Finance Analyst - Programme and Technology

Finance Analyst - Programme and Technology

Haywards Heath, Home Office (Remote) or Manchester
£28,000 to £41,000 depending on experience
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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.

Are you looking for a new job with a fast-growing, dynamic company? Well look no further! We need a Finance Analyst - Programme and Technology to join our Finance team. Working on a hybrid basis, you'll spend the majority of your time working from home with occasional visits to the office at Salford Quays, Manchester and Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Combining analytical and modelling capability, together with supporting the Finance Business Partner (FBP) through initiative modelling and tracking, month end reviews, budgeting and planning and general finance support, you'll

deliver accurate financial information to aid decision making to maximise shareholder value and return.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:

  • have business modelling and analytical experience

  • be Degree educated or Part Qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) or similar through experience

  • have experience working with TM1 and Workday (desirable)

Job responsibilities:

Pillar and Category Analysis

  • This role holder will be aligned to the Technology and Change pillars and will be required to create effective working relationships with management across the pillar

  • Add value through support and challenge providing financial analysis support as necessary

  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workloads, be organised, have a flexible working style, and can work to tight deadlines

  • Month end review working closely with Financial Accounts

  • Assist with ad-hoc requests and queries covering entity reporting

Strategic and Commercial Acumen

  • Support and Develop an understanding and knowledge of key business performance (KPI’s) drivers and be able to draw conclusions from the suite of KPI’s available

  • Model and track KPIs / CBAs related to business cases, understanding drivers for variation

Business Modelling

  • Produce detailed financial models as appropriate for the pillar cost and benefit analysis

  • Support in creation of models for business target outcomes development and tracking

  • Summary reporting of Group Wide initiatives (ROI, Payback) on a Cash / Profit and Loss basis

Business Initiatives and Tracking

  • Support the FBP in ensuring Finance’s role in the Change Delivery Framework is clear in a growing and evolving business

  • Develop analysis and models for tracking target outcome cost benefit analysis and assist in developing presentations to committee and forums for discussion

  • Ensure the benefits of target outcomes are accurately tracked and presented monthly and challenge each Pillar where appropriate

  • Support FBP in driving business improvements which contribute to the success of the business. Act as a catalyst in financial review of target outcomes critical to delivering the strategy, providing rationale for delays, reprioritisation, escalation.

Performance Monitoring and Challenge

  • Initial investigation to establish any trends or variance of actual to budget and forecast performance

  • Support the FBP to track and challenge cost spend across the pillar

  • Support the FBP in producing monthly Risk and Opportunities across each pillar for CFO review

Planning and Forecasting

  • Support the FBP with the creation of the annual Budget and quarterly reforecast for the pillar, gathering relevant data and assumption development across the plan period

  • Help ensure the change outcomes are correctly reflected in the budgets and forecasts

  • Help ensure the group internal Pillar development for the initiatives is correctly reflected in the budgets and forecasts

Job-specific competencies

Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications

  • Desirable: Insurance industry experience

  • Business modelling and analytical experience

  • Experience working with TM1 and Workday an advantage

  • Assist with ad-hoc requests and queries covering FCSUK entity reporting

  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Good time management and organisation skills

  • Preferably Degree educated

  • Part qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) or similar through experience


  • Good communication and presentation skills including verbal and written

  • Excellent numeracy, Excel and Modelling skills

  • Strong influencing skills

  • Driven, pro-active, self-starter, and enthusiastic

  • Ability to work with ambiguity or to make broad assumptions to make a recommendation

  • Team player and ability to forge relationships at all levels within the organisation

  • Deadline driven

  • Strong analytical skills with an eye on details

If you’d like to work for an award-winning employer in a fast-paced environment, apply now!

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
  • Flexible working
  • 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 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 Talent team.

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