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Strategic Planning and Forecasting Analyst

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.

We joined Sainsbury’s in September 2016 on our journey to become a leading retail organisation and ensuring we place our customers at the heart of everything we do. Together we have a great opportunity to build a brilliant future and do a fantastic job for all our customers.

The Role

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 will help lead entire forecasting cycles from creation of forecasting timetables to communication of finalised forecast to all key stakeholders. You will work with wider finance teams to create a robust forecast which has been appropriately challenged, understood and articulated.

As Strategic Planning & Forecasting Analyst, your main responsibilities will include:

Creation and ownership of forecasting timetables, ensuring the plan is achievable but still enables working at pace. Work with wider finance team in the creation of the timetable to ensure buy in and achievability.
Work with wider finance teams to obtain relevant level of detail on forecasts, challenging where appropriate to ensure the creation of a robust plan.
Liaise with balance sheet and cash team to plan and deliver the forecast in a collaborative manner.
Gain great understanding of key areas of income and spend within forecasts to enable onward communication to FP&A Manager, FP&A Controller and Head of Commercial Finance, providing an opinion on areas of further focus and opportunities within plan.
Support the leadership team in their decision making process by providing accurate updates on forecasts, drawing out the key messages and areas requiring focus
Act as first point of contact for all forecast related queries, taking ownership to answer all queries in a timely manner, escalating to FP&A Manager when support is required
Ownership and regular maintenance of R&O, working with Corporate Reporting Team to ensure all updates highlighted at period end are reflected. Provide regular updates to the FP&A Manager and FP&A Controller to ensure no surprises
Support to FP&A Team in providing Sainsbury’s Group Finance with ad hoc information, whether that be related to forecasts or otherwise
Work closely with all members of FP&A and Corporate Reporting Teams to ensure a collaborative approach with clear linkages between areas of responsibility and outputs
Deputise for the FP&A Manager as required.

Your skills & experience will include:

Qualified Accountant – CIMA / ACCA / ACA
Highly analytical and numerate, with an eye for detail and the ability to think about how initiatives impact the wider business
Strong commercial acumen with the desire to acquire new knowledge
Ability to present complex information in a simplified manner
Strong Excel & Access skills with attention to detail
Ability to work fluidly with data and across systems e.g. reporting tools
Good inter-personal skills, an empathetic nature and a good sense of humour
Enthusiastic, positive and proactive engagement of key Finance and non-Finance stakeholders
Team player with good presentation and communication skills (both verbal & written)

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, 22 days’ holiday, a save-as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat


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