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Commercial Finance Manager (12 month FTC)

  • Job
    Mid Level
  • Accounting & Tax
  • London

AI generated summary

  • You must be a qualified accountant with retail industry experience, Oracle proficiency, strong business partnering skills, advanced Excel modeling abilities, and problem-solving expertise. Results-focused with excellent communication skills and experience with BI tools like Power BI.
  • You will lead month end processes, analyze variance, partner with retail team, perform store performance analysis, develop financial models, support budgeting, and manage new system implementations.


  • Qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA or equivalent)
  • Retail industry experience must
  • Oracle experience
  • Business Partnering experience - Manage and influence stakeholders
  • Management Accounts experience
  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills - able to tell a complex story in a compelling manner via all means of communication peer and Director level
  • Problem Solving - Analyse and understand complex data and situations to recommend the optimal solution (Advanced)
  • Results Focused - Delivers work end to end to conclusion in a planned and controlled manner
  • Excel modelling - Demonstrable experience of building complex models from scratch / blank canvas (Advanced)
  • Business Partnering - Cross functional experience, partnering to develop and align reporting, KPIs & analysis (Excellent)
  • Experience of implementation and development of new BI tools (Power BI in particular) (Preferred)


  • Leading the month end process in a timely and organised manner by working closely with the Financial Control team.
  • Instigate investigations into variance analysis, drilling down, interrogating, establishing root causes and providing insights, alongside the Financial Control team.
  • Business partner with the Retail team in budget tracking & budgetary control with regular budget meetings and appraisal of performance, timings, phasing, and balance of year commitments.
  • Build strong and positive relationships with budget holders and senior managers (notably Head of Retail) supporting them with analysis to drive commercial decisions.
  • Work with the Retail team in Store performance analysis and Store incentive tracking & reporting.
  • New Store profitability modelling, analysis and post investment appraisal.
  • Support the Senior Commercial Manager & Head of Finance to actively seek opportunities and manage risks across the business.
  • Work with the Senior Commercial Finance Manager in delivering the annual budgeting and reforecasting process, taking a lead role in model development and reporting whilst working closely with relevant stakeholders across all trading channels.
  • Support the Senior Commercial Manager to develop multiple new or improved financial models across the business to seek commercial opportunities, cost efficiencies and control, and manage risks.
  • Maintain and continually develop a set of daily/weekly and monthly trade reports for the leadership team and provide cover for Monday Trade reports when necessary.
  • Own and development of Oracle system (newly integrated) ensuring benefits of the systems are utilized and become a super user for training others.
  • Supporting and provide key input into high profile projects within the business including a new POS /OMS system and new BI Tool to aid smooth implementation into the business.
  • Develop the Commercial Finance Analyst.


What qualifications are required for the Commercial Finance Manager role?

The successful candidate must be fully qualified (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) and have relevant commercial and FP&A experience.

What are the main responsibilities of the Commercial Finance Manager?

The main responsibilities include owning management reporting, leading the month end process, producing annual budgets and forecasts, conducting ad hoc analysis and modeling for strategic decision making, and business partnering with Retail for commercial decision making.

Who will the Commercial Finance Manager be working closely with?

The Commercial Finance Manager will be working closely with the Senior Commercial Manager and will have management responsibilities for a Commercial Finance Analyst.

What skills and attributes are important for success in this role?

The successful candidate must have strong commercial acumen, FP&A skills, be a good communicator and business partner, possess strong analytical skills, and be able to present financial data clearly and accurately to senior finance managers and non-finance personnel.

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White Stuff is a multi-channel brand with a strong heritage and values. Established in 1985 we have now grown to over 130 shops and concessions in the UK and internationally, selling women’s, men’s and children’s clothing as well as beautiful accessories and home ware. Our original prints, intricate details and considered design touches reflect our personality and make us subtly distinctive. We’re a sociable, talented and like-minded bunch here at White Stuff, proud to be part of such a great brand, and passionate about our customers. We believe people are at the heart of our business, so we’re committed to building and sustaining a sense of community and togetherness, where everyone feels like they’re part of something special. Growing at White Stuff: We want to make sure there are numerous opportunities for our people to learn and grow. Our focus is enabling our people to develop personally and professionally through a combination of great conversations with your manager, supportive tools, and both internal and external training that supplements learning within your role. Benefits and Perks: At White Stuff we are a supportive family. We pride ourselves on working together to grow and evolve in a creative environment that’s so much more than just a place to work. Our surroundings matter, as do our values, that’s why we offer colleague discount on our lovely products, social events to bring everyone together and volunteering days to help our teams support what matters to them. Doing Good Stuff: We’re dependable sorts at White Stuff, we want to make a meaningful difference to the world around us. It’s not just words, we’ve made some solid commitments to improve the world we live in. From our charity partners and our people, to our supply chain and our environment, doing good stuff runs through the heart of everything we do.