Strategic Finance Analyst

UK-London
Job ID
2017-17065
Category
Accounting/Finance
Position Type
full-time

Overview

Enable Sage to materially influence revenue and cost lines by supporting the business planning process, financial appraisal and resultant monitoring of business plans, pricing decisions, investment opportunities, significant projects and M&A.

Responsibilities

Key accountabilities and decision ownership:

 

Lead Annual Strategic/Business Planning process, including identifying key drivers and levers of growth, modelling scenarios, developing a realistic projection to support investor expectations and working with Commercial Finance colleagues to develop a robust Budget which withstands rigorous testing;
Act as an influential and trusted partner to the business in identifying and developing accelerated margin accretive sources of revenue, new growth opportunities and pricing opportunities;
Produce business case methodology and appraisal processes that ensure all material investment decisions are understood, rigorously challenged and supported by appropriate financial analysis to maximise ROI;
Work alongside the Sage Pricing Team to provide financial modelling support and commercial challenge in the construction of pricing business cases where product managers wish to depart from the pricing rule;
Work closely with Marketing & Competitor Insight Team to develop an in-depth knowledge of competitor prices and structures for all major Sage competitors; and ensure the business considers and acts on this intelligence where required;
Where appropriate measure financial returns on completed capital projects;
Champion a return on investment and data-driven decision-making culture;
Provide assistance to the Performance Reporting team at critical points in the financial year – e.g. Quarterly performance and Investment Reviews.

 
Key stakeholders:

Commercial Finance;
Strategy
Sales Leaders;
Corporate Development.

Qualifications

Skills, know-how and experience:

 

Must have:

More than 2 years’ experience of investment appraisal analysis and long range financial planning;
Experience in providing actionable insights to support commercial decision making and drive business strategy and growth objectives.
Drives agendas to secure real business outcomes
Able to combine a confidence to challenge and assert one’s own views amongst senior colleagues and peers with an ability to listen and adapt to the viewpoints and opinions of others
Used to working to deadlines with minimal supervision and managing multiple stakeholders
Advanced user of excel, with excellent skills in financial modelling and trend analysis
Outstanding analytical and financial interpretation skills
Able to tackle complex problems in an environment of ambiguity where not all the desired information may be available
Ability to think creatively, highly driven and self-motivated


Preferred:

Previous TMT sector experience
Previous Financial / Banking / FMCG experience
Technical / professional qualifications:

Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA/ACMA or equivalent), 
Key performance indicators:

ROI from investment projects where Strategic Finance have engaged;
Additional revenue earned from pricing decisions taken from SF engagement;
Value added to Corporate Development team when SF have engaged;
Customer satisfaction from aligned Finance Business Partners.

 

Company Information

Our Story


Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs.

 

Like many of the businesses we serve, Sage began as a small business and has grown beyond what seemed imaginable. Today over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy.

It is these entrepreneurs who are the drivers of prosperity and it’s our privilege and honour to serve them. We take real pride from how many of our customers have flourished and, that our products have grown with them as they moved from start-up to successful, international businesses.

In a world where only the voices of the biggest are heard, we will always fight to hear the voice of the entrepreneur.

 

An innovator today and tomorrow     

Our smart people use the smartest technology to reinvent and simplify business accounting - working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. 

We enable our customers to focus on their business and help them to leapfrog to the future.

 

Inventing the future 

We are changing the way that millions of businesses track the movement of money through their business. We are also changing the way we do business. And as a FTSE 100 business we believe in a socially-responsible world and we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. Our Sage Foundation is based on the 2+2+2 model - 2% of free cash flow, 2% of colleagues' time and up to 2 free products each year to charitable organizations. Colleagues are empowered to give to the causes that matter to them.

Our customers make life-sacrifices. They take risks to follow their dreams and pursue their passions and, on this, global prosperity is built. They deserve a bigger voice and we will always work hard to champion this noble cause.

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