Finance Analyst

Job ID: 2017-3033

Brand: Goldwell/ KMS

Location: GB - - London

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The successful candidate will support the Kao UK Salon Division Management Accounting Team with all aspects of planning & analysis for the Goldwell and KMS brands. The role will require the successful candidate to support the Senior Finance Manager. In additional the candidate will work closely with many functions of the business and higher level Executives within the UK.

This is a fixed term contract until 9th April 2018.


  • Month end reporting helping complete the regional and UK requirements working closely with the other financial analysts and teams within the salon division
  • Completing all month end journals on time and accurately working closely with the financial accounting team
  • Working with business partners to review the fixed cost month end results analysing variances and highlighting risks and opportunities for our year end targets
  • Updating the customer support budget database and communicating the level of spend left for salons to each regional team
  • Dealing with queries from the external and internal auditors
  • Completing the COGs reporting at month end and analysing variances versus budget
  • Other Ad hoc tasks to support the business eg working on finance projects, implementing new procedures


  • Educated to a degree level
  • Part Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACA, ACCA)
  • Working in an FMCG or Retail business desirable but not essential
  • Advanced level excel (macro's not required)
  • Have the credibility and leadership capabilities to take a proactive lead position when delegated by the Senior Finance Manager on any aspect of the Kao Salon Division management accounting responsibilities
  • 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 and preparing monthly management reporting, annual budgets/plans and updated annual forecasts. Good understanding of accounting principles and their application
  • Strong systems experience and mindset. Ideally a good understanding of SAP or other accounting software and advanced Excel user with the ability to manipulate large amounts of data across multiple documents. BPC experience would be desirable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to build robust working relationships that allows challenge or influence cross functionally to obtain clarity/understanding and to meet tight time lines
  • 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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