Job Description: This role is a newly created position designed to act as a "co-pilot" to the Chief Operating Officer of the UK Retail business, helping to drive the future strategy of the operations function and evaluate its performance.
Its intent is to provide a fantastic gateway opportunity for a Big 4 trained (or equivalent) qualified Accountant with at least five years post qualified experience in industry or practice to join a fast paced, highly commercial business that can offer career progression and senior interaction across the whole spectrum of finance activities.
You will be working very closely with the UK Head of FP&A, deputising for the role when required.
If you are an ambitious high performer wanting to impact commercial decisions and make a difference then we want to hear from you.
Person Specification: What you'll be doing:
Acting as Business partner with the Operations function you will be creating value through sitting on the change board, assessing business cases and holding the business to account on benefit realisation
Own the overall UK expense story and identify risks/ opportunities that the UK leadership team can act upon
Work with the UK Chief Finance Officer in delivering a range of Finance projects for UK Senior Management. In particular, supporting on initiatives looking at tactical and strategic cost opportunities
Responsible for the monthly performance analysis of the overall UK expense base (including headcount management) with personal ownership of the Operations area
Project manage the submission of overall UK expense reforecasts and budgets
Proven track record as a business partner
Relevant professional qualification (ACA, CIMA, ACCA), at least 5 years post qualified
Professional curiosity to ask the "so what" type question
Structured and ordered mindset with an ability to analyse and draw insights from numerical data to tell the underlying story
Ability to communicate complex financial problems to a number of different audiences
Shows initiative, drive and ownership, strong determination to 'get things right' standardised and then automate the production
Combine soft influencing and persuasion skills with leadership qualities to encourage senior leaders to positively respond to questions, inquires and requests to meet deadlines
Creative, proactive and innovative - does not accept the status quo
Able to think and act strategically and to translate thinking into tangible plans
Our nice to haves:
An understanding of an Operations function and what makes it tick
Experience in or exposure to the general insurance sector
Understanding of Project and Fixed Asset accounting
Advanced excel and PowerPoint skills
Familiarity with the Oracle platform
About Hiscox UK
Hiscox UK is a leading brand in the insurance market, recognised as setting the standards others try to emulate. We consistently deliver strong growth and exceptional returns, recruiting only the very best and empowering them to deliver. We are known for insuring the homes of the rich and famous through to the most innovative technology companies. Our customers are diverse and unique and are only united by our ability to provide specialist insurance tailored to their needs.
Diversity and flexible working at Hiscox
At Hiscox we care about our people. We hire the best people for the job and we're committed to diversity and creating a truly inclusive culture, which we believe drives success. We also understand that working life doesn't always have to be 'nine to five' and we support flexible working wherever we can. No promises, but please chat to our resourcing team about the flexibility we could offer for this role.
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