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Financial Planning Manager

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 lead the team that designs and drives budgeting and forecasting processes across the Sainsbury’s Argos finance function. You will drive improvements in the development of procedures and processes to facilitate the production of high quality budgets and forecasts from periodic to strategic time horizons. You will also be key lead on all strategic planning and budgeting activities across the Sainsbury’s Argos business.

As Financial Planning Manager, your main responsibilities will include:

Lead, develop, retain and recruit the best talent for this pivotal financial planning team.
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.
Lead the conversion of 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.
Lead the team to create forecasting timetables, ensuring buy-in from key finance stakeholders to deliver achievable but challenging plans.
Lead the delivery of the Sales planning process for the Argos business for all key reforecasting cycles including leading the delivery of sales targets by channel.
Support the delivery of Finance improvement initiatives and implementation of internal & external best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality of outputs.
Responsible for managing relationships with relevant internal stakeholders.
Share relevant tools and lessons learnt with Finance & Non-Finance stakeholders.

Your skills & experience will include:

Qualified accountant (ACCA/CIMA) with ideally 5+ years post qualified experience.
Understand drivers of business performance and use the levers available to impact performance.
Ability to operate and influence effectively to the highest levels of finance leadership.
Assertive, challenging and confident with strong inter-personal skills.
Capability to develop, simplify and lead complex forecasting processes.
Experience of working with and presenting analytical results to non-finance users.
Strong coaching and team leadership skills.
Track record of driving through change.
Strong Excel, analytical and presentation skills, with keen attention to detail.

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

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