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FP&A Manager

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Date: 12-Jan-2022

Location: St Albans, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 


FP&A Manager

Full time, permanent

Based in St Albans


Role purpose:

Fantastic opportunity to join the business as FP&A Manager covering a maternity leave, following this initial period you would move to another finance role in the business.

As FP&A Manager, you will manage FP&A across the business, responsible for strategic planning, forecasting and the annual budget, you will oversee the P&L to Trading Profit. Premier Foods is a fast paced and complex business, you will be overseeing the Total and Segment level P&Ls with Group Turnover in excess of £800m, ensuring strong financial control. Reporting to the Director of Financial Control, you will deliver robust, accurate, insightful and aligned reporting at period, quarter and year end providing high level analysis of performance. Whilst this role is in the Group Finance team you will work closely with the Finance Director to support the business segments in planning, reporting and presentation of financial information, highlighting the key trends and performance drivers.


What you'll be doing:


  • Lead the Group’s planning cycles, communicating timetables for all planning activity and ensuring a seamless process
  • Work collaboratively with brand, customer and operations finance to produce accurate, high quality forecasts understanding the main drivers in each area
  • Prepare presentations to tell the high level story of plans, budgets and forecasts; robustly challenge and explain variances to base plan; produce relevant insight to forecasts at brand and customer levels
  • Drive consistency in approach and outcome of all forecasting activity
  • Manage, prepare and administer rolling financial forecast, quarterly forecasts, budgets and strategic planning, owning models for long, medium and short term planning processes
  • Prepare board papers to present forecasts, budget and 3 year plan
  • Provide financial insight and analysis to support strategic decision making and target setting
  • Maintain focus on Premier goals and strategic objectives throughout the planning process


  • Manage the preparation, review and analysis of the group’s consolidated monthly reporting to Trading Profit in line with the internal timetable, this will include both group and segment focused P&Ls
  • Provide clear, concise reporting of key messages / story for Senior Leadership and non-finance stakeholders
  • Take detailed performance analysis and roll up to establish macro trends, providing relevant insight and challenge
  • Actively business partner Directors of Finance to ensure agreed messages are consolidated in a consistent way to deliver best in class reporting and analysis
  • Consolidate and communicate margin impacts across the UK and International segments, ensure key factors are clearly explained and robustly challenged to drive appropriate actions
  • Build a strong working relationship with Investor Relations; work to deliver consistent, clear and accurate messaging for external reporting purposes at each quarter end


  • Value add analysis and insight to support corporate and strategic objectives including: modelling financial impact of scenarios and long term trend analysis
  • Corporate finance projects: financial control and insight


  • Responsible for managing team, developing direct report, and promoting a supportive and high performance team culture

What we need from you:

  • Extremely strong proven financial capability with high curiosity and a drive to achieve excellence
  • Ability to identify the key trends and primary factors driving performance
  • Strong organisational skills with an ability to deliver high qualify accurate output to tight deadlines
  • Driven and able to balance multiple priorities
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and influence across all levels of the organisation with a clear communication style
  • Strong team player, who can work flexibly, taking a united approach to all problems
  • Relevant professional qualifications ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified (or overseas equivalent)


What we offer you in return:

  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance
  • Bonus
  • Up to 7.5% pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Wide range of online and in-house training
  • Access to an employee discount scheme, with access to hundreds of nationwide retailers