Strategic Planning & Forecasting Finance Analyst
Home Retail Group
Milton Keynes, Great Britain
7d ago

At Sainsbury’s Argos, the great digital transformation is under way. It’s our aim to become the digital market leader in choice, value and convenience, so our Finance teams are more important to us now than ever before.

They’re the people who provide support across the business and help make the crucial decisions that will allow us to develop into a leading digital retailer.

Sainsbury’s Argos is at the heart of the Group’s growth strategy. Since joining Sainsbury’s, Argos has revolutionised the way we do business, bringing expertise, technological innovation and hugely talented people to the team.

We have outperformed the market in a number of our key business areas by presenting customers with convenience, choice and value.

As well as opening c.280 Argos stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, customers can also pick up their Argos and Tu clothing orders from 320 collection points in our supermarkets and Convenience Stores, where customers can also collect eBay and DPD parcels.

Our own delivery network is also breaking new ground. We are the only retailer in the UK who can deliver to 92% of UK postcodes within four hours.

Role Overview :

The Reporting & Forecasting team provides a key link between the various business partnering and FP&A teams across the business to create budgets, forecasts and strategic plans as well as delivering corporate performance reporting e.

g. weekly trading packs, periodic management accounts and investor relations analysis.

In this role you establish and drive the on-going delivery of the Sainsbury’s Argos strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting processes with support from the Strategic Planning & Forecasting Assistant Analyst, from initial planning of processes to final delivery to key stakeholders.

You will produce impactful channel reporting, analysis and insight in a format that the business can easily interpret and act upon.

As Analyst you will consolidate and communicate business performance to various key stakeholders including board level.

As Strategic Planning & Forecasting Analyst your role will involve :

Drive creation of the Sainsbury’s Argos strategic planning and forecasting process to provide the board with insight and analysis to understand the direction of the business.

This will include short term Latest Views, medium term forecasts and long term strategic plans.

Help convert the Sainsbury’s Argos strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting processes from long arduous planning cycles to quick and agile processes that provide the same business understanding and insight but requiring fewer resources without the comprise on accuracy, insight and direction.

Own the periodic outturn process, fully understanding all key movements and liaising with all of the finance teams to challenge any variances to then consolidate into one clear view which can be presented to the R&F controller.

Own the creation of forecasting timetables, ensuring buy-in from key finance stakeholders to deliver achievable but challenging plans.

Support the delivery of Finance improvement initiatives and implementation of internal & external best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality.

Responsible for managing relationships with relevant internal stakeholders.

Share relevant tools and lessons learnt with Finance & Non-Finance stakeholders.

Your skills & experience will include :

Ideally be a fully Qualified Accountant (ACCA / CIMA / ACA) or studying towards qualification.

Proven experience working in a similar level finance role.

Experience of influencing financial stakeholders and presenting analytical results to Non-Finance users.

Strong analytical skills, Excel & Access skills and high attention to detail.

Ability to operate and influence effectively at a senior finance level.

Be assertive, challenging and confident with strong inter-personal skills.

What you’ll get in return :

If being part of a hugely influential Finance team wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and bonus scheme you will receive a huge range of learning and development opportunities, holiday allowance, a save-

as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.

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