Senior Financial Analyst

Job ID: 2017-3085

Brand: Kao UK

Location: GB - - London

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The main purpose of this role is to be a world class finance business partner to the commercial teams (both Sales & Marketing) providing both support and challenge to drive profitable growth of the UK Mass business.

This role is responsible for tracking, reporting & interpreting spend vs budgets/forecasts to enable the business to make informed decisions; provide ad hoc analysis and support to business partners, solving problems and answering queries in agreed timelines.

This is fixed term contract until February, 2018 with potential to become permanent.


  • Strong business partnering – building strong relationships with sales & marketing teams and fostering an environment of supportive commercial challenge
  • Own the promotional spend process from beginning to end (including creation of accruals, tracking & comparison of customer profitability vs targets, leading the budget process for sales & marketing & support the sales team with the monthly forecasting of Gross to Net Sales)
  • Periodic journals & accruals – Allocating costs accurately between customers, with backing information for each cost line
  • Tracking & analysis of costs vs budget & forecast to include analysis of variances and recommendations as appropriate
  • Preparation of information for reporting to senior management (including monthly results reporting as well as budget & periodic forecast creation/reporting)
  • Produce daily & periodic KPIs and ensure they are accurate, insightful and issue in agreed timelines
  • Accounting tasks such as reconciliations
  • Identification of process improvements


  • Strong Academics, ideally within a Finance related discipline
  • Qualified Finance Professional (CIMA, ACCA, ACA)
  • Strong Academics, ideally within a Finance related discipline
  • Previous experience of working in an FMCG finance environment would be greatly advantageous
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Highly motivated & enthusiastic with a can-do attitude
  • Strong systems skills including Advanced Excel (V look ups, Pivot tables etc.)
  • Have the credibility and leadership capabilities to take a proactive lead position when delegated by the Associate Director
  • 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
  • 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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