Senior Manager, Finance – Burberry Limited , Kuwait

JOB PURPOSE
As a trusted finance partner, you will use your finance expertise, connecting seamlessly with your colleagues, to provide commercial finance support, influencing decisions or strategy to deliver bottom-line benefits.
This role should be viewed as a co-pilot to the function budget holders, pro-actively looking for opportunities above what the business is requesting and addressing areas not previously considered.
Whilst remaining unburdened by day-to-day processing responsibilities, you will retain overall accountability for the financial control of the function.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop strong and trusted partnerships with key budget holders and with a commercial mind-set, provide analysis, challenge and insight on commercial finance matters and strategies – pro-actively addressing areas that may not have been previously considered including detailed supplier analysis.
Provide effective monthly management reports for key budget holders and Finance leadership team.
Support and influence key business decisions through the pro-active creation of business cases and ‘what-if’ scenario planning, ensuring there is a consistent approach applied across functions.
Ensure sufficient financial rigour is applied on all key investment decisions and post investment reviews are carried out, with learnings communicated and embedded in future assessments.
Play a key role in evaluating business performance and offering advice on the future direction to achieve business targets and KPIs. Track, report and monitor performance against these targets.
Help drive efficiencies through value adding activities by leading and delivering commercial finance analysis and identifying and managing KPIs for functions.
Oversee the financial planning process and ensure sufficient financial rigour has occurred in identifying efficiencies and cost savings.
Lead and co-ordinate delivery of the month end close and financial controlling of functions.
Maintain a balanced connection between your key budget holders and the Finance Leadership Team.
Partner with Regional Finance leads on the global overview of budgets.
Partner closely with Commercial Procurement, IT and Digital Commerce Finance teams and the PMO.
Manage direct / indirect reports to optimise their performance and oversee their development, both as individuals and as a team.

PERSONAL PROFILE
Qualified accountant ACA/CIMA or equivalent with at least 10 years PQE (as a guide).
Strong analytical background, with a good attention to detail.
Strategic thinking and problem solving.
Ability to build rapport and trust.
Ability to interact, advise and challenge senior leadership levels.
Strong influencing and negotiating skills.
Commercial and retail mind-set – ability to interpret business requirements and prioritisation.
Ability to see short term and long term effects of possible actions.
Ability to think globally.
Good team player.
Business partnering with non-finance individuals and teams.
Proven track record of delivering change and driving improvements.
At least 12 years post university experience (as a guide) with proven Management experience.
Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.

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