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Commercial Fiance Analyst


Future PLC
Location: Bath
Job type: Permanent
Category: Analysis Jobs
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About Future

We are Future, a global multi-platform media company with big ambitions and the talent to bring them to life. Together, we connect people to their passions through the high-quality content we create and the innovative technology we pioneer.

We’re the name behind award-winning brands in specialist sectors like technology, gaming & entertainment, music, creative & photography, field sports, knowledge and home interest. Specialists in our field and passionate about what we do, every year we attract millions of consumers to our websites, magazines, events and social spaces.

We’re dedicated to creating loyal fans of our brands, and the number is growing all the time. But that’s not enough – we’re continually adding to our portfolio, building on our technology and investing in our people. Everything we do is born from our desire to innovate and influence and we restlessly look to improve. We hire people we can learn from and we work together to push the boundaries of what can be done.

Together, we’re exceeding the expectations of everyone we exist for – our audiences, clients and shareholders. Our shareholders have watched Future transition into an innovative global platform for specialist media, our share price has performed well in parallel with both the transition and our growing ability in making our content pay. Shares Magazine have issued their 10 stocks for 2018 which includes Future as one of their top picks.

We reap the rewards too, of course, with a fun and creative place to work and the kind of personal development that makes every day even more enjoyable and challenging. We believe it to be a really existing time to join Future.

Every kind of talent is celebrated and nurtured here. We believe in teamwork that transcends location, which means we don’t have a Future headquarters. Across our offices in London, Bath, New York, Sydney, Bournemouth and Bromsgrove, each and every one of us is playing a part in driving our business forward.

Department Summary

The Finance department is a critical support function in a fast paced dynamic media environment, delivering efficient transactional finance, diligent financial control, and excellent business partnership at all levels.

Working in the Future Finance team gives you the chance to build relationships with all areas of the company and the opportunity to foster a thorough understanding of an ever evolving media landscape. The Finance team itself are a vibrant, hardworking and friendly group, that are valued by our ambitious and inspiring executive leadership team, as Future’s horizons expand via acquisitive and organic growth.

Job Summary & Purpose

The Commercial Finance Analyst (CFA) provides key management information to the operational functions in the business as well as being a key link between the finance department and the business. The role works hand in hand with the business to prepare weekly trading updates and short term forecasts. They also support any deep dive analysis, and support evaluating performance.

Key role responsibilities

Understanding and Reporting

Prepare and distribute robust management information and analysis, consisting of both Financial and Non-Financial metrics to the business and report key variances.

Set up reporting and measurement frameworks for new business areas

Working hand in hand with the commercial finance team and business owners, to provide data and insight to drive operational performance and improve profitability

Engage with the business owners and operational teams, to drive robust financial decision making supporting the long-term strategy of the business.

Support the business owners in operational activities that require finance input – e.g. volumes, efficiencies, yield, pricing etc

Support the month end process, reviewing outputs and delivering commentaries that provide insight into business performance.

Deliver appropriate reporting/analysis to the business as required

Forecasting and Planning

Support the commercial finance team during the annual planning process for the business owner; drive the development of local operational plans that support the financial expectations. Ensure that the business is accountable for the plans.

Build FP&A models to support budgeting and forecasting

Insight to drive Opportunities and limit risks

Maintain rolling forecasts supported by immediate threats and opportunities. Use these to support the month end close.

Work collaboratively with Business owners on longer term threats and opportunities. Providing insight that can influence decision making.

Essential skills and experience

Recent graduate or similar level of experience

Excellent communication and collaboration skills

Ability to quickly absorb and apply new information

Proactive approach to work

An enquiring mind with strong analysis and numerical ability

Effective prioritisation of workloads and initiatives to deliver results in a timely and relevant manner

Strong MS Office skills including Excel (including pivot tables, macros and vlookups), Word and Powerpoint skills, as well as Google Sheets/docs

The ability to be both a team player and able to work unaided using your own initiative

An ability to present ideas clearly, simply and confidently

An ability to work in an environment that changes at pace

Commercial awareness

An ability to problem solve and use initiative to improve

An adaptable, proactive and flexible approach

Customer / client focus / quality approach

Desirable skills

An understanding of the media business desirable

Have started or are keen to start studying for an accounting qualification

Our Values

We are an inclusive and equal opportunities employer which means we firmly believe that the best candidate will be successful in their application through a fair and transparent selection process based purely on their talents. Each person we hire will be successful not only based on their technical expertise but also for their behaviours, values & management & leadership potential for the future. We want to hire people that we would be happy to be our managers!

