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Strategic Planning & Forecasting 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:

In this role you will lead the team that designs and drives budgeting and forecasting processes across the Sainsbury’s Argos finance function. The role requires a passionate individual who will lead and 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 take lead on all Strategic Planning and Budgeting activity across the Sainsbury’s Argos business.

Team:

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.

More about the role:

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.
Continue to 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.
Responsible for managing relationships with relevant internal stakeholders.
Share relevant tools and lessons learnt with Finance & Non-Finance stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, you’ll have the following experience and skills:

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.
Developing, simplifying and leading 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 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, healthcare, 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 – www.argos.careers/diversityandinclusion


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