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Distribution Finance 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.

Sainsbury’s Argos is at the heart of the Group’s growth strategy. Since joining Sainsbury’s, Argos has revolutionised the way we do business, bringing expertise, technological innovation and hugely talented people to the team. We have outperformed the market in a number of our key business areas by presenting customers with convenience, choice and value. As well as opening c.280 Argos stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, customers can also pick up their Argos and Tu clothing orders from 320 collection points in our supermarkets and Convenience Stores, where customers can also collect eBay and DPD parcels. Our own delivery network is also breaking new ground. We are the only retailer in the UK who can deliver to 92% of UK postcodes within four hours.

Role Overview:

The Logistics Finance team is a team of financial professionals that drives business performance by effectively business partnering across the Logistics team. The team partners key stakeholders to make informed and effective commercial decisions and maximise value creation.

In this role you will business partner the Distribution Director and the Senior Distribution Operations Team to support the delivery of their objectives and provide insight and challenge to drive operational performance and influence decision making. The role will ensure the Logistics Financial Controller has both a short and long term view of pertinent issues concerning the Distribution Operation and identify any material risks and opportunities to the main business. You will lead and develop a pro-active team to control the management accounting and reporting of the Distribution cost base to ensure that all data is accurately recorded and that all current accounting conventions are being adhered to.

As Distribution Finance Manager your role will involve:

Support the Distribution Leadership Team by providing timely information, professional advice and interpretation of data to actively participate in the decision-making process within the Operation.
Evaluate both tactical and strategic Distribution projects, understanding how each will impact on the growth of the company and retrospectively ensure that the stated benefits of each project are delivered to the business.
Collaborate with Distribution colleagues (including Third Parties) to act on decisions to close gaps in actual financial performance vs. target.
Own the process of budgeting & forecasting for Distribution, obtaining mutual commitment and agreement and subsequently reviewing performance deviations and advising of required future corrective actions in review and ad-hoc team meetings.
Communicate effectively with the leadership team on a regular basis and provide appropriate challenge to ensure that budgetary and financial control is being applied, therefore securing the delivery of financial forecasts.
Responsible for managing relationships with relevant stakeholders and to ensure that plans are aligned across the business.
Understand the environment in which Distribution is based and ensure that any decisions taken within Distribution are carried out with full consideration of the financial impact upon Sainsbury’s Argos.
Recruit, retain and manage the development of the team ensuring that staff development meets both changing departmental and organisational objectives and priorities as well as the career aspirations of the individuals.
Share relevant tools and lessons learnt with Finance & Non-Finance stakeholders.

Your skills & experience will include:

Qualified accountant with ideally 3+ years post qualified experience.
Strong commercial acumen, curiosity beyond traditional finance boundaries and ability to understand key business drivers.
Ability to operate and influence effectively.
Assertive, challenging and confident with strong inter-personal skills.
Experience of working with, and presenting analytical results to non-finance users
Strong coaching and team leadership skills.
Strong excel, analytical and presentation skills, with keen attention to detail.
Experience in a large company environment, preferably retail (desired).

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

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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