Our market leading, award winning 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 play a key role in looking after the numbers to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the business. But it’s not just the numbers. They manage and report on every aspect of our business, safeguarding our assets and operating appropriate financial controls.
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 the John Lewis Partnership.
Find out from current Partners about the opportunities that working in Finance has to offer:
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.
Finance Operations is a fast-paced, dynamic function made up of a number of different teams, with around 180 Partners who, between us, deliver high volume transactional processing and accounting services for the whole of the John Lewis Partnership group. Together, we pride ourselves on both the quality and efficiency of the services that we offer.
Finance Operations is an excellent place to learn and develop a broad range of core finance skills whilst also getting to understand the nuts and bolts of many of our core business processes. We have an excellent track record for developing talent from a diverse range of backgrounds both inside and outside of the Partnership, including school leavers, returning parents, career changes and current finance professionals.
Whilst each of our teams within Finance Operations has a specific function, we have a culture that promotes and supports agile working between teams, giving our Partners a fantastic range of career development opportunities.
FP Processing & Payments: This team is split between Goods for Resale (GFR) and Goods Not for Resale (GNFR) & Payments.
FP Service Centre: This is our primary finance contact hub which manages inbound queries from suppliers and Partners who require assistance with transactional activity relating to supplier accounts, including debt collection activity. You’ll be responsible for delivering training on our key financial systems such as iProcurement and iExpenses.
FP Compliance & Reporting: This team is responsible for supplier account administration and assurance, covering the creation and modification of account information, compliance and support. They also provide reporting for key deliverables. You’ll deliver a range of focused business reporting, execute key financial controls, as well as complete aspects around both month-end accounting and balance sheet reconciliations.
Payroll Finance: This team is responsible for the accurate and timely processing of all Partnership payrolls, including core UK and Channel Islands Partner payrolls and our Pensioner payroll. You’ll field pay-related queries, and operates associated key financial controls, reports and reconciliations.
General Accounting: You’ll provide specialist accounting services to support the timely delivery and integrity of assigned income statements and balance sheet accounts.
Fixed Assets: You’ll be responsible for accounting for all Fixed Asset and Oracle Project related transactions. Specific activities include project set up and amendment, project closure, capitalisation and asset disposals.
Cash Management & Branch Processing: Provide back office support to the Treasury team, Cash Management and Branch Processing (CMBP). You’ll get involved in the monitoring and reconciling of the flow of cash in and out of the business, Electronic Fund Transfers and other tender types from point of sale to receipt of funds into the bank accounts.
What are the key attributes that you need to work in our teams?
We take great pride in recruiting and developing talented individuals into Finance Operations who progress both within and beyond our teams. You can find former Financial Operations Partners from our teams throughout our Partnership Finance organisation, from management roles to Analysts supporting Commercial teams.
Apply now to join us in Financial Operations.
This team provides independent and objective assurance to the Audit & Risk Committee on the effectiveness of the Partnership’s systems of risk management and internal control. We work across the Partnership to help protect value and influence value creation in relation to areas of strategic, operational, financial, data, regulatory and programme risk.
What will I do in Internal Audit?
The team are responsible for developing and delivering a risk based work-plan that challenges the extent to which management are effectively and efficiently managing risks, issues and change opportunities to the Partnership’s success. This is to ensure we land the change needed in a fast–paced retail environment.
Internal Auditors joining the team should expect to work across all of these areas. You’ll build technical knowledge of risk and control, a strong understanding of the business and develop a range of soft skills that enables you to have influence and impact at all levels.
As you progress through the team from an Internal Auditor role to a Senior Internal Auditor, Manager or Senior Manager role, you’ll continue to build your skillset. This includes taking on increased responsibility for delivery and team leadership and development, starting to specialise and providing greater insight to our stakeholders.
By joining the Partnership’s award-winning Internal Audit team (IIA Awards 2018 – Overall Winner – Outstanding Team – Private Sector), you’ll join a team that is challenging, supportive and highly collaborative.
Apply now to join us in Internal Audit.
The CoPRA team is the Centre of Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis for the John Lewis Partnership. With over 80 Partners, the team delivers planning and reporting activities and are the central hub for targeted financial analysis across the Partnership.
There are a number of roles in the CoPRA team, which fall under the following brackets:
CoPRA focuses on balancing the needs of working hand in glove with our two brands: Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners. Working with the Group function, you’ll join a fun and dynamic environment where best practices, deep industry expertise, knowledge sharing, and collective efficiency are at the heart of delivery.
What will I do in CoPRA?
