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Financial Planning Manager

  • Sector: Commercial
  • Location: Crewe
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 23/04/2015
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The Company:
Is a leading Automotive manufacturer with a reputation for outstanding quality the world over. With demand increasing and an upturn in production, there is a need to bring further skills into the business to deliver on current and future projects.

The Role:
Main Purpose of Role
Preparation of Long- and Short-range Financial Plans, the Long-range plan being the 5-year planning round plan and the short-range plan being annual budgets and forecasts.
Ensuring the 3 major financial statements (Profit and Loss statement, Balance Sheet, Cashflow Statement) are timely and accurate.
Responsible for consolidation of Company forecasts in Group VoKUS system, provising all detailed explanations of any deviations to the Controlling department.

Position in Organisation
Reports to the Head of Financial Planning.
The jobholder will work very closely with the Finance management team in coordinating the financial plans and forecasts. Other close liaisons include the Head of Sales Operations (Sales & Marketing), Head of Production Planning & Control (Logistics) and Group Controlling (K-FC).

Key Responsibilities
Preparation of Long-Range Financial Plan (Planning Round)
Analyse results and variances from previous plans
Co-ordinate inputs to plans from other functions and finance teams
Preparation of Monthly re-forecasts
Consolidation of all forecast into the Group VoKUS system
Provide link to Group Finance teams for Planning and Forecasting

Dimensions & Limits of Authority
The role requires significant amount of challenge, decision-making regarding identifying risks and opportunities.
The job-holder has authority to approve company expense payment and monthly payroll runs.

Responsible for Providing and Presenting Financial Data for Management
Produce and deliver reports / presentations at appropriate level of detail from financial analysis, identifying variances against latest plan with clear explanations of the reasons for variances.
Budget-holder review with Senior management, ensuring that the budget-holder has full understanding of current and planned expenditure together with the impact on overall business performance. Challenge management to improve performance further through financial analysis and awareness of inter-related items.
Identification and thorough understanding of risks and opportunities, following up with budget-holder and developing solutions. Provide overview to senior management team of the individual functions and senior finance managers.
Leadership of Local Planning, Forecasting Budgeting Processes to Achieve Business Targets and Timelines
Lead local planning, reforecasting and budgeting process-defining timelines, input templates, controlling and challenging inputs.
Provide overview of proposals and impacts v previous plans / forecasts.
Align to business targets and challenge business areas to realise opportunities.
Apply continuous improvement approach to own processes to ensure personal and process efficiency.

Business Development
Provide expertise for business decisions, checking the quality of the data in any proposal and using knowledge of the impact on other areas of finance and the business highlighting any areas of conflict.
Provide each function with support for business decision through activities e.g. Scenario modelling. Evaluation of outputs.
Actively look for areas to improve business performance, providing logical approach, modelled opportunities with resoned argument and backup.
Develop alternative solutions to business issues from own knowledge and experience.

Budgetary Control
Responsible for review, report preparation and presentation of financial performance in budgetary area.
Responsible for challenging expenditure considering budget performance in own area plus wider business performance.
Authorisation of expenditure within budgetary areas considering value for money, appropriateness.
Lead business customers in budgetary management and control, ensuring risks and opportunities are identified, solutions / scenarios developed and agreement reached re route forward.

Lead educational support to budget-holders to support improved ways of working, adherence to process to support overall process efficiency and team grow without growing.
Carry out frequent budget-holder review with departmental manager's management, ensuring that the budget-holder has full understanding of current and planned expenditure, risks and opportunities to budget. Develop proposals to resolve with the relevant manager.
Accurate and Timely Statutory Financial Information and Reporting both Internally and Externally
Responsible for delivery of budgets, plans and forecasts data to internal timelines.
Responsible for the preparation and presentation of audit information and analysis to both External Auditors (PWC on a quarterly basis) and Internal Auditors.

Qualified Accountant or qualified through experience with a minimum of three years working in a finance environment.

Previous Experience
Strong spreadsheet modelling, data-handling and graphical display skills
Demonstrable experience in production of key financial statements
Sound technical accounting skills are essential
Knowledge of current accounting standards
Experience of manufacturing industry
Good interpersonal skills
Knowledge of SAP system
Knowledge of TMI Cognos (preferred)
IT skills - Advanced Excel, PowerPoint plus Office
At least two other roles held within Group or another finance / business department at analyst level
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