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Finance Placement (1 year Fixed term Contract)

Buckinghamshire, South East England, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Full Time

The Start date for this Finance Placement role would be in Summer 2024

Company Overview

Hitachi Social Innovation addresses the world's most challenging social and environmental challenges. By focusing on more efficient usage of assets and systems, we extract value to reach outcomes that matter for business and society - what we call the double bottom line. Combining 100+ years of experience in operational technology (OT) and 60+ years in IT, we harness Hitachi's broad capabilities in R&D to deliver cutting edge AI and IOT solutions in the core areas of transport, manufacturing and energy.

HEU is also responsible for managing a Shared Services Group that provides the Company's business units with a range of innovative and effective common services that deliver value, create 'lean' processes and support growth and development - including HR, IT, Legal, Finance & Accounting, Corporate Communications & Sustainability, and Business Development.

What you'll be doing

Role Overview

Hitachi Europe Ltd are currently looking to recruit a Finance Placement on a 12-month fixed-term placement contract. This is a fantastic opportunity to take on real responsibility within a supportive and encouraging business environment, that will provide you with a great foundation for your future career. You will also gain further exposure to the wider Finance teams.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

As part of our commitment to your development, we will be offering a varied and challenging 12-month undergraduate placement. It is a 'hands-on' role and you will gain wide-ranging finance exposure.

Specifically, you will assist in these areas:

  • Monthly internal financial results, close process and month end process.
  • Quarterly consolidated financial reporting to parent company.
  • JSOX annual certification of effectiveness of financial reporting controls and statutory financial statements.
  • Assist with managing an assigned business group (limited complexity) or shared service customer.
  • Liaising the auditors (Internals and externals) regarding matters relating to the business group

Providing analysis to the finance team to assess actual performance versus forecast and preparing reporting schedules in collaboration with the Financial Planning & Analysis team, Finance team, Manager and Director.

Commercial Finance:
  • Assist with reporting requirements.
  • Preparing quarterly and annual forecasts.
  • Analysing variations against expected results.
  • Supporting finance and business teams with insights on key input & output performance indicators.
  • You will learn how Finance supports the various business teams in forecasting and analysing actual financial results.

Finance System:
  • Support the development of various reports run by new SAP system, S4Hana, SAC

  • Be part of process improvement project within the team, learning and applying process improvement techniques.
  • Assist in any project implementations.
  • Be responsible for the updating current SOP by capturing and documenting processes and procedures.
  • Work with data source providers and technology teams to ensure that key decision data is accurate, automated and timely.
  • Assist with development, and implementation of policies and programs that drive best practices.

What you bring to the team

We're looking for a team player, who is motivated by delivering great work and the Hitachi vision. The role will be a mixture of remote-hybrid work with 2 days working at Hitachi Sefton Park, Slough Office.

Key Skills and Experience
  • The ideal candidate will be working towards a degree in Finance, Accounting, Business and/or similar discipline focused on analytics an expected grade of 2:1 or above
  • Good knowledge in Excel and PowerPoint, and overall computer skills
  • Soft Skills: numerical, logical & good interpersonal skills
  • Keen interest in the working with data, numbers and technology
  • Willingness to further explore and develop Excel skills
  • Ability to communicate within a team and across all levels, including customers, suppliers and external stakeholders.
  • Be proactive and self-motivated, with the ability to set priorities and manage to tight deadlines
  • Willing to travel and build a strong internal network
  • Analytical acumen
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and working with large databases

Benefits Package

Company Funded Benefits

Along with a market competitive salary and discretionary bonus scheme, employees have the option to work flexibly in line with our hybrid working model and we would be happy to discuss this with you during the hiring process.
  • Generous holiday entitlement - with the option to buy up to an additional 5 days per year
  • A Holiday Banking scheme allowing you to bank untaken holiday to use another year
  • Group Personal Pension
  • Private Medical Insurance with self-funded option to cover family members
  • Employee Assistance Programme available to all employees
  • Personal Accident Insurance

Voluntary Benefits (funded by employee) including;
  • Cycle To Work scheme
  • Gym Membership
  • Dental Insurance with option to include dependent children
  • Health screening
  • Dining card

Our Values

With Japanese Roots Going Back Over 100 Years, Our Culture Is Founded On The Values Of Our Parent Company Expressed As The Hitachi Spirit

We are proud to say we are an equal opportunity employer and welcome all applicants for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Wa - Harmony, Trust, Respect

Makoto - Sincerity, Fairness, Honesty, Integrity

Kaitakusha-Seishin - Pioneering Spirit, Challenge

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