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Business Analyst- FP&A

Contract type: Permanent

Category: Finance

Location: Dunstable

Reporting directly to the FP&A Manager, the Business Analyst role will involve Business Planning for Germany and the UK including understanding the 5 Year Plan, translating this into the budget and fo...

Role: Business Analyst

Function: FP&A

Location: Dunstable- we have a fantastic hybrid working environment, you’ll need to be in the office at least 2 days per week but the rest of your week can be flexible to what works best for you and your role.

Type of role: Permanent

Reporting directly to the FP&A Manager, the Business Analyst role will involve Business Planning for Germany and the UK including understanding the 5 Year Plan, translating this into the budget and forecast and support on wider reporting. This role will require someone with excellent stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to build strong networks with Finance teams and teams across the organisation.

What you will be doing:

  • Work with relevant finance teams to understand and articulate the assumptions and business drivers included in budgets, forecasts and business plans.
  • Review the financial outputs to be presented and update to accommodate current trends or KPIs – to support our reporting agenda
  • Identify and model scenarios to test the plan's robustness, with dynamic outputs and sensitivities built in as standard.
  • Improve planning process through robust variance analysis/ analytical review, by drilling into and challenging the outputs so that they are clearly understood, documented and communicated upwards.
  • Review current Excel spreadsheet models, look for efficiencies and potential developments to enhance business understanding and reporting. 
  • Link into current systems across the business and utilise the planning tools. 
  • Work with FP&A Manager and wider team to provide timely and insightful reporting to FD, CFO and Exec/Board
  • Organise the data securely and ensure that it is signed off by the relevant Finance teams in line with the financial control framework.

Why we’d love you to apply:

  • CIMA/ACCA/ACA qualified or near completion, focused team player who has a professional approach and can work effectively autonomously as well as collaboratively as part of a team 
  • Experience in a financial or analytical role.
  • Basic knowledge of financial reporting and analysis.
  • Good commercial awareness
  • Organised and motivated, able to own, manage and prioritise own work.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Financial modelling and data management
  • Good system & Excel skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Previous experience working in a finance function.
  • Experience working in a high-pressured environment, meeting deadlines consistently whilst maintaining accuracy.
  • Ownership and responsible for delivering on targets

 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, we will offer you:    

  • An annual Whitbread performance incentive worth up to 30% of base salary  
  • An optional contributory pension matched up to 10% 
  • BUPA healthcare 
  • Up to 60% discount on Premier Inn stays and a regular 25% discount in our Restaurant brands  
  • Access to Whitbread’s Save As You Earn scheme, with a fantastic 20% discount on Whitbread shares 
  • Recognition for service anniversaries, starting from 1 year 
  • Access to a range of discounts from everyday brands 
  • Charity donations through our Give and Match and Raise and Match schemes 
  • A collaborative work culture that focuses on enabling your success and continuing your personal development 
  • Hybrid working and a genuine flexible working policy 








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: 765225-1629
Advertised: 14 Jun 2022

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