The Economist is a leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from print and digital to events and films. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.
Whether designing processes to support our global business, analysing performance, providing forward-thinking analysis or delivering a business case for a new revenue stream, The Economist finance team creates innovative solutions to the Economist Group’s key strategic income stream and supports its ambitious growth plans.
Currently, we are seeking an astute FP&A Analyst with a keen attention to detail. In this role you will be comfortable working at pace across different business structures, managing multiple priorities and dealing with stakeholders across the business.
Whether you are consolidating global budget and forecast submissions from across the business, working with business stakeholders to prepare an accurate and timely monthly board report, or preparing decks to be presented to the MD and CFO you will build relationships with the reporting and group finance teams to help streamline processes and move the company forward.
How you will contribute:
Consolidate the annual global budget and quarterly forecast submissions from across the business. Prepare presentations for the MD and CFO
Prepare the monthly board report for The Economist, ensuring the data is accurate and communicated in a timely manner. You’ll work with the business to provide commentary on key performance against budget, prior year and forecast
Partner with the reporting team to streamline, standardise and automate data, reporting and analysis for The Economist, under the direction of the Head of Finance
Review and submit the global budget and quarterly forecasts in Anaplan, becoming the expert on the system & process, and constantly striving for improvements & efficiencies
Continually improve processes to ensure data is robust and time is freed up for more value add tasks
Own and manage the month- and quarter-end timetable, ensuring the team are all aware of deadlines to help with a smooth submission.
Work closely with the group accounting teams to ensure reporting submissions are timely and accurate
Manage and deliver ad-hoc analysis, insight and financial modelling to support business decisions and provide insight for stakeholders, as requested
The ideal skills for this role are:
A university qualification and an accountancy qualification (CIMA/ACCA/ACA or equivalent)
Highly analytical, with close attention to detail
Strong organisational skills - able to coordinate multiple inputs to deliver against tight deadlines
Proven experience in improving processes
Ability to present information with clarity for a non-financial audience
Engagement and commitment, showing ownership of responsibilities
Experience working in a global business with multiple products, currencies and geographic locations
Experience of Anaplan would be beneficial but not essential
Flexibility, able to adapt to changing priorities and structures
Ability to collaborate with and influence colleagues to improve decision making
Self-motivated to look for new ideas to streamline and simplify process
A track record as a good team player, committed to the success of the team as a whole
A self-starter, proactive, can-do approach
Curiosity about the world, The Economist Group and its customers