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Lead Finance Analyst


Malmesbury - United Kingdom


We are looking for a Lead Finance Analyst with a proven track record in providing value added support in specific business functions. 
The role will be supporting the Finance Business Partnering with the Global IT function, one of the largest and most critical functions in Dyson. This support includes yearly Budget planning, actuals tracking, capital expenditure requests, investment appraisal, cost controlling and project accounting. The role will be required to use extensive analysis to work with the Function to drive enhanced planning, optimal decision making and stakeholder management. The role is critical in controlling major cost areas and providing support to senior management to understand the spend at Departmental and Regional levels.


A key responsibility will be to manage monthly and annual reporting cycles providing incisive reporting that shapes and influences decision-making. You will be reporting to the Senior Finance Manager Business Partner for IT, as part of the Global Overheads Team. 
Your main accountabilities will be:
  • Challenge current ways of working, driving efficiencies and cost savings and execute the Overheads efficiency Strategy across the Global IT Function to support them in achieving their ambitious cost growth targets
  • To ensure accurate and timely financial management information is prepared for IT Stakeholders and key Leadership reviews, with detailed analysis of spend presented in a highly accessible format to ensure adhesion of non-finance Leaders
  • Work in close partnership with the individual Budget holders and the Group consolidation team to provide accurate, timely and comprehensive annual Global budgets as well as Monthly/Quarterly re-forecasts and actuals
  • To provide support for monthly Financial review meetings with Senior budget holders including the Global CIO and to act as a key point of contact to support the budget holders with commercial business, capital and investment proposals
  • Feed into a monthly presentation of the Function Financial performance, full year forecast and Budget variances including the reporting of Financial opportunities and risk
  • To build strong relations across Group Finance and each Market and provide financial support to cost control decision making
  • Support the development of relevant KPIs, reporting and analysis in partnership with the Global Overheads Team Reporting Manager
  • Review of monthly commitments and preparations of monthly accruals and prepayments reconciliations including timely follow up on queries
  • Be comfortable dealing with and working through issues and operational challenges with the Global IT Teams, getting into the appropriate level of detail to ensure your understanding of their cost drivers and your ability to input into our Global Cost or Business Reviews
  • Be dependent on your resourcefulness and ability to influence and partner with the Function’s non-finance leads


This is what we need you to have:
  • Business Partnering experience with some Senior stakeholders
  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA)
  • Solid accounting skills, diligent and accurate
  • Ability to challenge the baselines, constructively questioning the cost structure and its evolution
  • Experience of running and performing budgeting or forecasting processes
  • Excellent Excel skills, including being comfortable with pivots, advanced formulae and charting
  • Good PowerPoint skills, with an eye for detail and aesthetics 
  • Excellent analytical ability with a great attention to detail
  • A team player with a positive, ‘will do’ attitude and the ability to be flexible yet have a disciplined approach
  • Good communication skills with the ability to make Financial information accessible to non-Financial leads
  • Determined and assertive, prepared to get into the right level of detail to understand the core cost drivers of the Function
  • Robust personality comfortable Partnering with a complex Function
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to prioritise workload and ability to work to strict deadlines set by the Head of Finance
  • Prior experience of Management Accounts is essential (2 years minimum)
  • Previous exposure to Senior Stakeholder management
  • Experience within a financial planning and analysis environment 
  • Investment Appraisal/Financial modelling of commercial decisions
  • SAP experience


  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines

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