Role details

Finance Business Partner

Watford   •   £50,000 - £52,000   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Are you a bright, newly qualified accountant with a passion for fashion?
  • Global retailer offering fantastic career progression and competitive package

About Our Client

Our client is a world leading retailer, delivering great value to customers through the combination of brand, fashion, price and quality.

Due to it's well established and growing success, the company offers fantastic scope for career progression and a fun, exciting work environment.

Job Description

The Finance Business Partner is a highly commercial focused role, supporting the Buying and Merchandising function, the core of the business.

The main role of the Buying and Analysis team is to partner with the heads of Buying to assist with setting liquidity targets to ensure merchandise inventory plans are met. This involves weekly reporting, along with providing visibility to the business on orders placed by the buyers and the mark-on generated.

The role will also require cross-functional interaction with other sub teams of Financial Control, Commercial Planning and Logistics. This will include:

  • Responsibility for the periodic reporting of European Liquidity, Open to Buy and Forward Buy Plan position by business area and department
  • Prepare ad hoc scenario analysis on Liquidity/OTB position to identify risk and opportunities to influence and support management decision making.
  • Preparing periodic reporting of European and Regional Open to Receive position into Distribution Centres.
  • Responsible for periodic reporting of the quarterly Buyer Productivity, Comp Targets/Actuals, vendor Performance and Good & Welfares Reports.
  • Business partnering with Buying and Logistic teams to develop Open to Receive reporting, and to ensure business objectives are being met through proactive use of reporting tools.
  • Prepare ad hoc requests as daily business requires for Buying Managers, Buying Directors and Senior Management in Finance.
  • Driving process and excel model simplification and help the financial control function concentrate on value added work.
  • Be seen as an expert on the complex business model and confidently deal with queries from Buying and Senior Finance management.

The Successful Applicant

The Finance Business Partner profile will include:

  • Qualified accountant
  • Genuine interest in retail and fashion
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to business partner and explain financials to non-financial personnel
  • Ability to develop relationships at all levels of the business
  • Ability to influence senior management
  • Developed analytical and problem solving skills
  • Be able to evaluate and make recommendations rather than simply providing reports
  • Ability to maintain and develop financial models - advanced Excel skills are a necessity
  • Flexibility in approach and a willingness to go beyond the defined role
  • The ability to multitask, prioritize and work in a fast paced environment
  • Experience in retail would be a plus

What's on Offer

£50,000 - £52,000

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