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  • Finance Analyst - Import Control

  • Business: Wickes
  • Sector: Finance
  • Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
  • Salary: Excellent + Benefits + Bonus
  • Hours of work: 37.5
  • Position type: Permanent
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 10-Jun-2019
  • Job reference: 22234

Job Description

Wickes is more than just the nation’s favourite DIY store. We’re part of the Travis Perkins Group, one of the UK’s top employers.  That’s why the first thing you’ll notice at Wickes is the way everyone pulls together. It’s a place where we’ll ask for your ideas, listen to your opinions and value the contributions you make. Chances are you’ve never experienced anything quite like our culture.  All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be. If that sounds like you, we’ll make you feel right at home.


A little about the role…


We are currently looking for a Finance Analyst to join our Direct Sourcing Finance team.


As the Direct Sourcing Finance Analyst, you will be responsible for reconciling the expected cost of the ‘direct-sourced’ products to the actual costs incurred.  Identifying issues and understanding what has caused these issues will be an important aspect of the role. The role will also require energy and a curiosity to get into the detail.  


The role will involve working cross-functionally with other areas of the business and so good stakeholder management is key.  You will need to build up strong working relationships and a good understanding of how the ‘direct-sourcing’ model operates.


This role presents the opportunity and challenge of working in a dynamic and exciting environment.


This role will be eligible for training and exam support for qualification with any of the major accounting bodies (CIMA, ACCA, ICAEW / ICAS).


Principle Accountabilities…


  • Reporting - variety of daily, weekly and monthly financial reports for the commercial function

  • Reconciling monthly import control balance sheets.  This will involve reconciling expected costs (including product costs, freight costs, exchange rate differences etc) against invoices received

  • Identifying any potential exposure or upside as a result of the reconciliation, understanding the reasons behind the differences and communicating the results effectively

  • Control of the Landed Cost Model - this model drives the cost price for each direct sourced product and is built up from product, freight, other costs.  This will involve working with both the commercial team and the Far East team to ensure that we have the correct cost prices in this model

  • Understanding the import processes end to end - from the purchase of the product to the sale of the product

  • Analysis of returns / refunds rates for direct sourced products to identify any exceptions


What we are looking for in you?


  • A-Level science or mathematics based subjects

  • High level of Organisation/prioritisation skills

  • Ability to communicate with different stakeholders both internally and externally

  • Hard working and a  Fast Learner

  • Enthusiastic & Inquisitive

  • Proactive


What can we offer you?


Wickes provides own-brand home improvement products and is committed to strengthening its position as the destination DIY and Home Improvement store for DIYers and Tradespeople. No wonder they have been voted “Britain’s Favourite DIY Store” and continue to grow their Business.


Wickes are part of the Travis Perkins Group, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials with over 20 different brands and over 28,000 employees we are able to offer long and varied career opportunities. We are committed to investing in your development and enabling you to fulfil your future career aspiration.


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