International Financial Planning Analyst
We have a fantastic opportunity for a bright and highly motivated Group FP&A Analyst to join our International Finance team based in our head office in Liverpool Street, London.
Australia, Singapore, Spain – just three of the 30+ countries where you can find our stores. You’ll find us at airports, stations, hospitals and shopping malls all over the world, with stores run directly, through joint ventures or via ‘Franchise Partnership’ models. It’s an integral part of the company’s growth strategy.
We now have an exciting opportunity for a qualified Financial Planning Analyst to join our International Finance team based at our Head Office in London. Reporting into the Financial Planning Manager, you'll play a key role in ensuring the integrity of WHSmith’s financial planning and P&L analysis and insight.
What you’ll do:
In this role you will:
Support the Financial Planning Manager during planning and forecasting cycles, working closely with the wider finance team, and commercial and operational teams across the business.
Support with short term planning activities, so the business always has an up-to-date view on trading performance compared to budget/forecast and expectations.
Involvement with longer term planning activities, including supporting Group Finance in certain key areas such as going concern/impairment assessments
Adhoc support with analysis required for the wider business.
Who we’re looking for:
We are looking for someone that is a Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACCA, ICAEW) with previous experience in a similar role. Experience within the retail industry would prove advantageous; however an interest in International Retail is vital. You will be an excellent communicator who can engage, communicate and influence both financial and non-financial managers. Your planning and organisational skills will be strong and you’ll be able to prioritise a broad and extensive range of activities, and work well under pressure and to tight deadlines.
You’ll have excellent analytical skills and be a strong user of Microsoft Excel, including Pivot Tables, V-Lookups and Sum Ifs. You must have a keen eye for detail and accuracy, to ensure all financial data is summarised in a logical and informative manner appropriate for a variety of audiences.