Senior Business Analyst

Full Time The Financial Times posted 4 weeks ago

Job Description

Team & Position Overview

This role will work closely with the FT’s Specialist division, Money-Media & GIS Planning. To support the Senior Finance Manager (SFM) with the production of robust financial reporting and planning; helping the SFM with the continuous development of long-term strategic partnerships with the commercial heads and their teams, ensuring they’re kept up-to-date with financial reporting, ensuring they’re aware and able to make important decisions amidst a constantly evolving digital landscape.

Key Responsibilities 


  • Process owner for all weekly, monthly and ad-hoc reporting – across multiple P&L’s & regions.

  • Manage, lead and deliver the month-end on time, supported by the Manila-based Management Accountant.

  • Ownership of the suite of Balance Sheet recs, leading the review and reconciliation process and presenting as necessary to Central Finance and the Auditors.

  • Provide consolidated entity data for half year and year end reporting schedules.

  • Key liaison for the MM-UK Ltd, Money Media Inc and GIS Planning Inc Audit.

Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Work with the individual business stakeholders to deliver a data-driven annual budget and quarterly reforecasts, evaluating alternative options and recommending the best course of action.

  • Challenge the senior management teams on performance analysis, future targets and forecasts acting as an independent (yet well informed) voice during review meetings and budget discussions.

  • Be pro-active in identifying early signs of risk and opportunity and understanding the impact on targets.

  • Help build the 5-year strategic plan as well as the KPI’s needed for measuring the return on capital expenditure.

Business Partnering

  • Build strong working relationships with the commercial teams, ensuring that you develop a deep understanding of their objectives and provide financial and commercial support to help them achieve these.

  • Be a good educator and communicator to help management understand finance and how it can help them.

  • Develop a strong working knowledge of the commercial trends impacting the business.

  • Help drive innovation by assessing new business opportunities through financial modelling of complex business plans.

  • Manage pay review, bonus and commission structures for global Money-Media and GIS Planning staff.

Analysis and Continuous Improvement

  • Support the SFM with relevant projects (on-going and upcoming).

  • Conduit for all feedback on Finance – the Senior Business Analyst should be able to understand the problems faced by the business and shape solutions.

  • Assist in identifying opportunities to improve business performance.

  • Involvement in modelling & tracking financial performance of new products & ideas

Required Skills & Experience 


  • Qualified accountant with a strong degree and academic record

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in a commercial finance role with experience of businesses

  • A track record of identifying and implementing process and systems changes within the finance remit

  • Excellent communications skills

  • Highly analytical/logical with an ability to see beyond the numbers and understand complex business relationships

  • High degree of Excel and financial modelling experience

  • Highly inquisitive and uses initiative to find alternative ways of solving problems

  • Confidence with the ability to forge long term commercial partnerships

  • Tenacious and resilient, not afraid to challenge

  • A great people manager who brings the best out of their team

  • Strong organisation and planning skills, combined with great attention to detail


  • Experience of Oracle, Essbase and Salesforce

Culture & Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous paid time off, comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and their families, paid parental leave, competitive 401k and company match, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and commuter benefits. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

At the FT, we know our most valuable resources are our people and we embrace our employees’ unique skills, experiences, and perspectives. We welcome all members of the community to apply regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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