Head of Finance, Product and Regional P+Ls

Job Locations United Kingdom-London



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The Economist is a leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from print and digital to events and films. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


Whether designing processes to support our global business, reviewing performance, providing forward-thinking analysis or delivering a business case for a new revenue stream, the global circulation finance team creates innovative solutions to the Economist Group’s key strategic income stream and supports its growth plans.

We are searching for a Head of Finance, Product and Regional P+Ls to join our global circulation finance team. There are four key parts to the role:

  • Ownership of the Product and Regional P+Ls
  • Oversight of the consolidation process and of the production of Board materials
  • Partnering with the SVP, Circulation Operations
  • Manage five analysts and partnering with the financial controlling team


In the role you would be expected to:

  • Critically review key performance drivers in order to support the growth of the circulation business.
  • Own the agenda of the reporting and the data teams to ensure that the performance drivers on volume, revenue and direct costs are clearly understood
  • Partner with the SVP Circulation Operations and the Finance Director to help drive business growth
  • Drive the creation of new insights (i.e. reporting tools in anaplan or new data insights) and leverage the information to unleash business growth opportunities
  • Produce the financial modelling around new products launches and help building high quality investment case
  • Review accounts and sign off the P+Ls globally on a monthly basis
  • Run the consolidation process and review the materials for the Board and for Senior stakeholders
  • Support the forecast, budget and 5 years planning processes

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Professional Finance qualification (eg ACA, CIMA, ACCA) as well as relevant experience
  • Highly analytical, detail oriented and a strong business sense; proven ability to manage new ideas and creative solutions
  • Strong financial modelling / scenario planning skills
  • Experience working with large-scale data mining and reporting tools and financial systems
  • An ability to influence business priorities
  • Strong skills in communication, motivation, and interpersonal relations
  • A proven record in building relationships and lines of communication across functions
  • Experience in managing a team





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