Commercial Finance Partner

Head Office/Support Centre

Commercial Finance Business Partner

Hybrid/Remote (Approx 1-2 days per week at our Support Centre)

About our culture

The Works is such a welcoming place to… well… work! Our atmosphere is supportive, friendly and inclusive. A second home-from-home where you can be your best and authentic you.

We’ve built an environment that’s busy, always moving, and full of energy. Yet we still make space to share must-watch TV recommendations and our favourite page-turners!

It’s the perfect place for people who know how to roll their sleeves up, get creative, and put their passion and imagination to work. If you’re the kind of person who is as ’crafty’, ‘caring’ and ‘can-do’ as we are, then this is the kind of culture for you.

About the role

Reporting to the Senior Commercial Finance Manager, this role sits within an existing commercial team of five, and has become available due to an internal move within The Works Finance team. In this role, you will develop a good understanding of the key drivers of the business to enable you to effectively deliver insight, challenge, add value and influence strategic business decisions. You will be responsible for building strong relationships and business partnering with senior managers and their teams, providing financial insight to support their commercial decision making.

Key Responsibilities

  • Dedicated Business Partner to The Works management team, building partnerships and strong relationships with all senior managers and their teams
  • Providing financial support to commercial decision making. Delivering analysis and insight that links financial reports to business strategies, covering sales and margin, marketing investment, and channel performance
  • Improving the impact, and understanding, of financial reporting on business performance; providing options and scenarios for business decisions
  • Providing effective commercial support  to ensure key operational, commercial and financial targets are delivered
  • Key leadership role in supporting the budgeting and forecast processes, providing support and challenge for budget holders, high-lighting risks and opportunities, and ensuring alignment with business objectives
  • Assisting with the development of new MI reporting, systems and processes, embracing continuous improvement
  • For areas of responsibility, ownership of the monthly management accounts and reporting to the board

Desired Experience

A fully qualified ACA/CIMA/ACCA, with commercial business partnering experience, you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Motivated and self-sufficient, using initiative to be pro-active
  • Naturally inquisitive and confident to challenge both accepted assumptions and processes
  • Collaborative approach with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to liaise with and influence colleagues at all levels
  • Commercially astute with a strong desire to understand the key levers in the business, and an ability to interpret numbers into meaningful insight, and communicate to the business
  • Ability to professionally challenge the business to make improvements to operational and financial performance
  • Experience of budgeting and forecasting processes including reviewing and challenging commercial targets with budget-holders
  • Strong Excel and analytical skills, with attention to detail and able to work at pace under time pressure
  • Confidence to initiate process improvements and the tenacity to see them through to completion
  • Strong organisational skills, flexible and able to adapt quickly to deliver a fast turnaround on ad-hoc tasks

Our PERKS really are ‘The Works’

  • 25% Colleague Discount!
    Plus, exclusive Double Discount days
  • MyWorks
    Exclusive online discounts across hundreds of retailers, holidays, utilities deals, tech and more!
  • Can-Do Academy
    Instant access to further training and development to help you grow with us and develop your career
  • Wagestream
    Claim early access to 50% of your wages as you earn them

  • Share Scheme
    Become a shareholder and own your very own piece of The Works!
  • 24/7 support for you and your family
    Through our Employee Assistance Programme and Retail Trust Partnerships; Gain free counselling, will-writing
  • Save As You Earn
    Save directly from your salary
  • Long Service Awards
    Cash, gifts, or holiday rewards
  • Recognition Awards
    For outstanding service, customer feedback, excellent sales and more!

  •  + Loads more!
    Holidays, Pension, Sick pay, Life assurance and optional charity giving

Our Purpose
To inspire reading, learning, creativity and play – making lives more fulfilled.

Our Values
We are Crafty | We are Caring | We are Can-do

A bit about The Works
We are working towards our ambition of becoming one of the most loved retailers in the UK and the go-to place for reading, learning, creativity and play. We believe in the importance of fun and fulfilment and taking time out to do the things you love.

With 525 stores nationwide and a strong multi-channel proposition, our mission is to offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience, built on core principles of value, variety and quality.

We’re super proud to be certified as two star ‘Outstanding to work for’ via Best Companies for three years running and a Sunday Times 2020 Top 25 Best Big Companies to work for.


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