Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

London, UK



The FP&A team in plays a vital part in working with the business to ensure financial stability and prosperity. This role will involve managing a team of 2 in an autonomous capacity. The key initial requirement of this role is to implement process, standardization and rigor into the FP&A team, growing the team to be ‘best in class’. The role has a high level of interaction with the business and other Finance colleagues and requires a highly motivated passionate individual, with strong interpersonal skills.


  • Managing and developing the monthly reporting, monthly forecast and annual budgeting processes across TOB and prepare and present concise and accurate consolidated results to Mercer
  • Develop, maintain and communicate a forecasting planning calendar for the TOB business working closely with Internal Stakeholders and Mercer to ensure a successful and well co-ordinated planning process
  • Manage and track key variances to forecast and budget, through the forecasting cycle and R&O’s to ensure an accurate and reliable forecast is submitted to Mercer
  • Build process, rigour and clear accountability into the FP&A Team to ensure timely and accurate management reporting
  • Assist with the management of Long Term Strategic Planning and ensuring that the approved initiatives are tracked and delivered effectively to ensure maximum ROI to Mercer and MMC.
  • Management of Key Reporting outputs such as Board Packs, Leadership Team KPI’s, Executive Reviews, Executive Dashboards, Headcount and FTE Reporting & other Ad Hoc Reporting,
  • Demonstrate capability as a strong, collaborative and inspiring leader within the FP&A team, to grow and develop the individual talent within it
  • Provide strong Commercial FP&A guidance to the business to ensure the best management of financial resources, effective cost tracking and control, guidance for P&L management and insight and analytics from the business trends to help drive business performance
  • Grow and develop the quality of the reporting produced by the Team to be ‘best in class’; harnessing tools, business analytic techniques and knowledge of the TOB business to best articulate financial information in a professional way


  • A qualified accountant with a CIMA, ACCA, ACA or MBA equivalent qualification
  • Management experience of leading and developing a small team
  • Experience in introducing rigor and financial discipline within a fast growing, global, multi divisional business
  • Experience in migrating from manual processes and tools to utilizing systems to ensure accuracy and better presentation of financial information
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to recognize incorrect or inconsistent numbers/reports before they spread any wider and create reputational risk
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, including ability to interact as an equal with senior business management
  • Possess a high level of business understanding
  • Have a good understanding of databases
  • Possess excellent IT skills and in particular be able to develop and work with advanced models and presentations
  • Hyperion/Essbase/Oracle/SAP knowledge


  • An open, fail-friendly and fun environment

  • Birthday day off.

  • Yoga, Zumba and fitness classes with a personal trainer

  • Free fruit in every office - yes, we all love cake – and there are many talented Thomsons bakers –but we want to encourage you towards your 5-a-day too!

  • Matching charity contributions, charity days off and Pay it Forward charity challenges

  • A spending account for you to spend on the things you decide are important

  • Pension, Life and medical insurance

 And the list goes on!