Business Finance AnalystPortsmouthCentral FunctionsAbout the roleReporting to the Business Unit Reporting Accountant, this role supports the interpretation of financial data to better understand and drive improvements in performance. Core responsibilities comprise the aggregation and reconciliation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial results across a wide array of business streams into succinct management reports. This role will work closely with the Business Unit reporting team as well as operational and central finance teams. Main Tasks:Key outputs/deliverables will be:To provide comprehensive analytical and statistical analysis of financial data. Using either data that is currently available and/or enabling the collection of new data that is required, the job holder is to:Create a process and suite of reports that use data available to help management, customers and suppliers make better informed decisionsPresent meaningful data in the most appropriate format for its intended purposeTo cleanse data and eliminate margins of error as well as putting in place measures that will permanently lower the margins of errorTo be innovative and develop new and sound concepts and be able to develop them into repeatable processes/reportsPreparation of reports and presentations on an ad hoc basis.Perform the role in line with the Group's corporate governance policies, processes and procedures including those relating to Health and Safety and IAMM Level 3 Main Accountabilities:Gathering data that is currently available from the main accounting systems and producing meaningful reports from this data to assist the business decision making processIntroducing and embedding systematic processes and techniques to turn raw data into meaningful data that can then be used for intelligent business making decisionsIntroducing and embedding data cleansing techniques to increase the accuracy level of data pulled from the various IT Systems and limiting opportunities for inaccurate data going back into the systemProvide support into the strategic planning process of the Business Unit, including research, financial data capture/analysis and production of summary presentations.Provide support to the budgeting and forecasting processes, as required Provide support for the provision of information required for specific purposes, such as customer reviews, pricing negotiations, contract reconciliations and cost certificatesProvide clear analysis of differing cost types supporting any initiatives and commercial requirements such as the production of the QMAC Additional Key Accountabilities Act as finance input into wider Business Unit and divisional projects as required What do I need to do the role?Technical Experience and Qualifications: Experienced in Access/SQL reporting, including manipulation of large data setsProficient in accounting/MI systems, SAP & BPC desirableAdvanced Excel Skills, including pivot tables, logic functions, joining multiple data setsAbility to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusionsCapable user of Microsoft products, including Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and WordWorkings towards a recognised professional qualification CIMA or equivalent desirable Skills ProfileExcited by challenges, pro-actively problem solvingAbility to work in a planned and project based approachHas a natural drive for high degrees of accuracy and attention to detailAbility to bring statistical analysis into a culture of continuous improvement and innovationAdopts a customer-centric approach to delivery of service. A demonstrable team player with an ability to help motivate those working with them.Ability to work effectively under pressure.Excellent time management skills. Mental/Analytical Skills & Challenges Ability to identify trends from information available from multiple sources and to listen to the feedback from all stakeholders.Ability to 'think laterally' and not purely accept matters at face valuePossession of data analysis skills in support of a continuous improvement operating model.We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.