Interim Financial Planning & Analysis Manager - FTC 9 months (63)



We are recruiting for a market-leading, global business that is growing fast. Highly complex in nature, this business delivers large contracts/projects to the defence sector and is at the forefront of their industry. The role itself is a commercial, FP&A Manager for a Fixed Term Contract period of 9 months (maternity cover) with the potential for extension. This role can be based from home (but you are welcome to go into the office if you wish).

The role will be functionally responsible for supporting the day to day financial elements of operations, management and cost control. Key to this is managing the in-year and 10-year forecast process with an annual spend of £400m and measuring the impact of cost-saving initiatives delivered on behalf of the customer.


  • Working closely with the leadership team, Business Analyst team and Finance Business Partners to formulate the business's medium to long term financial forecast
  • Evaluating previous budgets, expenditures to develop and implement future budgets
  • Use solid financial knowledge and business acumen to build financial models and analysis and draw conclusions and make recommendations that deliver results and drive improvements
  • Perform ad-hoc business analysis, and financial modelling. Present recommendations to senior management on strategic decisions, and planned future initiatives.
  • Provide detailed analysis and commentary on cost centre results
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding / working knowledge of accounting principles and internal controls
  • Identify and implement opportunities to resolve finance issues, improve, scale, or simplify finance tools, technology, and processes across teams and organisations
  • Identify and lead process improvement
  • Conduct advanced financial analysis to support ad-hoc requests utilising complex scenario planning
  • Translate business strategies, initiatives and projects effectively into financial modelling.
  • Excellent logical and problem solving skills.
  • Eagerness to learn and understand the business needs
  • Preparing business cases to support new investment, strategic and other business decisions
  • Provide insights to senior management around financial modelling, forecasts and profitability
  • Managing a team of Finance Analysts
  • Support implementation of financial policies, procedures, internal controls, and processes for all finance functions
  • Ensure the cost associated with 'options’i.e. work scope contracted over and above the baseline contract, is collected, appropriately allocated and monitored within limits of liability
  • Provide financial support to both Functional and Logistics organisations, and contribute to achieving the organisation’s goals and objectives
  • Assist with developing the planning, tracking analysis, and reporting under the program including annual planning cycles, budget development, forecast of expenditures, and variance analysis and reporting
  • Assist with establishing, maintaining and reporting Estimates at Completion (EACs) in compliance with policies and procedures, particularly in relation to 'options’ subject to limits of liability
  • Assisting with the establishment and maintenance of cost baselines; related variance analyses; and preparation of written and verbal reports to management regarding cost variances

Skills and Attributes Required:

  • Qualified or Part Qualified (ACCA, CA, CIMA or ICAS) with more than 5 years relevant finance/corporate finance experience
  • Previous experience in FP&A/financial modelling and data visualisation experience
  • Excellent logical, analytical and conceptual skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel and/or SQL, VBA, Microsoft Access, and e.g. Oracle Financials, Cognos
  • Proven expertise managing, evaluating, analysing data quickly and creating meaningful business reporting; with excellent distillation and synthesis of information
  • Excellent presentation skills - translating financial information into a succinct message
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to synthesise complex topics into a clear story with recommendations
  • Very comfortable with ambiguity and excels at bringing clarity and structure
  • Bias for action
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
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