We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.
We’re on the hunt for a talented Expense Analyst to join our Finance team in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. You’ll play a pivotal role in the development of the financial 5-year plan, annual budget and reforecasts from a non-indemnity expense perspective.
Owning the monthly process for reviewing and analysing non-indemnity expenses across the Group, you’ll pull together the narrative for management and Board packs. In addition, you’ll support the cost management agenda, by providing insightful analysis to their stakeholders to facilitate challenge of performance and identify areas of improvement.
To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:
Have previous experience in a Financial Analyst, Cost Accountant, Assistant Accountant role or similar and in an operational or transactional accounting or accounts payable department (would be an advantage)
Be preferably studying early stages of CIMA or ACCA
Have basic modelling experience (would be an advantage)
Strategic and Commercial Acumen:
Planning and Forecasting:
Support the Lead Expense Analyst in maintaining the integrity of cost forecasting input schedules and identify areas of improvements to offer a seamless process for users
Provide analytical support in the production of cost forecast outputs including, succinct review files, standardised Business Partner outputs, insightful ExCo and Board pack outputs, relevant and insightful cost KPIs
Provide support in the collation of capital expenditure forecast against agreed deadlines/timetable
Support identifying and tracking of cost Risks & Opportunities (R&Os) between forecasting cycles
Support the Lead Expense Analyst in the end to end review, close and analysis of expenses at month end, working to deadlines set by the Management Reporting team
Actively maintain central expense analysis tools used across Finance and activity seek to make iterative improvements
Produce insightful expense outputs and a clear narrative for inclusion in ExCo and Board papers
Skills, knowledge & experience
Qualified or studying early stages of CIMA or ACCA
Experience in operational/transactional accounting in particular accounts payable is an advantage
Basic modelling experiences an advantage
Experience of planning and forecasting cycles is an advantage
Good communication skills, both verbal and written
Good time management and organisation skills
Problem-solving skills with the ability to adopt a logical approach to resolving problems
Good numeracy, data manipulation and interpretation skills
Computer literate, including intermediate to expert level Excel skills
What can we do for you?
We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…
Fantastic training and development opportunities
Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
A health cash plan
Help with travel expenses
The opportunity to buy additional holiday
Company pension scheme
Group life assurance
Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
Professional subscription fees paid
Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.
For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.
Interested? Apply today and take the next step in finding your dream job.
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We’re happy to discuss flexible working during the recruitment process .