Finance Manager

Co op Group
11 Jan 2018
11 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Finance Manager

£45,000 - £50,000 p/a + amazing benefits (Grade D)

Andover distribution centre

As Britain's largest community retailer, at the Co-op we believe in putting our customers, colleagues and communities at the heart of everything we do. We encourage colleagues to share their ideas to help us improve the way we work in our state-of-the-art distribution centres, and our depot finance teams have a key role to play in driving this vital change. Now we're looking to recruit a talented finance manager to join our Andover team, and work closely with operational leaders to drive the commercial performance of the depot. If you can bring us the amazing influencing skills we need, we can offer you the chance to make a serious impact, and build a career with a business that puts people at the heart of its strategy.

As a finance manager at the Co-op, you'll have your finger on the pulse of every financial system, process and decision across our logistics operation. This is not just a desk job. We'll look to you to get amongst our operational teams- understanding their challenges, and establishing yourself as their finance expert. You'll face some challenging conversations. And you'll need to be able to influence people in different ways. But if you can build great relationships, and educate our logistics teams on strong financial management, you'll have an opportunity to drive some really exciting change.

What you'll do:

  • build strong relationships with logistics leaders- establishing yourself as a subject matter expert
  • analyse financial/commercial data to identify key insights, and use data to influence decision making and drive continuous improvement
  • challenge operational teams on budgets, commercials and KPIs, acting as a catalyst for change across the depot
  • work to strict reporting deadlines for data, regarding performance management and monthly accounts
To be successful, you'll need broad commercial and financial awareness, as well as extensive management accounting experience. But strong technical skills alone won't get you through. We'll also need you to bring amazing people skills, with the ability to engage with and influence all kinds of stakeholders. Needless to say, analytical skills and a keen eye for detail are essential. And a passion for driving change and continuous improvement will ensure you thrive in our fast-paced environment.

We'd love to speak to you if:

  • you're an experienced accountant (if you have any relevant qualifications, this would be a big advantage)
  • you have experience of managing P&L, budgets, forecasts, KPIs etc.
  • you've strong analytical skills, with the ability to interrogate data and use insights to drive decision making
  • you have great relationship management skills, with the ability to quickly establish credibility with stakeholders and influence their approach
Why Co-op?

173 years ago the Rochdale pioneers came up with an idea that changed the world. They believed that when people work together, they're stronger, and it's thanks to them that as a Co-op colleague you'll receive a competitive salary and benefits including 27 days holiday, an annual incentive scheme, discounts on all kinds of products and services, and an amazing pension.

We're actively building diverse teams and we welcome applications from everyone. But we know that simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We want to create an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences. And we recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities they serve.

We can make adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment, enabling our colleagues to adjust their hours to accommodate personal circumstances. You can find out more about all our Co-op people policies.

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