Group Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Mill Lane, Digbeth

Job Details


UK Head Office - Finance

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


£Competitive + car allowance

Closing Date

31/01/2021 17:00

Join us on the Journey...

National Express Group is a leading public transport operator with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East. Passengers made 939 million journeys on our services in 2019.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Group FP&A Manager, who will support the Head of Group FP&A in delivering the Group’s financial planning processes; identifying and driving improvements in business performance; and proactively business partnering other Group functions. You will be an effective team player but have the confidence and ability to work independently, taking full ownership of key processes.

As the successful candidate, you will be a qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or an equivalent qualification) with a proven track record of financial planning in a fast-paced multi-site business. You will be able to demonstrate excellent Excel and financial modelling skills along with strong commercial acumen and very high attention to detail. You will have strong business partnering skills; the ability to provide strategic, analytical and operational support coupled with the energy and drive to investigate, identify and pursue opportunities for business performance improvement.

What you'll do...

  • Support the delivery of the 3 year financial plan, annual Group budget, period reforecast and capital reporting processes. Develop and maintain robust financial models in support of these processes.
  • Co-ordinate and report risks and opportunities to forecasts and budgets.
  • Provide analysis that understands and proactively addresses the commercial needs of the business; analyse KPIs against internal and external targets and benchmarks, identify opportunities to improve profit, asset utilisation and cash generation.
  • Proactive business partner to other Group functions, including: Investor Relations; Financial Reporting; Treasury; Group Commercial; Procurement.
  • Ownership of group impairment testing, and the financial models and supporting documentation for viability statement and going concern compliance activities.
  • Provide input to strategic planning, assessment of investments and prioritising capital allocation.
  • Support the capital approval process, ensuring that expenditure requests are appropriately reviewed, interrogated and recorded.
  • Undertake benchmarking of the Group’s performance versus its peers.
  • Provide ad-hoc decision-support and insight.

In return, we offer a wide range of benefits such as...

  • Free travel for you and your partner
  • Company pension
  • Access to NX Health Bus
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Variety of deals and discounts available through NX online portal

Things to note...

National Express has a very high focus on health and safety and as a result operates a strict Drugs and Alcohol Policy which is applicable to all employees.

Drug and Alcohol testing is completed as part of the assessment process as well as random checks during employment according to the policy.



Your place in our world

Head of Group FP&A
Group Financial Planning & Analysis Manager