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Finance Manager - Planning

Hatfield, UK

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About Us

Our teams are putting the world’s retailers online using the cloud, robotics, AI, and IoT. We provide services to partner clients globally via our innovative advanced robotics technology, known as the Ocado Smart Platform ("OSP"), this drives our highly automated, multi-million pound Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs). In our CFCs - together with the proprietary software applications - we operate a world-class online grocery business that automates the single pick of products, ready for your online delivery.

About the role

Ocado is about innovation, doing things differently and not conforming to the status quo. You need to be the same. You’ll need the resilience to deal with an ever-changing environment and the flexibility to deal with changing priorities. 
This exciting role gives a high level of focus to our in-year planning processes with a fantastic opportunity to add real value through the planning cycle. You will focus on working with the commercial and group finance teams to deliver monthly outlooks for the P&L and cash flow, formal reforecasts to the board, and senior support to the Senior Finance Manager through the annual budget process.
You will have stakeholders across Finance, both in Group and Commercial, and will have to work closely with the business to ensure that we deliver the FP&A that Ocado needs.


  • Significant input and ownership of key tasks through the planning cycle.
  • Full ownership of the monthly outlook process across the P&L and cash flow, including reviewing our banking covenants, risks and opportunities, and providing relevant challenge to the business’ numbers
  • Development and ownership of the annual planning calendar, including how we will engage across the Group and with our external relationships (including our clients, banks and other external stakeholders)
  • You will work with the Senior Finance Manager and the Transformation teams to drive continuous improvement in our planning processes, including optimising our system usage
  • Develop and continually assess our key business drivers to provide comprehensive insight and advice to the Head of FP&A and CFO
  • Tracking and assisting in the delivery of budgeted savings plans. Reporting on forecast and actual savings, and ensuring that these are embedded into the outlook, forecasts and budgets
  • As relevant support the wider FP&A team in period end, data analysis, investor relations support, shareholder communication, budgets, forecasts and long-range planning.
  • You will be an SME in our financial planning systems and will seek to develop our use of Oracle EPM to deliver best-in-class in-year planning
  • You will act as the FP&A business partner to the broader finance team
  • Forecast metrics for KPIs, P&L and cash flow metrics
  • You need to be comfortable operating at all levels across finance. Accuracy and attention to detail are key to being successful in this role. 

About you

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a Finance based role, preferably with strong experience in commercial finance and FP&A
  • Relevant accounting qualification, or equivalent experience (e.g. CIMA, ACCA, ACA, CFA)
  • Working with and developing planning systems, preferably Oracle EPM
  • Experience in evolving, complex and challenging businesses
  • High levels of resilience and positivity
  • High EQ and excellent stakeholder management capabilities
  • Self-driven to both begin and complete projects
  • Willing to take a hands-on approach to solving business problems, never heard saying ‘that’s not my job’

What we offer you

Our employee benefits are designed for you, we care about people and we’ve ensured we have a wealth of benefits that focus on your well-being. We regularly review our benefits to ensure we are supporting our employees appropriately.
30 days ‘working from anywhere in the world’ policy 
Wellbeing support through dedicated apps and an Employee Assistance Programme 
25 days annual leave, rising to 27 days after 5 years of service (plus optional holiday purchase)
Pension scheme (various options available including employer contribution matching up to 7%)
Generous Private Medical Insurance (within the first month of joining!)
Income Protection (can be up to 50% of salary for 3 years) and Life Assurance (3 x annual salary) 
22 weeks paid maternity leave and 6 weeks paid paternity leave (once relevant service requirements complete) 
Train Ticket loan (interest-free)
Cycle to Work Scheme
Free shuttle bus to and from Hatfield Train Station to the Hatfield offices 
Free shuttle bus to and from Welwyn Garden City Train Station to the Welwyn Garden City offices
Opportunity to participate in Sharesave and Buy as You Earn share schemes
15% discount on and free delivery for all employees (within the first month of joining!)

About Ocado Group

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we’re developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry also means transforming the way we do business.   As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we’re looking for the Everyday Pioneers to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

Changing the way the world shops, for good.

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