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Central Costs Assistant 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 have joined Sainsbury’s in 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 Cash & Central Costs team provides accurate and timely understanding of our cash performance and drives forward a culture of more accurate cash forecasting lead by the commercial and operational leaders in the business. The team liaises with Group Finance to ensure our cash requirements are understood and makes sure that demands are satisfied.

The Role

As Central Costs Assistant Analyst, you will execute Central Costs accounting processes and identify opportunities to improve the Central Costs accounting, reporting, planning, budgeting & forecasting processes and outputs. You will also produce and develop standardised reporting suites for the business and take ownership of Central Costs balance sheet reconciliations and Central Costs cash forecast and reporting.

As Central Costs Assistant Analyst, your main responsibilities will include:

Execute Central Costs accounting processes (including period-end transactions and journals) in the core finance systems with guidance from the Central Costs Analyst to drive completion of accurate and representative financial statements in line with agreed deadlines and quality standards.
Identify and implement opportunities to improve the Central Costs accounting, reporting, planning, budgeting & forecasting processes and outputs. Including the elimination, simplification and/or automation of transactional activities.
Produce and Develop standardised reporting suites for the business covering cost centre and headcount reporting - Supporting the delivery of period-end results to the agreed deadlines and standards ensuring the results are communicated in a timely and accurate way.
Ensure that the appropriate control mechanisms are in place and followed for the provision of any accounting adjustments.
Production of Management Accounting schedules and reporting (Orange/Red Book)
Ownership of Central Costs balance sheet production and supporting documentation.
Ownership of the Central Costs cash forecast and reporting against weekly movements.
Support the forecast/budget process as required.

Your skills & experience will include:

A part qualified accountant studying towards ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW.
Some experience of working with and presenting analytical results to Non-Finance users.
Analytically minded with strong Excel skills and attention to detail.
Strong planning and prioritisation skills.
Good interpersonal 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)
A desire for continuous improvement to be best in class

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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