Financial Planning Analyst

Job Description

You will be joining the AA Operations finance team based in Oldbury, to support the FP&A manager with the Financial Planning cycles; including but not limited to the annual budget and quarterly forecast processes.  This includes populating the finance forecast based on inputs provided by the business and managing variance analysis tools to pin-point anomalies or significant changes that need to be challenged.

Your role will be responsible for developing & maintaining the Operations finance forecast models providing the business with understanding and explanation of the £300m annual Operations cost base.

You will assist in performance analysis working alongside the Financial Reporting Team and the Business Partnering Team to provide reporting and insight in to historic and projected performance.

In addition to partnering with Finance colleagues you’ll be a direct interface into the Analytics & MI teams.

What will I be doing?

  • You will manage the Financial forecasting tools, develop an understanding of financial modelling undertaken to be able to drive continuous improvements, remediate potential issues and highlight any risks or opportunities within the business.
  • You will understand underlying assumptions within the model, support the update of these and allow continued full use of the model across commercial finance and wider business teams.
  • Support forecasting cycles with analytics to identify trends, outliers etc to enable better explanation of numbers.
  • Working closely with finance business partners with analysis to understand monthly performance through linking Operational KPIs and variance analysis against the forecast/budget
  • Support the forecasting & budgeting process, challenging business inputs and understanding any significant changes between forecast cycles.
  • Partner with the Financial Reporting team to ensure accurate month end reporting (BAU plus continuous development to improve speed, accuracy and insight).
  • Improve financial performance by providing insightful and accurate analysis and challenging the business where necessary
  • Support for FP&A manager on ad hoc projects

What do I need?

Capability, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience and background in an accounting/finance role
  • Ability to develop & maintain stored procedures
  • Financially numerate with an educational background
  • SAP or Oracle or similar ERP preferred
  • R & SQL (or similar) development experience desirable
  • Ideally previous experience of High Data sets and high volume of data

Personal Characteristics:

  • Adaptable and flexible, with the ability to prioritise manage and deliver under tight or conflicting deadlines
  • Enthusiastic and ambitious
  • Strong analytical, decision making and problem solving skills
  • Commercial acumen and a proactive, ‘results orientated’ approach
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work well in a team environment
  • Strong motivational skills with the ability to work using your own initiative to tight time scales
  • An innate curiosity & desire to understand and challenge
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Supportive, innovative and high of integrity

Additional Information

As a valued member of our team, you’ll have access to a range of fully supported development programmes, designed to help you progress in your career with us. Whether you’re looking to grow in your current role, or learn new skills and take on greater responsibilities, we can help you build the career you’re looking for here.

We’re always looking to recognise and reward our employees for the work they do. Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll have access to, as part of our team:

  • Discounted home and motor insurance
  • ​Half price AA breakdown membership in your first year and free after 12 months, along with a 50% introductory discount off breakdown cover for 12 months for up to 5 friends/family members.

Plus, so much more!

Good conduct matters to us. Our teams are motivated by doing the right thing for both customers and colleagues, and in line with our values, we ask all our employees to act with honesty & integrity and respect for others at all times.

We’re an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from anyone regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.