Senior Consultant - UK&I Advisory - Finance Performance Improvement Full Time
Ernst & Young

England, United Kingdom | Professional Qualification | 5 - 7 years | Full Time | Male or Female | Financial Services | Accounting

Job Summary
The Advisory Services business is a fast-growing division within Ernst & Young. A dynamic group focused on providing high value independent, trusted advice to clients, with a focus on business transformation programmes and financial management. The key to our success will be in helping these clients solve difficult business issues throughout a range of areas from finance to business performance, re-engineering to programme assurance. 


The Finance service line works with clients to address issues of importance to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in creating value and delivering world-class finance capabilities. Working closely with our industry groups and leveraging the Ernst & Young brand as independent, trusted advisors, we provide our high profile clients with the following range of services: 

Finance Transformation & Finance Performance Improvement, which includes;
  • Diagnosis: Provide an assessment of the current performance of the finance function and identify areas where improvements in efficiency and effectiveness can be achieved
  • Vision and Strategy for Finance: Support the finance function in gaining consensus and commitment to a clearly articulated set of value propositions for finances roles and a plan for transformation into a world class function.
  • Process and Controls Design: standardising and simplifying processes and controls to make the best use of technology and enable cost effective operation and sustainable regulatory compliance.

  • Shared Services, which includes;
  • Shared services and Outsourcing support: preparing the business case and developing the options for shared services and outsourcing. Supporting the client in; selecting and managing outsourcing providers, or designing and building their own shared service centres.

  • Planning & Performance Management, which includes;
  • Fast Close and Reporting: enabling finance to report internally and externally faster and to higher quality standards.
  • Performance Measures and Data Structures: helping finance to define an effective set of performance measures and reports which will focus the business on the delivery of strategy and business plans.

  • Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting, which includes;
  • Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting: helping finance build financial models using data from financial systems and other sources, to support strategic planning; involvement in the preparation of business plans; financial analysis to support business decisions; devising metrics to measure the success of strategies; involvement in budget target setting and reporting performance against targets; providing support for annual budget and forecasts; involvement in variance analysis and follow-up; improvement of planning, forecasting & budgeting processes.

  • Clients 

    Our clients include many of today's leading global companies, innovative growth companies and major government departments. They also include large companies within our national and regional markets. We are thus looking for candidates with strong client/market focuses and expertise that we can leverage into our clients. In specific we are looking for senior consultants with a strong insight into one of the following;
  • Government & Public Sector
  • Financial Services
  • Energy, Chemicals & Utilities
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial Products
  • Technology, Communications & Entertainment
  • Healthcare
  • Job Responsibilites


    Core Consulting Competencies:

  • Able to establish personal credibility with clients; is professional in conduct and demonstrates expertise in a number of technical areas and has past solutions experience
  • Plans and coordinates own workload and that of other team members, meeting deadlines, and quality and risk objectives.
  • Adds value by delivering work of the highest quality and is able to proactively overcome issues to ensure delivery.
  • Finds logical or innovative solutions to complex or unusual Client problems.
  • Continuously builds and masters key technical, functional and professional skills and is proactive in sharing / building knowledge within the team.
  • Encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing that impact performance of team members.
  • Job Requirements

    Academic Qualifications Required:

  • Primary Degree (2.1) or above, from a leading university
  • Qualified Accountant - ACA, CIMA or ACCA

  • Professional Experience Required:
  • Currently working in either: Big 4, global management consultancy firm or Blue Chip organization - with an appropriate financial & performance management background.

  • Prerequisite Skills / Experience: 
    The candidate should po ssess a good background and understanding in the following skills / experiences profiles
  • Project Management
  • Finance Function & Accounting Operations, Financial Management & Management Accounting
  • Detailed knowledge around finance function processes (PTP, RTR, OTC)
  • Budgeting, Planning, Forecasting & Management Reporting (incl. variance analysis)
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