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Finance Analyst

Howdens Joinery
Closing date
25 May 2022

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Full Time
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Howdens Joinery are looking for a Category Finance Analyst based in our Howden office in Yorkshire. In your role, you will support the Category Finance Manager with accounting, reporting and analysis on all aspects of the Commercial P&L (Sales, margin, NPI, Discontinued Products, GMROI, stock turns, Quality, PPV) for Kitchens, Kitchen Accessories and Raw Materials. You'll also take a leading role in the consolidation of key central tasks throughout the year across all kitchen categories.

Reporting to the Category Finance Manager you will need exceptional attention to detail and an inquisitive nature as the ability to question data is essential. Working to tight deadlines, you will need to produce analysis and information for Senior Management and your ability to communicate complex and technical data in a simple format will be vital in this role.

What you will be doing:

Provide financial support and challenge to the Kitchens, Kitchen Accessories, Sinks and Taps and Raw Materials category commercial teams.
Review sales and margin performance on a weekly basis, highlighting key variances to last year and budget, and support the commercial team with their understanding of performance.
Lead the budgeting and forecasting process for Sales, Margin and Purchase Price Variance.
Maintain a clear understanding of the latest forecast for the cost of product for major supplier contacts and highlight key risks or opportunities to senior management.
Lead the standard costing process for all Kitchen categories.
Deliver Category P&L's and Commercial Cost Centre reports.
Provide insight and analysis to help the business identify and realise margin improvement opportunities
Support the commercial buying teams by providing insight to highlight cost price risks and opportunities and produce analysis to support their discussions with suppliers.
Support new product development and innovation, providing commercial analysis and commentary highlighting the risks and opportunities of introduction.
Provide continual, timely analysis of the impact market trends are having on sales, margins and return on investment for different products and product categories.
Provide support and coaching to the more junior members of the team
What you will bring:

Finance professional with experience of working in a fast paced, commercial environment.
Qualified Accountant (CIMA/ACCA/ACA).
Experience in an analytical environment and of analysing and providing relevant data.
Ability to translate business performance and numbers into layman's terms
Highly motivated, self-starter who takes pride in their achievements.
Ability to communicate to both technical and business audiences.
Team player, friendly approachable manner.
Customer focused, takes responsibility for delivery and ownership of own work to tight deadlines.
Flexible and accommodating to changing priorities.
IT literate with strong Microsoft Office skills and competent in use of MS Excel.
What we can offer you:

Competitive salaryand annual company bonus.
Pension Plan with core 8% employer contribution, further 4% matching available.
25 days holiday + bank holidays with the option to buy additional days.
Subsidised lunch at our onsite restaurant.
Free onsite car parking.
Staff Discount.
Exceptional Reward and Recognition events.
About Howdens:

Howdens is the UK's number one trade kitchen supplier providing thousands of products across kitchens, joinery, and hardware. We have over 800 depots throughout the UK and Europe - making us the first choice for more than 460,000 loyal trade professionals.

As a British manufacturer, we were founded on the principle that the business should be worthwhile for all concerned. That includes our customers, the homeowners they serve, the local communities we operate in, local and national charities, our large network of suppliers, our investors, and of course our people.

Our commitment to these areas has led to many accolades, which include being voted in the Top 25 Best Big Companies to work for by the Sunday Times in 2020. We also hold a Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen to supply goods and services to Royal Households since 2015. And in 2020, the Mintel group named us as the UK's number one supplier of trade kitchens.

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