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Head of Financial Planning and Analysis

Head of Financial Planning and Analysis

Job Locations 
United Kingdom-London
United States-NY-New York

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The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


The Economist Group also provides clients with marketing solutions, going beyond traditional advertising services to create integrated solutions involving advertising, sponsorship and content marketing services. Clients of The Economist Group should receive clever, insightful ideas that solve their marketing problems, and which are delivered flawlessly from one world-class team.


Our core finance team supports our advertising, content and events businesses and the Financial Planning and Analysis Team leads on Business Partnering, Forecasting and Analysis

We are currently looking for a Head of Financial Planning and Analysis, who will report directly to the CFO 


In this role you will be expected to:

  • Lead the commercial insight and analysis for the Media Division
  • Act as a Business Partner for the leaders of the Media Division
  • Ensure the business receives high quality financial support
  • Lead and develop the FP&A team
  • Lead improvements in financial analysis and insight
  • Deliver insight and analysis which helps the business to achieve strategic goals and Deliver the annual budget
  • Implement improved processes, systems and analytical tools to improve the quality of forecasts, budgets and financial analysis
  • Support the CFO in building an effective and efficient Finance function



Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:

  • Accountancy qualification (CPA/ACA or CIMA preferred).
  • Advanced degree (MBA preferred)
  • Good understanding of IFRS accounting principles and policies.
  • Extensive financial analysis and experience (including 5-7 years with a media agency, content agency or magazine publisher)
  • Experience of strategy development and execution
  • Strong analytical, technical financial and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and team-building skills
  • Good analytical skills and an ability to communicate financial information and concepts simply and clearly to the business
  • Advanced user in PowerPoint and Excel. Must have good knowledge of pivot tables, charts, vlookups, sumifs and model building
  • Strong systems knowledge, able to select new systems and manage implementation projects to drive improvements in analysis and reporting


You will be able to demonstrate:

  • A demonstrable track record of managing change
  • Flexibility, able to work in constantly changing structures
  • A demonstrable track record of working successfully with sales and marketing teams
  • The ability to collaborate with, and influence, colleagues to follow financial disciplines
  • The ability to travel and work across time zones
  • A desire and ability to drive business transformation
  • Strong attention to detail combined with analytical insight
  • Ability to use business knowledge to sense-check numbers produced in the accounts
  • Engagement and commitment, showing ownership of responsibilities and track record of problem solving and delivery.
  • Application of intelligence– data, insights and analysis – to suggest and lead change
  • Relevant technical accounting and business knowledge
  • Discretion with access to sensitive information
  • Strong planning skills – able to coordinate multiple inputs to deliver against tight deadlines
  • An open and encouraging management style, being good at getting the best out of people
  • A track record as a good team player, willing to be flexible and committed to the success of the team as a whole
  • Willingness and maturity to have difficult conversations where necessary and to do this in a tactful way
  • Curiosity about the world, The Economist Group and its customers
  • A belief in the values of the Economist brand – liberal, progressive, worldly and intelligent