Finance Business Partner

Head Office/Support Centre

Commercial Finance Partner / Finance Business Partner

Reporting to the Senior Commercial Finance Manager, this role will sit within an existing commercial team of four. In this key 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

  • Ownership of monthly management accounts for areas of responsibility and reporting to the board including participation in the month end activity, preparation of journals, variance analysis and reconciliations
  • Delivering analysis and insight that links financial reports to business strategies including sales/margin, benchmarking of our store portfolio, post investment appraisals, operational labour models
  • 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
  • Building partnerships and strong relationships with all senior managers and their teams and providing financial support to commercial decision making
  • Key leadership role in supporting the annual budgeting and rolling forecast process including co-ordinating those responsible for providing inputs and ensuring all are aware of improvement targets, challenges and messaging, along with responsibility for reviewing and challenging budget-holders.
  • Assisting with the development of new MI reporting, systems and processes
  • Providing ad-hoc analysis and reporting to the business


The successful candidate will be personable and a confident communicator who possesses first class analytical skills. A fully qualified ACA/CIMA/ACCA or QBE with strong retail experience, you will be able to demonstrate the following skills:


  • Experience of budgeting and forecasting processes including reviewing, challenging commercial targets with budget-holders and departmental leads
  • Ability to interpret numbers into meaningful MI and communicate this succinctly
  • Self-motivated and self-sufficient, using initiative to get stuck in and resolve issues
  • Commercially astute with a strong desire to understand the key levers in the business
  • Ability to professionally challenge the business to make improvements to operational and financial performance
  • Highly motivated, having a pro-active and collaborative approach with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to liaise and influence colleagues at all levels
  • Strong Excel skills (pivot tables and lookups a minimum requirement)
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, able to work quickly and accurately 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
  • Naturally inquisitive and confident to challenge processes, procedures and ways of working


  • Experience in a retail environment or similar fast paced organisation is a clear advantage
  • Experience in using MI tools such as Cognos, TM1, Aptos

What we will give to you…!

  • 25% discount off our products in store!
  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays).
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme to increase your annual leave entitlement.
  • Company pension contribution.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Life Assurance.
  • Healthcare Cash Plan.
  • Free Car Parking.
  • Charity Giving - Pennies from Heaven and Give as you Earn.

Finally, the bit "About The Works"

We are people who do!

Here at The Works, we are building a working environment that’s fun, friendly, and supportive - all at the same time. It’s somewhere that’s designed for people who love getting busy, whether that’s helping customers, meeting new challenges, or building a rewarding career.

It’s a place for people who know how to roll their sleeves up, get creative, and put their passion and imagination to work…People who do!

We are the UK’s leading family friendly retailer of value gifts, arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery. With over  500 stores nationwide together with a brilliant online store, we’re here to offer our customers a unique and enjoyable shopping experience, built on our core principles of value, variety and quality. You will find our stores in a huge and diverse range of locations; on high streets, in shopping centres, on retail parks, and as concessions (usually in garden centres). We are also one of the few value retailers with a full featured online store that helps our customers to shop how they want, when they want, 7 days a week.

Oh....and we are super proud  to be a Sunday Times 2020 Top 25 “Best Big Companies” to work for. 

It all means that we have built the kind of working environment that is the perfect place for people who love our products to build a career. It is somewhere you can put your proud and passionate, inclusive and accessible, confident and honest, fun and creative, and nimble and driven approach to work.

And if you can roll up your sleeves, get on with any job, and meet any challenge, it’s also somewhere you can thrive.

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