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Trading Finance Analyst

Exciting new opportunity has become available to join our Trading Finance Team.

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.

Role Overview:

The Trading Finance team is a team of finance professionals that drives business performance by effectively business partnering across the Commercial team. The team partner key stakeholders to make informed and effective commercial decisions, and maximise value creation within business.

In this role, you will partner the Trading Director and his commercial team to support the delivery of the commercial objectives, providing insight and challenge to drive performance with direction and support from the Trading Finance Manager. You will be responsible for the forecasting and reporting of business performance for Trading level Sales, Margin and Stock for key trading categories. You will deliver timely day-to-day forecasting, analysis and performance commentary using insight and inputs from other teams within the business.

What I need to do:

Act on decisions to close gaps in actual financial performance vs. target and collaborating with the category teams.
Track and understand the financial impact of action plans, and help drive these through to completion.
Deliver timely and accurate day-to-day reporting, planning, budgeting & forecasting activities with guidance from the Trading Finance Manager including:

Analytical support and reporting commentary to the Commercial teams to help make sound commercial business decisions and improve business performance.
Reporting, analysis and medium term forecasts of sales, margin & wastage, and periodic analysis of balanced scorecard measures (e.g. balance sheet & customer metrics)
Monitoring of performance and provision of regular insight into the drivers of performance highlighting opportunities to maximise profitable growth.
Support and challenge the commercial team in the development of robust, achievable but stretching financial budgetary targets, ensuring commercial ownership.
Monitor stock levels to ensure they are maintained at appropriate levels and at a reasonable valuation, and that returns are maximised from new, slow-moving or seasonal lines.
Undertake ad hoc analysis of the success of promotional/markdown activity; trials; seasonal activity or events; sub-brands; trading intensity; product/buyer profitability; capital investment etc.
Final pricing, Sales and Margin Budgeting, Category Planning etc.

Provide robust Finance inputs into relevant category projects including:

Evaluation of capital investment and/or new business initiatives including the financial ramifications, risks and opportunities, and that expenditure against capital projects is committed using the agreed approval processes.
Training and provision of tools to the trading teams to raise commercial awareness, financial acumen and improve decision-making.

Work closely within the FP&A and Business Partnering teams to provide an end-to-end service to our stakeholders.
Share relevant tools and lessons learnt with the Business Partnering community.

Your skills & experience will include:

Qualified finance professional with relevant PQE experience – CIMA / ACCA.
Strong commercial acumen, curiosity beyond traditional finance boundaries and ability to understand key business drivers.
Ability to present complex information in a simplified manner.
Strong analytical skills, Excel & Access skills with attention to detail.
Fantastic inter-personal skills, an empathetic nature and a good sense of humour.
Team player with good presentation and communication skills (both verbal & written)
Ability to positively and proactively engage key stakeholders to build credible relationships whilst retaining professional integrity.
Experience in a large company environment, preferably retail.

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, health care, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.

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