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Finance Manager - Personal Loans

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About us.

We’re The Very Group, home to, and a team of 4,000 super-talented people.

We’re the UK’s largest integrated digital retailer and financial services provider, and we’ve been helping customers say yes when it matters most for over 100 years. In that time, we’ve consistently reinvented our business to adapt to economic conditions and industry changes – going from bricks, to clicks, to mobile.

But despite our passion for reinvention, we’ve never wavered from our purpose; to make good things easily accessible to more people. It means giving our customers the brands they love, an outstanding shopping experience and flexible ways to spread the cost.

We’ve continued to deliver for our customers throughout the Covid-19 outbreak – and we’ve done it by transforming the way we work.

We’re fired up for the future and the next stage in our development. We’ll give customers access to more great brands for themselves and their families, a seamless shopping experience and even more control of their finances through innovation in flexible ways to pay.

Ready to reinvent? Get in touch.

About the Team.

The finance function seeks to create and protect the future of the company. And it needs to be reinvented.

We aim to create a new way of doing finance – inspired by the agile digital philosophy and grounded in the approach of squads and tribes. We want the Very way of doing finance to be the new normal. We’re excited by the level of change this will involve.

To achieve this aim we need to attract diverse talent into the team. People with passion, ambition, a preference for the innovative, team builders, and relationship creators. We’re fans of people who love to learn (and fail).

About the Role.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Finance Manager to join our FS Finance team. You will be a single point of contact for all financial aspects for the new Personal Loans business. This will include supporting the implementation, monitoring new business, producing budgets and forecasts, and assessing cash availability going forward.

You will also be expected to. provide financial reporting against budgets and forecasts and deliver analysis, insight and commentary on the financials to senior management, regulatory committees, the FS Executive Committee and the wider business. Finance Manager for the Business, which has significant strategic investment yielding growth and long-term benefits, ensuring we understand and communicate the financial progress.

Key Responsibilities.

  • As a key Finance contact for all areas of the Financials for Personal Loans, you will understand the depth and breadth of the business.
  • Liaising with the Treasury and Operations teams, you will prepare robust short-to-medium term cash flow forecasts. You will be expected to have an unparalleled understanding of the cash flows of loans within the business and be able to analyse and forecast customer behaviour accordingly.
  • You will work with the Personal Loans SMT, and others within the business, to manage and complete scenarios and develop business cases, challenging assumptions and driving continuous improvement in the forecasting process.
  • The role also involves ad hoc analysis which may require direct interaction with various management levels including Exec.
  • You will prepare budgets and quarterly forecasts, helping inform lending levels, assessing bad debt, and forecasting overheads, CAPEX and REVEX spend.
  • You will ensure accurate and robust management reporting for the business. This includes the provision of information, insight and production of the regular reporting packs, shareholder info and ad hoc requests. You
  • About you.

  • Qualified accountant with a strong academic record and ambition to drive their career forward.
  • Technical ability, a strong aptitude for analytical work and Excel / financial modelling.
  • Knowledge of Financial Services preferable, but not essential.
  • Experience in systems implementation beneficial.
  • Intellectual capacity and commercial acumen to deal with complex issues with an experience of evaluating financial performance for sizeable organisations.
  • Tenacity and commitment to delivering against demanding expectations and a proven track record of working to tight deadlines under pressure. A desire to produce quality on-time deliverables.
  • A robust individual who has the confidence to be able to deal with all levels across the organisation. Strong team player who is able to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Our benefits.

    • £1,000 flexible benefits allowance
    • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
    • Flexible working culture
    • Onsite gym
    • 25% discount on our clothing, footwear and home and 15% off electricals
    • Health and wellbeing agenda
    • Private pension matched at 6%
    • Bonus potential (performance and business-related)
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Free on-site parking *Subject to availability and postcode eligibility

    How to apply..

    Please note that the talent acquisition team are managing this vacancy directly, and if successful in securing this role, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check.

    We're an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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