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Senior Finance Manager - FP&A

Job description

Business Area and mission

Financial Reporting, Planning and Analysis team support management as a whole with regular and ad-hoc financial information. The most important activities undertaken in the team are ad-hoc and periodic (e.g monthly, quarterly) reporting of financial data and periodic financial budgeting and forecasting working in appropriate structures for management decision making, as well as advising management on how these data are to be interpreted and what conclusion can be drawn from them.

Purpose of the role

The Senior Finance Manager is responsible for providing meaningful decision support for global Investment in Content budget, as well as acting as business partner on commercial and sales topics as needed. The role also encompasses oversight of the indirect costs for the UK business.

Responsibilities

· Business partnering with any finance related topics but with a focus on Investment in Content

· Business partner on commercial development and Western Europe sales areas (incl support on pricing, new business models)

· Own the financial elements of the IA process including p&l's, financial metrics, methodologies for collating p&l data and approval routes, ensuring Publishing teams understand the IA process and how projects will be assessed; collaborate closely to maintain an IA pieline with clear deadlines.

· Collate and analyse Investment in Content on a monthly basis, providing detailed analysis and commentary as necessary to ensure costs are controlled within budget restrictions and savings identified in a timely manner so as to maximise investment into new opportunities

· Own the forecasting and reporting processes for central Investment in Content costs and develop forecast reporting methodologies in Anaplan to analyse Investment in Content

· Consolidate forecast submissions.

· Maintain a strong understanding of relevant publishing and content cost systems; review and liaise with Publishing teams to ensure accuracy of key master data required for product analysis and support systems development work, including input to Edflux requirements

· Work with the Financial Reporting Services [FRS] team and Publishing teams the ensure processes and controls are in place to maintain the accuracy and reliability of Investment in Content balances

· Support the transition from current VISTA based system to SAP S4, particularly in respect to prepress assets

· Business partner to Customer Publishing team, including oversight of subrights/licensing revenue

Experience, skills and qualifications

Essential

· Graduate, qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or equivalent preferable with first time passes)

· Strong academic record of achievement

· 5+ years of demonstrable, relevant experience in business partnering, FP&A and data analysis

· Strong communication skills and excellent relationship builder who is able to adapt approach to best effect in complex, changing environments to deliver value-added results to the organisation

· A commercially minded individual with excellent analytical and data interpretations

· Highly organised individual who is able to both work to deadlines while juggling the demands of the business

· Business case and financial modelling skills