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Controls & Cash Finance Controller

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:

This team will drive the focus on cash across the finance and senior leadership teams; challenge and track cash generation initiatives; provide accurate, timely and insightful understanding of our cash performance; deliver robust cash forecasting; and provide great financial control and compliance across our balance sheet.

In this role you will lead a finance team to deliver great insight into the cash position and drive forward opportunities to improve cash generation. This role sits on the Finance Leadership Team, providing an opportunity to influence the effectiveness of Argos in many areas.

As Controls & Cash Finance Controller your role will involve:

Represent Sainsbury’s Argos on the Group Cash Action Group (“CAG”), driving and tracking working capital and cash generation initiatives with the senior leadership, and develop a longer-term pipeline of activity.
Create a culture of cash understanding and ownership with the Management Board and throughout the business.
Lead a robust cash budgeting and forecasting process that provides clarity on our financial cash position and the linkage through the financial statements.
Manage the relationship with the Group Treasury team to ensure our cash requirements are fully understood and met.
Lead cash reporting with key insight produced on a timely and accurate basis, with a focus on highlighting risks and opportunities to improve liquidity.
Own the balance sheet and wider control processes, ensure that there is a strong control environment and compliance is adhered each period end, and to understand risks and opportunities.
Highlight and resolve any control risks to safeguard the business from any financial irregularities.
Manage the relationship with Internal Audit to ensure all risks highlighted are mitigated across Finance, in a timely manner.

How I will succeed:

Build strong relationships across the Management Board and the finance team.
Seek to collaborate both cross functionally and within Finance, whilst being comfortable challenging existing processes and any current thinking on cash opportunities.
Focus on accuracy and insight in reporting, forecasting and budgeting.
Seek to embed a best practice financial control environment.
Coach and challenge the Team to gain development opportunities to support their growth.
Be a self-starter and eagerly seek out opportunities to drive improvements.

Your skills & experience will include:

Qualified finance professional with significant experience operating in senior leadership role.
Understand drivers of cash, the levers available to impact cash and the impact on wider financial statements.
Expertise and knowledge of best practice within financial control environment.
Strong commercial acumen and curiosity beyond traditional finance boundaries.
Integrity of decision making, challenging conventions to maximise results.
Strong analytical skills, Excel & Access skills and attention to detail.
Proven coaching and team leadership and development skills.
Strong engagement, presentation and communication skills.
Strong planning and prioritisation skills.
A capability to own, innovate and drive through change in ambiguous situations.

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, company car, 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 –

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