Group Planning Manager – British council
Pay: £450 a day, umbrella
Hours: 36 hour week
Duration: 9 month+
Scope: Inside IR-35
Purpose of the job:
Reporting to the Director of Corporate Finance, the Group Planning Lead will be responsible for co-ordinating and producing consolidated financial 5 year plans, budgets and forecasts. This role requires a person who has deep knowledge of financial planning, monitoring, forecasting, variance-analysis and problem resolution. The role-holder will make an important contribution to the synchronising of planning activity and data among the FP&A colleague community and in linking in with Regional Finance Directors to ensure consistency and accuracy of all planning and forecasting.
The role-holder will have significant experience of running planning processes in an international organisation with multi-service / product offerings. They will have a good understanding of current best-practice in planning, forecasting and reporting and display challenging yet diplomatic qualities in his/her dealings with British Council colleagues.
* Provide a comprehensive financial planning and reporting service to identified recipients of all financial information in the UK, Regions, SBUs and externally.
* Co-ordinate and deliver a 5-year bottom up plan. This will interpret and operationalise the strategic financial models and will work closely to the Head of Strategic Financial Planning in delivering this.
* Provide a direct link in with the Head of Planning and co-ordinate with the UK FP&A team to ensure consistency and alignment of all financial planning activity.
* Support and improve planning and forecasting processes and produce management information that sets out a clear understanding of the financial performance of all products, services, contracts and other activities The British Council delivers.
* Lead the design and implementation of continual improvements to planning service with internal customers, aligning business needs and introducing innovations to the process taken from external best-practice
* Continue to take forward the MI improvements programme, ensuring collaboration with GIS and SAP teams to deliver the roster of report improvements in scope.
* Ensure that all financial planning is undertaken and produced in an accurate and timely fashion in compliance with British Council rules and timetables.
* Provide an environment of continual performance improvement and career development opportunities for staff and seek regular beneficial changes to process and staff structure to improve flexibility and service.
* Provide a working environment in which reporting staff can develop their skills through agreed career progression paths, backed-up with role rotation (where possible and appropriate) and training and mentoring.This will enable a greater degree of service flexibility and coverage and benefit those in the team in terms of skills and experience acquired.
* Manage 2 direct reports.
* CCAB qualified accountant with proven experience of successfully managing and delivering similar roles.
* Operating in international and multi cultural organisations
* Building relationships at all levels of the organisation.
* Significant finance leadership, including managing large teams.
* Flexibility, independence and initiative to perform successfully in a rapidly changing environment.
Experience of developing and optimising SAP accounting and planning applications
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