Commercial Finance Analyst - 13 Month FTC

Premier Foods
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Competitive Package
10 Aug 2018
10 Sep 2018
Business Sector
Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

At Premier Foods, our purpose is to create the food our nation loves most for modern life. And we’ve been doing it for a long time - many of our much-loved brands have been part of UK life for more than a century.

Premier’s non-branded business has grown by 20% in the past year, with double digit growth over the last few years. We help the branded business to keep overhead costs down by utilising spare capacity and we partner with retailers to truly understand their customers.  We’re looking for a commercially astute analyst to support the business as it continues to grow, ensuring we make the best decisions for the wider business and always act in a united way across the Premier Food’s portfolio.

This role would suit a Finance Analyst looking to move into a highly commercial area or an individual in an analytical and commercial role looking to take on an exceptionally fast paced challenge with unrivalled senior management exposure.

Commercial Finance Analyst

13 Month FTC

Based in St Albans


  • Evaluate, manage and influence Non-Branded business (£100m T/O, +20% YoY growth)
  • Ensure robust financial control across new and existing business, marketing spend, and commodity cost management



Business Partnering & Tendering

  • First point of contact for Head of Customer Brands and business partner to Customer Brand Managers. Supporting on-going business and new opportunities
  • Responsible for ensuring all new and existing business has been robustly and accurately assessed, both financially and commercially
  • Work with Customer brand managers to provide insight and challenge across all tenders. Ensure all tenders are accuracy, viable and commercial appropriate; ensure all decisions have received relevant challenge
  • Ensure wider implications of all tenders and price moves are considered and risk is evaluated (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Approve tenders up to agreed minimum margin to proceed to Exec approval, using judgement to seek support on complex or high risk contracts
  • Manage and develop excel tender models, ensuring format is appropriate for business. Ensure the model is regularly updated to maintain robustness and accuracy
  • Coach and support business partners in systems use and key financial metrics
  • Ad hoc support as required

Financial Control

  • Own and manage trackers of new and existing business. Ensure all new business aligns to pricing and margins of existing business with variances and exceptions explained
  • Monitor and explain commodity movements impacting non-branded business. Ensure appropriate actions are taken to protect Premier’s cash margin
  • Provide continuous insight on pricing and costs, ensuring the approved pricing is being charged across the non-branded portfolio and explaining and exceptions to expected costings
  • Conduct full quarterly business review providing appropriate logic for allocation of non-product costing. Present information to Head of Customer Brands and Finance manager along with appropriate recommendations for corrective action
  • Own and manage trial, design and supplier survey costs control (consumer marketing spend). Ensure spend forecast is robust and accurate, work collaboratively with Customer Brand Managers to update and challenge spend on a monthly basis.

Planning & Reporting

  • Own non-branded forecast by reviewing sales forecast and overlay brand commercial acumen on a monthly basis; provide best in class insight to stakeholders on non-branded performance
  • Work with Head of CB and CB Managers to identify areas of concern and take appropriate action
  • Own quarterly forecasting process, budgeting and long term planning for Customer Brand with support from Finance Manager
  • Prepare monthly Non-Branded analysis and reporting to be presented to the Exec
  • Month End and ad hoc reporting and analysis as required

Charnwood Foods

  • Business partner and support Commercial General Manager of Charnwood Foods
  • Take responsibility for full P&L to DC, working with operations finance closely to understand actual performance and future forecasts
  • Own period end reporting and all forecasts, budgets and long term planning
  • Provide insight, challenge and analysis to support medium term growth ambitions and strategic questions
  • Present monthly analysis and insight to Central Operations & Procurement Director (C-Suite)




  • Individuals with strong professional experience or exceptional academics will be considered
  • Finance qualifications not necessary but may be beneficial

Behaviours and Experience:

  • Exhibits outward curiosity and drive to improve continuously
  • Ability to challenge appropriately and influence at all levels, using data to provide insights and make suitable recommendations
  • Strong business partnering skills and the ability to build relationships cross functionally
  • The ability to understand and consider multiple points of view
  • Experience of explaining finance to non-finance
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and solve complex problems
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional organisation skills and the ability to adapt to an agile environment
  • Ability to adapt communication styles for different levels, individuals and situations


  • Strong IT skills, particularly within excel
  • SAP and Business Objects skills beneficial

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