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Finance Manager - Retail

  • Job
    Mid Level
  • Banking & Finance
    Hospitality & Retail
  • London

AI generated summary

  • You: Qualified Accountant with strong retail finance experience, highly analytical, Excel savvy, excellent communicator & influencer, dynamic & proactive, adaptable, detail-oriented, self-sufficient.
  • You will drive business performance by providing analysis, insight, and commentary on Retail Channel sales, budgeting/forecasting, managing month-end accounts, evaluating new initiatives, supporting international expansion, and overseeing Wholesale P&Ls.


  • Qualified Accountant with strong post qualification experience
  • Strong Retail experience working in a commercial finance environment
  • Highly commercial & analytical with the ability to present complex financial information in a clear & concise way
  • Excellent Excel skills and general systems literacy
  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence Finance and Non-Finance Business Partners at all levels and have the confidence to challenge them on their outlook
  • Dynamic, enthusiastic and proactive individual
  • Strong interest in building an understanding of the key drivers of the business
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to working and able to comfortably work to tight deadlines and/or varying business priorities
  • The ability to focus on the detail, but also grasp the bigger picture
  • Must be self-sufficient and be able to manage ad hoc requests


  • Drive business performance by providing analysis, insight and commentary on Retail Channel sales performance, highlighting key trends and risks and/or opportunities
  • Closely business-partner with Retail Director, Head of Stores, Area Managers & Retail Operations to gain a key understanding of the retail business & proactively help to drive revenue & profitability
  • Ownership of the planning/budgeting/forecasting process, ensuring financial impacts of Retail Channel activities are fully understood
  • Ownership of the month-end management accounts process for Retail, ensuring variances to budget and forecast are fully understood and explained
  • Ownership and continuous improvement of current reporting and the design of new tools and templates to improve understanding of Retail Channel sales performance
  • Responsibility for budgeting and forecasting the sales and gross profit of the Retail channel ensuring both top line assumptions and phasing are robust.
  • Financial evaluation of new initiatives, business activities and capital investments
  • Financial analysis of Retail specific KPIs including Retail LFLs and Pay-to-Sales ratios
  • All aspects of people management and development of the Retail Finance Analyst
  • Support the Head of Commercial Finance in evaluating new international business opportunities & setting up the core processes associated with international expansion
  • Ownership of the Wholesale & International P&Ls, including budgeting, forecasting & reporting
  • Financial analysis and support of the B2B/Wholesale channel
  • Ad hoc commercial finance support as required


What are the key responsibilities of a Finance Manager in a retail setting?

The key responsibilities of a Finance Manager in a retail setting include driving business performance through analysis and insight of sales performance, partnering with key stakeholders in the Retail team to drive revenue and profitability, managing the budgeting and forecasting processes, evaluating new initiatives and investments, and providing support for international expansion and business opportunities.

What qualifications and experience are required for a Finance Manager in a retail environment?

To be successful as a Finance Manager in a retail environment, candidates should be a qualified accountant with strong post-qualification experience, have a strong background in commercial finance with a focus on retail, possess excellent analytical and communication skills, be proficient in Excel and other systems, and have a proactive and dynamic approach to work.

What benefits and perks are offered to Finance Managers in a retail company like The White Company?

Finance Managers at The White Company are eligible for benefits such as up to 50% discount on products, holiday entitlement of up to 28 days, bonus potential, access to Perkplace Benefits Platform, Wagestream Money Management app, participation in the Leadership Development Programme, pension scheme, life assurance, and private medical coverage. Additional benefits include fruit basket daily, working from home options, social events, seasonal sample sales, volunteer day, and a great location near transport links and amenities.

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Mission & Purpose

We’ve been making impeccably stylish, beautifully designed products, principally in white, for over 25 years. Think style not fashion, quality not quantity and an attention to detail that extends through everything we do – from the hand-stitching on a luxurious high thread-count pillowcase to our second-to-none customer service. We believe it’s the little things that matter. Precious moments of uncomplicated happiness are our constant inspiration and it is with those in mind that we design and create edited collections made to last and become an intimate part of our lives. We spend time developing our product ranges and put the same care and attention to detail into selecting the best people to join our growing and innovative business. From retail stores and ecommerce to Buying & Merchandising, quality experts, our support services, qualified accountants and visual/creative experts - The White Company inspires passion from all its people, and a genuine commitment to each other.