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.
There’s an old saying…” look after the pennies, and the pounds will take care of themselves”. In this role you have the chance to do exactly that; by maintaining strict controls over the movements of cash, and understanding the transactions that go through the Sainsbury’s Argos bank accounts.
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.
As Central Costs Analyst, you will Identify and implement opportunities to improve the Central Costs accounting, reporting, planning, budgeting & forecasting processes and outputs. You will play a key role in business partnering with stakeholders to understand key drivers and lead period end, budget and forecasting processes.
As Central Costs Analyst, your main responsibilities will include:
Business partner assigned functions to ensure monthly performance is understood and pro-actively highlight any risks/opportunities so that action is taken accordingly.
Lead period end process ensuring the delivery of period-end results to the agreed deadlines and standards ensuring the results are communicated in a timely and accurate way.
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.
Develop standardised reporting suites for the business covering cost performance and headcount reporting.
Provide insight for the Central Costs cash forecast.
Lead the Central Costs forecast/budget process.
Ad-hoc commercial analysis.
Deputise for Central Costs Manager as required.
Your skills & experience will include:
Be a Qualified Accountant - ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW.
Strong Excel & numerical skills, with an aptitude for turning data into analysis and insight, and being able to clearly articulate this in communications.
High levels of pace, energy and a want to succeed
Must have a strong eye for detail and a passion for accuracy.
Analytically minded with strong Excel skills and attention to detail.
Good interpersonal skills, an empathetic nature and a good sense of humour.
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.