Financial Planning Analyst

Michael Page
13 May 2019
13 Jun 2019
Tim Hand
Job role
Finance analyst
Contract type
Part time

Reporting into the FP&A Manager, the Financial Planning Analyst will be responsible for key analysis and business partnering up to a group level. This is a commercial role and will require excellent communication skills.

Client Details

Founded by John Dawson in 1996, Alliance has since spent the last twenty years developing their international presence. In 1998, the business took over the marketing and distribution of 16 Novartis specialty prescription brands and has since impressively grown into owning and licensing the rights to over 90 products.

Over the years, the business has developed at an exciting rate, through a combination of targeted acquisitions and organic growth, floating on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in 2003.

In more recent years, the company has lucratively broadened its product portfolio. Although their initial and established niche prescription products still constitute the bulk of their business, Alliance's portfolio now also includes a number of medical devices and consumer products, covering a wide range of therapy areas.

Alliance has completed a total of 34 acquisitions to date and is continuously growing its international footprint. The company now has direct presence in France, Germany, the Republic of Ireland and China with a group turnover of over £100mn. Alliance's UK Head Office based in Chippenham, Wiltshire is the main employer in the area, with plans to further expand.

With a focus on the future, Alliance are keen to bring Finance to the front of the business and are investing heavily in the FP&A team. The Financial Planning Analyst will play a big part in building relationships with internal stake holders.


Alliance are looking to support and develop a bright & motivated qualified ACA, ACCA or CIMA accountant who's looking for a commercial finance opportunity. The Financial Planning Analyst role sits in the FP&A team focusing at a Group level. You will be centralising analysis of OCOGs and Opex to remove duplication of effort across the business and to work with the business functions globally, identifying risks and opportunities to the Forecast. Produce dashboards, KPI's and analysis developed to support the business in decision making. Partner with the Warehousing and Distribution, OCOGs and Opex functions to have more visibility and control over where they will land against Budget or Forecast at year-end and give them the visibility of and challenge to present options to meet budgets.

Key responsibilities:

Business Partnering G&A, W&D and Sourcing & Supply Chain:

  • Variance analysis to Budget and FC;
  • Rolling 24-month Forecast;
  • Budget preparation for your functions;
  • Establishing KPI's;
  • Find opportunities / risks to the business.

Staff costs and Headcount analysis:

  • Variance analysis to Budget and FC;
  • Rolling 24-month Forecast;
  • Budget preparation;
  • Attrition assumption;
  • Bonus Calculations.

Price, Volume & Mix reporting with margin analysis:

  • Unit COGs understanding;
  • Working with the Commercial teams globally to ensure accurate forecasting;

Business process improvement - utilising your experience and business knowledge to challenge and improve the financial reporting, analysis and planning processes and outputs we deliver to senior management and across the group.


Key Skills & Experience Required for the Financial Planning Analyst role:

  • Newly Qualified CIMA, ACCA, ACA or equivalent - would suit both practice & industry candidates;
  • Critical thinking & intellectual curiosity;
  • Experience of applying accounting standards and principal;
  • Business Partnering Experience;
  • Experience improving business processes;
  • Experience driving business improvements;
  • Jet/Power BI experience;
  • Capable or working with and influencing people at all levels within the business;
  • Strong presentation skills - required;
  • Strong analytical and communication skills;
  • Good IT knowledge and proven Excel skills;
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and managing a busy workload - required.

Job Offer

Excellent package

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