Senior Global Commercial Finance Analyst

Finance & Commercial London, England


Description

Position at Mindshare Worldwide

Senior Global Commercial Finance Analyst

Job title: Senior Global Commercial Finance Analyst

Group: Mindshare Worldwide

Department: Global Finance

Reports to: EMEA Finance Director

 

Mindshare is global media agency designed to make media exciting, fun and life changing. For the last 20 years our values of Speed, Teamwork and Provocation have guided our 10,000 people who work with some of the world’s best brands and companies. Located in 116 offices across 86 countries, we are the largest media agency in GroupM, WPP’s media investment management arm, which is the #1 media holding group globally. Mindshare Worldwide is the headquarters for Mindshare based in London. We are a team of 400+ people, co-ordinating media campaigns for our global clients. 

Learn about our culture and values and meet some of our people here.

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What We Can Offer You

At Mindshare Worldwide, we offer a competitive salary package, with 25 days holiday increasing with service to a maximum of 30 days, with the option to buy an extra 5 days per year. We also have an enhanced pension scheme, Bupa healthcare, a monthly wellbeing fund and early finishes on a Friday during summer. These are just some of the great benefits we offer.

Based ten minutes from London Bridge tube station, our office has a rooftop with 360 views of London – a great space to hang out with colleagues and friends!

We also offer an extensive training programme to help guide your career development whilst you’re with us. There’s a wide range of options to suit everyone at all levels of your career.

Our Values & Behaviours

Our attitude is reflected in our core values of Empathy, Energy and Impact, which drive our people and our business.

We want Mindshare Worldwide to be a place where everyone feels that they belong, everyone can be themselves and everyone has the same opportunities to develop their careers. Over the last 12 months we have made important steps in progressing on our journey to a truly inclusive organisation. We have launched The Collective and have seen the birth of a range of Employee Resource Groups who have shown some amazing and inspiring work.

Our Commitment

We want you to have the best opportunity to show us your skills and talents, please let us know if there is anything we can do to make the application/interview process work for you. Should you require any adjustments or if you require this document in another format, such as large print or audio, please contact Ellie Macdonald ([email protected]).

If you require any information on what to expect during the interview process, please also reach out to Ellie Macdonald.

 

The Role

Reporting to the Deputy Global CFO & EMEA FD, the role is to support Mindshare’s Global & EMEA Senior Management teams financial reporting & analysis, working capital management & commercial support for some of Mindshare’s largest global clients.

The role will also work closely local market CFOs and GroupM Global & EMEA Finance teams as well as the rest of the Mindshare Global Commercial Team.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Strong analytical skills and approach. 
    • Ability to process and interpret financial data to support commercial decisions
    • Ability to diagnose problem & underlying causes
    • Open mind to assess different options & solutions
  • Commercial outlook
    • Strong awareness of consumer & business world
    • Understanding of implications for Mindshare & clients of general economic & industry specific climate & developments
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with finance and non-finance people, throughout Mindshare Central & local market offices and with Clients
  • Good listener
  • Strong verbal & written communicator – measures requirements of different audiences
  • Willingness & ability to involve others & use informal/virtual teams to complete tasks
  • Self-motivated, flexible and high level of initiative.  Takes ownership of issues and personal development.
  • Awareness of own skills, weakness and strengths and proactivity in developing other skills
  • Ability to prioritise and complete tasks to deadlines
  • Anticipate issues and take proactive action to avoid problems

 

Responsibilities

The key areas of responsibility that this person would look after are:

  • Reporting & Analysis
    • Lead Budget/Forecast/Actual reporting from WPP’s Cartesis system for Mindshare units
    • Ownership & ongoing development of regular reporting pack for Mindshare Management (Global, EMEA & different operating units) using Cartesis Retrieve & other dashboards
    • Analysis of Mindshare market performance against key metrics
    • Responsibility for various schedules forming part of Global CFO’s quarterly report to WPP
    • Monthly and ad hoc reporting directly to Mindshare Global CFO & GroupM Global CFO
  • Working Capital Management
    • Working with EMEA FD, GroupM Global Risk & Local Market teams to identify local working capital issues and escalate/mitigate where appropriate
    • Analyse & identify patterns for specific client issues across multiple markets
    • Ad hoc reporting directly to Mindshare Global CFO
  • Commercial
    • Support Deputy CFO & Commercial Finance team with analysis on specific global clients
    • Work with other agencies across the WPP network to support and inform fee negotiations, client profitability reviews, and Global contractual compliance
  • Other
    • Ad hoc special project work and implementation of best practice measures to improve reporting requirements
    • Comfortable extracting data from various sources (e.g. SAP/Cartesis, Internal databases)
    • Lead and engage in ad hoc special project work

 

Expeirence and Qualifiactions

  • Part Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA
  • Marketing/Media Agency experience desirable
  • Understanding of SOX obligations, Accounting Standards and Business Control Environments
  • Good IT skills - in particular excel and powerpoint

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