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At Sainsbury’s Argos, the great digital transformation is under way. We’re reinventing ourselves as the market leaders in digital retail, and as with any great transformation, that must be underpinned by a strong financial structure. Right now we are aiming to be the market leader in choice, value and convenience, and therefore our Finance teams are more important to us than ever before. They’re the people that provide support right across the business in order to help make the right decisions as we head toward becoming a digital retail leader. And right now we’re looking for experienced Assistant Finance Analyst to play a leading role within our business. In a nutshell: In this role, you will provide business partnering support to the Retail Operations team, including 850 store teams, 28 Regional teams and the Central Operations team, to help them make sound commercial business decisions. Working in a team of 10 to provide insight and challenge to drive operational performance and influence decision making. You will drive improvements in our procedures and processes to facilitate the production of high quality reports & insight. Team: Retail Finance is a dynamic department responsible for supporting the Retail Operations and Operations Development teams, supporting 850 stores. We ensure that the financial impact is considered when making operational decisions and support the team to effectively manage the cost base. What I need to do: Manage and retain strong relationships with our internal stakeholders, being both the operational teams, Store managers and the relevant finance teams. Responsible for budgeting and forecasting of all store payroll costs, taking ownership of the store resource planning model and production of store resource plans, including validation of information and reconciliation on movements between forecasts and year on year. Responsible for the production of the weekly store labour productivity reports, distributing the final report to the Stores Director and her leadership team, providing insightful commentary into the week’s performance. Provide business partnering support and analysis to Store managers to help them manage their resources effectively and within budget constraints. Support and challenge the store operations teams on any proposed changes to the store resource model, ensuring all changes are within agreed budget. Work closely with the FP&A Centre of Excellence, specifically the Accounting and Reporting and Central Costs teams to provide an end-to-end service to our stakeholders. Analysing periodic variances on various central cost centres, liaising with cost centre managers to provide insight and support to manage costs within budget constraints. Ownership of stores central balance sheet reconciliations, ensuring accurate and timely production whilst investigating all risks and opportunities. Support the Retail Finance Analyst & Retail Finance Manager on adhoc insight and value add analysis to drive further understanding of our cost base and how we can maximise efficiencies. What you need to know: Be a Part-Qualified Finance Analyst (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) Strong commercial acumen, curiosity beyond traditional finance boundaries and ability to understand key business drivers. Ability to present complex information in a simplified manner. Team player with good presentation and communication skills (both verbal & written). Ability to positively and proactively engage key stakeholders to build credible relationships whilst retaining professional integrity. Experience of working with and presenting analytical results to non-finance users. Strong excel, analytical and presentation skills, with attention to detail. What we offer: If being part of a hugely influential Finance team wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and a huge range of learning and development opportunities, you’ll also enjoy a bonus scheme, holiday allowance, pension, a save as you earn scheme and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury's and Habitat. About Us: Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what we do since 1869. Today that means making our customers’ lives better and easier every day by offering great quality and service at fair prices – across food, clothing, homeware and financial services – whenever and wherever they want it. As our customers’ lives change, so will our business. Sainsbury's acquired Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos and Habitat, on 2 September 2016, creating one of the UK’s leading food and non-food retailers - a multi-product, multi-channel business with fast delivery networks.