Finance Analyst

Job ID: 2017-2985

Brand: Kao

Location: GB - - London

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As the key financial support team to the EMEA President and VP A&F EMEA, this role supports the Director & Senior Finance Analyst in providing the regional management reporting and business planning services to support the management decision making process across the Mass, Salon and Molton Brown sectors, and Supply Chain.

The focus of the role is to own the planning & reporting of €250m Overheads cost base, act as a business partner to the senior Functional Leaders to achieve better cost control, supporting the planning and reporting across the full P&L, and ad hoc analysis/project work e.g. supporting Regional Mass Marketing team in New Product Development analysis. The greater the aptitude of the candidate the more the role can expand.


  • Own the process to co-ordinate and prepare the monthly EMEA regional overhead reporting packages and commentary to Tokyo Head Office, EMEA Leadership, and Functional Heads. Meet regularly with the Functional Leaders to provide insightful analysis to aid decision making.
  • Own and co-ordinate the Annual Budget and Quarterly Forecast overhead processes. Work with the relevant business partners, including senior Functional Leaders, in developing/aligning their assumptions for input into EMEA plans. Manage the consolidation of data and production of insightful presentations/analysis to support the EMEA President in aligning the plans/forecasts with the Tokyo Head Office and Functional teams.
  • Support the Director and Senior Analyst in the monthly reporting, quarterly forecasting and annual budgeting events, across all the sectors and the full range of the P&L e.g. owning the monthly Net Sales Flash process. The greater the aptitude of the candidate the more responsibilities can be taken on.
  • Proactive drive to continually improve quality of service from the central EMEA Management Accounting team. Improving automation and standardisation across all reporting even if not under immediate control/responsibility,assessing internal customer needs and delivering high quality and timely financial output.
  • Support the Director in providing ad hoc insightful, provocative and proactive analysis to help identify risk and opportunity trends and hold the business to account to deliver overall performance. Participate in project work across the region. The greater the aptitude of the candidate the more responsibilities can be taken on.
  • Manage the EMEA/Global costs originating in the UK ensuring that that the recharging process is correctly and efficiently implemented in the UK, and that balance sheet accounts are fully reconciled and actioned.
  • Provide guidance and direction to the finance and non-finance teams across EMEA in the accounting/booking of overheads to drive consistency, clarity and efficiency.


  • Educated to a degree level, ideally in accounting or finance with 2+ years experience, preferably within an international environment.
  • Newly Qualified Accountant or Finalist CIMA/ACCA.
  • Preferably experience of working in a matrix management environment with international/global exposure.
  • Covering 2 continental regions
  • Have the credibility and leadership capabilities to business partner and challenge the Functional Leaders, wider finance teams across EMEA and Tokyo.
  • A self-starter with proactive drive to deliver within challenging time lines. Ability to see the bigger picture and trends whilst maintaining a very high attention to detail.
  • Experience in managing/preparing and consolidating monthly management reporting, annual budgets/plans and updated annual forecasts. Good understanding of accounting principles and their application.
  • Strong systems experience and mindset. In particular a good understanding of SAP, ideally experience using BPC and advanced Excel user with the ability to manipulate large amounts of data across multiple documents.
  • Ability to work across geographies and time zones, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to challenge or influence colleagues to obtain clarity/understanding and to meet tight time lines.
  • To be comfortable to operate in a matrix organisation, deal with varying levels of ambiguity and ability to influence different levels in the organisation across all countries in the region to ensure the EMEA Finance requirements are delivered.
  • Strong commercial acumen, an analytical and inquisitive mindset and a track record of delivering continuous improvements to processes, systems and reporting.

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