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Finance Analyst

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Sector: Commercial Analyst
  • Date posted: 16/03/2017
  • Job reference: J363398A

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Finance Analyst - Pricing

Birstall, West Yorkshire

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Finance Analyst to work for a large manufacturing company based in Birstall.

The organisation is one of the largest supplier of architectural coatings and sundry products in Europe, supplying decorative, wood care and speciality coatings to professional painters. You'll be working as part of the organisation's commercial team across Northern Europe.

Job Purpose

This role is to drive the strategic view on pricing and actively develop new initiatives that drive ASP and margin improvement, with a view to the market, our competitor's actions and our different channel actions across UK & Ireland and Scandinavia. Successful candidate will be responsible for recommending a pricing strategy / architecture across our brands that takes into account the various channels of distribution and to manage the adherence to that policy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Benchmark the pricing of our products and brands in the market place with our competitors across Trade & Retail Sectors including Private Label and across all channels
  • Design and implement an on-going process to maintain our insight into the our pricing position in these markets
  • Design a process that enables us to become nimble at reacting to the market and our competitors pricing & promotions
  • Be the owner and monitor compliance to the pricing architecture & strategy. Understand our discounting structures across customer and products
  • Understand from a customer and channel position
  • Responsibility for price increase implementation to include levels, rationale, commercial support tools and co-ordination of the cross functional stakeholders
  • Improve the flexibility of implementing a price increase and future benefits to focus the price increase to the correct product ranges with minimal volume impact
  • Understand the impact of special prices and the process for implementing a price increase on customers with Special Prices
  • Develop Tools & Reporting to support the wider business to implement changes

Key Knowledge and Skills required:

  • Highly strategic analytical thinking; strong problem solving skills, the ability to think laterally and find alternative solutions from data and market information
  • Able to digest data quickly and to challenge existing business models in a credible way
  • The ability to deliver insight from data
  • Ability to manipulate large volumes of data and identify trends and themes
  • Delivery of multiple projects with specific goals within extremely challenging timescales
  • Strong commercial and financial awareness to deliver results
  • Customer focus and approach
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organisational and management skills
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent business experience
  • Commercial and financial experience preferred
  • Excellent presentation skills, with the ability to adapt presentation style to suit various audiences
  • Ability to work upon multiple, high-profile projects at any given time whilst delivering results within demanding deadlines
  • Experience in obtaining relevant information regarding markets and competitors from a variety of credible sources, including those not normally associated with the organisation or industry
  • A good understanding of our industry, our products, customers and markets
  • Exceptional personal planning and organisational skills
  • Daily contact with internal colleagues to progress opportunities and solve problems
  • Regular meetings with senior Marketing & Commercial teams
  • Ability to prioritise and drive own workload to deliver to set expectations
  • Good financial knowledge of business performance indicators
  • Presentations to and strategic discussions with Leadership Team and senior managers

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Finance Analyst position please contact Francesca Robinson on 01179309771 or email