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Operations Finance Manager

Contract type: Permanent

Category: Finance

Location: Dunstable

As Operations Finance Manager, you will support to the PI&R Operations team acting as Business Partner to Operations Directors and their teams across c.500 sites. You will work very closely with other...

Role: Operation Finance Manager

Function: Finance

Location: Dunstable- Hybrid working

Employment Type: Permanent

As Operations Finance Manager, you will support to the PI&R Operations team acting as Business Partner to Operations Directors and their teams across c.500 sites. You will work very closely with other Business Partners in equivalent roles with collective responsibility for Business Partnership to full Whitbread Premier Inn & Restaurants.

Inside the Role

  • Part of leadership team of 3 Operating Divisions of c.180 sites / division
  • Core support to ODs on performance management of each division
  • Challenge and thought leadership on underlying drivers of region and site level performance including clear actions and measurement on the success of delivery
  • Support and insight on specific OD initiatives, such as driving equitable delivery, understanding outliers (both ahead and behind target)
  • Operations Board, Divisional, Regional and site level performance reporting
  • Shared ownership with other Business Partners of key PI&R Ops Finance initiatives such as Annual & Quarterly budgeting, Ops Bonus challenge process, WinCard measures and target setting, and Reporting development and automation
  • Supporting the site level P&L budgeting across estate
  • Ad hoc project work (tactical and strategic) to support wider Ops Finance team on entire estate as applicable
  • Tracking, analysis and insight on specific cost efficiency initiatives across the PI estate 
  • Lead the monthly Business review process with the Operation Directors with a clear review cycle and governance across Regional Operations Managers
  • Deliver effective training across the operations team to improve financial understanding
  • Working with the Head of PI&R Ops Finance to develop the business partnering vision, framework, and ways of working

We're open to you

  • Qualified accountant (ACMA, ACCA, ACA) – Minimum 3 years PQE
  • Strong understanding of financial planning and management techniques
  • Commercial Acumen – understanding of operational business drivers and ability to identify trends to inform future strategy
  • Interpersonal skills – excellent ability to communicate with non-financial colleagues at all levels
  • Strong level of thought leadership to develop the business partnering strategy and identify commercial opportunities
  • Analytical skills – ability to identify core issues and provide assessments grounded incompelling logic
  • Use of Microsoft Office, including advanced Excel skills

Times are changing, but our ambition is bigger than ever. This means huge things when it comes to getting the best from our investments, and that’s where our Finance team really springs into action. Finding the right answers to drive us forwards. With new concepts launching, new spaces secured and reams of plans in motion, there’s no more exciting time to join than right now. Get to experience career growth that moves as fast as we do, and be part of framing where we’re headed.

We’re 1,200 hotels and restaurants in the UK, Germany and the UAE, but we’re more than that. We’re the 35,000 people supporting our brands every day. The ones sourcing the nation’s favourite breakfast, plating up family favourites, and the great night’s sleep guaranteed people. We’re also always preparing for new openings, looking ahead and revamping our online presence. We do it for our guests, and it’s the details that keep them returning time and time again. We could be at the end of their road, their trusty choice for business trips, or we could be the place they associate with big celebrations up and down the country. We’re a constant in a changing world, and we’d love you to join us.  Bring your energy, ideas and sense of fun, we’re waiting and so are our brands.

In return for your commitment, we’ve got some great benefits to offer:

  • Company Sharesave scheme
  • A collaborative work culture that focuses on supporting your success
  • A flexible working policy you can rely on
  • Individual BUPA Healthcare
  • Optional contributory pension matched up to10%
  • Up to 25% discount off our brands



Whitbread is an inclusive employer. We believe that everyone is unique and there should be no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition. We welcome your application whatever your background or situation. Under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities & members of the LGBTQ+ community (those who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans sexual, non binary or use another term), are strongly encouraged to build a career with us. We are open to part-time and flexible working and, where possible, will try to support this.

Job ref: 755535-1629
Advertised: 27 May 2022

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