Brakes Group

Finance Analyst

27 Mar 2017
24 Apr 2017
Brakes Group
Business Sector
Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type
Finance Analyst
Come and join the number one food service company in the country
With a turnover of over £2.6bn, Brakes Group is a leading supplier to the foodservice industry in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden. The group comprises a family of specialist businesses which are able to deliver everything the caterer needs, including their very successful own brand ranges developed specifically for chefs.
The Finance Analyst is a key business support to the Deputy Finance Director SC, providing strategic analysis and insight into business performance. The Finance Analyst must possess the ability to understand trends and results (at both a detailed and strategic level) and to identify vital connections between the two. This position plays an important role in developing analysis and identifying financial trends (at both the customer and product level), understanding drivers of actual results compared to forecast and budget, and leveraging those analyses into deliverable guidance / recommendations to Managers and Directors.
Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities
  • To support and challenge the business unit team in the formulation and delivery of both business as usual and change programme plans and delivery of financial targets
  • Collating, preparing and interpreting reports, budgets, accounts, Commentaries and financial statements
  • Undertaking strategic analysis and planning
  • Producing long-term business plans
  • Manage the production of robust budgets and quarterly forecasts
  • Developing and managing financial systems/models
  • Carrying out business modelling and risk assessments, including risk and opportunity analysis
  • Provide the business unit with sound financial analysis and guidance in order to grow their business unit profitably
  • Drawing causal effects of economic data on results and forecasts for the operating region
  • Supervising and developing direct reports
  • Liaising with managerial staff and other colleagues
  • Monitoring KPIs, challenging trends and performance on a weekly KPI call
  • Review and challenge weekly flash and monthly forecasts of costs and volumes
  • Ensure compliance with Group policies and procedures to deliver tight financial control
  • Appraisal, monitoring and control of Capital Expenditure
Competencies/Leadership Themes
  • Has enthusiasm and tenacity to strive for continuous improvement
  • Established history of adding value within a complex commercial environment
  • Ability to act on own initiative and be able to persuade senior management of the value and logic of business proposals
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt quickly and deliver commercial results when confronted with unforeseen work demands
  • Must have results driven method of working and a strong desire to complete and succeed at all tasks as well as taking personal ownership for outputs with a can do attitude
  • Ability to build cross functional relationships & ability to communicate at peer level plus one
  • Ability to understand trends and results and propose corrective action / improvement
  • High level of competency in financial analysis and modelling
  • Ability to interact on complex data issues where there may be differing views
  • Strong, interpersonal, communication and leadership skills
  • Maintain the highest possible professional and ethical standards at all times
  • Confident communicating with and influencing demanding customers
  • Engages and motivates others to meet their objectives
Knowledge, Skills, Experience
  • The candidate should have previous experience of working in a fast paced commercial environment
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills
  • Excellent MS Excel
  • Personal integrity
  • Strong relationship builder
  • Analytical thinking
  • Strong communication skills
  • Enthusiastic with a can do attitude
  • Qualified (CIMA, ACCA, ACA)
  • Advanced MS Office including Excel skills
  • Experience of SAP
  • Strong Influencing skills
The Business
Employing over 10,000 people, the group supplies a diverse customer base, which includes, independent pubs, restaurants and hotels, schools, hospitals, contract caterers and well known national chains. Brakes Group has developed a clear customer focus and a strong understanding of the needs of the foodservice sector providing innovative products and services and is committed to improving both the environment and the communities it serves. Brakes Group operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership.