Premier Inn Hotels

Overheads FP&A Analyst- Whitbread We are recruiting for an Over

England, Bedfordshire, Dunstable
£35000 - £42000 per annum + Benefits
05 Oct 2016
02 Nov 2016
Whitbread PLC
Job Type
Full Time
Overheads FP&A Analyst - Finance - Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Overheads FP&A Analyst - Finance - Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

About us: Whitbread

At Whitbread, we are fully committed to growing legendary brands through building a strong customer heartbeat and innovating to stay ahead. We are dedicated to our core values; being genuine, confident and committed, and are proud of our winning teams, who make everyday experiences special for our customers.

We're the UK's biggest hospitality company, employing over 48,000 people and serving around 27 million UK customers every month across our 3,000+ hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. The past five years have seen huge growth in our business. We've added over 130 hotels, nearly 100 restaurants and more than 1,500 coffee shops - creating an outstanding 15,000 UK jobs in the process. By 2020, our goal is to achieve global system sales of around £2.5bn for Costa, and to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to an incredible 85,000. All while creating around 3,000 UK jobs a year and continuing to expand our presence worldwide.

The Role:

We are recruiting for an Overheads FP&A analyst to join our Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants Finance team, who are based at our Support Centre in Dunstable.

As an Overheads FP&A Analyst, you will:

* Assume responsibility for the month end Overheads close and reporting processes and financial control of all overhead cost lines (c.£150m p.a., 60+ departments and 100+ internal customers).

* To build and maintain strong working relationships with budget holders and key contacts. Become the first point of contact for all budget holder queries and structural, spend or accounting changes. Pick up, understand and influence where necessary on any significant changes.

* Provide key information to budget holders by reviewing, reporting and discussing monthly performance across all cost centres and at all levels required (i.e. detailed review with CCM plus summary note to HoD/ Director). Understanding and explaining variances to budget, and constantly evaluating and agreeing the impact on full year numbers.

* Hold regular review meetings with Directors & Managers to ensure that all parties have a shared understanding on costs. Drive agenda in those meetings to cover off key issues like headcount & cost savings etc. Influence towards required outcome, issue minutes & actions to evidence agreement.

* Training and coaching of all senior budget holders and key staff, identify any requirements and resolve appropriately and efficiently. Identify & fulfil any financial reporting requirements for budget holders (often seeing PO management work being done outside of Finance).

* To assist production of all scheduled Overhead Business Plans, Budgets and Forecasts. Consider implications of all conversations and reviews. Communicate with business as necessary to ensure understanding and agreement.

* Provide cross functional reports on key Overhead cost lines. To ensure that the costs are properly understood and reviewed, and to help drive savings where appropriate.

Reporting - evaluate changing business needs and work with WHR and Group colleagues (including Group FD) to ensure that the content and format of the reports remains relevant and appropriate (pushing back and influencing where necessary).

We would love to hear from you if you have;

* Strong A-level / Graduate level qualifications, including business or finance related elements
* Finalist/ newly Qualified - recognised accounting qualification
* Broad accounting knowledge, ability to talk through ideas & assess wider impacts

* Excellent Interpersonal skills and a confident manner as the role requires regular liaison with the WHR leadership team
* Ability to communicate with and influence financial and non-financial colleagues
* Analytical skills - ability to identify core issues and provide assessments grounded in logic
* Broad Finance experience, including period close, financial planning and reporting
* You are comfortable engaging with a broad range of stakeholders across the business, at varying levels
* You can tell the story of the numbers in a way that non finance professionals can understand and relate to

This role is a permanent full time position and is based at our Support Centre in Dunstable, LU55XE.