Finance Analyst

  • Orchard Information Systems
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Sep 19, 2019
Full time Accounting Business Intelligence Finance Information Technology

Job Description

Job Summary

The Finance Analyst will be an integral part of the Finance function. Reporting directly to the Finance Director, you will be expected to play a leading role in all Financial Planning and forecasting activities. The role will also be focussed on providing analysis to support the decision making process through extensive engagement with operational teams throughout the business.

This position sits within the Finance team based in the Newcastle Office. Therefore, involvement in the monthly accounting cycle and annual budgeting processes will also form part of the responsibilities of this role.

Principal Responsibilities


  • Take ownership of all aspects of financial forecasting and planning  (This will include, but is not limited to, working closely with the Sales team to develop a detailed understanding of the pipeline and the financial implications of movements)
  • Provide business and functions with analytical support, timely and relevant financial analysis related to the on-going business/functional results in order to support the decision-making process
  • Take full responsibility for business analysis within certain business areas where the advice is given and decisions made will have a measurable impact on the profitability or effectiveness of the business’s operations
  • Develop financial reports for forecasting, trending, results and variance analysis. This will involve extracting financial and non-financial data from various sources (accounts software and other systems). 
  • Work with the Finance Director & Management Accountant to develop financial models and reports that enable clear and concise reporting of actual performance vs budget/forecast, with analysis of key variances as appropriate. 
  • Document “As Is” business processes, work with the Finance team and the wider organisation to identify opportunities for improvement – including an assessment of the financial aspects of any recommended changes where appropriate.
  • Support the monthly accounts production, quarterly forecasting and annual budgeting exercises
  • Business partner with Project and Development teams to provide financial support, commercial governance and challenge where appropriate
  • Participate in Financial Reviews of on-going projects with operational teams (Project and Account Management) to ensure timely billing and effective cash flow management in relation to projects
  • Design and produce reporting to departmental and company management to support the decision-making process
  • Exception reporting and investigation
  • Act as a business partner to cost centre managers
  • Provide ad hoc analysis and support to department and company management and support wider best practice initiatives

Key Skills and Experience


  • Experience as an analyst or as a financial controller 
  • Qualified accountant
  • You are curious, eager to learn and strive for continuous improvement 
  • You have an affinity for numbers and systems and have strong analytical skills 
  • Experience in building automated reports and models
  • Excellent financial and analytical skills
  • Strong systems and advanced Microsoft Excel experience
  • The ability to analyse, organise, summarise and articulate complex financial information for decision-makers 
  • Able to prioritise workload and work under pressure 

What we give back to you

  • Salary commensurate with skills and experience
  • Company pension scheme
  • Permanent health insurance and life assurance
  • Westfield Health Cash Plan Scheme

To apply please submit your CV and covering letter.

The company reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the company’s business.

Application Deadline

Oct 04, 2019