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Head of Financial Planning & Analysis - London

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Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability.

Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people.

We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea. It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 400,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA.

Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working life that helps us thrive, not stick. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

The role

Reporting to the UK Finance Director, the Head of Financial Planning and Analysis will have the ownership of all aspects of financial planning and analysis to support the senior management team in the ongoing management of the business and delivery of strategic objectives.

As a Head of Financial Planning & Analysis you will:

  • work directly with the CEO, UK Finance Director & senior management team to influence and drive key commercial and strategic decisions
  • lead, empower, develop and motivate an excellent FP&A team, which consists of a mixture of qualified and part qualified professionals
  • understand and interpret Simply Business’s operating model to communicate key results and analysis of key commercial drivers
  • lead the development Simply Business’s customer lifetime value model to drive strategic pricing, marketing, and resource decisions

Responsibilities include:

  • challenging and influencing internal product teams, pricing teams and other internal stakeholders to ensure the value of change activity is understood, prioritised and implemented appropriately
  • proactively identifying revenue growth opportunities and areas for operational efficiency
  • owning the annual budget and monthly rolling projection processes
  • preparing monthly board and shareholder materials, working with senior management team
  • creating KPI reports which will enhance sales performance, operational efficiency and profitability
  • working closely with key finance contacts from SB’s parent company – Travelers – to communicate SB’s financial performance

What we are looking for:

  • extensive post-qualification experience
  • ability to lead, develop and empower a team of highly skilled professionals
  • applied knowledge / experience building bespoke financial models to support strategic and commercial decisions and investment analysis
  • strong, clear and precise verbal and written communication skills
  • analytical, methodical and highly numerate individual
  • an individual who is self-driven, quality and results-oriented with an ability to work well under pressure
  • an ability to manage a demanding and wide-ranging workload
  • a professional accounting qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACCA, ACA)
  • university graduate in an analytical / mathematically related subject with a minimum of a 2:1
  • VBA / Access / database knowledge

What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass.

The ‘core’ stuff

Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:

  • a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
  • life assurance (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
  • a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
  • an extra day off if you get married or move house
  • an automatic enrolment pension (employer-matched at 5%)

The fun stuff

Passed probation? Time to pick and mix from things like:

  • a full gym membership
  • private medical insurance
  • extra days annual leave
  • shopping vouchers
  • dental insurance
  • travel insurance

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.


London, Bank

The Simply Business culture is truly unique. And you sort of have to come and spend time with us to appreciate it. So get that application in and we’ll take it from there.

How to Apply

If you are interested in working for us, then please email your application to careers@simplybusiness.co.uk, or uscareers@simplybusiness.com for roles based in the US, quoting the specific job role in the subject line.

Note for recruitment agencies We have an internal team in place for our recruitment needs, so we tend not to use recruitment agencies. If we do not have signed terms of agreement with your company, then we advise against you sending us any speculative candidate profiles. They will not be subject to any terms and conditions, regardless of whether we progress with the candidate.