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Group Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Reference: 21805


Northern Ireland



Job Type


Date Posted

09 April, 2024


Role Purpose

To provide high quality financial information and insights to internal stakeholders to support decision making. To assist in driving the business forward and implementing changes within the global finance function and across the business.


Role and responsibilities

  • Internal stakeholder deliverables and insights: Financial Analysis
  • Preparation of high quality regular and ad-hoc financial information, critical evaluation and making
  • recommendations suitable for senior management including the Exco and support directors.
  • Working with the Finance Heads and Management team to support commercial business decisions. Involves various ad hoc tasks that require the ability to critically assess business questions.
  • Analysis/review of management accounts and reporting back to offices, Support Directors and Finance Heads.
  • Assisting in preparation and presentation of quarterly and annual results.


Financial Planning

  • Ownership of the group forecasting and planning tool. Including planning and delivering ongoing training to the groupwide finance community, working independently or taking a leadership role as required.
  • Take a leading role in the co-ordination and preparation of the annual budget process at the group level.
  • Building forecasts and complex financial models.
  • Adviser to the wider global Finance community.
  • Be sought out as a subject matter expert and trusted adviser by our business partners.
  • Drive continuous improvement by identifying process improvements to increase the efficiency of working practises within the firm.
  • Build and maintain relationships with business managers, support functions and finance staff in all offices.
  • Requires travel to offices within our network.


Key requirements

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to interpret data into clear messages for financial and non- financial stakeholders. Ability to produce high quality and professional presentations, reports and documentation to meet the needs of the business.
  • Ability to demonstrate commercial skills, knowledge and acumen in a professional services environment.
  • Ability to make independent objective decisions. A strong decision maker.
  • Strong planning and organisation skills with the ability to take control of project work-streams.
  • Technically competent with relevant finance/accounting knowledge and skills.
  • Team player with strong communication skills, including oral presentation and technical writing to non-native English speakers. Ability to train other finance department members globally.
  • Self-motivated and solution driven. Ability to take a problem/task and work independently and use initiative to deliver well thought through solution/end product.
  • Ability to work under pressure and take a flexible approach to the job. Adaptable individual with a can do attitude in order to react to new projects.
  • Ability to find practical and pragmatic solutions whilst ensuring the integrity of finance is upheld.
  • High level of IT system skills with the ability to expand in this area as needed to take a pseudo systems accountant role in respect of planning & forecasting tools.


Qualifications & Experience

  • Qualified accountant, member of recognised accounting body as a chartered accountant.
  • Minimum of four years post qualification experience, with some years spent in industry (ideally within professional services).
  • Previous business experience in a global organisation, preferably in a “head office” or group function.

Next Steps:
Please submit your application or speak to a specialist consultant from the Abacus team on 0044 (0) 28 9031 3157 for a confidential discussion.
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