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Financial Analyst

Rutherford Cross
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23 Jun 2021

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Rutherford Cross is delighted to be retained by our market leading animation and gaming client based in Glasgow to recruit a newly created Financial Analyst.

The Financial Analsyt, a new role to the business, will provide the opportunity to step beyond the numbers and learn about how the organisation makes the fantastic animations that people enjoy, across the world, every day. The role will provide essential financial support to functions across the business, including Production, HR, Talent & IT to continually deliver effective cost control and drive performance improvement across these areas.

This position represents an exceptional career opportunity for an ambitious, driven accountant, who is bought into the vision of the business. The position would suit an individual who is able to provide sound financial stewardship to the operation and make a positive impact on strategic decision making.

The Financial Analyst will be a key member of the Finance team and responsible for the following key deliverables:
  • Take the lead in the preparation, consolidation and reporting of financial forecasts and in each company's annual budgeting cycle
  • Assist in the consolidation of the other areas of finance to produce the budget and monthly reporting pack
  • Assist in the creation of the annual timetable for the finance team, defining all reporting and budgeting requirements and then implement and control
  • Prepare monthly reporting packs for support functions, that are timely, accurate, clear, and insightful
  • Assist in the preparation and analysis of the local consolidated monthly management reporting pack
  • Analyse monthly deviations against budget / forecast and propose corrective actions
  • Improve use and accuracy of Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • Capital Expenditure
  • Support the Operations management teams by analysing and constructively challenging projects
  • Co-ordination of forecasts and budgets and active management of spend vs. target
  • Lead post investment appraisals, working closely with project teams to drive investment strategy
  • Business Partnering and Support
  • Provide finance business support for HR, IT, Finance and Operations departments
  • Work closely with other members of the finance team to drive reporting improvements, targeting efficiency improvements at critical times, e.g., month end
  • Working closely with the management team, challenging on projects to ensure the best use of company funds, prioritizing within budget
  • Other activities
  • Provide reports / analysis as and when required
  • Own and develop the companies' forecast business models - short and long-term - adapting for both internal and external customers as and when required

A summary of the key candidate requirements are as follows:
  • Part/Soon-to-be or recently professionally qualified accountant
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with an ability to convincingly state a case with supporting backup
  • Financial Analysis: Ability to create advanced spreadsheets, explain variances to estimates, identify business risks and opportunities to then make appropriate recommendations
  • Forecasting: knowledge of, and ability to apply, financial and forecasting procedures. This includes the ability to develop sound assumptions and produce relevant financial projections and models from those assumptions
  • Technical Accounting: A familiarity with standard financial accounting methodology
  • Independence: Ability to work and think independently. Then confidence to share and persuade management on the validity of the analysis, conclusions, and recommendations
  • Co-ordination: Ability to meet tight deadlines whilst maintaining excellent standards of outputs
  • Control Environment: Understanding of internal controls, standards, and processes to ensure accuracy and consistency in data used for decision-making, internal / external reporting, and communications

Other Key Characteristics & Behaviours
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Brings energy and naturally motivates
  • High levels of drive and personal commitment to achieve success
  • Remains calm when under pressure
  • Commercially curious and relishes challenges
  • Results driven and respect for deadlines
  • Anticipates stakeholder needs
  • Ability to wear "multiple hats" when required in what is a broad and exciting role
  • Not afraid to challenge the status quo and evaluate/present alternatives as required
  • Strong team player
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