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Finance Business Partner

Finance Business Partner

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Position Type 
Permanent Full-Time
UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
Pentland Brands

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Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.


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This role as a Business Partner will be key in providing commentary and insight to Pentland’s Executive, providing decision support and analysis to the senior leadership of Pentland’s central cost functions.

The key responsibilities include:

  • For key functional cost areas support the Senior Finance Business Partner with the Pentland financial planning to actuals cycle, working closely with functional teams, to ensure robust submissions and reporting which provides the necessary insight and analysis to enable the executive team and the operating committee to manage for delivery
  • Deliver insightful reporting and analytics of financial performance, which is future focused, that covers a matrix, multi brand environment
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with both finance and non-finance stakeholders
  • Provide Insight to Functional cost owners to ensure decision-making is based on commercial understanding
  • Understand the Functional one year and three-year strategic plans and be able to translate this into robust budgets and forecasts
  • Ensure financial controls operate effectively
  • Cost out and pressure-test restructures across the business
  • Pull together and pressure-test financial business cases from different departments
  • Own the Risks & Opportunities for each functional cost area to ensure no surprises
  • Liaise with tax, payroll and other parties to ensure correct cost accounting treatment on central departments
  • Look to continually improve the quality of functional cost reporting within Pentland




                         What you need to have


  • Qualified Accountant (ACA/ ACCA/ CIMA) preferably with experience in FP&A or a cost reporting role
  • MS Office computer skills to advanced level
  • Excellent stakeholder management – ensuring the needs of Group Finance and the Cost Centre managers are met
  • Have a positive confident approach to getting things done within a very demanding environment, able to meet deadlines.
  • Attention to detail and enjoy being thorough
  • Ability to analyse financial data & discuss with non-finance customers
  • Ability to see high level view
  • Ability to challenge
  • SAP experience
  • Hyperion Experience - Desirable

                    What we need to see in you


  • Able to work to deadlines
  • Good communicator to finance and non-finance staff
  • Able to analyse and interpret large amounts of data and crystalize main points in an easy to understand format.
  • Experienced in analysing business performance in a commercial environment.
  • Rigorous, with attention to detail
  • An ambassador for the business
  • Confident, professional and articulate
  • Pro-active, exceptionally well organised and able to prioritise
  • Good sense of humour
  • Discreet with sensitive/confidential information
  • Able to influence having developed strong relationships with Cost Centre Managers
  • Flexible in approach and ‘can do’ attitude
  • Focused on performance, result, teamwork



 This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.