Finance Manager - Supply Chain Investments

selfridges/TP/234281/2412

Number of Positions:
1
Contract Type:
Permanent
Salary:
Competitive plus benefits
Working Hours:
37.5
Location:
London
Closing Date:
08/10/2021
Job Category:
Finance
Region / Division:
London - Oxford Street

Job Introduction

Are you looking for a new challenge that gives you the chance to get creative and use your knowledge of supply chain investments and commercial insight to take our Finace Team at Selfridges to the next level?  Looking for a company that wants to help further your career as well as provide you with an exciting, inspiring and fun place to work?  

 

If the answer to all of these questions is ‘yes’ then you’re just the kind of person we’re looking for! 

A bit about the role

Job Purpose

To provide commercial insight and own end-to-end business case proposals relating to Supply Chain Investments, alongside other ad hoc analysis and support across the wider Digital Operations team.

This role should use financial analysis to ensure proposed investment projects (capex or opex) drive sustainable growth for the business and remain on track and in budget post sign off.

They must also ensure costs are reported accurately and timely to the Senior Finance Manager for month end, forecasting and budgeting cycles, as well as producing ad hoc reporting and post investment appraisals.

 

Scope

Supply Chain is going through an exciting time of change which will require significant opex & capex investments to support the growth ambitions of the business, primarily through the Digital channel but also through synergies with the physical stores business.

One of the key ongoing projects within this area is Project Washington which is our workstream focused on building a new Distribution Centre for all retail operations to flow through. Investment over the next 5 years is expected to be in excess of £100m across both capital and operating expenditure.

This role will be the key financial contact for Project Washington, owning the business case and responsible for supporting the tracking and forecasting of costs within that project and the broader Supply Chain workstreams, providing guidance and challenge as required. This will also involve updating 10-15 year sales growth projections and stockholding requirements based on liaising with key Trading Directors/Heads of where appropriate.

Other key customers will be the Supply Chain Director, Finance Director and Head of Distribution but there will also be lots of interaction with external stakeholders such as existing DC Management (DHL) and potential new Property Developers.

Responsibilities will also include managing the month end process, owning the relevant P&L inputs and relevant Balance Sheet reconciliations.

A bit about you

  • Own business case for Project Washington seeing through to sign off, including 10-15 year growth forecasts for business across physical and digital channels
  • Liaising with key internal and external stakeholders relating to Project Washington to ensure most up to date information is within business case assumptions
  • Taking ownership of all relevant Supply Chain Investment projects, providing key financial analysis and challenge to drive sustainable growth for the business
  • Immediately flag any risks or concerns regarding assumptions in business cases or risks to financial forecasts regarding costs of ongoing projects to Senior Finance Manager.
  • Complete month end reviews for relevant projects project managers and ensure all actuals/commitment are captured – ideally thorough correct and accurate PO process, but with manual capital accruals as needed.
  • Produce relevant financial reporting each month and follow through regarding narrative. This includes project spend to date, expected forecast versus approved investment signed off, plus additional narrative on status/timescales/other.
  • Drive the post investment appraisal reporting at the relevant stage post go live, feeding into the Director of Finance the relevant analysis for the relevant forum.
  • Support business leads in preparing detailed budgets for projects and engage with budget holders as appropriate, to review performance and provide challenge.
  • Provide ad hoc support and financial analysis for wider Digital Operations as appropriate.
  • Have a recognised accountancy qualification
  • Experience of accounting for projects across both capex and opex
  • A high standard of accuracy with excellent attention to detail
  • Highly organised and efficient
  • Ability to work under pressure; manage a diverse and competing workload and to ensure that deadlines are met
  • Commercially aware with the ability to appreciate impact of decisions on the financials
  • Excellent communication/ interpersonal and influencing skills
  • PC skills (excel/ word/ powerpoint)
  • Flexible and able to work in a changeable, dynamic environment
  • Proactive – responsible for management of own priorities
  • Gravitas – personality to deal with and challenge senior stakeholders

 

Relationships

  • Finance – Director, Commercial Finance London, Financial Accounting Leicester 
  • Supply Chain – Director, Head of Distribution, Project Managers
  • Trading where relevant – Head of Merchandising, Head of Digital Trading
  • Projects – Programme Managers, Workstream Managers, Project Managers

A bit about us

Our Creative Spirit 

We are more than a shop. We are a social space where culture and commerce collide to release an energy that we call the Selfridges spirit. We are here to make our world brighter, and everyone is welcome. 

Our Awards Cabinet 

We’re not ones to brag, but since you asked...Selfridges has won the award for The World’s Best Department Store an unprecedented four times at the IGDS awards, with an additional award for the Best Sustainability Campaign.  

Our Future 

Since 1909 we have been at the forefront of retail and today our stores in London, Manchester and Birmingham – alongside selfridges.com and the Selfridges App – continue to redefine the way we shop and socialise. As a Selfridges team member, you will learn what it takes to consistently drive innovation, success and amazing customer experiences. 

Everyone is welcome

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive working culture, and we see this as key to our success and our working culture. Here at Selfridges, everyone is welcome - irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age or disability, we stand by equal opportunities for all. We are diverse, we are inclusive, we are Selfridges.

The Fun Stuff  

There are lots of reasons to be excited about joining Team Selfridges – from our fantastic team member communities to volunteer days and behind-the-scenes Selfridges experiences throughout the year. 

Other benefits and rewards include:

  • Generous bonus and/or commission scheme 
  • Discounted gym memberships 
  • Pension contributions  
  • Annual travel pass and cycle to work schemes 
  • A volunteer day for all team members 
  • Access to a wide range of training programmes to help your career development