Strategy Finance Manager

Strategy Finance Manager

My client is a leading brand within the Media industry and due to internal promotion they are looking to hire a Strategy Finance Manager – this role sits within the focused, high calibre Finance Strategy team, working with the wider business and senior finance management team.

Key responsibilities will focus on managing the strategic planning process, modelling for the long range plan, as well as providing comprehensive competitor, industry and economic analysis, strategic analysis, and ad hoc cross business project work.

Strategic & Business Planning

* Day to day responsibility for the consolidated planning process, including establishing the process within the annual finance calendar and ensuring the models are fit for purpose and outputs accurate
* Leading on the preparation of the financials for the three year business plan and engaging with counterparts across the business and finance to ensure that assumptions are appropriate, accurate and complete
* Clear articulation of assumptions and interdependencies
* Engaging with finance counterparts as part of the annual planning cycle, facilitating a process of reconciliation of competing/differing assumptions
* Support on KPI development aligned with corporate strategy
* Producing presentation material to support the planning outputs including Budget presentations and associated narratives

Market & Competitor Analysis:

* Managing competitor analysis and tracking market developments to then apply learnings/insight to News UK and providing recommendations for improvement
* Challenging our understanding of our business based on the external analysis
* Sourcing key external forecasts, reports, insight as well as assisting in presentation materials produced for the Head of Finance, Strategy
* Understand drivers of competitor profitability, KPIs, risks and opportunities and modelling of competitor performance

Strategy and Ad Hoc Projects:

* Responsible for financial analysis and Business case development to support new corporate strategies, initiatives and opportunities on an on-going basis
* Provide strategic analysis to determine effectiveness of the corporate strategy and analysis to support changes on a periodic basis
* Supporting Head of Finance to produce ad hoc presentation material
* Ad hoc Investor Relations and CFO requests

Person Specification:

* Accounting Qualification – ACA/CA preferred
* Strategy Consulting / Big 4 experience preferred
* Strong academic record (Economics, Finance, Accounting background preferred).
* Strong modelling skills
* Exposure to Understanding Company Strategy
* TM1 experience – Beneficial

Professional Competencies:

* Analysis – Expert
* Presentation of key outputs – Expert
* Modelling – Expert
* Reporting & Compliance – Intermediate
* Business Knowledge & Expertise – Intermediate
* Qualification & Experience – Expert
* PowerPoint – Expert
* Industry Experience – Preferable

This role requires excellent presentation skills and excellent attention to detail. Expectations of the outputs of this role are high.

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