Finance Manager - Buying & Merchandising

White Stuff
London, UK
16 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Role Summary:

A great opportunity for a Buying & Merchandising Finance Manager to join an exciting and growing business that will empower and develop an individual that is up for a challenge. The role will partner key stakeholders across the Buying and Merchandising and Logistics teams and will require an articulate and confident individual who is able to facilitate business decisions around sales, margin, and stock, providing insight and recommendations.

The role includes:
- Production of weekly trading reports for senior management, highlighting key sales and margin
- Attendance at weekly brand trade meetings as finance representative.
- Ad-hoc reporting to support Brand decision-making and emphasize risk and opportunity areas.
- Managing the monthly accounts & sales/margin forecasting process.
- Ownership of the stock management process, liaising with key stakeholders to assist with forecasting
markdown and terminal stock positions.
- Attendance at monthly stock reviews, including presentation to leadership team.
- Process leader for sales, stock & margin plans.
- Chairing weekly finance meetings to promote knowledge sharing and alignment of immediate
- Extensive business partnering with Buying & Merchandising, Logistics, Retail and Online Operations &
Group Finance.

What you'll be doing:

Role Overview:

This role is responsible for ensuring that clear, accurate, and timely reporting and analysis is delivered to your business partners to support robust planning, excellent cost control, and profit-driving commercial decision making and investments.

The role is also responsible for leading and supporting your business partners through the budgeting and forecasting process of sales and gross margin. In conjunction with ad-hoc decision making, the role is responsible for ensuring the production of reporting for sales down to gross profit. This will include a clear understanding of performance and the ability to provide insight on historic performance, highlighting risk and opportunities going forward.

Key Responsibilities:

• Support the Merchandising Team in understanding and managing the stock and margin position of both seasonal and continuity stock.
• Be responsible for understanding the performance of key events, including Sales and Customer Events.
• Be responsible for delivering the sales, gross profit and central Buying and Merchandising costs budget/forecast and 3/5-year plan.
• Be familiar with the relevant KPIs of your business area, financial and non-financial and how these impact financial results.
• Complete commercial analysis of various cost / benefit scenarios considering and suggesting the opportunities for improved productivity.
• Support the production of elements of management accounts, specifically focusing on sales and gross profit - with robust variance analysis to enable relevant questioning of potential risks and opportunities.
• Liaise with Group Finance to support with cash that relate to sales, margin and stock.
• Identify and develop appropriate and timely analysis to deliver further insight to your business partners, enabling them to manage their areas profitably.
• Prepare business cases and complete post-investment reviews for various test and learn trade activity.

What you'll need:

• Fully Qualified Accountant (ACCA/ CIMA / ACA or equivalent).
• 4+ years industry experience, minimum two years B&M Finance experience
• Advanced in Excel.
• Excellent eye for detail, sound decision making and problem-solving skills.
• A confident and natural leader who is able to manage colleague performance and support individuals to deliver.
• Ability to work to tight deadlines.
• Strong communication and stakeholder management skills.
• Self-motivated and deadline driven.
• Quick to adapt to new situations, systems and processes.
• You will be a people person, naturally confident and have a can-do attitude.
• You will be articulate, well presented and be able to demonstrate a strong track record of achievements.
• Flexible in work style able to reprioritise effectively according to the changing demands of the business.

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