By joining the CoPRA team, you will be part of the central financial hub for the Partnership who work flexibly to gain broad commercial experience as well as financial expertise in specific activities (e.g. planning) and functions (e.g. Supply Chain). Specifically, you will be responsible for:
The team is led by a Head of Department with a number of Senior Finance Managers who collectively make up the CoPRA senior Leadership team. This leadership group is extended to include several Finance Manager roles including a Resource Manager.
The Analyst pool holds the majority of roles in CoPRA. This includes Senior Finance Analysts, Finance Analysts and Analysts, with the roles differentiated by the level of experience, functional knowledge and leadership capability required to be successful in each. Your experience will determine what level you join the CoPRA team, with a large number of Partners moving through the structure as opportunities open up.
The CoPRA structure itself enables Partners to gain exposure to both brands within the Partnership, and to a variety of disciplines across Finance. There is active support for development rotations to different areas and we are committed to supporting career progression within the Partnership.
Apply now to join us in CoPRA.
Our Risk Managers provide insight, challenge and support to the Executive Team, Management Boards and senior leadership. The role of this team is to make risk informed decisions in the pursuit of the Partnership’s, Divisional and Functional strategies.
What will I do in Risk Management?
You’ll be responsible for developing and embedding a consistent risk management framework across the Partnership to provide a systematic approach to identify, assess, manage and monitor risks. We provide insight and reporting to leadership teams, Management Boards, the Executive Team, Audit & Risk Committee and Partnership Board.
By joining this team, you’ll work across all areas of the business and work directly with senior Leadership teams. You’ll build commercial knowledge of risk and mitigating activity and develop a range of soft skills that enables you to influence and have impact at all levels.
As you progress through the team, from Risk Manager to Senior Risk Manager, you will continue to build your skillset. This includes taking on increased responsibility for delivery and team leadership and development. In addition to the personal and professional development opportunities highlighted above, you can expect to join a vibrant, welcoming and challenging environment.
Apply now to join us in Risk Management.
The John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners Strategy teams work in partnership with business leaders and their teams to provide clarity, objectivity and strategic insight, to help them make the right decisions for the future.
What will I do in Strategy?
Working within a strategy role, you’ll oversee the development of the Partnership’s strategies while advising and supporting the senior Leadership team. Some of your duties will include:
Will I suit this team?
To work well within our Strategy team, you will ideally have experience from a strategic consulting or a commercial due diligence background or have held a similar role within another retailer. You should have strong analytical, written and spoken communication skills, experience in framing issues and structuring work to make clear recommendations and be able to influence stakeholders at all levels.
Our wider Strategy team also includes our Location Planning function which plays a vital role in making strategic decisions around where our business should locate our stores, ensuring that we can serve as many customers as possible.
Apply now to join us in Strategy.
The Tax team is a small team based in Victoria and Bracknell. Roles range from Analyst to Deputy Head of Tax.
What will I do in Tax?
Like with most of our financial roles, we look for individuals with relevant experience and qualifications. For most of our tax roles, you should be a qualified Accountant or Tax Adviser but for some positions we accept relevant experience. Qualities we look for are self-motivation, great people skills and a curious mind!
Apply now to join us in Tax.
The role of a Finance Business Partner is to focus on securing the long-term financial success of our business whilst delivering Principle 1 from the Partnership’s constitution. This is ‘the happiness of members through worthwhile employment in a successful business, sharing power, knowledge and profit’. We support the Leadership teams across the business and take joint accountability for the delivery of the Partnership’s strategic value.
With exciting yet challenging focus areas, we drive a pan-Partnership approach in everything we do to support the implementation of integrated objectives across our divisions and Head Office. We support the Partnership’s executive Leadership team within the brand strategies to highlight choices and risks, drawing out options rather than landing the finished article.
We also support with both capital and resource allocation reinvention, devise frameworks for the tracking and realisation of benefits, and support our stakeholders to deliver projects successfully, on time and on budget.
What will I do as a Finance Business Partner?
As a Finance Business Partner within our team, it’s your responsibility to deliver significant and continuous improvement. You’ll achieve this by:
We can offer a nurturing, collaborative and supportive environment which has a strong focus on team building and training and development. This role is ideal for decisive and confident Finance professionals who are skilled at building strong relationships. You should thrive on driving economic value by being tenacious, be bold and commercially savvy, and search for continuous improvement in everything you do.
Apply now to join us as a Finance Business Partner.
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 & Partners and Waitrose & Partners.
It’s a fantastic time to join the Partnership. We have two very strong brands – John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. 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.
You’ll find a wide range of full and part-time, temporary and permanent Finance vacancies available at our Head Office.
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