Logistics Finance Analyst

Date: 11 May 2024

Location: High Wycombe, GB

Company: Hovis

Welcome to Hovis. We are the proud guardians of over 130 years of baking experience that make up our iconic and much-loved brand. We produce bread and bakery products created with Hovis goodness at the heart of each. We deliver around 1.3million loaves, every day of the week throughout the UK and Ireland, where we also make Mothers Pride and Ormo products.


We are 2,800 people working within 8 bakeries, 1 flour mill, and 2 regional distribution centres across the UK. Our success is a result of the hard work of our people;  they are experts in their field whether it’s baking, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, or the many departments within the central functions team based in our head office in High Wycombe. We are a values-led business and expect our colleagues to live, breathe, and embed Quality, Accountability, and Trust into their ways of working.


The role:


Directly support the Senior Supply Chain Finance Manager in managing the reporting and forecasting processes within the logistics and third-party logistics operations. Supporting the cost agenda within the logistics business directorate. The Finance Analyst will support the Site Operational teams to create value through insight and analysis.


Business Partnering:


  • Works closely with site operational teams to drive performance through insight and analysis.
  • Partner the logistics projects team, providing necessary financial inputs when required.
  • Communicate with the operational teams, building strong relationships and cross-functional working.




  • Provide insight and analysis for the weekly flash and monthly reporting.
  • Provide relevant financial insight on KPI analysis and labour utilisation.
  • Analyse data sets to measure and asses risks and opportunities for the logistics function.




  • Analyse and effectively communicate the spend position and how it can be managed efficiently and effectively to key stakeholders.
  • Ability and confidence to discuss and present financial results to non-finance stakeholders.


Financial Planning and Reporting:


  • Timely Reporting and financial variance analysis.
  • Knowledgeable in finance management, able to review and report on balance sheet and P&L activity drivers.
  • Recognises value of performance in how it impacts financials, builds flexible finance performance modelling to show opportunity across supply chain end to end.




  • Making sure that the monthly accounts reflect an accurate view of performance
  • Provide financial control with all relevant backup required during the monthly accounting cycle
  • Ensure all monthly journals are accurate and auditable
  • Balance sheet reconciliations


Key Outputs / Metrics


  • Weekly/Monthly KPI reporting
  • Balance Sheet Reconciliations
  • Accruals and Prepayment Schedules
  • Monthly Accounts production by WD2
  • Monthly Report packs available by WD7
  • Weekly Overheads reporting
  • Weekly Labour reporting
  • Annual budgets and forecast inputs


Key Relationships


  • Senior Supply Chain Finance Manager
  • Supply Chain Financial Controller
  • Logistics Director
  • Site Operational Teams
  • SC Finance team
  • Colleagues/peers in Finance
  • Financial control/wider Finance functions



Ideal Experiences / Qualifications / Capabilities:




  • Part qualified/studying towards accountancy qualification – ACA/ ACCA/ CIMA.
  • Good analytical skills, a passion for metrics and figures, and the ability to get into the details, while also seeing and understanding the bigger picture.
  • A real attention to detail and a commitment to deliver a high level of accuracy.
  • Site based experience is preferable.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and work to tight deadlines.
  • Integrity and honesty.
  • Confident user of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel to sites when required.




  • Have worked within a finance supply chain role previously.
  • FMCG or manufacturing environment experience desirable.


Why work for us and our benefits:


At Hovis, we understand the importance of looking after our colleagues, so we provide a variety of benefits in addition to their salaries. The benefits we provide at Hovis are as varied as the people who receive them but they are offered with the intention of creating value to them personally over and above their salaries

  • There are a range of colleague benefits available, which individuals can select based on their needs.
  • Our benefits scheme is called Hovis Choice, which offers a variety of savings and cashback offers on day to day living and much more including eyecare vouchers, and a healthcare scheme to suit everyone.  It also includes our Cycle to Work scheme where you can obtain a brand new bike at a significant saving
  • We offer enhanced annual leave and maternity/paternity leave, and flexibility where possible in order to create a healthy work-life balance
  • We celebrate loyalty with our generous long service and colleague recognition schemes
  • We offer three levels of pensions


Hovis values diversity and is committed to promoting equal opportunities in the workplace. Every job applicant, employee or worker will be treated fairly and equally with dignity and respect regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status,

pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, social class, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, union membership, political opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.