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Senior Finance Analyst

Summary

Salary
£Competitive
Team
Finance
Location
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

Description

The Professional finance function plays a key part in the business’ global commercial success. We provide vital business partnering support across the Group functions – RDD, Commercial, Salesforce, Operations, and HR – and our markets across the globe. We are also responsible for creating and monitoring the framework of financial processes and controls that define how we operate financially, and providing performance insights through reporting and analysis that influence how we operate commercially.
Reporting into the Professional Senior Finance Manager and operating globally across the Dyson Professional business, you will interact with markets and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), providing a great opportunity to raise your individual profile and build a wide network as you provide crucial business decision support. You will be responsible for Airblade and B2B category finance and will closely partner the Professional Senior Commercial Manager and RDD Category Design Manager and their teams to assess the commercial viability of our next generation technology, from early stage concepts through to commercial launch. Fundamental to the launch process is effective stock management, we need enough stock in markets to launch and to reduce stock of old technology, and you’ll support the business to achieve a seamless stock transition at launch and optimised stock levels thereafter. 
You will also support the Professional Finance and Operations Director and Senior Finance Manager with delivery of projects and process improvement. Furthermore you will have a focus on the performance of two of our largest regions: APAC and the Americas, working with our finance teams in markets to understand the drivers of their markets’ profit delivery.

Accountabilities

  • Performing investment appraisal for New Product Innovation (NPI) and New Product Development (NPD) technology to support the Commercial Director and RDD Category Manager with sound decision making. Attending RDD milestones to provide valuable decision making support throughout the process.
  • Providing monthly P&L reporting to the SLT, summarising key volume and P&L drivers. Calculating and communicating scorecards on financial and non-financial KPIs to the wider global team. Enhancing reporting to align with the latest business priorities.
  • Developing a comprehensive understanding of the demand planning process and identifying process improvements the Professional business can make, proactively working to implement these across markets globally. Continually supporting the business to: improve forecast accuracy; ensure the demand plan facilitates the achievement of the financial forecast; and optimise the supply chain of stock between manufacturing and market.
  • Producing demand planning reporting that provides an early warning system of potential market stock shortages and supports timely conversations with the supply chain and manufacturing operations teams to devise mitigating actions.    
  • Developing regular stock reporting that helps the business optimise stock levels globally and ensure all demand is met. 
  • Liaising with the finance teams across our APAC and Americas regions to understand the performance drivers and consolidating these to provide insight to the SLT and Group team. Collaborating with finance teams globally to enhance reporting and controls.
  • Partnering the Group Professional team through the budgeting/ forecasting cycle and providing sufficient challenge to ensure the accuracy of the forecast; and reporting forecast updates to management that clearly and succinctly detail reasons for forecasting variances.
  • Ensuring the integrity of the Professional P&L and balance sheet. Processing accounting entries required to fairly reflect the costs incurred by the Group team in the P&L, reconciling balance sheet accounts and requesting inter-company recharges as necessary.

Skills

  • Qualified Accountant, ideally 2 years' PQE (ACA/ACCA/CIMA).
  • Excellent analytical ability – comfortable assimilating and interpreting data and information to draw out meaningful insight and conclusions, and capable of using this to influence decision making.
  • Both competent and confident when presenting information, in particular when presenting financial information to senior non-finance stakeholders. Written communication style is clear and concise.
  • Flexible and pragmatic in approach; balances areas requiring focus with recognition of the importance of avoiding unnecessary delays to progress.
  • Energetic and engaging with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude; a problem solver.
  • Able to develop and maintain strong relationships with colleagues; a team player and proven business partner.
  • IT skills: proficient in MS Office suite; demonstrable willingness to learn Onestream, SAP BW, SAP ERP and Salesforce.com (training provided).

Benefits

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