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Financial Reporting and Planning Manager

  • Application Deadline: July 19, 2019
  • London

General Summary

Bonnier Books UK is looking for a financial reporting and planning manager to join the trade business. The role will support the head of commercial affairs and provide pro-active financial, commercial and business advisory support and analysis to the managing directors of adult and children’s publishing. The financial reporting and planning manager will be a trusted adviser, adding value that will assist in business decision-making.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities

Budgeting and Forecasting:

  • Project manage the budgeting and forecasting process on a quarterly basis.
  • Work with other areas of the business (including editorial, UK sales, international sales, audio, production, rights, operations and marketing) to gain relevant information to help compile budgets and forecasts.
  • Ensure that the timing and phasing of future releases are accurately reflected in the budget and forecast.
  • Critically review and challenge draft budget and forecast data.
  • Produce budget/forecast packs to deadline.
  • Prepare cash flow forecasting on a weekly basis.

Acquisitions Process:

  • Review and report on previously published book performance to assist with influencing decisions for future acquisitions.
  • Assist with the preparation of investment cases for new acquisitions.

Financial Reporting:

  • Prepare key monthly provision calculations on returns, stock and advances.
  • Partner with the sales team to ensure the retail spend and retrospective discount trackers are accurately maintained to aid monthly accrual calculations
  • Support colleagues within the adult and children’s trade teams to ensure accuracy of cost coding.
  • Review monthly management accounts for reasonableness, accuracy and key financial trends.
  • Identify/review/discuss monthly management accounts material variances in detail with departmental managers and agree remedial action plans.
  • Preparation of regular reports including sections of month end commercial pack and mid-month flash forecast.


  • Produce and distribute other financial management information as requested by the head of commercial affairs.
  • Provide financial, commercial and business advisory support and expertise to colleagues at all levels within the adult and children’s teams.
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships with the trade operations team and provide financial support where required, particularly around the implementation of a business intelligence programme.

Work with great people

Alex Alexandrou
Head of Commissioning - Children's
"When I joined Igloobooks, I saw it as an exciting opportunity that would offer a completely different experience to any other design environment - I still like it after being here for over five years!"
Sahina Bibi
Marketing Executive
"My team is vibrant and fun; brilliant minds brimming with wonderful ideas. Though we each manage our own projects, we're always bouncing ideas off one another and brainstorming fresh new initiatives a"
Shane Hegarty
Head of Operations
"From my earliest days in the company I have been encouraged and enabled to have an appreciable input into how, when and what gets done – which is a rare thing to obtain, or sustain, in any company."

Skills & Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

  • Communication skills when writing and speaking.
  • Confident communicating information to senior management.
  • Analytical skills, attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working in a changing environment.
  • Ability to consistently meet strict deadlines and to produce high quality information.
  • Organisation skills.
  • Proactive attitude towards improving processes.
  • Advanced Excel experience (e.g. SUMIF, INDEX/MATCH, etc.) with ability to create clear templates for non-finance staff.
  • Knowledge of other MS Office products such as Teams, OneNote, PowerBI and SharePoint.
  • An accountancy qualification (either qualified or part qualified) – e.g. ICAEW, ACCA or CIMA.
  • Experience in the publishing industry is beneficial but not essential.

Great Place to Work

  • Competitive Salary

  • Working with a team of passionate, talented people

  • Internal learning and development programmes

  • Career Development opportunities

  • Fun social events

About the company

Bonnier Books is a major UK publisher with group sales of £80m. Home to three divisions and 16 adult and children’s imprints, we publish across a wide variety of genres, for different ages. From crime to reading group fiction; memoir to self-help; activity to reference – we believe every book matters.

For more information about Bonnier Books UK please visit our website: www.bonnierbooks.co.uk

Erika Van Aken | Hiring Manager

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