• Salary:
    Circa £90,000
  • Location:
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  • Closing Date:
    30 June 2024

Are you an experienced leader in Financial Planning and Analysis? 

We have an exciting opportunity to join Sovereign Network Group as Head of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) on a fixed term basis for 12 months. You'll lead our financial planning, forecasting and management accounting processes, establishing a centre of excellence for management accounting activity.

Based from our head office in Basingstoke, you'll combine home and office working to ensure a positive work / life balance.

It's a really exciting time to join us as Sovereign have joined forces with Network Homes to form SNG. Together we provide over 84,000 homes and invest in communities across London and the South of England.

The Role

Reporting into the Finance Director - Business Partnering, you'll manage a team of up to 8 direct reports, including a Senior Management Accountant and a Finance Analyst.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading financial planning, forecasting and management accounting processes, covering Income & Expenditure, Balance sheet and Cashflow
  • Leading the development and reporting of Key Performance Indicators, Value for Money insights and Fit for Growth cost saving programme
  • Providing timely, accurate and comprehensive business insights using both internally generated and external benchmark information to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Accountability for financial data quality and for the development and implementation of data and system driven improvements to drive value added reporting and analysis across Finance
  • Driving continuous improvement, including automation of processes and the use of data in financial reporting, such as PowerBI and insights
  • Leading, inspiring and managing the team to support their personal development in their roles, leading to continuous improvements in team performance

What we need from you

You should be a fully Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent post graduate accounting qualification) with extensive experience working in FP&A or a similar role, ideally within the housing or property services sectors. You'll also need:

  • Extensive knowledge of external and internal reporting cycles, including statutory report preparation, management account preparation and analysis
  • A track record of transforming financial systems and reporting processes to drive better ways of working that lead to operational and financial efficiencies
  • Strong influencing skills, applying appropriate critique and challenge to data and commentary presented to support decision making
  • Strong numeracy skills with advanced data modelling and analytical skills, using MS Excel and other data analysis and forecasting tools
  • Experience of proactively managing, coaching and developing a team to enable high performance and support personal development
  • Knowledge of Agresso/Unit 4 Accounting system (or similar system) would be advantageous

We have some fantastic benefits on offer at SNG, including:

  • £450 flex-pot annually, discounted shopping & cycling scheme
  • 25 Days Holiday + Bank Holidays (with an extra day every year up to 30 days)
  • Generous matched pension scheme (up to 12%), life cover at 4x your salary
  • Access to a range of wellbeing benefits, including 24/7 virtual GP service
  • Flexible working - we're committed to giving people flexibility as widely as possible
  • Options for private medical insurance, dental insurance & critical illness cover

We are committed to our Equality Diversity and Inclusion strategy and believe that you can truly be yourself at Sovereign. Take a look at our careers site to learn more about us and our values.

It's an exciting time to be joining SNG as we continue through our transformation journey and work towards achieving the goals in our ambitious corporate plans. If you're looking for a new opportunity, then we'd love to hear from you! 

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