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Financial Planning Assistant

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Location: Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 44880
Date Posted: Feb 21, 2020
Segment: IT
Business Unit: Hitachi Services & Platforms
Company Name: Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Ltd.
Profession (Job Category): Finance
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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Role Overview

The aim of this role is to support the Financial Planning Analyst / Finance Manager (FM) in the delivery of strategic business planning and decision making, via robust financial planning and analysis, throughout the business cycle. This is a fixed-term position for 9 months.


Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Adherence to HICSE Business Management System

Budgets / MTR process:

  • Setting up the document management system (DMS) structure for each budget / MTR cycle.

  • Managing / policing the DMS process, from ‘cradle to grave’

  • Taking appropriate minutes for each review meeting

  • Responsibility for maintaining the Excel integrity of the cost centre input workbooks (data / formulas)

  • Ad hoc tasks requested by the Financial Planning Analyst/FM

  • Supporting improvements, including efficiency, auditability, documentation, single point of failure


Cost management:

  • Key concept here is “if you can measure it, you can manage it”

  • Reporting to cost centre managers on their costs

  • Working with Financial Accounts to correct miscodes, agree line-by-line GL detail, align cost understanding

  • Supporting monthly cost centre meetings to discuss costs, variances, and action plans

  • Supporting cost reduction exercises, including reporting to management

  • Supporting improvements, including efficiency, auditability, documentation, single point of failure



Key Skills and Experience

  • Good knowledge of budgeting and cost control experience

  • AAT part qualified / qualified

  • Good knowledge of Sage 50

  • Advanced Excel user

  • Very good attention to detail with strong organisation skills

  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver outputs in tight timescales

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Experience in maintaining safeguards / validation checks in Excel

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Work closely with cost centre managers, whilst maintaining the independence of a Finance Professional

  • Ability to clearly explain financial concepts to non-financial people

  • Experience of using and / or creating Excel models

Benefits Package

  • Market competitive salary and discretionary bonus scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement

  • A Holiday Banking scheme allowing you to bank untaken holiday to use another year

  • Group Personal Pension

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programme available to all employees

  • Personal Accident Insurance

Company Overview

We have been producing industry leading software products since 2000. Our expertise lies in developing and supplying dedicated products and services, designed to improve the supervision and control of railways worldwide.


Our success lies in the strength of our relationships with our customers and with our colleagues throughout Europe. We work to meet and exceed market requirements by producing only the very best software products: on time and to the most exacting standards.

Our head office is located in Bradford on Avon, England and we have further offices in Plymouth and Derby, England.

We are always happy to hear from people who are customer focused and keen to produce high-end, added value software products.

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