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Strategic Planning and Forecasting Assistant Analyst

Within Sainsbury’s Argos Finance, what we do touches the lives of thousands of colleagues and millions of customers. Every moment of every day. And so we look for people in our Finance team to be more than a number.

We think you’ll find the work we do here fascinating, as it’s varied and fast paced and critical to Sainsbury’s success. We also feel really connected to our customers and to the brand values. Not lease because we can see the impact of the work we do.

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.

As a Strategic Planning and Forecasting Assistant Analyst, you'll establish and support the on-going delivery of the Sainsbury’s Argos strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting process with guidance from the Strategic Planning & Forecasting Analyst. You'll also have the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders at all levels.

More about the role:

Support the 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
Help convert the Sainsbury’s Argos Strategic Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting process from a long arduous planning cycle to a quick and agile process that provides the same business understanding and insight but requiring fewer resources without the comprise on accuracy, insight and direction
Develop standardised reporting & insight for Business Partnering teams to drive productive action / improved business performance in collaboration with the business with guidance from the Strategic Planning & Forecasting Analyst. This includes:

Channel reporting, analysis and insight to help the business understand which channels are driving growth, the cost of the likely volume trends and guide the operational areas with their forecast
Consolidate and communicate business performance to various key stakeholders including board level and key operational teams
Production of agreed standardised reporting & insight to Business Partnering teams across weekly and period reporting timelines. This should be timely and accurate and provide insight to support future business activity

Support the delivery of Finance improvement initiatives and implementation of internal & external best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality of outputs including:

Data quality improvements
Channel reporting improvements e.g. report rationalisation, design and implementation

Responsible for managing relationships with relevant internal stakeholders

More about you:

Experience in using systems that support financial accounting and reporting processes (e.g. Lawson, Essbase, and other reporting tools)
Studying towards or holds a professional accounting qualification
Some experience of working with and presenting analytical results to Non-Finance users
Strong analytical skills, Excel & Access skills and attention to detail

We know that candidates may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also know that ‘normal’ office hours aren’t always doable, and while we can’t accommodate every flexible working request we are happy to be asked. So if you are excited about working with us and think you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet… why not apply and see how it goes?

Here at Sainsbury’s Argos we’re a proud equal opportunities employer that values diversity at every level of our business. Inclusion and Diversity are fundamental to our culture and values, fostering an innovative, collaborative and fast paced work environment that means we can build a better future for our colleagues and our customers. Everyone is welcome at Sainsbury’s Argos. Want to find out more? Then visit our Diversity & Inclusion page on our Careers site –

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