Financial Systems Analyst

Finance & Accounting Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-4483


Job title: Financial Systems Analyst
Responsible to: Director, HFM
Department: Global Finance
Location of work: 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross


Music is Universal


It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music who help make us the world’s leading music company. From A&R to finance, legal to digital, sales to marketing, Universal Music is the place to grow and develop your career within a truly commercial and innovative business that leads in everything it does.

Everyone is welcome to apply for our roles, and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, age, marital status, background, pregnancy or caring responsibilities. We also recognise the importance of diversity of thought within our teams and are fully committed to embracing the talents of people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other forms of neurocognitive variation.

We will always seek to make appropriate adjustments to recruitment, workplaces, and work processes to be fully inclusive to people with different needs and working styles. If you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for you from application onwards, including alternatives to the online form or to disclose a neurocognitive condition, please email [email protected]


The A Side: A Day in The Life


The UMG Global Financial team is responsible for: the consolidation of the global operating company results under IFRS and UMG accounting standards; communicating the UMG results externally to the corporate shareholder; the review and analysis of the group / operating companies’ financial reporting and operating results. The team also closely supports the UMG CFO and UMG Board, and provides assistance to the Heads of Finance in the operating companies. The operating results and external reporting for UMG are completed in HFM (using FDM to map and transform data into HFM from the source financial systems). Global Finance - Application Support, are responsible for the HFM and FDM environment and dependent applications. The team closely supports the wider Global Finance team in order to ensure the HFM environment (metadata, processes and controls) meet the requirements for both the external and internal reporting. The team provides support and assistance to both the Global Finance team and to end-users in the operating companies as appropriate.

The successful candidate will provide technical support and aid development of both FDMEE and HFM applications.

For this role you should have a background in finance systems development and/or support. You should be analytical and an excellent communicator. Experience of Oracle FDMEE and HFM or equivalent is essential. 


The B Side: Skills & Experience


 Be Financial


  • HFM technical development, conducting unit testing and support
  • Managing FDM mapping changes and alignment across multiple environments
  • Document support processes and procedures for FDMEE as required
  • Ensure all implemented changes are documented and tested, following pre-agreed processes


 Be Collaborative


  • As part of the Global Finance App Support team, this role will be involved in providing front line operational support for HFM and FDMEE and aiding technical development of both systems
  • Support the change control process, engaging with stakeholders to understand requirements
  • Collaborate with other teams to help integrate systems
  • Monitor the HFM Support group mailbox, providing support to end users
  • Provide ad-hoc support on Essbase reporting / OBIEE


Person Specification




  • Experience with Oracle FDM/FDMEE / HFM or equivalent
  • Experienced in system support, maintenance, administration, and development
  • Team player with strong work ethic
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in written form. In addition, must be able to explain/present complex ideas (especially technical) in a clear, accurate and concise form
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to develop strong relationships with colleagues from the different territories within Universal Music
  • Excellent analytical skills and experience of MS Excel or equivalent to advanced level
  • Attention to detail and a drive to follow up issues until resolved
  • Flexible with ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Ability to manage own workload in a pressurised environment and work to tight deadlines




  • Working knowledge of MS Office O365 / SharePoint or equivalent
  • Interest in / understanding of coding – Python/VBA/Java or equivalent
  • Experience in business analysis and application release management


Bonus Tracks: Your Benefits


  • Group Personal Pension Scheme (between 3% and 9%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 25 paid days of annual leave
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan
  • Holiday Purchase scheme
  • Dental and Travel Insurance options
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Cars
  • Subsidised Gym Membership
  • Employee Discounts (Reward Gateway)


Just So You Know…

The company presents this job description as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the jobholder is accountable.  However, the business operates in an environment that demands change and the jobholder's specific responsibilities and activities will vary and develop.  Therefore, the job description should be seen as indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement