• Commercial Finance Partner - Fixed Term Contract

    Job Locations United Kingdom-London
  • Introduction

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    The Economist is a leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from print and digital to events and films. 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.


    Whether designing processes to support our global business, analysing performance, providing forward-thinking analysis or delivering a business case for a new revenue stream, the global circulation finance team creates innovative solutions to the Economist Group’s key strategic income stream and supports its ambitious growth plans.

    The Commercial Partner is part of the global circulation team. There are three key parts to the role:

    • Commercial business partnership to Head of Businesses
    • Prepare accurate, robust and timely forecasts, budgets, and any other analysis to support the monthly and annual planning cycles
    • Lead business cases development for new strategic projects and support implementation


    How you will contribute:

    • Business partner the circulation leadership team
    • Support the circulation strategy by leading the development of accurate business cases and scenario planning models
    • Define KPIs to support implementation and monitor if the project is delivering to plan
    • Work closely with the marketing team on defining the key forecast/ modelling assumptions
    • Critically analyse the forecast/ business plans and challenge assumptions.
    • Take a lead role in maximising the circulation profitability.
    • Manage the forecast process including the submission to the Global team
    • Identify, analyse and explain the risks and opportunities in the forecast
    • Ad Hoc duties/ analysis as required

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The desriable skills for this role include: 

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
    • Professional Finance qualification (eg ACA, CIMA, ACCA) as well as relevant experience
    • Highly analytical, detail oriented and a strong business sense; proven ability to manage new ideas and creative solutions
    • Strong financial modelling / scenario planning skills
    • Experience working with large-scale data mining and reporting tools and financial systems
    • An ability to influence decisions and business priorities
    • Strong skills in communication, motivation, and interpersonal relations
    • A proven record in building relationships and lines of communication across functions


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