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Head of Cost & Strategic Finance

Knowledge

Demonstrated experience in prioritising, managing multiple deliverables & stakeholders

Excellent leadership experience in a related business environment

Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting and cost control principles,

Experienced in supporting the business through appropriate accounting and financial guidelines

Accredited professional (ACA, CIMA, ACCA or equivalent)

Senior FP&A experience in the Insurance industry

Skills

Work with the Change team to deliver insight into business change success

Partner with the Controllership team to review processes across the group to reduce month end close timetable

Develop external insight for Cost Benchmarking to help with Target setting.

Oversee, coordinate, analyse and implement the organisation’s annual operating and capital budgets; prepare forecasts for short and long-term operating results; and analyses major budget variances for presentation to the CEO, CFO and Executive Committee.

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

Manage investment spend, provide appropriate challenge, sign off business cases and provide meaningful reporting to Group and Exec. Ensure accurate quarterly cash forecasting.

Develop a strong team through effective recruitment, training, coaching and mentoring and develop potential successors for all positions. Set the highest possible standard of behaviours, creating a team and a high-performance ethic. Ensure training is in alignment with FCA requirements.

Superior analytical and modelling skills; ability to summarise detailed analyses/data into an executive-level presentation.

Proven ability to take ownership, provide solutions and execute as necessary

Monitor cost performance of the business and appraise CFO, FD and other Exec members on key risks and opportunities

Behaviours

Drive delivery of the cost targets, provide transparency on performance and minimise surprises

A role model demonstrating strong Leadership skills. Influencing, persuading and negotiating skills at a senior level

Accountable and solution focused

Resilient and committed individual, able to operate in a fast paced and challenging environment

Team player as well as the ability to work autonomously

Highly motivated and proactive attitude towards work coupled with the ability to use initiative

Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

Attention to detail with high level of accuracy

An innovative leader challenging the norm to transform th Finance function into a best in class business partnering team

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