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Financial Analyst, 6 month contract

Frankfurt, Germany

  • Job ID 01R7G

Job Purpose

 

Our high performing and engaged Finance team supports and challenges its partners to drive value for the Group. We provide excellent decision support, insightful financial reporting and cost-efficient processes in a sound control environment.

 

The job holder will be responsible for driving commercial decision making through the provision and interpretation of commercial data and insightful financial reporting and analysis into performance across the DACH regions sales, margin, and operating profit.

 

 

Key Accountabilities

 

Decision Support

  • Utilising data provided by the Business Intelligence Competency Centre (BICC), lead the identification of trends and performance opportunities that can be exploited across customer types, sales channels and product
  • Pro-actively drive the regional and market teams to use the information and analysis to drive effective decision-making
  • Focal point for performance management (covering areas such as sales, gross margin management, customer commercial terms and operating costs)
  • Provide a commercial finance input to the sales, margin and cost budget/forecast process to ensure that the functional and market forecasts remain aligned and provide optimum investment for the Group
  • Assess, and where appropriate, challenge customer plans to ensure that all developments support the business in delivering the business strategy
  • Maintain a commercial mind set when identifying actions or making decisions. Understand the implications of, and be accountable for, those decisions
  • Monitor performance against budgets and forecasts. Provide accurate and realistic commentary on performance against agreed criteria, including comprehensive analyses of all risks, understanding root cause for key variances and driving recommendations to improve performance.

 

 

Reporting

  • Support the Leadership Team in the provision of financial insight into sales, margin, discounting, pricing, customer and profitability
  • Manage appropriate performance metrics framework for the market
  • Utilising data provided by the Business Intelligence Competency Centre (BICC), produce trend analysis and performance reports which highlight performance risks and opportunities
  • Work alongside the BICC, and the wider team to develop reports as required
  • Produce ad-hoc reports as necessary to enable the communication of financial performance with recommendations and actions
  • Ensure management information is presented in a business centric and relevant way tailored to support strong business performance
  • Support the finance team in meeting Group submission deadlines
  • Ensure that the finance team are viewed as best in class by driving an increase in knowledge networks both internally & externally and promoting evidence-based management across the organisation
  • Engage customers in order to gather information and provide thought leadership on how the strategy can most successfully be delivered

 

Problem Solving

  • Find new and innovative ways to present data to ensure that the business fully understands the trends, issues and opportunities
  • Analyse performance data to identify and address route causes and find effective solutions
  • Provide pro-active analysis of key business metrics to highlight issues e.g. ROS and GM%
  • Ensure close alignment to BICC development to leverage new datasets as they become available and gain understanding of the data
  • Effective in analysing situations and identifying issues, causes and solutions
  • Collaborate with end users to identify needs and opportunities for improved data management and delivery
  • Recognise and escalate potential risks and issues in a timely manner
  • Engender a mind-set in the team to identify solutions, rather than report problems

 

Functional leadership and team management

  • Works with wider Finance team to develop and use common approaches, leveraging the global single data input model
  • Develops a culture of continuous improvement
  • Be an effective member within the finance team
  • Manage own development proactively and demonstrate role model behaviour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Analytical capability with a high level of commercial awareness
  • Basic understanding of statistics, regression, deviation
  • Effective report design and construction
  • Interpretation of financial and non-financial data, including the ability to identify anomalies and spot trends
  • Experience of handling and manipulating large datasets
  • Ability to use MS Office packages and advanced Excel  
  • Ability to manage own workload effectively under own initiative
  • Has the experience and gravitas to be able to operate with colleagues at a senior level
  • Strong analysis, insight generation and communications skills.
  • High level of business acumen
  • Personable, enthusiastic, team oriented
  • Good communicator who can build strong relationships in a matrix structure

Desirable:

  • Good working knowledge of SAP is desirable
  • Experience of critically analysing information and providing input into discussion and decision making
  • Background in an International organisation and thereby able to demonstrate good cultural awareness and appreciation.