Financial Planning Analyst
Rutherford Cross
Published
June 24, 2022
Location
Glasgow / Aviemore, United Kingdom
Job Type
Region
Scotland:, - Glasgow
Sector
Industry and Commerce
Specialism
Financial and Statutory Accounting

Description

The Financial Planning Analyst position is a highly visible role, working closely with the operations of the business, analysing the financial impact of production data. The successful candidate will assess the financial implications of non-financial data such as; throughput, downtime, waste volumes, manpower loads, cost benefits of equipment maintenance and resourcing where the benefits are not financial but will need the financial impact to be calculated. Given the exposure of the post, it is essential that an individual has a strong work ethic, takes responsibility for their duties and has a willingness to understand the key drivers influencing business performance.

This represents an excellent opportunity for a motivated finance professional who wants to work in a growing, family-owned environment and within a company that can provide a firm career platform with good opportunities for personal and professional development.

The Individual

The Financial Planning Analyst role requires a confident and commercial individual that is comfortable engaging with the wider business at all levels.  It is crucial that the post-holder possesses strong relationship building skills. They will need to learn the culture of a close knit, family company, which forms a key role in the local community. The company is fully committed to minimising environmental impact, believing the business has a responsibility, to operate as sustainably as possible.  It is important that the Financial Planning Analyst buys into this ethos.

The successful candidate will challenge existing processes in a tactful manner, respecting those procedures at present have helped the company on its journey, however in order for the finance department to be a driving force in expansion plans, changes will be needed. The employer is a fast-growing business and presents a fantastic opportunity for a driven Financial Planning Analyst to develop with the business.

The Individual

A summary of the key candidate requirements are as follows:

Experience

  • Producing management information to support business-decision making
  • Developing strong relationships across the business at all levels
  • Presenting to senior stakeholders
  • Liaising with external stakeholders in a professional manner, gaining trust and credibility
  • A background in manufacturing or other product led business environments would be highly advantageous but not essential

Qualifications

  • An accountancy qualification or studying towards an accountancy qualification would be advantageous, albeit an individual with strong financial analysis experience without any professional qualification will also be considered

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly
  • Ability to present financial information clearly, concisely and in an engaging manner
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including use of Excel
  • Power BI/Data Visualisation experience is highly advantageous
  • A knowledge of cost accounting would be advantageous
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to identify business improvement opportunities and drive implementation
  • Ability to prioritise and adapt to changing workload effectively
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of accounting standards and developments relevant to the business
  • Sage200 and CRM experience is advantageous

Characteristics and Behaviours

  • Not afraid to challenge the status quo and evaluate / present alternatives as required
  • High levels of drive and personal commitment to achieve success
  • Remains calm when under pressure
  • Results driven and respect for deadlines
  • Anticipates stakeholder needs
  • Strong team player

The Role

The Financial Planning Analyst is a key role, ensuring that finance has a role in influencing the operations of the business. The Financial Planning Analyst will directly impact budgeting, planning, pricing and strategy processes.

The main duties and responsibilities will involve:

  • Challenging on costs and advising commercial colleagues on pricing decisions, working with procurement to ensure price lists are updated in line with any price increases for material
  • Compare actual to expected costs, identifying and understanding the reasons for variances and resolving any issues where relevant
  • Producing financial forecasts and budgets
  • Using a business partnering approach, work closely with Senior Management Team to providing financial support, advice and information to assist budget holders to monitor financial performance, achieve financial objectives and aid decision making
  • Identifying metrics and KPIs that are useful for management to measure performance Provision of ad-hoc analysis and review of data from various sources to meet the requirements of the business
  • Provision of ad-hoc analysis and review of data from various sources to meet the requirements of the business
  • Presentation of monthly financial management accounts in management meetings, understanding the key performance indicators affecting the business
  • Review of monthly management accounts to monitor and report financial performance against plans
  • Support and interact with the senior management of the company and businesses on a daily basis

Remuneration

Basic Salary: £30,000 - £45,000 per annum, depending on experience

Company Pension: Auto enrolment, employer contribution 4%, employee contribution 5%

Holiday Entitlement: Currently stands at 34 days

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