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Senior Finance Analyst

  • Job
    Senior Level
  • Banking & Finance
  • London

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  • You need a degree, accounting qualification, FP&A experience in retail/licensing, and a track record of insightful, timely commercial support in a multinational corporation.
  • You will support financial forecasting, reporting, and analysis for the EMEA Softlines business at The Walt Disney Company. Collaborate with teams, manage reporting tools, analyze variances, track licensee reporting, and provide commercial support. Manage workload, mentor intern, and contribute to team success. Take ownership of professional development, suggest process improvements, and champion diversity and inclusion.


  • Required Qualifications & Skills:
  • Degree level and accounting qualification are required
  • Experience in an equivalent Finance role in FP&A, supporting commercial teams
  • Experience working within the retail / licensing sector preferably for a multinational corporation
  • Proven track record of providing commercial support to a business partner that’s insightful, timely and responsive.


  • Support the quarterly forecast and close process for the EMEA Softlines business. This includes;
  • Ensuring all templates (licensee / category / upload) are set up accurately and on time
  • Reviewing licensee / category forecasts and ensuring these are uploaded accurately
  • Collaborating closely with the local market Finance teams and communicating regional deadlines
  • Managing key reporting tools for the Regional and local Finance teams to use
  • Provide / gather commentary on reasons for variances to prior periods and how business is trading across brands, retailers, and markets
  • Tracking of the true-ups/downs from licensee reporting, following the quarter close
  • Prepare all vital schedules and support Manager on analysis, presentation decks, explanations, and ad-hoc requests in relation to the AOP, Forecast and Close cycles
  • Lead Close and Forecast meetings for remit as agreed with SFM
  • Licensee reporting / systems:
  • Working closely with revenue accounting to manage postings, flagging issues as needed
  • Conduct Guarantee shortfall analysis
  • Understanding of Royalty Reporting system (SRR), its impact on financials and business operations, and support category teams in ensuring licensees report statements in a timely manner
  • Use of key existing systems (LRS, Invision) and engagement in developing, implementing and championing new forecast tool due to be rolled out by end of CY24
  • Commercial Support:
  • Build strong working relationships with Category team, including Directors
  • Work closely with the Regional Softlines Finance and Commercial team to provide updates and analysis / bespoke projects on the performance of the Softlines business by licensee, retailer, sub category, market, and franchise
  • Assist the Softlines Commercial team with the management of their key partners including business plan preparation for contract renewals and key account decks
  • Analysis of market data (e.g. Kantar, Global Data and Euromonitor) to help assist with decision-making.
  • Ad hoc analysis and reporting as required.
  • Team:
  • Manage day-to-day workload and review of intern
  • Work collaboratively with the Finance Analyst, providing mentoring as needed
  • Support SFM on results, key priorities and taking ownership of discrete areas as recommended
  • Training and Professional Development:
  • Operate as part of an effective and inclusive team by demonstrating an awareness of others; welcoming and valuing outstanding perspectives and ideas; offering support, sharing knowledge and best practices to contribute to overall departmental commitments.
  • Take ownership of your professional development through regular career conversations with line manager and utilising available resources such as D Learn, instructor-led courses and on the job learning.
  • Proactively suggest ways to improve departmental performance and processes, maximising technological tools where applicable.
  • Promote and maintain an inclusive work environment, championing diversity and inclusion and making use of available resources to extend knowledge and best practice


What qualifications are required for this Senior Finance Analyst role?

Degree level and accounting qualification are required for this position.

What is the work location for this role?

This is an office-based role with 4 days working in the Hammersmith, London office and 1 day working from home (Monday or Friday).

What are some of the benefits of working at The Walt Disney Company?

Some of the benefits include 25 days annual leave, private medical insurance & dental care, free park entry for you and your family, Disney discounts on products, Disney+ subscription, excellent parental and guardian leave, and access to Employee Resource Groups like WOMEN @ Disney, Disney DIVERSITY, and Disney PRIDE.

What tasks will the Senior Finance Analyst be responsible for?

The Senior Finance Analyst will be responsible for financial planning and analysis, licensee reporting, commercial support, team management, and professional development within the Softlines EMEA Category teams.

Is experience in the retail or licensing sector necessary for this role?

Yes, experience working within the retail / licensing sector, preferably for a multinational corporation, is preferred for this Senior Finance Analyst position.

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