Head of Finance (Systems) - Retail

Job Title: Head of Finance (Systems) - Retail
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £85000 - £90000 per annum + benefits
Reference: BBBH61813
Contact Name: Mya Arun
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 06, 2017 17:06

Job Description

Handle are working with a FTSE 250 retail business, and we are on the search for a Head of Finance (Systems) to lead and deliver the finance function. Working alongside 30 people in finance and leading a team of three. This is rather an exciting role.


  • Overlook and manage month-end, period-end, issue investigation and resolution, reporting, scenario analysis. Liaise with other functions, principally Tech, to ensure inter-dependencies are identified and delivered as required.
  • Lead the delivery of finance systems activity to the Finance function
  • Lead development of standard operating procedures, People development and succession planning
  • Lead development of architectures, catalogues and inventories
  • Implementation of conventions and standards
  • Own and manage relationships and service levels with third-party service and solution providers
  • Establish the Process Ownership work stream to ensure we work closely with Finance functions and Cross-Functional stakeholders to understand and document the current systems / business processes end-to-end
  • Develop and improve the inventory of reports from Finance Systems (and wider technology landscape).
  • Seek opportunities to align and standardise data sources and outputs
  • Identify opportunities for, and champion, finance system enhancements to deliver continuous improvement
  • Engage senior stakeholders in order to influence key business decisions and conduct regular "operational service reviews" to confirm plans, prioritisation and delivery are in-line with stakeholder expectation
  • Proactively engage senior business stakeholders to constantly improve the service Finance Systems provides to them
  • Develop and foster collaborative and strong working relationships with the wider functional and technical teams within the business
  • Collaborate with senior business and finance leaders to develop strategies for the Finance Systems portfolio.
  • Align the Finance Systems roadmap to the wider business transformation and change agenda
  • Responsible for the business design of the overall finance systems strategy (working with Tech who will lead on the technical aspects)
  • Direct the development and subsequent delivery of future financial systems roadmaps to support the future operating model of the Finance and Procurement functions
  • Be a key stakeholder and contributor to the wider Finance Change roadmap - helping to identify, and then be responsible for, delivering finance system change requirements as part of the broader change portfolio
  • Oversee the governance and prioritisation of Finance Systems change via the Change Board, ensuring that business change and IT issues / associated risks are effectively raised, managed and escalated appropriately and, where necessary, facilitate reaching consensus on competing requirements
  • Deliver regular progress reports on the programme of change and improvement projects in Finance Systems to Sponsors and Functional Directors (including relevant risks and issues)
  • Contribute to the long-term strategic direction of the wider Tech Strategy

Ideal Candidate:

  • Must be a Qualified Accountant
  • Must be Degree Qualified
  • Experience managing a portfolio of Financial Systems including MS Dynamics & reporting solutions
  • Experience of working in a fast paced, Retail environment
  • Ideally Prince 2 qualified with Relevant project management experience,
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of ITIL principles and processes, with the ability to apply them proportionately.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 5 working days of sending your CV then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position you have applied for.