Posted: Posted 9 days ago

Senior Finance Analyst

Salford Quays, Manchester

Senior Finance Analyst

About the Role

As a Senior Finance Analyst for Corporate Services & OB Telecom, you will partner with the business, bringing your knowledge of the business together with your financial expertise to drive the financial performance of the business. Utilising your business understanding, you’ll be able to interpret results for business stakeholders, perform budgeting and forecasting, financially evaluate business strategies to create value and undertake accounting activities on behalf of the central function.

Governance and financial control will be at the heart of the role that you perform.  You’ll be accountable for the operation of robust financial control processes and application of accounting standards.  Your interpersonal skills will enable you to influence and assist the business with the adherence to accounting regulations, whilst mentoring the next generation of trainee accountants through the business.

Financial Governance and Control

  • Accountable for the review and analysis of financial results for Corporate Service functions as well as the OB Telecom business unit and developing robust plans that deliver the business strategy. 

  • Understands and models complex accounting standards such as IFRS16. 

  • The outputs produced allow the business to plan and monitor the allocation and usage of it’s financial resources, and provide assurance that the operations of the business are financially secure and plans are in place to deliver financial performance. 

  • Ensures the governance framework of accounting standards, policies, procedures and processes are adhered to. 

  • Acknowledges when specialist inputs are required and seeks the guidance of internal experts within technology, group accounting and tax. 

  • Identifies new solutions and manages process improvements that support the control environment and effectiveness of the team. 

Detailed Business and Product Understanding

  • Builds commercial awareness through a detailed understanding of the business area, its activities and products to enable the translation of non-financial information into financial outputs that drive business performance. 

  • Engages with a variety of finance and business stakeholders to understand and interrogate performance variances and trends, to provide insights that are relevant and tailored to the needs of the business.

Data Analysis and Modelling

  • Model large volumes of data through a combination of specialist finance applications and excel to produce cashflow, budgeting and forecasting models.  Actualises outputs and analyses KPIs, variances and trends using familiar operations such as pivot tables and look up functions to identify anomalies and opportunities. 

  • Adopts emerging technologies such as power query, power automate and Power BI to improve processes, efficiency, and quality of outputs. 

  • Operates controls over data inputs, processing of data and analysis outputs to ensure accuracy of deliverables.

Bringing Financial Information to Life

  • Deliver month end results to business stakeholders having anticipated a wide range of queries regarding financial performance. 

  • Works closely with cost centre managers to produce stretching budgets and forecasts. 

  • Uses a range of tools and communication techniques to convey key drivers of financial performance. 

  • Offers commercial insight and advises on key causes of deviations in performance and any suitable corrective actions identified. 

  • Provides follow up information and responds to ad hoc queries as required to add interpretation.

About You:

In order to be successful in the role you must posses the following skills and experience:

  • Qualified ACCA/CIMA/ACA

  • Analytical, quick to grasp the fundamentals the business needs 

  • Communication and relationship building skills to enable you to interact and interpret information with a wide variety of stakeholders

  • Strong excel and financial modelling skills

  • Clear, easy to interpret written and presentation skills

  • Ability to manage a high-volume workload in a fast-moving and changeable environment

  • Previous experience in Telecoms or equivalent setting would be beneficial, but is not essential

  • Flexible to change

  • Experience of applying complex accounting standards, including IFRS16

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