Financial Communications Analyst
Daryl Harper
June 24, 2016
Job Type
Scotland & UK
Industry and Commerce
Financial and Statutory Accounting


The Company

The Scottish Salmon Company produces Scotland’s finest salmon with pride and passion.  With our head office in Edinburgh, we breed, rear and process superior salmon exclusively in the pristine waters of the Scottish Western Highlands and Islands.  We are proud to be at the heart of Scottish rural life while enjoying a growing reputation internationally for supplying only the finest quality Scottish salmon.

Employing over 480 people in Scotland our aquaculture operations range across 60 sites in Argyll, the Western Highlands and the Hebrides.  We are engaged in all stages of the value chain from broodstock development and smolt production through freshwater and marine farming to harvesting, processing, sales, marketing, HR and IT.  We are fortunate to have highly skilled staff who are passionate about their work and are proud of the delicious and nutritious fresh salmon we produce.

We are dedicated to delivering the highest standards in all areas of our business.  We pioneer best practice in many aspects of aquaculture from animal husbandry and environmental research to customer service and brand development.  We supply some of the world’s most discerning chefs, restaurateurs, smokers and high end retailers both in the UK and internationally. This year we were named Exporter of the Year at the Made In Scotland Awards and in 2015 we were named Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

The Opportunity

To meet the strategic objectives of the business a new position, Financial Communications Analyst, has been created. With a direct reporting line to the Financial Communications Officer, the post holder will be primarily responsible for providing commercial analysis on the salmon market and its segments, benchmarking and reviewing the Group against the market and their competitors and preparing investment appraisals, in addition to internal re-forecasting and ad-hoc scenario planning.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join a passionate and ambitious business and contribute to its future success by playing a key role in its journey.

Preferred Candidate Profile

The Financial Communications Analyst position requires a professionally qualified accountant who possesses excellent technical, interpersonal and team working skills. It is likely that the individual will have come from a professional practice background and will have already developed/used financial models or have come from a corporate finance background (c2-4 years PQE).

Given the regular interaction with the Senior Leadership Team, it is critical that the candidate possesses sufficient credibility and confidence when presenting commercial market analysis. Also, it is important that the individual has a conscious approach to delivering the information and commentary of analysis in a clear and digestible format as possible.

The Financial Communications Analyst will effectively support the Financial Communications Officer, satisfying the requirements of senior stakeholders across the business. In particular, it is crucial they can take responsibility for the delivery of accurate and high quality commercial information, often to meet challenging timescales.

A summary of the key candidate requirements are as follows:

  • Qualified Accountant with c2-4 years post qualification experience
  • Has ideally developed or used financial models
  • Previous experience of Executive and Board level reporting
  • Strong IT literacy
  • Critical thinking and strong analytical skills, probability and regression experience desired
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Enthusiastic, has charisma and can build relationships in all areas of the building, building a network of internal and external contacts
  • Has pace and resolves issues quickly using judgement and understands the wider business context, yet demonstrates a methodical approach and is able show complex data in a simple format
  • Hands-on approach and proven ability to work under pressure to agreed deadlines

Job Description

  • Reporting directly to the Financial Communications Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
  • Prepare and report the monthly reforecast process and ad-hoc scenario analysis.
  • Support the FCO with regular financial model updates, including macro-economic assumptions for budget (price, fx, interest).
  • As required, either fully manage or as part of a team conduct & report investment appraisals.
  • Prepare IA Model
  • Conduct initial prep research on behalf of the FCO to produce: competitor and market analysis, summaries for management and monitor analyst output on SSC / compare to company valuation and investor quarter v quarter analysis
  • Monitor SSC trends and report monthly to management
  • Internal analysis of delegated projects for decision making (e.g. product costing, product decision making etc.).
  • Product hedge monitoring report.
  • Prepare and coordinate ad hoc projects such as the economic impact assessment as requested.

Remuneration Package

Salary:                                                £35,000 - £42,000 per annum

Pension:                                             6% Employer Contribution

Additional Benefits:                        Life Cover, Income Protection

Annual Leave:                   31 days per annum

For a full position profile and a confidential discussion on the position please contact our retained adviser Daryl Harper at Rutherford Cross on 0131 603 8111.


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