Our values are intrinsic to our culture and during the selection process, you should be able to demonstrate why you’ll be an asset to our team and enhance our culture when you join us – making Future an even more fantastic place to work!

We are part of the audience and the community

Our passion for our products makes us part of the community we engage with.

Our audiences give us a voice and that’s an incredible privilege that we treat with reverence.

We embrace all the ways we are able to communicate to our audiences – print, online and in person – and love doing so.

We are proud of our past and excited about our future

We are proud to work at Future, because being part of this team feels good.

We are one team, one company with big ambitions.

We all row the boat

No matter how long you’ve worked here, or what your role is at Future, your contribution counts – so grab an oar!

We move faster when everyone pulls in the same direction. So what you do – and how you do it – matters.

We take responsibility because that’s the best way to get things done. We collaborate because we’re stronger together.

Let’s do this!

We take the best decisions we can in the face of uncertainty.

It makes us think each decision through – then we go for it.

We commit to what we’ve agreed and have the confidence to persevere through tough times. But we’re able to admit mistakes because that helps us learn and chart a new course when we need to.

That’s called ‘doing it right’.

It’s the people in the boat that matter

Having the right team in the boat is mission critical.

We are all successful when we are self-motivated, self-aware and self-disciplined.

We support each other, challenge each other and have fun with each other.

We are determined to hire people we can learn from and who we would have as our boss.

Results matter, success feels good

We love being successful.

We restlessly look to improve, be ever creative, and unashamedly commercial in our ventures.

Great results mean we are able to align the needs & expectations of our audiences, communities, clients and shareholders
About Future

We are Future, a global multi-platform media company with big ambitions and the talent to bring them to life. Together, we connect people to their passions through the high-quality content we create and the innovative technology we pioneer.

We’re the name behind award-winning brands in specialist sectors like technology, gaming & entertainment, music, creative & photography, field sports, knowledge and home interest. Specialists in our field and passionate about what we do, every year we attract millions of consumers to our websites, magazines, events and social spaces.

We’re dedicated to creating loyal fans of our brands, and the number is growing all the time. But that’s not enough – we’re continually adding to our portfolio, building on our technology and investing in our people. Everything we do is born from our desire to innovate and influence and we restlessly look to improve. We hire people we can learn from and we work together to push the boundaries of what can be done.

Together, we’re exceeding the expectations of everyone we exist for – our audiences, clients and shareholders. Our shareholders have watched Future transition into an innovative global platform for specialist media, our share price has performed well in parallel with both the transition and our growing ability in making our content pay. Shares Magazine have issued their 10 stocks for 2018 which includes Future as one of their top picks.

We reap the rewards too, of course, with a fun and creative place to work and the kind of personal development that makes every day even more enjoyable and challenging. We believe it to be a really existing time to join Future.

Every kind of talent is celebrated and nurtured here. We believe in teamwork that transcends location, which means we don’t have a Future headquarters. Across our offices in London, Bath, New York, Sydney, Bournemouth and Bromsgrove, each and every one of us is playing a part in driving our business forward.

Department Summary

The Finance department is a critical support function in a fast paced dynamic media environment, delivering efficient transactional finance, diligent financial control, and excellent business partnership at all levels.

Working in the Future Finance team gives you the chance to build relationships with all areas of the company and the opportunity to foster a thorough understanding of an ever evolving media landscape. The Finance team itself are a vibrant, hardworking and friendly group, that are valued by our ambitious and inspiring executive leadership team, as Future’s horizons expand via acquisitive and organic growth.

