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University Finance Analyst

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity to work as a University Finance Analyst at Sodexo!

The role will be supporting the segment with the commercial risk management for a large portfolio of universities. 

The main areas of focus and challenge for the role will be: 

  • Providing commercial support to segment, identifying efficiency opportunities and supporting the business to achieve growth targets  

  • To work within the Centre of Excellence, supporting process improvement, data quality and insights 

  • To identify and mitigate performance gaps in the client portfolio contracts 

Role Responsibility

  • Commercial Leadership - providing commercial leadership across the Sub-Segment, assessing current contract performance, driving uniform best practice, growth opportunities, and optimising profit whilst minimising risk 

  • To gather, produce and analyse data within the Sub-Segment to promote high quality decision making and profitability improvement. 

  • To be highly focused on the strategic and commercial analysis of new opportunities and the interventions required to drive our growth in highly competitive environments whilst maintaining the focus on day-to-day financial performance of the business. 

  • Partnering Operations teams, as trusted advisor for all financial aspects of their contract management, leading  budgeting and forecasting process, supporting client queries and technical questions 

  • Negotiate client contract terms in compliance with group procedures and legal advice in order to achieve optimum risk / return positions. 

  • Identifying the cause(s) of poor or sub optimal performance, developing solutions to sustainably improve performance and where required provide support in the implementation of those solutions. 

  • Responsible for production and presentation of the accounts to the segment Finance Director. 

  • Engage with the wider Sodexo business to, on an ad hoc basis, contribute to company-wide projects, and  identify existing best practices that could be translated to other segments 

  • To provide accurate post decision/investment analysis of project work undertaken 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Qualified Accountant 

  • Commercial acumen - Strong commercial decision-maker and negotiator 

  • Communication - Ability to digest complex commercial information and communicate it effectively in all formats to a broad range of stakeholders 

  • Numeracy - comfortable dealing with complex financial assessments in high pressure environments. 

  • Legal - experience of drafting, reviewing and negotiating contractual terms 

  • Coaching - Ability to coach and motivate Operational and site personnel to deliver commercially 

  • Influencing skills - Aware of key decision-makers and able to influence positively 

  • Working with others - Able to understand different perspectives and adopt different styles to achieve business aims 

  • Business awareness - Proactively sees business risks and opportunities and takes appropriate action to address and improve business performance.  

  • Planning - Ensures appropriate plans are in place to deliver initiatives on time and with the anticipated benefits at the forecasted cost. Has previous experience of delivering projects in a large organisation.  

  • Continuous Improvement - Track record of engaging in place tangible plans and targets and gaining business-wide commitment for their delivery.  As well as seeking opportunities to improve from external sources of interest, data, and information to prompt innovation 

  • Leadership skills - Able to communicate clear  objectives across a number of functional areas and across a variety of individual client environments 

  • Accountability - Steps forward to address business issues and is accountable for decisions. 

  • Technological Skills - A demonstrable interest in systems and technologies, excel and database tools 

Package Description

Competitive salary + bonus + benefits

We also offer Sodexo Discounts site promoting discounted mobile phone tariffs, savings across restaurant chains and days out, where you and your family can save money on everything from your weekly food shop to the latest cinema blockbuster and much more. 

This role is remote.

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs around 30,000 people, and partners with clients in many sectors across business and industry; schools and universities; sports and leisure; energy and resources; government and agencies; healthcare; justice and defence.

Sodexo’s connected; people-centric approach brings together a diverse range of expertise. The breadth of services it offers ranges from food and hospitality; cleaning; reception; concierge (Circles); security; property management and technical services through to data driven workplace strategy and design (Wx); employee engagement and recognition services (Sodexo Engage) and personal home services through Prestige Nursing + Care and the Good Care Group.

Vital Spaces is Sodexo’s value proposition that puts people at the heart of everything we do, bringing together services and solutions and focusing on the productivity and wellbeing of people wherever they are.

Sodexo is committed to being an inclusive employer; we welcome and encourage applications from people with a diverse variety of experiences, backgrounds and identities.

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process


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