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Business Planning Modeller and Analyst

Date: 09-Feb-2019

Location: London, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




The Role:  Business Planning Modeller & Analyst


To develop and maintain ABP’s group wide financial model to support communicating the group’s financial and operational strategies to the Board and external stakeholders.  This involves feeding into the production of a comprehensive and high quality business plan (budget and five year plan), and to provide insightful and valuable financial analysis of the group’s activities.


Support and assist with the business planning activities across the group, with a key focus on the financial model assumptions and scenario analysis


Provide financial model analysis to various internal and external stakeholders to add value and support decision making in the business


Play an important role in driving process improvement across the business planning function





  • Develop, maintain and update the group financial model including both operational and financial functionality
  • Manage detailed sensitivity analysis and assumptions to explore the impact of changes to financial policies, new initiatives and changes in the external environment
  • Ensure the arithmetic accuracy, logical integrity, security and control of the group model
  • Provide analysis on the outputs of the model versus historic and bottom up forecast data
  • Contribute to the timely production, review and presentation of the group’s annual business plan, with a focus on outputs from the financial model including distributions, covenant ratios, financing, cash flows and balance sheet
  • Provide modelling support for the evaluation of potential mergers, acquisitions and significant investment opportunities
  • Development and analysis of commercial projects and supporting regions for complex projects
  • Review and challenge new internal investment proposals ensuring accuracy of financial projections in accordance with the group’s Investment Appraisal and Approval Policy
  • Work closely with the Group Treasurer to incorporate and assess changes to group debt and hedging structures
  • Work closely with the Group Tax Manager to ensure the financial model is kept up to date with current tax legislation
  • Provide outputs from the group model for presentation to management, shareholders, advisors, rating agencies, and lenders and work closely with these stakeholders to ensure an understanding of the model as required
  • Maintain written documentation of the model and provide training to the wider group in the use of the group model as necessary
  • Undertake ad hoc sensitivity and financial analysis of the group’s activities as necessary
  • Involvement in projects to deliver process improvements to the business planning function
  • Contribute to the design and testing of new forecasting and planning processes, including the effective use of a new ERP system



    About you:

    It will come naturally to you to reason logically with verbal information and apply analytical and logical reasoning to synthesize and evaluate information and arrive at sound conclusions.


    You will have high standards of accuracy and precision, with a strong attention to detail. 



    Skills, Experience & Qualifications



  • Big 4 or 2nd Tier accounting firm background / major bank equivalent
  • 2+ years PQE
  • Previous experience and evidence of developing and maintaining complex financial models within a large organisation
  • Practical application of corporate finance theory in valuation models for strategic decision making
  • MS Excel development skills
  • Diagnosis of underlying causes of problems and proposes a range of possible options and makes clear recommendations
  • Highly numerate with proven working experience in analysing and interpreting financial information
  • Self-management to meet deadlines
  • Communicates effectively verbally and in writing



  • Qualified Accountant
  • VBA / Systems Development
  • SAP experience


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.