Commercial FP&A Controller (Maternity Cover)

Commercial FP&A Controller (Maternity Cover)

White Stuff - London, GB

Full time


The successful Commercial and FP&A Controller will be fully qualified (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) with relevant commercial experience who strives to deliver continuous improvement. You must be a good communicator and business partner, commercially savvy, have strong analytical skills and be able to present financial data clearly and accurately to non-finance personnel.


You will be working with the Commercial Finance Manager and will own management reporting, producing annual budgets and forecasting cycles, and ad hoc analysis and modelling for strategic decision making. The role involves a high level of business partnering across the business to aid commercial decision making at the highest levels. This is an excellent role for a candidate who has strong commercial acumen, FP&A skills and experience working in a fast-paced business. Working closely with the CFO, this role will play a pivotal part within the organisation, supporting the company’s commercial and FP&A process across the whole business.


  • Financial Management Reporting & Analysis
  • Responsible for owning and delivering the month end process in a timely and organised manner by working closing with the Financial Control team.
  • Build, maintain and continually develop a set of daily/weekly and monthly management and KPI reports for leadership and Board.
  • Work with the CFO to continue to develop and expand the KPIs and drivers and analysing and communicating across the business, driving commercial performance.
  • Financial Planning & Forecasting
  • Responsible for owning, planning, organizing and delivering the annual budgeting and reforecasting process, taking a lead role in model development and reporting whilst working closely with relevant senior managers across all trading channels.
  • Work with trading teams in budget tracking & budgetary control with budget holders, with regular budget meetings and appraisal of performance, timings, phasing, and balance of year commitments.
  • Lead the production of rolling forecasts for P&L, building out from existing model into a model that is fit for multi-user input, strong functionality with integrity of data and accuracy.
  • Develop multiple new or improved financial models across the business to seek commercial opportunities, cost efficiencies and control, and manage risks.
  • Deliver sales and margin analysis from imperfect, incomplete and/or complex data.
  • Lead profitability modelling and analysis with various trading channels including new 3rd party/marketplace partners, product mix and divisional analysis.
  • Business Partner Support
  • Build strong and positive relationships with budget holders and senior managers (notably Retail, Online, Wholesale, Marketplace, Marketing, Merchandising and Distribution Centre) supporting them with analysis to drive commercial decisions.
  • Run and lead regular meetings with budget holders across all the depts and trading channels to get latest views and updates to trading plans.
  • Ensure that managers understand and 'own' their numbers by providing analysis that informs and advises.
  • Act as a 'bridge' from Finance to Operations on the monitoring of stock holding by liaising closely with Merchandising and Distribution Centre and highlighting risks and seeking opportunities.
  • Working closely with the Merchandising teams to provide support on stock, sales and margin decisions and running scenarios and analysis to identify/validate risks and opportunities to trading plan changes.
  • Systems, Process & Control
  • Contribute with the Commercial Finance Manager on Power BI project (reporting and dashboards).
  • Lead, by partnering alongside the IT department, the reporting through Power BI, being or becoming an expert in Power BI use across the business.
  • Work with the Commercial Finance Manager to continually highlight control weaknesses and resolution by either process improvements or technical development to reporting packs, with a particular focus on dataflow through the accounting system to Power BI.


  • Qualified accountant with 10 years PQE
  • Retail and E-Commerce Commercial experience (Essential)
  • Stakeholder Management - Manage and influence stakeholders (Advanced)
  • Accounting and Financial Management - Apply financial knowledge to commercial and operational areas and explain clearly to others (Advanced)
  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills - able to tell a complex story in a compelling manner via all means of communication peer and Director level(Advanced)
  • Problem Solving - Analyse and understand complex data and situations to recommend the optimal solution (Advanced)
  • Results Focused - Delivers work end to end to conclusion in a planned and controlled manner
  • Ability to gain analysis and insight from imperfect information
  • Excel modelling - Demonstrable experience of building complex models from scratch / blank canvas (Advanced)
  • Business Partnering - Cross functional experience, partnering to develop and align reporting, KPIs & analysis (Excellent)
  • Experience of implementation and development of new BI tools (Power BI in particular) (Preferred)

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