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  • Finance Manager - Distribution

  • Business: Wickes
  • Sector: Finance
  • Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Salary: Generous ££ + package
  • Hours of work: 37.5
  • Position type: Permanent
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 30-Apr-2019
  • Job reference: 21498

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 and 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


The role:

To support and challenge the decisions made by the Distribution Function by partnering and providing thorough and robust interpretation and analysis of commercial and financial data.  The key is to provide support and challenge the Distribution function in understanding and managing costs and drive actions from the analytics. The role will also include input to, and oversight of, related projects; support of the Wickes Central Finance Team; assisting external and internal Audit as required.


What we are looking for:

An established CIMA / ACCA qualified Finance Manager with a string background of partnering with your stakeholders. You will be an effective and inspiring leader to your team and have a proven track record within a comparable Finance background


Key Responsibilities

  • Accountable for all data and analytics, working alongside the Distribution Management team and linking into the central finance team, with the focus being cost management and identifying KPI performance and cost improvements.

  • Drive, maintain and enhance the existing cooperative and supportive Business Partnership with Distribution Senior ManagementSupply of bridges/commentary to Commercial Finance Manager at month end and for forecasts & budgets.

  • Support, challenge and develop Distribution Finance team and build relationships with Wickes Central Functions

  • Review and ownership of Distribution Balance sheets, ensuring fully reconciled and risks and opportunities highlighted in a timely manner


A full job description is available prior to interview


What We’re Looking For


  • CIMA/ACCA finalist

  • Traditional management accounting duties. Generating P&Ls, balance sheet recs etc

  • High competency in Excel and other desktop applications

  • Able to prioritise own workload, working to deadlines and demonstrate a strong a sense of ownership

  • Confident self-starter with ability to problem solve

  • Must be mobile to travel between office locations

  • Team worker, prepared to pitch in and assist other Distribution Finance colleagues if necessary

  • Experience in process mapping and process improvement



What we can offer you?


Our strong family values and 'cornerstones' lie at the heart of the success of our journey - from family business to forward thinking business. If matching your ambition to our culture is an exciting prospect, there's never been a better time to join us.

And if, like us, you put customers at heart of everything you do, you can expect to be rewarded with a full package of perks on top of a salary that grows with you as you grow in our business.


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