• Business Finance Partner - Publisher Team

    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 purpose of this role is to work in partnership with the CFO of the Publisher team to consolidate, analyse and report the performance of The Economist circulation and client solutions businesses. The ideal candidate will play a key role in managing and delivering the financial planning and analysis process for the Publisher team (annual budgets, monthly forecasts and ongoing analysis).


    How you will contribute:

    • Manage the consolidation and submission of global strategic KPIs
    • Develop processes to ensure global KPI reporting is supported
    • Streamline and automate performance reporting and analysis
    • Ensure financial information is consistent across the Publisher businesses
    • Manage the business incentives schemes
    • Business partner with divisional digital business heads

    Manage the publisher team global financial planning and analysis process:

    • Coordinate and consolidate the monthly rolling forecast process for the Publisher team
    • Analyse monthly results and track changes in the monthly rolling forecast
    • Prepare and collate publisher team monthly results presentations
    • Lead and manage the annual budget process from target formulation, consolidating budgets and preparing presentations
    • Work closely with Circulation, Client Solutions and Central finance teams to ensure alignment and delivery of financial information
    • Be alert to risks that may impact the business, bringing them to the attention of business managers and, where possible, assist in the mitigation of these risks
    • Manage and deliver ad-hoc publisher team financial modelling and analysis
    • Support CFO, Publisher team with the formulation, coordination and consolidation of the 5 year plan

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The desirable skills for this role include:

    • An accountancy qualification
    • Experience working as a business partner / analyst
    • Expertise in financial and forward scenario modelling and complex Excel worksheets including consolidation
    • Experience of project management
    • Experience working in a global business with multiple products, currencies and geographic locations
    • Knowledge of how to plan, prepare and present financial analyses in a meaningful way for commercial management
    • Advanced Excel and Powerpoint skills and strong Word skills 
    • Experience of using Peoplesoft is desirable but not essential

    You will also be able to demonstrate:

    • High level of ownership and personal integrity with ability to act impartially
    • An ability to look for new ideas to streamline and simplify process
    • Bias for action and not afraid of making and implementing changes
    • An ability to earn trust of others, negotiate and influence effectively at all levels of the organisation
    • The ability to dive deep, stay connected to the details and audit frequently
    • The ability to work to a high level of accuracy under the pressure of deadlines and demanding expectations from the business
    • Excellent verbal and written presentation skills 


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