Commercial Finance Manager

Job Type Finance
Location London - Victoria
Additional Locations Bracknell Campus
Partnership Level 6
Closing Date 09/10/2022
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £57,000.00 - £83,700.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35 hours per week


We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.


Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

What’s the role about?


As a Commercial Finance Manager you will play a pivotal role within the JLP Commercial Finance team, you’ll have the responsibility for driving the business to deliver the key financial outcomes set out in the Partnership Plan. You will provide influential insight in order to assist business leaders in making well-informed commercial decisions, you’ll challenge the business to make improvements, such as challenging expenditure to maximise profit, improve financial performance and deliver on the Partnership goals. 

The role also focuses on driving business decisions and subsequent actions in order to improve overall financial performance. You will be responsible for mitigating risks, maximising opportunities and investing in new capability / propositions. This is a highly proactive position which will see you be jointly responsible alongside Business leaders to develop plans to meet the financial targets and ensure business leaders understand the financial implications of the plan. You will also be working with our excellent team of Senior Finance Analysts & Finance Analysts, supporting their development and ensuring delivery of outcomes.

We currently have Permanent and Fixed Term Contract roles of up to 12 months available.


Why do our Commercial Finance Managers love working for us? 


The Commercial Finance team is at the heart of the Business and the breadth of our work means that someone can gain experience across a number of different areas such as Grocery, Department stores, Customer, Property, Technology & Head Office, Financial Services or Supply chain. As a large pan-partnership team it is also a great place to work with a strong team ethos and a supportive culture for Partners. 


Flexible working


We know flexible working is important to you, and it is important to us too. The Partnership has adopted a blended working approach meaning you'll be able to work a mixture between the office and home based upon your personal needs whilst balancing the needs of the business. The Commercial Finance team aim for around 2 days a week in the office to connect and on a more ad-hoc basis to attend key meetings but we are flexible on this. The role could also be based at either our Bracknell or Victoria campus based on your preference.


 Day to day, what will you be doing?

  • You will be accountable for the financial performance for your assigned business area - driving financial performance in service of the Partnership Plan through utilising performance insight, commercial analysis and your own financial expertise and commercial acumen

  • You will ensure recommendations provided to improve financial performance are acted upon by senior business stakeholders, driving incremental financial value

  • You’ll be an expert in the business area your outcome relates to, the financial context in which it operates and the wider market and competitor context. You’ll be responsible for the delivery of high quality verbal and written outputs to communicate insight, recommendations and influence decisions with stakeholders at all levels of seniority, providing appropriate ‘storytelling’, influence and challenge to drive effective decision making.

What you'll have

  • Proactive and collaborative approach, strategic thinking, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to liaise with and influence stakeholders to achieve desired business outcomes

  • Highly organised, structured and analytical. Ability to analyse complex data sets to derive meaningful insights for decision making

  • Finance or Accounting qualification with post qualified experience


What else could you bring? 

  • Experience of large scale multi-site and/or omnichannel retailing or FMCG.

For internal partners only - Please view the job outline here




We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site -

Attachment: Job Outline_ Commercial Finance Manager.pdf 


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