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Date: 10-Jun-2021

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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Financial Analyst to join the dynamic finance team at Hovis HQ in High Wycombe.  Reporting to the Senior Finance Manager, you will have line management responsibility and will be responsible for the forecasting and reporting of the Group’s SG&A spend as well as being a key support on the forecasting and reporting of the Group’s cashflow.  The role will have direct exposure to the Finance Director and other Senior Leaders in the business.


This is a great opportunity for a finalist or recently qualified accountant to join a unique business, which has an established brand, private equity backing and an entrepreneurial mindset.  The Finance team is an integral and trusted part of the Hovis business and we will be looking for a collaborative, positive and energetic individual to join our friendly and supportive team. 


Key Accountabilities  


  • Lead the SG&A, Exceptional Spend & other central budget and forecasting activity, ensuring accurate and timely submission with detailed analysis and understanding around spend activity and variances to previous forecasts.
  • Manage the month end process to ensure reporting of central and Exceptional spend is accurate, and variances to budget and forecast are understood and communicated to the relevant business partners in a timely manner.
  • Analysing the month end performance on central costs and Exceptional spend, latest forecast or budget, and preparing the explanatory decks for the Monthly Business Review, Exec Meetings and Board Meetings
  • Key support for the bi-annual forecasting of cashflow, reviewing and consolidating inputs from others and advising on overall cashflow KPIs.
  • Manage and develop one direct report (junior PQ)



  • Finalist or recently qualified Accountant – ACCA, CIMA or ACA
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise workload in order deliver high quality work to tight deadlines
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel
  • Team player with positive attitude

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 is 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 competitive annual leave entitlement 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.