Senior Commercial Finance Manager

6 months fixed term contract

£60,000 - £100,000 pro-rated

Central London


Well known retail group with many different product types being sold in retail sites across the UK


You will support Senior BP in managing their Business Partner relationships and implementing business strategy and provide actionable insight on trading decisions through commercial modelling and analysis. You will be the key point of contact for financial insight, ensuring a clear message is communicated to the business regarding analytical projects. You will focus on KPIs for driving sales and margin through markdown and discount reduction, including recommendations on KPI levels for company strategy. Additionally you will set sales, margin and stock budgets / forecasts aligned to company strategy as well as recommend stock buying levels based on customer trade driver forecasts.

  • Review and challenge product level forecasts (sub class / department) to ensure delivery of KPIs for clothing areas and total business
  • Analyse large data sets and recommend actions that will deliver business value
  • Improve the reporting of analytical projects through use of dashboards
  • Produce weekly forecasts for customer footfall, conversion and ATV for the retail business. Compare to product level forecasts and recommend purchasing levels
  • Provide financial analysis and benefits cases for trade marketing decisions
  • Create models in excel to forecast the outcome of business decisions
  • Build effective working relationships with stakeholders
  • Review weekly trade reporting and recommend appropriate changes to short term business decisions


To be considered for this role you need to meet the following criteria:

  • 5+ years' experience in a commercial finance role where you can demonstrate that you have strong commercial logic
  • Strong problem solving skills. Numerate, analytical and curious
  • Experience of analysing big data sets using SQL
  • Tableau (ideally) or understanding of other dashboard software
  • Advanced excel including VBA
  • Report building in SAP Business Objects or a similar package such as Infor BI
  • Passionate about setting and delivering exceptional standards of service to stakeholders
  • Understanding of the economic / market factors which impact retail
  • Experience working with commercial teams such as merchandising / marketing is a nice to have. However, it could be any type of products and could also come from other industries such as FMCG