Finance Analyst (Retail & Property)
River Island
London, GB
3d ago


With more than 60 years of history in the bag, ours is a brand with an impressive heritage. Style is well and truly in our blood.

As well as UK and Ireland, we are represented globally through our stores in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Our e-commerce business is helping to set the trend globally, shipping to 125 countries whilst also growing our presence on the world’s leading digital fashion marketplaces.

Our people make all the difference. Just as the River Island name pulls customers in off the high street and inspires them to buy online, our employer brand turns the heads of talented people, inspiring them to join, stay and grow with us.


River Island is embarking on an exciting journey as the business drives the growth of digital with the Commercial Finance team sitting at the heart of this decision making.

With the Head of Commercial Finance having joined the team at the end of 2016, the Commercial Finance team is working closely with senior stakeholders and commercial teams to drive the right decisions and ensure River Island is making the right decisions to continue to grow into the future.

Reporting to the Senior Finance Business Partner for Digital Channels and Marketing, you will support head office and finance stakeholders with accurate reporting and influential analysis, providing financial control and support for business performance, investments and costs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Produce annual budget and update periodic forecasts with department heads- challenge assumptions, variances, and suggest areas for efficiencies
  • Support departments in producing business cases for investments and make recommendations regarding approvals
  • Commercial reporting and analysis to drive performance and identify opportunities
  • The Role

  • Ownership of reporting and analyse periodic variances to budget / prior year
  • Streamline processes and reporting to free up time to analyse performance
  • Ownership of key models incl trading performance
  • Support Finance Business Partner in producing periodic reports and analysis
  • Support Finance Business Partner in investment appraisals and assess performance
  • Preparation & analysis of department KPIs
  • Business Partnering

  • Develop an understanding of business areas including the key performance drivers to inform reporting and analysis
  • Analysis of sales and margin to identify opportunities to drive profitable growth
  • Organise and lead periodic meetings with department heads & team to ensure ownership and accuracy of forecasts in time for board reporting
  • Preparation of tailored reporting and analysis with business stakeholders to allow better decision making
  • Work with business to identify proposals which lead to operational efficiencies
  • Monitor key performance drivers to identify when these are outside acceptable ranges
  • Ad hoc work as required
  • WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING and we know exactly what experience we’re looking for!

  • Relevant accounting qualification
  • Strong excel skills and ability to work quickly and accurately
  • Possess strong analytical skills and in particularly can demonstrate the ability to conclude and make recommendations
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines whilst maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Confidence to challenge
  • Commercial experience in FMCG / Retail desirable but not essential
  • Knowledge of Oracle and Essbase desirable but not
  • WE LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER and in doing so, we provide great benefits for our employees :

  • 50% staff discount
  • On-site gym
  • On-site staff shop
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Free onsite parking
  • RI Perks at Work
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