Commercial Finance Manager (Show Operations)
  • Location: London

This new role has been created to work within the new Commercial Finance team, as the primary financial support for Event Directors when setting their investment cases and budgets for next year’s events, to review and challenge these investment cases and budgets, and to integrate event budgets into the Group’s budgeting and reforecasting cycle. The successful candidate will work closely with senior financial management in both London and our key regions in Russia, Asia and Turkey as well as with the Group’s strategy team, primarily the Head of Product Strategy.
To provide budgeting expertise and support to the Head of Commercial Finance, the wider finance department and the regionally based Event Directors. The successful individual will strive to make the new Commercial Finance team a success and always look to drive continuous improvement across the team and Head Office finance as a whole.
The role is essential to delivering the Group’s event budgets and the wider Group budget and reforecasts that is key to informing the executive management team to enable them to make effective decisions on a timely basis. The role involves supporting, directing and challenging as necessary the investment cases and budgets prepared by the Event Directors.
  • Support the Group Financial Controller and the FP&A team in delivering the Group’s annual budget and reforecasts
  • Review, analyse and challenge the event investment cases and budgets submitted by the Event Directors, before, during and after the Product Strategy event meetings
  • Provide support to the Event Directors, assisted by the regional finance teams, to ensure that the investment cases and budgets are completed in a consistent fashion, accurately and on a timely basis
  • Challenge and hold the business to account on budgets
  • Integrate the event-level investment cases and budgets into the Group’s budgeting and reforecasting cycle
  • Introduce a process for ensuring events that “non-Core” events (i.e. those that do not require Product Strategy event meetings) are also integrated into the Group’s budgeting/reforecasting cycle and that budgets are prepared at the most appropriate time and to a sufficient level of detail
  • Create a process for approval of investment on next year’s non-Core events at the appropriate juncture in the absence of Product Strategy event meetings
  • Helping to build and establish a high-quality Commercial Finance function that is striving to be best in class
  • Other ad hoc financial analysis as necessary (e.g. analysis of rebooking patterns and trends)
Experience & Knowledge - Essential
  • University degree or equivalent, 2:1 or above
  • Qualified Chartered Accountant, preferably ACA and ‘big 4’ qualified
  • Experience of budget setting and/or challenging budgets set by others
  • Experience of working with overseas teams
Experience & Knowledge - Desirable
  • Experience of working in a Group FP&A function
  • Previous events/exhibitions business exposure
  • Multi-company and multi-currency experience
Skills - Essential
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Someone who can manage the day-to-day and think ahead
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Confident in dealing with people at all levels of the organisation
  • Critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail, quality conscious
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Commercial awareness
Skills - Desirable
  • An additional language (ideally Russian, Mandarin or Turkish)
Personal Qualities
  • Motivated, confident, enthusiastic, creative, well organised
  • Desire to be best in class
  • Hard working – a sense of urgency, but calm under pressure
  • Team player
  • Results driven
  • Polite and diplomatic
  • Sense of humour, perseverance, friendly

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Posted on: 26 Oct 2017 Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

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