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 currently have an exciting opportunity for a Financial Analyst to join our Finance team.
Working flexibily, you'll spend the majority of your time working from home with the occasional 2-3 days a month in the office at either Salford Quays, Manchester or Haywards Heath, West Sussex, of course, its your choice - if you prefer to be in the office more - thats good with us too.
The role combines analytical capabilities with stakeholder management and business partnering capabilities. You'll support the Business Partner through, effective analysis, tracking, performance monitoring and challenge, budgeting and planning and stakeholder management.
To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:
have a broad skill set, including stakeholder management, commercial acumen, problem solving and modelling skills
be part qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) or qualified by experience
have business analysis experience
Business Initiatives and Tracking
Assist in the development of analysis and models for initiative cost benefit analysis and assist in developing presentations to Exco and Manco
Preparation of the benefits of initiatives to ensure these are accurately tracked and presented on a monthly basis and challenged where appropriate
Assist with the drive business improvements and contribute to the success of the business. Act as a catalyst in driving forward initiatives critical to delivering the strategy
Performance Monitoring and Challenge
Develop a deep understanding KPIs on a daily, weekly and monthly basis which will enable extrapolate that performance to the financial impact influencing options to mitigate any shortfall
Assist with the month end expense process, liaising with Financial Accounting and producing monthly expense reporting for the pillar Leadership
Investigate any trends or variance of actual to budget and forecast performance
Assist with the creation and monitoring of relevant MI reports of key trading stats
Help the business partner’s track and challenge cost spend and income across the pillar
Planning and Forecasting
Assist with the creation of the annual Budget and quarterly reforecast for the pillar or entity, gathering relevant data and helping to determine assumption development across the plan period
Help ensure the change initiatives are correctly reflected in the budgets and forecasts
Help ensure the internal IT development for the initiatives is correctly reflected in the budgets and forecasts
Assist with the production of detailed financial models as appropriate for the pillar cost analysis, revenue performance and profitability models
Stakeholder Management and Business Partnering
Effectively partner the business to create financial solutions for a specific pillar of the business
This role holder will be aligned to a specific pillar and Entity will be required to build working relationships with key stakeholders across the pillar or Entity
Liaise with the pillar senior stakeholders to assist in the delivery of accurate financial information to aid decision making to maximise shareholder value and return
Add value through support and challenge of the business in all commercial decision making, providing financial analysis support as necessary
Assist and deputise for Business Partners across all aspects when required
Strategic and Commercial Acumen
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
Job Specific Competencies:
Preferably Degree educated (Finance, Mathematics or computing an advantage)
Part qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) or qualified by experience
Insurance industry experience an advantage
Business analysis experience in a relevant area
Strong stakeholder management skills and ability to communicate and appropriately challenge senior management
Good communication and presentation skills including verbal, and written
Excellent numeracy skills
Excellent Excel skills
Strong analytical skills with an eye on details
Ability to deal with complex data, summarise and provide clear insightful feedback Knowledge
Are you the person we’re looking for? If so, we look forward to hearing from you. Apply today!
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.