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Retail Finance Manager

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25 May 2022

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Why Superdrug?

Passionate about Beauty and Health? Want to be part of an innovative, trend setting retailer? Our vibrant Head Office, based by East Croydon station is a fantastic environment filled with hundreds of brilliant personalities.
We're a team that puts our customers and our teams at the heart of everything we do. At Superdrug, we aim to be the best in accessible health & beauty, loved by our customers for value, choice, friendly advice, service and fun.
Our success comes from our people - they make the difference. We're all about personality, we have fun, and we work hard to deliver That Superdrug feeling.

Retail Finance Team : Purpose
The Retail Finance team is a team of 8 (including this role) supporting the 800 strong Superdrug store estate and their leadership team, including the Retail Director.
The Retail Finance team are critical to the success of the Retail Team providing end-to-end Finance support. This includes weekly and monthly reporting, KPI measurement, month end, forecasting and budgeting, contract support and analysis & insight
The Retail Finance team is part of the Commercial Finance Team which together provides Financial support to most of the Executive Directors, helping the Superdrug business deliver its goals.
Both the Retail and Finance teams are vibrant and energetic, operating in a fast-paced environment.
Retail Finance Manager: The Role
To be the Business Partner to the Retail Director - delivering great support, advice, insight and analysis
To lead a team of qualified and part-qualified accountants in delivering seamless support to the Retail team
Setting the tone, accountability and ownership of delivery whilst developing the team so they are recognised for the excellent service provided.
Supporting the change agenda as we simplify and streamline processes and invest in insight and analysis
Key Responsibilities
Management of a team of 7 analysts and accountants ensuring the team works efficiently, supporting non-finance customers, and continually challenges and adds value
Lead finance representative at the Retail Exec Board, offering financial insight and challenge into the retail strategy and business decision making process
Overall responsibility for the following lines on the P&L:
Wages - ensuring accurate accounting and value adding reporting, e.g. weekly wage cost flash, month end cost analysis etc.
Shrinkage - ensuring tight control and reporting of costs through involvement in the Shrinkage Action Group, company strategies, day to day analysis etc.
Controllable store costs and overheads - to create a no surprises environment
Overall responsibility for the Finance business partnering of all 6 Regions
Control of the Retail budget process - includes guiding the regions and areas through the budget process as well as overall control of the retail cost lines
Overall responsibility for the Company's Retail KPI Bonus model
Ensure all of the team's reporting remains timely, accurate and relevant
Responsibility to share best practice and analysis across all regions, through listening to the retail teams and acting on feedback to continually improve our levels of support
Finance owner of the Beauty Services P&L
Support the Commercial Finance Power BI project
Key Stakeholders
Internal - Retail Director, Head of Commercial Finance, Finance Director, Regional Managers, Area Managers, Retail Support functions and stores, Head of Security and Head of Audit
Person Specification
A suitable candidate would have the energy, drive and determination to develop the Finance business partnering the team provides to the Retail Team. This is an exciting opportunity in a thriving business that would suit someone who has a focus for detail whilst seeing the bigger picture of how the team can move forward.
Qualified accountant (CIMA or equivalent) - essential. At least 5 years PQE
Good communication skills - essential
Experience working with non-finance customers - essential
Advanced knowledge of Excel - essential
Knowledge of Power BI - an advantage
Experience of working within a Retail finance team - preferable

What's in it for you

33 days holiday rising to 38 days with length of service (inclusive of bank holidays)
Being part of more! We are part of a group who work closely with Savers, The Perfume Shop and Three UK.
We are part of A.S. Watson Group, the world's largest international health and beauty retailer with over 15,700 stores in 25 markets!
2 staff discount codes for yourself and a family member or friend
30% discount on Superdrug Own Brand Products both in store and online
You will be working in a stylish, modern and collaborative office close to East Croydon Station
Company pension matching and bonus
Unrivalled Learning and Development programmes
Come and be part of something special.
Hours: 37.5 | 9.00am - 5.30pm
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Core Competencies

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

• Qualified accountant (CIMA or equivalent) - essential. At least 5 years PQE
• Good communication skills - essential
• Experience working with
non-finance customers - essential
• Advanced knowledge of Excel - essential
• Experience of working within a Retail finance team - essential

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