Commercial Finance Manager - Mat Cover

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Fixed Term - Mat Cover
London, UK
Competitive Market Rate Salary
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We're looking for a strong Commercial Finance Manager (Mat Cover) to join our team in London and become an integral part of our Finance function.

The Commercial Finance Manager has complete responsibility for producing accurate and timely financial and management accounting information in relation to the Content, Marketing, Mindset, Sales and management departments sitting within WGSN (including actuals, forecasts and budgets). The Commercial Finance Manager also supports the WGSN head office budget holders in determining and executing future strategy and decision making


Key Responsibilities

  • Produce accurate and timely monthly management accounting (including accruals, prepayments, accurate monthly flash reporting, monthly commentary and full year outlook)
  • Produce accurate forecasting and budgeting as required (detailed workings bottom up for each department, posting to accounting systems and budget presentations and strategy)
  • Maintain tight cost control for the marketing, mindset and content functions which sit within WGSN head office accounts
  • Production of monthly KPI’s for your budget holders
  • In the event of any cost mitigation plans, understand which cost lines can be immediately pulled in order to achieve a better EBITDA
  • Detailed understanding and tracking of headcount, listed by employee with knowledge of all open roles and the operational impact of these
  • Weekly and monthly review of cost trackers with budget holders as required ensuring that they full own and are accountable for their areas


Your Experience

  • A qualified accountant with ideally 2 to 3 years PQE
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment with continuous change and improvement
  • Experience of maintaining tight cost control and introducing processes in order to achieve this
  • Good communication skills, essential for daily, weekly and monthly liaison with budget holders
  • Hands on and proactive


What We Offer

Our benefits package incorporates what we’re passionate about – unlocking your future, overall well-being and sustainability – whilst giving you control over your benefits.

  • 25 days of holiday per year – with the option to buy or sell between 1-5 days
  • Great learning and development opportunities
  • Pension, Private Medical and Dental Insurance plans
  • Life Assurance; Income Protection and Critical Illness covers
  • Option to opt into the Ascential Shares Scheme
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Season ticket loans

In addition, we offer flexible benefit packages that include Childcare Vouchers; Cycle to Work; Retail Vouchers; Gourmet Card; Gym Flex; Gadget Insurance, Health Assessments and Will Writing.

We also place great importance on health, lifestyle and wellbeing consistently, in which you will have the options to fuel up on free fruit, attend yoga sessions, join our running club, or perhaps taking up on a lunchtime massages.


Inclusive Workforce

At Ascential, our goal is to create a culture where individuals of all backgrounds feel comfortable in bringing their authentic selves to work. We want all Ascential people to feel included and truly empowered to contribute fully to our vision and goals.

Everyone who applies will receive fair consideration for employment. We do not discriminate based upon race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.

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About WGSN

We offer insights and inspiration from around the globe. We help our customers stay ahead and informed through trend forecasting and data science. We believe inspiration comes from the monumental and the mundane.

If you’re passionate about fashion and lifestyle this is a great place to be, giving you the opportunity to work with the world's most creative trend experts, designers, editors, account managers, marketers, product developers, customer service experts and much more in a meritocratic, high performance company.

WGSN is an Ascential brand. Ascential is a specialist, global, information company that helps the world’s most ambitious businesses win in the digital economy.



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