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Job Reference: G4S/MS/1917
Number of Positions: 1
Job Category: Accounting/Finance/Insurance/Commercial
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £75,000 - £80,000 plus benefits
Location: Sutton, Surrey
G4S Region: UK & Ireland
Country:United Kingdom


G4S Business Unit:
Closing Date: 19/04/2018
Package Description: Competitive

Job Introduction:

This is a head office role with exposure to senior people in the Group (including the Group Chief Financial Officer). It is a no 2 role to the Group Head of Reporting Planning & Analysis in managing and coordinating the planning, budgeting and forecasting processes of the Group on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis, and providing in-depth analysis on the performance of the group’s businesses.

A large part of the role is to assist the Group Head of Reporting, Planning & Analysis in the review, analysis and challenge of the submissions from the businesses within the Group, and communicate the consolidated Group position to the CEO, CFO, Group Executive Committee (GEC) and the PLC Board. It requires building strong relationships within Group and with the businesses globally.

The scope of the role is wide ranging as this team also takes on ad-hoc work and deep dives into specific areas as required by the Group CFO and the Group Financial Controller. The team also runs analyst consensus for the Director of Investor Relations and is heavily involved in the preparation of the Strategic Plan and scenario modelling.

The role also involves a high level of liaison with the finance systems team (reviewing and sense checking the output of the consolidated financials), therefore experience and interest in group reporting packages is required.

Role Responsibility:

  • Manage and coordinate the Group’s annual budget & strategic plan and quarterly forecasting processes. Set scope and communicate timetables, prepare group instructions, liaise with the systems team and other group functions as well as with the regions to ensure that the deadlines and deliverables are understood and achieved. Be the first point of contact for the businesses and regions around the world on these processes.
  • Enhance the Group’s budgeting and forecasting processes, including where necessary the re-design of templates and reporting packs. Communicate and roll out changes to the regions in a collaborative and efficient manner, and work with the Group systems team to implement required changes to the group consolidation system.
  • Analysis of the budgets and forecasts submitted by the regions and group functions, providing information and, where appropriate, recommendations to Group management. Present information in a meaningful way and incorporate key metrics required from an external reporting perspective (analyst consensus, EPS, YOY growth etc), highlighting the key messages and actions clearly and concisely.
  • Scenario modelling and what-if analysis on budgets, 3 year plans and M&A activity as required.
  • Review existing financial performance of the regions against the existing budget and most recent forecast so that a full and timely understanding of financial performance, with particular focus on risks and opportunities, is presented to Group management with recommendations.
  • Keep analyst consensus updated for the Director of Investor Relations by reading notes from the analysts covering G4S and reviewing the analyst models where required.
  • Cashflow forecasting, Covenants and Net Debt: responsible for running the Group covenant forecasts, board papers on net debt and going concern, and working with Group Treasury on Treasury committee papers and all matters relating to net debt and cashflow.
  • Management of the suite of reports in CXO (business intelligence reporting tool) together with the systems team, advising on style and contents of reports, user testing of new reports and promoting the use of the reports with the group’s businesses.
  • Collate, produce, analyse and distribute regular and ad-hoc analysis, documentation and reports so that individuals and departments receive accurate up to date information according to agreed timescales.
  • Perform detailed business reviews as required, including in-country assessment of costs and efficiency and identifying opportunities to improve performance.
  • Manage and perform ad-hoc projects and work as required.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACMA, ACCA), 3 – 5 years PQE is a must. Excellent academics required.
  • Big 4 background with experience in corporate finance or due diligence for M&A is highly desirable.
  • Experience of building and analysing P&L, Cash Flow and Balance Sheet budgets and forecasts for large Groups or Divisions is a must.
  • Excellent Excel modelling skills is a must, with the ability to model quickly and accurately under time pressure if required.
  • A high level of quality and accuracy (right first time) is required as the audience of the teams’ outputs is typically very senior executives (including the PLC Board, CEO and CFO).
  • Experience in using or reviewing Group Reporting Packages is required (BPC would be an advantage but not a necessity).
  • A sound technical ability is also required, including confidence with group consolidations, a high level understanding of IFRS accounting requirements and the ability to extract and manipulate financial data from the Group system.
  • Ability to present and explain financial information to all levels of management
  • A high standard of written and oral presentational skills is essential.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships throughout the organisation and at all levels. 

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