Group External Reporting – Planning Manager

London (UK), Bristol, Flexible, York, Eastleigh, Sheffield
£70,000 to £100,000
25 Jan 2021
24 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

We are recruiting for a Group External Reporting – Senior Planning Manager to join the Group Finance External Reporting Team within Aviva.

The Group Finance External Reporting Team is principally responsible for delivery of the regulatory and statutory reporting requirements for Aviva Plc, associated with the annual reporting, interim half-year results and quarterly business performance, and for developing key supporting insights for the Board and Executive Committees on those results. The key outputs for the team include the Annual Report and Accounts, half-year financial statements, Quarterly Interim Management Information, Environmental Social and Governance reporting, Quarterly Quantitative Reporting Templates, Financial Stability Templates, Annual Solvency Financial Condition Report, and Regulatory Supervisory Report and ad-hoc public financial disclosures.

In addition, the team is responsible for delivering the internal reporting requirements of Aviva Group Centre legal entities and their respective statutory reporting. The key deliverables for the legal entities within Aviva Group Centre include the plan, forecasting and other internal reporting and statutory reporting for the entities.

The Senior Planning Manager will be responsible for the managing and delivering the end to end planning for the above key outputs.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Development, management and ownership of the end to end annual plan including a forward looking perspective, and the end to end planning for the key Group deliverables.
  • Development, management and ownership of the Group External Financial Reporting timetable.
  • Leading the engagement with third parties engaged in the production of External Reporting collateral.
  • Providing key operational analysis for business decision making and driving continuous improvement to facilitate greater time for value-add analysis.
  • Monitoring the progress of the delivery of all activities by the External Financial Reporting team in conjunction with Aviva onshore shared service teams, encouraging swift action on overdue items and reporting progress to senior stakeholders.
  • Influence the partners across all levels at Group and markets to develop the plans to achieve the defined objectives.
  • Developing strong relationships with stakeholders across the business, senior colleagues and various third parties e.g. auditors

Skills & Experience required:

  • Experience working in a financial service listed plc environment is essential.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills with strong planning and project management experience.
  • Proven track record of delivery within tight timelines.
  • Good understanding of financial reporting processes.
  • Strong stakeholder and people management and ability to appropriately challenge senior leadership and the status quo when required.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively across all levels and across different geographies.
  • Strong verbal and presentational skills and ability to present complex issues simply.

What will you get for this role?

  • Salary of £70,000 to £100,000 depending on skills, experience and qualifications.
  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme.
  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review.
  • Holiday allowance of 29 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days.
  • Up to 40% discount for some Aviva products through “My Aviva Extras” plus discounts for Friends and Family. (Some exclusions apply).
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme.

Working at Aviva

At Aviva, we’re people with a purpose. To be with you today, for a better tomorrow.

We bring this to life by ensuring managing risk is at the heart of the way we all work. We love people who do the right thing for our customers, and our colleagues. We want people who speak up, who take responsibility, and who make good decisions.

The way we do this is important too. We always ‘Care More’. It’s our thing. We’re all about our people – that’s you – so we can be pretty flexible. If you want to work from home some of the time or change your hours so you can pick up your kids or care for someone in your family, we’re very open to that. In fact, we don’t advertise roles as either part or full time, because we know each person has different needs, just as each business area has different needs. So, it’s up to you to discuss working hours during your interview.

We care deeply about being inclusive and that means we encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees to bring their whole self to work and that starts with you.

We interview every disabled applicant* that meets the minimum criteria for the job. Once you’ve applied, please send us a separate email stating that you have a disclosed disability and we’ll make sure we interview you.

We’d love it if you could submit your application online. If you require an alternative method of applying, please give Alice Neal a call on  07393469953 or send an email to

*As defined in The Equality Act 2010*. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean you should provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required and have the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential to perform the role.


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