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Central Costs Finance Analyst

  • Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire)
  • Accounting / Management control

Job description

Competitive plus benefits
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Milton Keynes
At Sainsbury's Argos, the great digital transformation is under way. It's our aim to become the digital market leader in choice, value and convenience, so our Finance teams are more important to us now than ever before. They're the people who provide support across the business and help make the crucial decisions that will allow us to develop into a leading digital retailer.

We have joined Sainsbury's in our journey to become a leading retail organisation and ensuring we place our customers at the heart of everything we do. Together we have a great opportunity to build a brilliant future and do a fantastic job for all our customers.

People are essential to our vision and we make sure that talent gets the stage it deserves. We don't just recruit outstanding people into Sainsbury's; we also ensure they thrive once they get here. Our colleagues get the support to grow into the leaders of the future, with structured development and excellent progression opportunities across the Group.

In a nutshell:

In this role, you will business partner key stakeholders across various functions and lead period end, budget and forecast processes. As Central Costs Analyst, you will Identify and implement opportunities to improve the Central Costs accounting, reporting, planning, budgeting & forecasting processes and outputs.


The FP&A Cash & Central Costs team provides accurate and timely understanding of our cash performance and drives forward a culture of more accurate cash forecasting lead by the commercial and operational leaders in the business. The team liaises with Group Finance to ensure our cash requirements are understood and makes sure that demands are satisfied. The team also provides great financial control and compliance across our balance sheet and central costs, providing analysis to ensure we are delivering to the expectations set by the Sainsbury's Argos board across all head office costs.

What I need to do:

Business partner assigned functions to ensure monthly performance is understood and pro-actively highlight any risks/opportunities so that action is taken accordingly
Lead period end process ensuring the delivery of period-end results to the agreed deadlines and standards ensuring the results are communicated in a timely and accurate way
Identify and implement opportunities to improve the Central Costs accounting, reporting, planning, budgeting & forecasting processes and outputs. Including the elimination, simplification and/or automation of transactional activities
Develop standardised reporting suites for the business covering cost performance and headcount reporting
Provide insight for the Central Costs cash forecast
Lead the Central Costs forecast/budget process
Ad-hoc commercial analysis
Deputise for Central Costs Manager as required

What you need to know:

Qualified Finance Accountant (ACCA/CIMA) with ideally 1 – 3 years post qualified experience.
Strong commercial acumen, curiosity beyond traditional finance boundaries and ability to understand key business drivers.
Ability to present complex information in a simplified manner.
Team player with good presentation and communication skills (both verbal & written).
Ability to positively and proactively engage key stakeholders to build credible relationships whilst retaining professional integrity.
Strong Excel & numerical skills, with an aptitude for turning data into analysis and insight, and being able to clearly articulate this in communications.

What we offer:

If being part of a hugely influential Finance team wasn't enough, you'll also receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and a huge range of learning and development opportunities, you'll also enjoy a bonus scheme, holiday allowance, pension, a save as you earn scheme and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury's and Habitat.

About Us:

Sainsbury's commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what we do since 1869.
Today that means making our customers' lives better and easier every day by offering great quality and service at fair prices – across food, clothing, homeware and financial services – whenever and wherever they want it.
As our customers' lives change, so will our business. Sainsbury's acquired Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos and Habitat, on 2 September 2016, creating one of the UK's leading food and non-food retailers - a multi-product, multi-channel business with fast delivery networks.