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Project Accountant

Posted 27/05/2021
£400 - £550 per day
Manchester
Contract


Anaplan Project Accountant - Anaplan 
Manchester / Remote
£400 - £550 per day

The role is required to further embed the use of Anaplan across the business, identify areas of further enhancement and automation and train up individuals in the Group in Anaplan model building and development to reduce key man dependency. This will require actively participating in further model design / enhancement / and supporting the organisation through upcoming planning and forecasting cycles utilising the tool.

Overall purpose

The role is to work under the direction of our Group planning manager and Anaplan SME to continue the development / build of financial planning models in Anaplan. The Group has spent the last twelve months implementing Anaplan for the annual Budgeting and Forecasting rounds which has been successful and we are now looking to ensure we are leveraging its full capability for this process and well as to expand the use of Anaplan into other areas, both inside and outside of Finance.

The role is required to further embed the use of Anaplan across the business, identify areas of further enhancement and automation and train up individuals in the Group in Anaplan model building and development to reduce key man dependency. This will require actively participating in further model design / enhancement / and supporting the organisation through upcoming planning and forecasting cycles utilising the tool.

The role will involve working closely with the Finance teams across Arrow to coordinate and support the usage of Anaplan in the planning process as well as in other finance processes and models across the wider business.

Anaplan

Anaplan is a market leading planning platform for smart businesses it allows which allows organisations to dynamically analyse, model, plan, forecast, it is cloud based. The platform is purchased as a blank canvas and the modelling / build of the tool is owned internally. It works in 3 dimensions and can perform complex calculations quickly.

The introduction of the tool has already started to deliver a step change in planning efficiency and process control, through reducing reliance on spreadsheets and avoiding the inherent weaknesses in spreadsheet models.


We have seen real improvement in addressing issues around consolidating planning process output in spreadsheets and allow us to react more quickly to changing business conditions/ requirements. The flexibility of the platform and its internal build ownership means that it is much easier to adapt planning / forecasting following organisational restructures, new reporting requirements and evolving processes. Rolling the capability of the system out to other areas within the business will improve commercial modelling and analysis and forward looking information to enhance decision making

The Anaplan development supports finance's key strategic priorities of; enhanced controls, improved planning cycle timelines and improved finance efficiency.

It aligns with the organisations Smart Finance project in terms of utilising: Group common Chart of Accounts (CoA) cost centres and reporting dimensions and seeks to standardise finance processes across the group as much as possible and creating a core model blueprint to rollout to all businesses. It will also increase the focus on providing insight and analysis to improve commercial decision making.

Detail of the Role

· Continue to improve the Budget / forecasting model to ensure that is fit for purpose and aligned to the strategic finance design
· Assist with developing additional functionality for forecasting such as scenario planning and building longer term strategic model
· Work closely with end users both inside and outside Finance to identify further automation opportunities, align them across Arrow Group and implement in Anaplan.
· Build Anaplan Dashboards and outputs to deliver both local and group requirements, exploring self-serve functionality as appropriate.
· Establish flexible Outputs which can be used to test scenarios without effecting base data
· Identify and implement Anaplan model logic opportunities to reduce space and processing time
· Work with business to identify other areas of opportunity for Anaplan to provide a fully integrated planning tool.
· Provide regular updates /Comms to all relevant areas of the business.
· Train individuals to increase the level of in-house capability of Anaplan and reduce key man dependency

Essential Expertise

· Strong experience in financial modelling
· Experience of building models in Anaplan
· Accounting qualification
· Strong stakeholder management skills
· Strong communicator - verbal and written
· Be an advocate of change and able to step away from the way thing are done today to envision and design a new optimised way of working.
· Be able to influence colleagues across the business and sell the benefits of Anaplan
· Facilitate relevant sessions with colleagues to work towards the end common goal



Oliver James Associates

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