looking for a high calibre and commercially astute Financial Planning and Strategy Manager to join the finance team based in Milton Keynes.

A successful and growing global organisation is looking for a high calibre and commercially astute Financial Planning and Strategy Manager to join the finance team based in Milton Keynes. This is a high profile position within the Finance function and will be responsible for providing accurate, timely and comprehensive monthly management financial and KPI reporting to enable senior management budget holders to understand the businesses position and drive action on the back of insightful reporting.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a month end timetable for the UK and overseas operations

  • Production of monthly management reports and KPIs with a deep understanding and explanation of the variances to budget, forecast, YoY etc. Ensure monthly packs are tailored to meet the audience's needs (e.g. Leadership Team, CFO, Board etc.)
  • Ensure all judgemental areas are understood and tracked
  • Work with the Supply Chain, Ops, Sales & Marketing, Balance sheet/cash, International finance teams to produce meaningful and actionable variance analysis
  • Move the monthly management accounts from a static document to one which tracks initiatives & actions, and drives accountability
  • Work with each of the leadership team's cost areas to produce regular management information for their area so they understand the business performance both financial and non-financial (e.g. headcount)
  • Support to Head of Corporate Finance
  • Help draft and complete the Prelim/Half year presentation process ensuring input from the Leadership team comes together to form a coherent and insightful investor presentation
  • Working with Head of CF, coordinate and compile back-up data to support City interaction e.g. summary historical and future financial and non-financial metrics
  • In line with the planning aspect of the role described below, pull together a model in line with the City analysts so changes to business performance can be modelled from an external perspective
  • Setting and communication of the Group budgeting, forecasting and strategy timetable
  • Consolidation of the budgets/forecast from the various departments ensure provision of fast and accurate information
  • Ownership for production of all cost centre budgets
  • Work with other finance teams, including International, to ensure budgets/forecasts are robust produced and well understood. This includes full income statement (down to EPS), balance sheet, cash flow and net debt
  • Detailed review and challenge of all projections submitted by the finance teams in the UK, Switzerland and the Nordics
  • Ensure all models are sufficiently flexible to allow multiple changes to be made to underlying assumptions and multiple scenarios to be generated
  • Production of Leadership Team, CFO, and Board budget/forecast decks ensuring a detailed knowledge of the numbers, movements/variances clearly expressed, actions required, risks & opportunities, all clearly presented and appropriate to the audience
  • Produce a baseline 5 - 10 year plan with realistic assumptions to illustrate the business in a steady state
  • Work with the CFO and Leadership team to set a strategy timetable, and to build various scenarios dependent on business decisions and how they impact the short and long term trajectory of the business - viewed from both an internal and external perspective
  • Continuously seek to improve the planning processes and tools, ensuring that both are adapted to meet the changing requirements of the business
  • Provide ad hoc, insightful analysis and recommendations to enhance decision making and assist in driving growth within the Group
  • Ensure customer-centric focus and high levels of service (internal & external)
  • Continue to develop own talents and strengths and address any areas of self-development

Person Specification:

  • Qualified accountant with at least 6 years PQE

  • Strong academics

  • Excellent communicator and relationship builder

  • Experience of working to deadlines and targets

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Flexible and enthusiastic individual able to work under pressure and use own initiative

Our client offers competitive salary and excellent benefits package including bonus.

Please apply, or contact Harsa Abeelack on or email: .