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Commercial Finance Manager

Sellick Partnership has been assigned to recruit a permanent Commercial Finance Manager for a very successful and instantly recognisable retail business based in Manchester.

The business has outperformed their competitors over the past few years and will continue to do so by driving their strategic plan, delivering further improvements and changes that will make a real impact on the whole business.

Reporting into the Head of Financial Planning and Analysis, you will work within a capable and talented team. You'll play a key role in the portfolio strategy as they invest over £300m per year into their 2,500 store estate. You'll lead planning, forecasting and budgeting for the investments and provide key insight into how it's performing. You will evaluate and challenge rigorously the financial assumptions behind the portfolio plans and ensure it is well spent.

General responsibilities:

  • produce and add value to key month end reporting
  • play a key role in planning, budgeting and forecasting of the portfolio strategy
  • provide real insight to ad-hoc reports up to director level
  • analyse store performance and post investments
  • build strong relationships & demonstrate your credibility when dealing with various internal business partners across all levels in finance and the executive teams

To get going quickly in this role, you'll need to have significant experience as a qualified Accountant, ideally within a planning finance or investment appraisal function. The client will look for you to show your planning and forecasting skills, portfolio analytical experience and how you have provided key insights that delivered results.

The person

The successful applicant will be a qualified Accountant (ACA or ACCA or CIMA) who has strong experience in both large retail, multisite, leisure or FMCG industry.

You will have evidence of having played a key role in planning or investment appraisal in a large, complex business and who is resilient and comfortable challenging and engaging internal business partners. Therefore, you will have to show experience of building and managing meaningful relationships with lots of different stakeholders at all levels, as you will be challenging the status quo. In addition, if you can demonstrate where you've successfully designed and improved management packs for senior stakeholders you'll have a fantastic opportunity to build your profile and land some great changes to the way they do business.

The role requires an ambitious and proactive individual who enjoys applying a strong commercial focus, with the ability to build robust and productive relationships, providing support and challenge across all functions and liaising with senior management.

If you consider yourself to be a committed, career driven professional who can demonstrate the above experience and who would welcome the stimulus of this commercial finance post then we would be pleased to hear from you.

If you would like to apply for this role or would like to find out more, please apply online or contact Jonathan Moss at Sellick Partnership on 0161 834 1642.

Reference: M11213_1544110834