Job Summary & Purpose

The Commercial Finance Analyst (CFA) provides key management information to the operational functions in the business as well as being a key link between the finance department and the business. The role works hand in hand with the business to prepare weekly trading updates and short term forecasts. They also support any deep dive analysis, and support evaluating performance.

Key role responsibilities

Understanding and Reporting

Prepare and distribute robust management information and analysis, consisting of both Financial and Non-Financial metrics to the business and report key variances.

Set up reporting and measurement frameworks for new business areas

Working hand in hand with the commercial finance team and business owners, to provide data and insight to drive operational performance and improve profitability

Engage with the business owners and operational teams, to drive robust financial decision making supporting the long-term strategy of the business.

Support the business owners in operational activities that require finance input – e.g. volumes, efficiencies, yield, pricing etc

Support the month end process, reviewing outputs and delivering commentaries that provide insight into business performance.

Deliver appropriate reporting/analysis to the business as required

Forecasting and Planning

Support the commercial finance team during the annual planning process for the business owner; drive the development of local operational plans that support the financial expectations. Ensure that the business is accountable for the plans.

Build FP&A models to support budgeting and forecasting

Insight to drive Opportunities and limit risks

Maintain rolling forecasts supported by immediate threats and opportunities. Use these to support the month end close.

Work collaboratively with Business owners on longer term threats and opportunities. Providing insight that can influence decision making.

Essential skills and experience

Recent graduate or similar level of experience

Excellent communication and collaboration skills

Ability to quickly absorb and apply new information

Proactive approach to work

An enquiring mind with strong analysis and numerical ability

Effective prioritisation of workloads and initiatives to deliver results in a timely and relevant manner

Strong MS Office skills including Excel (including pivot tables, macros and vlookups), Word and Powerpoint skills, as well as Google Sheets/docs

The ability to be both a team player and able to work unaided using your own initiative

An ability to present ideas clearly, simply and confidently

An ability to work in an environment that changes at pace

Commercial awareness

An ability to problem solve and use initiative to improve

An adaptable, proactive and flexible approach

Customer / client focus / quality approach

Desirable skills

An understanding of the media business desirable

Have started or are keen to start studying for an accounting qualification

Our Values

We are an inclusive and equal opportunities employer which means we firmly believe that the best candidate will be successful in their application through a fair and transparent selection process based purely on their talents. Each person we hire will be successful not only based on their technical expertise but also for their behaviours, values & management & leadership potential for the future. We want to hire people that we would be happy to be our managers!

Our values are intrinsic to our culture and during the selection process, you should be able to demonstrate why you’ll be an asset to our team and enhance our culture when you join us – making Future an even more fantastic place to work!

We are part of the audience and the community

Our passion for our products makes us part of the community we engage with.

Our audiences give us a voice and that’s an incredible privilege that we treat with reverence.

We embrace all the ways we are able to communicate to our audiences – print, online and in person – and love doing so.

We are proud of our past and excited about our future

We are proud to work at Future, because being part of this team feels good.

We are one team, one company with big ambitions.

We all row the boat

No matter how long you’ve worked here, or what your role is at Future, your contribution counts – so grab an oar!

We move faster when everyone pulls in the same direction. So what you do – and how you do it – matters.

We take responsibility because that’s the best way to get things done. We collaborate because we’re stronger together.

Let’s do this!

We take the best decisions we can in the face of uncertainty.

It makes us think each decision through – then we go for it.

We commit to what we’ve agreed and have the confidence to persevere through tough times. But we’re able to admit mistakes because that helps us learn and chart a new course when we need to.

That’s called ‘doing it right’.

It’s the people in the boat that matter

Having the right team in the boat is mission critical.

We are all successful when we are self-motivated, self-aware and self-disciplined.

We support each other, challenge each other and have fun with each other.

We are determined to hire people we can learn from and who we would have as our boss.

Results matter, success feels good

We love being successful.

We restlessly look to improve, be ever creative, and unashamedly commercial in our ventures.

Great results mean we are able to align the needs & expectations of our audiences, communities, clients and shareholders
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