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Senior Finance Manager - Group FP&A FTC

Employer
Marks and Spencer
Location
Borough, South East London, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Role
Finance Manager
Sector
Finance
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Summary

Fully woven into the DNA of M&S, our Finance team plays a key role in setting the pace for our key business decisions, shaping our budgets, analysing our sales, managing costs and making sure our most vital statistics and data are absolutely accurate.

With a focus on adding new value to all business areas by helping them make data-driven decisions and understand what is driving commercial performance - it's our job to make sure the right tools, processes, governance and ways of working are in place to support this.

All the details

This role, which sits within the wider Group FP&A team, is the finance lead for the corporate costs and transformation programmes, you'll be business partnering and providing insight to 3 Executive Committee ("ExCo") members (Director of HR, General Counsel and Director of Corporate Affairs) and their teams. A broad role with an exciting remit, you'll receive oversight of the overall corporate strategy and transformation happening across the support office, including supporting organisational design and Plan A (sustainability) teams understanding and running our M&S-wide carbon planning processes. You'll develop a broad network across finance and the wider business with lots of opportunity for cross-functional working.

What's in it for you

Being a part of M&S is exactly that - becoming a part and playing your part. We're an inclusive, dynamic, exciting, and always evolving business built on core values.

Here are some of the benefits we offer that make working for M&S just that little bit more special...
  • 20% Colleague discount on most things from furniture, fashion and food.
  • A first-class welcome to M&S with a tailored induction and a wide range of training schemes to help with your learning and development. Having options to progress is something we're proud of at M&S.
  • Attractive annual bonus, based on company performance and personal objectives.
  • Competitive holiday entitlement with the potential to buy extra holiday days!
  • Amazing perks and discounts via our M&S Choices website. Including GymSave - that offers up to 25% off Gym Memberships and the option to become an M&S Shareholder using our ShareSave & ShareBuy Schemes
  • Charity Volunteer Day - A paid day away from work to support your chosen charity.
  • A very generous Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Every colleague at M&S has access to a fantastic range of wellbeing support - this includes access to our 24/7 Virtual GP, PAM Assist to support you & your family as well as many other schemes

What you'll do

Your key accountabilities will include:
  • Supporting the senior stakeholders (ExCo members) with all their financial decision making including adhoc financial modelling through to challenging underlying assumptions and adding commercial insight.
  • Provide insight and analysis on support office staffing (a key area of focus for the business), engaging with the business unit ("BU") finance teams and HR to accurately report and comment on the movements and risks or opportunities, as well as supporting HR on future organisational design strategy.
  • Being a proactive business partner to support and challenge on any business cases for investment in the corporate areas. Ensuring the financials are robust and that the benefits are achievable and tracked. Lead the post implementation review process to update the business on how the business case is tracking against its targets.
  • Coaching and support of five heads in the Business Service Centre ("BSC") who dotted line report into the role, building a strong relationship with them based on regular feedback and development.
  • Leading core planning processes for your areas (3 Year Plan and Budget), working cross-functionally with numerous business partners to generate challenging but achievable plans, based on clear assumptions, that are in line with the area's strategy. This will involve leading discussions with the senior leaders and CFO to ensure they have a clear understanding of the plan to achieve these.

Who you are

Your skills and experience will include:
  • Qualified accountant
  • Commercial awareness to add challenge and insight to the business, with the confidence to present to and form relationships with senior stakeholders
  • Proactive self-starter with collaborative approach and a natural style that builds strong network with colleagues
  • Willingness to challenge the status quo, and a drive for continuous improvement: implementing or overseeing changes to processes which improve efficiency and outputs.
  • A great team member, but also happy to work independently on own initiatives, managing multiple competing priorities

Everyone's welcome

M&S is ready to push boundaries to lead the retail industry into a greener, speedier, more inspiring digital era. That's why we're revolutionising how we work and offering our most exciting opportunities yet. There's never been a better time to be part of our team. Marks & Spencer aims to be an inclusive organisation, trusted and admired by our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Join us and make an immediate impact.

We are committed to an active Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy, which starts with our recruitment and selection process, and we are happy to talk flexible working.

If you consider yourself to require reasonable adjustments to any part of our recruitment process, we invite you to share those requirements with us when completing your application. We will make every effort to ensure your needs are met to provide a fair and transparent process of assessment.

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