Financial Planning Assistant

Current Vacancies

Role Overview

The aim of this role is to support Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE) in the financial development and delivery of strategic business planning and decision making, via robust financial planning and analysis, throughout the business cycle.


Main Tasks and Responsibilities


Reporting to the Finance Manager, tasks shall include, but not be limited to supporting: 

  • the budget / mid-term review (MTR) process life cycle
  • cost reporting structures to monitor cost centre expenditures on a monthly basis
  • forecast of future financial performance, based on current/predicted revenue and cost profiles
  • the ‘Large Bid’ team, with financial analysis modelling/reporting


Achieving success in the role will be indicated by performance on tasks such as:

  • Adherence to the HICSE Business Management System
  • Driving improvements, including efficiency, auditability, documentation, single point of failure elimination


Budgets / MTR process:

  • Setting up the document management system (DMS) structure for each budget / MTR cycle
  • (Re)designing cost centre budget templates; based on best practice, and business change
  • Creating cost centre budget templates
  • Managing / policing the DMS lifecycle process
  • Taking appropriate minutes for each review meeting
  • Responsibility for the Excel integrity of the cost centre input workbooks (data / formulas)
  • Ad hoc tasks within the Financial team


Cost management:

  • Key concept is “if you can measure it, you can manage it”
  • Reporting to cost centre managers on their costs
  • Working with Financial Accounts to correct miscodes, agree line-by-line GL detail, align cost understanding
  • Driving monthly cost centre meetings to discuss costs, variances, and action plans (all minuted)
  • Performing cost reduction exercises, including reporting to management


‘Large Bid’ finance member:

  • Supporting the ‘Large Bids’ team with financial analysis
  • Working with Finance members, to ensure consistency of thought on large bids, now and when live
  • Lessons learned fed into future large bids / accounting processes and practices
  • Input to the Sage hourly rate process




Key Skills and Experience

  • Excellent knowledge of budgeting and demonstrated cost control experience
  • AAT qualified (or higher)
  • Good knowledge of Sage 50
  • Demonstrated advanced Exce skillsl; VBA skills preferable
  • Attention to detail with strong organisation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver outputs in tight timescales
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build in safeguard checks into Excel modelling
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work across a multi-site organisation to successfully achieve results
  • Ability to work closely with cost centre managers, whilst maintaining the independence of a Finance professional
  • Ability to clearly explain financial concepts to a non-financial audience
  • Experience of business planning and consolidation software would be an advantage
  • Ability to take complicated scenarios and make them clear and efficient with consolidated Excel models


Benefits Package

Company Funded Benefits

  • Market competitive salary and discretionary bonus scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement - with the option to buy up to an additional 37.5 hours per year
  • A Holiday Banking scheme allowing you to bank untaken holiday to use another year
  • Group Personal Pension
  • Private Medical Insurance with self-funded option to increase cover to include family members
  • Employee Assistance Programme available to all employees
  • Personal Accident Insurance

Voluntary Benefits (funded by employee)

  • Cycle To Work
  • Gym Membership
  • Dental Insurance with option to include dependent children
  • Health screening


Company Overview


We have been producing industry leading software products since 2000. Our expertise lies in developing and supplying dedicated products and services, designed to improve the supervision and control of railways worldwide.

Our success lies in the strength of our relationships with our customers and with our colleagues throughout Europe. We work to meet and exceed market requirements by producing only the very best software products: on time and to the most exacting standards.

Our head office is located in Bradford on Avon, England and we have further offices in Plymouth and Derby, England.

We are always happy to hear from people who are customer focused and keen to produce high-end, added value software products.