Our Finance function has a key role to play in supporting the business through the provision of insight, challenge and control, supporting business leaders to make more insightful decisions. Our Finance Partners work in partnership with our stakeholders to drive performance based on the strategic challenge, advice and insight we can offer them.
As we all co-own the business, our Finance team really makes sure it looks after the pennies. But it’s not just the pennies they look after. They manage and report on every aspect of our business, safeguarding our assets and operating appropriate financial controls.
As honesty and integrity are important to us, we’re strict about paying our suppliers and Partners on time. We also make sure we have the resources needed to fund our pension scheme – it’s not just a policy, but a principle.
Our Finance team has an opportunity for every finance professional to learn, grow and prosper with us. Our function consists of centralised centres of excellence, each responsible for providing specialist finance-wide expertise to the business, as well as supporting smaller divisional teams of business partners within Waitrose and John Lewis.
Within our Finance team, you’ll find a varied and interesting career, whether it’s as a Financial Analyst, Financial Advisor or a more senior position such as Finance Director. No matter what path you take, you’ll be supporting the overall division and the Partnership. We’ll also give you the necessary training and development you need to fulfil your potential with us.
Our teams in Bracknell and Victoria, London include the Centre for Accounting, the Centre of Planning, Reporting and Analysis, and Internal Controls and Finance Projects, as well as teams focused on Tax, Insurance and Treasury. Within each of these teams, you’ll positively make a difference in the Partnership and meet the varying business demands.
Each role is different, and so as such when applying for roles do check out the essential and desirable skills required. We’re looking for candidates to join our evolving Finance function to help us support the business by providing insight, knowledge and control. You can discover more about some of our roles below.
We have a newly formed Centre for Accounting at the Partnership, with job roles ranging from Senior Analyst to Analyst of Projects and Productivity.What will I do in Accounting?
Our General Accounting team are responsible for:
- Transactional postings to support business processes
- Accruals, prepayments and journal postings
- Preparation and reconciliation of Partnership balance sheet accounts
Will I suit this role?
Like with most of our financial roles, we look for individuals with relevant experience and qualifications. For most of our accountancy roles, you should be a qualified Accountant but for some positions we accept part qualified Accountants or those with considerable relevant experience.
You’ll join our team with the Centre of Planning, Reporting and Analysis to help support the provision of financial analysis services to the Partnership.What will I do as a Financial Analyst?
Core responsibilities include:
- Producing divisional planning outputs
- Driving connections between the function and other areas of the organisation
- Influencing and managing relationships with stakeholders to enable the smooth delivery of projects
- Actively contributing to the shaping of the divisional strategy
Will I suit this role?
You should have a good level of analytical skill, the ability to work accurately at pace, as well as proven experience within your area of specialism. If you’re timely, precise and have great problem-solving skills, then there’s every chance you’re the kind of person we need in our Finance team.
As a Change Manager, you’ll sit within our newly formed Change & Portfolio team who are responsible for delivering and landing over £200m of projects across John Lewis every year. You’ll design and deliver appropriate change management interventions, as well as smaller scale projects.You’ll take on a variety of tasks, including:
- Designing changes which benefit Partners and successfully encourage new ways of working
- Preparing Partners for change by supporting Partners in sustaining these changes
- Manage resources and budgets to deliver plans, including managing any third parties
Will I suit this role?
If you have experience in delivering complex change management within a project environment and coaching others on these principles, you’ll be suitable for this role. We also look for individuals who have the ability to build and manage relationships at all levels and across functions.
Working within a strategy role, you’ll help to lead our strategic awareness, oversee the development of the John Lewis strategy and deliver strategic projects for the John Lewis Management Board (JLMB).What will I do in Strategy?
You’ll be responsible for carrying out our strategic vision, while inspiring and developing the rest of your team. Some of your duties will be:
- Increasing the Partnership’s strategic awareness
- Supporting effective commercial decision making
- Producing high quality recommendations for the JLMB
Will I suit this role?
We’re looking for individuals with experience in a Strategy Consulting role, Finance role or relevant role within a retailer. In addition, you should have strong analytical skills, great written and spoken communication and a keen commercial awareness.
What makes our Finance team first-class?
Here at the John Lewis Partnership, we’re transforming to create a Finance function that is truly world-class. This is another step in our evolution, designed to ensure we’re creating great roles and careers for our Partners, whilst at the same time providing the business with the insight, challenge and control in order to deliver the Partnership’s strategy.
Our new organisation design allows us to be more agile and flexible, so we can continue to respond as our industry, and our world, changes. As part of our transformation, we’re excited to bring together our previous divisional teams to create a single, unified Finance function to support both our brands – John Lewis and Waitrose.
What benefits will I receive when I join?
It’s a fantastic time to join the Partnership. We have two very strong brands, John Lewis and Waitrose, and as the retail world is changing around us, we’re continually evolving our strategy and our proposition, to lead the way in meeting the needs of our customers and to stay ahead of our competitors.
Because of this, we’re able to offer industry leading benefits. These include a share in the profits, subsidised learning, access to exclusive Partner Hotels, a Partnership discount card and free access to many UK Heritage sites. Discover our full range of benefits.
Our ultimate purpose is to ensure the happiness of all our people throughout meaningful employment. We ensure this by making you a co-owner in our business, which means sharing the responsibilities as well as the rewards – profit, knowledge and power. Find out more about The Partnership Difference.
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