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Business Planning Modeller and Analyst

Date: 13-Apr-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.




Title: Business Planning Modeller and Analyst

Reporting to: Group Business Planning Manager

Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

Location: Head Office, London (Bedford Street)


Are you a highly numerate Accountant, proficient in developing financial models? Are you looking for the opportunity to make an impact within a large organisation?


ABP are looking for a Business Planning Modeller and Analyst to join our Finance team. You will support in developing and maintaining our group wide financial model, which will provide 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 ten-year plan), and to provide insightful and valuable financial analysis of the group’s activities. You will also play a crucial role in driving process improved across the business planning function.


Main Responsibilities


  • 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 financial model
  • Provide analysis and 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
  • 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
  • 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 analysis and 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
  • Provide modelling support where required for the evaluation of commercial projects, significant investment opportunities and potential mergers and acquisitions
  • 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




Interested?  We are looking for somebody who has:


  • Qualified Accountant
  • Previous experience and evidence of developing and maintaining complex financial models within a large organisation
  • Excellent MS Excel skills, including development skills
  • Highly numerate with proven working experience of applying analytical and logical reasoning to evaluate and interpret financial information
  • Diagnosis of underlying causes of problems and proposes a range of possible options and makes clear recommendations
  • High standards of accuracy and precision, with a strong attention to detail
  • Highly driven and a strong willingness to learn new skills

Ideally, you’ll also have:


  • Big 4 or 2nd Tier accounting firm background / major bank equivalent
  • VBA/Systems Development
  • SAP/BPC 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.