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Head of Finance - Property Controller

Location: London
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Date Live: 8/8/2018
Vacancy Closing: 21/8/2018
Location: London
Salary: Competitive + benefits
Business Area: Head Office
Area of Expertise: Property
Contract: Permanent
Job Description

Summary
Group Property are responsible for providing a cost optimised property service, and developing an appropriate store portfolio for the Clothing and Home and Food businesses units, which currently comprises over 950 stores in the UK. This includes delivery of the Simply Food opening and UK store estate strategic programmes.

Reporting to the Head of Financial Planning & Analysis, Cost and Capital and business partnering with the Group Property Director and the rest of the property leadership team, this role is responsible for all reporting, forecasting and financial control aspects of the property operations. The individual is responsible for delivering high value business insight, supporting business change as well as building on the work already undertaken to ensure a robust and efficient control environment exists over the group’s capital expenditure processes and property assets.

About the role
Your key accountabilities will include:

• Insightful reporting and analysis of the property P&L and balance sheet. Provide understanding of key cost drivers and influence commercial decisions taken to improve performance
• Ownership of quarterly, annual and long range financial plans including process management, analysis and commentary. Ensure full buy-in and ownership from stakeholders, influencing the setting and delivery of stretching & achievable targets
• Create relationships with the finance teams in the Group and Retail functions and the Clothing & Home and Food businesses units, communicating the financial position and driving a ‘no surprise’ culture
• Offer financial expertise on the reporting consequences associated with the execution of the UK Store estate strategy and Food store roll-out programme, working closely with the Head of Finance – Property Strategy
• Working with Group Finance, ensure the property implications of new accounting standards, including IFRS16, are understood and quantified and that appropriate controls are implemented to ensure compliance upon adoption
• Working with the Group’s shared service centre, enhance the existing controls and processes to develop an efficient and effective control environment, including management of the Group’s capital investment programme and fixed asset register
• Lead, develop and motivate team to support delivery of all agreed objectives in a way that is aligned to our corporate values

About you
Your skills and experience will include:

• Qualified accountant with ability to apply strong technical accounting skills, including the application of new accounting standards
• Ability to enhance the control environment through creation and maintenance of robust and efficient control processes
• Ability to present insightful revenue and capital spend analysis
• Commercial awareness, with prior operational property experience an advantage
• Ability to develop forecasts and budgets, including risks and opportunities, to support a ‘no surprises’ approach
• Ability to work closely with and influence non-finance colleagues at senior levels, including ability to present complex information credibly to senior stakeholders including business unit FDs and Group CFO
• Ability to drive the property finance agenda, including through management and development of team and prioritisation of efforts
• Strong team player but also happy to work independently on own initiative
• Willingness to challenge the current status and an ability to manage change

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