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Front Office Business Partner, Finance

Reports toLead Front Office Business PartnerTypePermanent 
AreaFinance & TreasuryLocationLondon
Posted07/11/2016  
 
 

About us

Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T) is a subsidiary of the Gazprom group - the world’s largest gas producer and one of the world's largest energy companies. Headquartered in London, GM&T operates to provide Gazprom group with a global marketing reach, round the clock operational coverage and excellent customer service. Established in 1999, GM&T has grown from a single office in London into a truly global organisation, with around 1000 employees worldwide. With offices in Europe, Asia and the USA, GM&T trades energy commodities including gas, power, oil, LPG, helium, emissions, LNG and FX and also operates a retail business, trading as Gazprom Energy.

Our culture is defined by our people. Through living our values every day we continue to create a culture that enables us all to succeed. We work as one team with our customers, our parent company and each other in order to understand each other’s needs. With an unstoppable passion for excellence, growth and learning, we’re committed to creating an environment that fosters the development of knowledge, skills and experience, so that our people can thrive and prosper in their careers with us. We believe that we have the best team in the industry which makes us a trusted partner across international capital and energy markets. Our diverse employee base, with a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience makes GM&T a truly exciting place to work. We encourage new ideas and initiatives as innovative thinking is central to how we do business. Most importantly, we are a growing and developing business where inspired individuals can make a difference and help shape our future.

Role objectives

The Financial Planning & Analysis function led by the Head of Financial Planning & Analysis is one of the core functions within the Global Finance and Treasury department.

The team plays a key role in the delivery of GM&T group’s budget and ten year business plan including the preparation of the GM&T Board of Directors materials as well as in the provision of high quality financial management information, analysis and advice to senior management across business units and support functions of GM&T group.

Duties & Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities

  • Assist the Lead Finance Business Partner by providing analysis as well as reporting, budgeting and forecasting support to enable Front Office management to effectively manage their businesses and achieve their strategic goals
  • The team is responsible for several important, visible and sensitive tasks which requires the individual to be highly motivated, well organised and have the ability to build relationships within the team and across the business

Financial Planning & Modeling

  • Support the annual global financial planning cycle by delivery of the annual budget and 10 year business plan in line with Gazprom Group, executive, commercial and support function requirements, including:
  • Actively support target-setting for business units and statutory companies
  • Challenge assumptions of budget/business plan outputs to ensure accuracy and provide input to the cost challenge process
  • Input of budget/business plan and forecast in SAP BPC to derive at consolidated group outputs including the income statement, balance sheet, capital expenditure, sensitivity analysis and cash flow statement for senior management review
  • Support the delivery of monthly intra-year financial reforecast in line with Gazprom Group, executive, commercial and support function requirements
  • Support the presentation of budget/business plan and re-forecast to senior management and ExCom
  • Support Gross Margin modelling process

Board Reporting

  • Support the preparation of the documentation required for the Board of Directors pack including final forecast, budget and business plan tables, commentary and analysis for the respective areas
  • Support the delivery of all financial information to be presented in the Board of Directors materials including;
  • Quarterly results vs. budget by business unit including commentary and analysis
  • Written documentation and supporting justifications for matters tabled to the Board

Management Reporting

  • Timely production of Business Unit and Group management reporting, covering
  • Reporting of monthly and YTD financial results incl. forecast
  • Performance reporting against budget
  • Key performance indicators
  • Project cost reporting
  • Drive cost efficiency analysis
  • Ensure accurate financial accounting records through implementing effective monthly review controls
  • Relationship management with Front office is key – this role will involve exposure to senior stakeholders.

Skills & Competencies

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Pro-active in achieving results and desire to challenge the status quo and develop ideas through to implementation
  • Excellent team player to work effectively across geographical and functional boundaries
  • Able to work autonomously and effectively under time pressure
  • Strong business partnership skills and influencing skills
  • Excellent relationship building skills across diverse stakeholder groups and able to influence others
  • Strong Microsoft Excel modelling skills and confident with pivot tables, intermediate to advanced competency in using other Microsoft Office applications (Word and PowerPoint)

Experience

  • Sound understanding of a financial planning/management reporting process
  • Ability to influence stakeholders using strong communication skills and a positive personality
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Experience in the energy industry is desirable but not a requirement
  • Experience with an ERP Reporting module or a Data Warehouse Tool is desirable

Education

  • Degree and Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • Excellent academics