• Commercial Finance Partner

    Job Locations United Kingdom-London
  • Introduction

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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 FP&A Publisher Team is responsible for the implementation of best-in-class FP&A practices across The Economist Businesses. It provides analysis to support strategic, operational and tactical decisions at all levels of the organisation, via an array of tools, financial models and planning solutions.


    The purpose of this role is to work with the Finance Director, FP&A to develop solutions that support decision making of senior management in the Publisher Team, Global Circulation and Client Solutions. The successful candidate will plan, develop and manage projects, including design, implementation and adaption of KPIs and financial models. The ideal candidate will be agile working with data from across different systems and have great partnering skills.


    How you will contribute:

    • Manage Finance Roadmap, define projects and establish priorities
    • Lead the creation of financial modelling that support business decisions
    • Work closely with the business to establish and improve KPIs across the Publisher Team
    • Support forecasting, budgeting and long-term planning
    • Support financial consolidation and development of presentations at Publisher level
    • Work closely with Analytics team to strengthen data quality and deliver new insights
    • Develop FP&A capabilities across the Publisher Team
    • Ad-hoc duties and analysis as required

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The ideal skills for this role are:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Professional Finance qualification (eg ACA, CIMA, ACCA) as well as relevant experience
    • Extensive experience developing, managing, implementing projects and financial models
    • Proven track record implementing KPIs and FP&A best practices
    • Highly analytical and strong business sense
    • Proven ability to manage new ideas and creative solutions
    • Significant experience working with large-scale data mining, reporting tools and financial systems
    • Excellent communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate both across functions. Persuasive in the presentation of analysis, trends, results and forecasts
    • Good record managing stakeholders at various levels working in a fast paced, team orientated environment and managing conflicting priorities
    • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including pivot tables, charting and powerpoint
    • Experience with Anaplan or other FP&A tier 2 cloud-based systems is a plus
    • Experience with Publishing industry and matrix organisation is a plus


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