Finance Manager, Supply Chain & Product - 6 Month FTC

Department:  Finance
City:  London
Country:  GB
INTRODUCTION

Founded in 1856, Burberry today remains quintessentially British, with outerwear at its core.  Digital luxury positioning and intensive focus on design innovation, quality and heritage icons ensure continued brand purity and relevance globally across genders and generations. Burberry believes that in order to be a great brand it must also be a great company and constantly leverages the energy of its compassionate and creative thinking culture to continually innovate and drive the brand forward. Headquartered in London, Burberry is a design, marketing and retail led business with a global reputation for innovative product design, digital marketing initiatives and dynamic retail strategies.

JOB PURPOSE

As a trusted finance partner, you will use your finance expertise, connecting seamlessly with your Business and Finance colleagues, to provide commercial finance support, influencing decisions or strategy to deliver bottom-line benefits. 

 

This 6 month FTC role should be viewed as a co-pilot to the Business budget holders, pro-actively looking for opportunities and addressing areas not previously considered.

Whilst being unburdened by day-to-day processing responsibilities, you will retain overall accountability for the financial control of opex related to Product (Merchandising, Product Development, Planning, Design), Supply Chain (excluding Warehouse & Distribution) and Digital.  In addition, you will generate a full financial picture for Digital (for reporting and forecasting purposes).

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Develop strong and trusted partnerships with key budget holders within functions with a commercial mind-set, provide analysis, challenge and insight on commercial finance matters and strategies – pro-actively addressing areas that may not have been previously considered
  • Provide effective monthly management reports for key budget holders and Finance leadership team (significant exercise for digital).
  • Support and influence key business decisions through the pro-active creation of business cases and ‘what-if’ scenario planning, ensuring there is a consistent approach applied across functions.
  • Ensure sufficient financial rigour is applied on all key investment decisions and post investment reviews are carried out, with learnings communicated and embedded in future assessments.
  • Play a key role in evaluating business performance and offering advice on the future direction to achieve business targets and KPIs. Track, report and monitor performance against these targets.
  • Help drive efficiencies through value adding activities by leading and delivering commercial finance analysis and identifying and managing KPIs.
  • Oversee the financial planning process and ensure sufficient financial rigour has occurred in identifying efficiencies and cost savings.
  • Lead and co-ordinate delivery of the month end close and financial controlling liaising closely with Horseferry Management Accounting Team.
  • Maintain a balanced connection between your key budget holders and the Finance Leadership Team.
  • Partner closely with Commercial Procurement
  • Manage direct / indirect reports to optimise their performance and oversee their development, both as individuals and as a team.
PERSONAL PROFILE
  • Qualified accountant ACA/CIMA or equivalent with at least 5 years PQE (as a guide).
  • Strong analytical background, with a good attention to detail.
  • Strategic thinking and problem solving.
  • Ability to build rapport and trust.
  • Ability to interact, advise and challenge senior leadership levels.
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Commercial and retail mind-set – ability to interpret business requirements and prioritisation.
  • Ability to see short term and long term effects of possible actions.
  • Ability to think globally.
  • Good team player.
  • Business partnering with non-finance individuals and teams.
  • Proven track record of delivering change and driving improvements.
  • At least 7 years post university experience (as a guide) with proven Management experience.


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