Senior Finance Manager
Job Overview GBP55,000 - GBP60,000 To own the retail ledgers up to trial balance, along with all associated balance sheet reconciliations. To provide a complete month-end close to ensure integrity of reported numbers is maintained at all times and to explain any variances against budget/forecast. To provide detailed analysis and reporting to support robust decision making process. Key accountabilities and responsibilities Regular reporting on sales and margin performance, highlighting key variancesOwn the month-end process, including all accruals and prepaymentsResponsibility for managing Fixed Assets and associated reporting, plus taking into account tax implications of various treatmentsProduce store P&Ls on a monthly basisManage retail property rental payment schedulesMaintain master schedule of lease commitmentsAccounting for inventory, shrinkage, stock ageing/obsolescenceResponsibility for ensuring payroll, expenses and all intercompany recharge postings are made correctly and on time.Ad-hoc analysis as required (e.g. Product sales/rankings, promotional tracking)Manage day to day running of annual external auditTo assist with quarterly forecasts and annual business planning/budget process Personal Attributes Collaboration (B) - Creates an environment that encourages collaboration, making connections and ensuring that all contributions are heardCourage (B) - Shows positivity under strain, showing bravery and commitment to doing the right thingCommerciality (A) - Understands the commercial drivers for their part of the business and how their work impacts themAccountability (A) - Shows clear accountability for their own objectives and takes responsibility for deliveryCustomer Focus (B) - Has a rich understanding of their customer, reliably addressing current needs and exploring future needsCreativity (B) - Creates an environment that drives creativity, celebrating success and failure to stimulate new thinkingIntegrity (B) - Ensures fairness for all parties, ensures processes, approaches and policies are in line with the principles of the organisation. Challenges others effectively Essential Business/People/Leadership Skills This role requires a commercial focus and understanding of the retail industry. Whilst there are no directly employed reports, there will be a requirement to build and manage strong relationships with the group finance function and/or 3rd party service providers at transactional level. This role will need to ensure that all agreed SLAs are being fulfilled and that the data being provided is accurate robust and timely. Business Skills: Strategy (B) - Contributes to the development of strategy, recognising strategic imperatives and the impacts on own area of workAnalysis (B) - Can analyse complex problems and situations efficiently and effectively, drawing insight from others to support explorationDecision Making (B) - Makes complex decisions to reliably deliver positive outcomesMarket Awareness (A) - Demonstrates a general grasp of the marketplace, understanding the organisation's place within itProduct Awareness (A) - Demonstrates a good grasp of local products, understanding features and benefits and the competitive positionFinancial Management (C) - Has an intimate understanding of the financial drivers of the business and can calibrate actions and decisions accordinglyProject Management (B) - Manages individual projects and the wider portfolio using standard approaches and techniquesPlanning & Organising (B) - Organises and plans effective for own, team and cross functional activities, creating clarity of expectation for all partiesProcess Management (B)- Continuously improves processes, taking opportunities as they arise People Skills: Communication (B) - Can convey complex ideas and concepts simply, elegantly and with impact to create understandingInfluencing (B) - Creates significant impacts in their domain of work, achieving positive outcomes without authorityNegotiation (B) - Achieves agreement and consensus reliably whilst maintaining positive relationshipsRelationship Management (B) - Builds deep and sustainable relationships with a wide variety of stakeholdersConflict Management (B) - Resolves complex conflicts and disputes elegantly, politically and to the satisfaction of all parties Leadership Skills: Inspiration (B) - Articulates the future in a way that creates momentum and goodwillMotivation (B) - Uses their own behaviour to drive the right action in othersManaging People (B) - Uses a variety of approaches to make sure that the people they work with deliver to time, quality and cost parametersManaging Change (B) - Manages change for themselves and their colleagues positively, enthusiastically and looking to the futureTeam Building (B) - Seeks to optimise the effectiveness of a team, drawing in all participants and enabling contributions from others Experience Must have experience within the retail industry. Requires someone with exposure to commercial property accounting (e.g. Rent incentives, dilapidations, lease commitments reporting), plus a demonstrable understanding of stock/inventory accounting. Previous experience of working within a shared services environment would be useful. Qualifications (essential and/or desirable) CIMA or ACCA qualification is essential.Technical Skills and KnowledgeMust have exceptional Excel skillsGood communicator - able to explain the detail to non-finance peoplePlanning, time management and prioritisation are essential to meet tight reporting schedulesFull understanding of Accruals, Prepayments and monthly reporting cyclesGood system skills - to be able to harness capabilities of newly implemented retail system Work Arrangements Based in Andover with occasional travel to stores.