Finance & Strategy Analyst

Company Description Join a movement in which everyone can win. We started a movement in which everyone can win – shoppers, retailers, society and every person on our team. To play fair, trust

Company Description

Join a movement in which everyone can win. We started a movement in which everyone can win – shoppers, retailers, society and every person on our team. To play fair, trust people and reward them for doing the right thing. We see and feel the impact of our work as more and more people gain financial freedom and retailers grow across the globe.

Founded seven years ago in Sydney, Australia, Afterpay has millions of active customers globally and is offered at the world’s best retailers around the world including Anthropologie, Revolve, DSW, GOAT, Finish Line, Levi’s, Mac Cosmetics, Ray-Ban and many others. Afterpay is on a mission to power an economy in which everyone wins.

Afterpay is completely free for customers who pay on time – helping people spend responsibly without incurring interest, fees or extended debt. Afterpay empowers customers to access the things they want and need, while still allowing them to maintain financial wellness and control, by splitting payments in four, for both online and in-store purchases. Afterpay is deeply committed to delivering positive outcomes for customers. We are focused on supporting our community of shoppers.

We trust in the next generation and share a vision of a more accessible and sustainable world in which people are rewarded for doing the right thing.

Job Description

The purpose of the Finance & Strategy Analyst is to act as a finance business partner to the EU Finance & Strategy team, with a focus on supporting Sales and Marketing teams. The role will be influential in driving key business decisions and operational outcomes through providing commercial and financial insights.

  • Financial Analysis

    • Perform critical and in-depth financial analysis on weekly, monthly, half-yearly and annual financial results for the EU business, identifying and assessing underlying trends and forecast opportunities and risks.
    • Partner with the EU Sales and Marketing line of business to gain insights into underlying trends and enable data-driven decisions that inform performance, specifically underlying sales, merchant margin, platform revenue share, contribution margin and campaign ROI. Identify key value drivers to optimise business performance.
    • Provide ongoing analysis and insights on merchants including merchant portfolio composition and pricing. Similarly, provide detailed analysis and insights into marketing spend and effectiveness, customer frequency and drivers, and optimisation of marketing investment.
  • Budgeting and Forecasting

    • Working with the UK & EU Head of Finance & Strategy, provide key insights into performance to inform the annual budget and quarterly forecast for EU, with specific focus on Sales and Marketing. Identify risks and opportunities against targets.
    • Utilise Sales inputs via a CRM tool to maintain a live pipeline and topline forecast for the EU business. Make critical decisions regarding key inputs and assumptions that drive the forecast.
  • Strategic Planning

    • Assist the UK & EU Head of Finance & Strategy, Head of Sales, and Head of Marketing to develop strategic financial planning scenarios with a view to achieving the objectives of Clearpay EU and Afterpay globally
    • Provide financial support to business leaders in developing and executing operational initiatives and business cases that drive performance.
  • Performance Management

    • Deliver reports which assess overall performance against budget and strategic plan financial targets.
    • Provide key insights on variances to budget and strategic plan targets to improve performance.
    • Use strong financial analysis and modelling skills to develop creative solutions to complex business issues to support decision making.
    • Develop business cases for key investment to drive business performance and ensure ROI on spend aligns to expectations.
    • Leverage ERP systems to review marketing spend on an ongoing basis to ensure alignment with budget and enable accurate monthly accruals

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this role would be an investment banker or professional services (Big4) Corporate Finance / Deal Advisory / Transaction Services profile with 2 to 4 years of relevant work experience and strong modelling skills and commercial acumen.

More specifically, you’ll have experience in and be passionate about:

  • 2-4 years’ experience in a senior analyst role in either an investment bank or professional services firm, or in a corporate acting as a business partner to sales and/or marketing.
  • Advanced financial modelling skills and corporate modelling experience, with a background in investment banking or an advisory division of a professional services firm would be well regarded.
  • Experience in forecasting, financial analysis and understanding key performance indicators critical.
  • Experience in a retail and technology and/or listed company with global operations would be highly regarded.
  • Core competency with Microsoft products, especially Excel modelling and PowerPoint presentations vital; experience with ERP and CRM systems well regarded.
  • Fluency in English is a core requirement; other EU languages (especially Spanish) would be highly regarded.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or equivalent university degree in Finance, Accounting, or related business field, or MBA.
  • Post-graduate qualifications highly regarded.

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, based solely on the core competencies required of the role at hand, and without regard to any legally protected class.

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page.

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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