Head of Finance - Systems, Data and Control - 12m

  • London
  • Sainsburys

Head of Finance - Systems, Data and Control - 12M FTC

  • 12 Month Fixed Term Contract (230000KR)
  • What I need to do I represent finance across the group
  • Manage and maintain all Data Model hierarchies and supporting system functionalities to accurately support the production of key internal and external reports.
  • Chairing the Data Model Advisory Board meeting and owning the process to facilitate updates to the data model and ensuring all controls and governance are followed.
  • Support the completion of period end, yearend, latest view, and budget activities.
  • Manage and develop a team.

I work effectively cross-functionally

  • Be a positive, pro-active, and challenging business partner to Finance stakeholders and Tech, striving for shared success whilst holding them to account.
  • Be clear on specific deadlines and sequencing and manage business partners, stakeholders, and leadership to deliver on-time.

I lead change through communication and managing to deadlines

  • Ensure all processes and governance documentation is diligently maintained and communicated when required.
  • Working with Finance Transformation workstream business leads to support and contribute the successfully delivery of sustainable change but also understand changing needs and manage expectations.
  • Working with Financial Reporting to build a robust and efficient statutory reporting process that aligns with the Group’s Data Model.
  • Following the governance around changes, to ensure there is a clear audit trail that is documented.

I use my judgement and experience to make recommendations and decisions

  • Have a continuous mindset in improving processes and driving change in the most effective way presenting options to leadership and make a recommendation based on relative merits.

I achieve the right balance of immediate and long-term requirements

  • Effectively prioritise to ensure short and long-term success including effective dependency management of BAU activities and the dependencies on the Finance Transformation project pipeline.

Work effectively with 3 rd parties

  • Seek as much external advice, input, and guidance from 3rd parties as possible.
  • Where third parties are engaged, be clear on their deliverables and manage them to successful delivery.

I establish a vision and constantly revisit it

  • Establish a vision for the department within my area and communicate it, revisit it regularly and update it when appropriate.
  • How I will succeed- Understanding that success is about process and structural change, rather than just technology implementation.
  • Work effectively across the whole Group to successfully embed process and accounting changes within acceptable timeframes
  • Communicate relentlessly
  • Be positive and resilient
  • Use judgement to escalate as early as possible when appropriate.
  • Be a positive and challenging member of the finance Systems Team and share in its success and leadership.
  • Have a continuous Improvement mindset
  • What I need to know Essential
  • A good understanding of transaction processing and accounting across the group
  • What the various data sources are which feed our existing sub-ledgers and accounting tool
  • Understanding of chart of accounts hierarchies and how its supports internal and external reporting requirements.
  • A good understanding of the control requirements for a high-volume transaction processing environment


  • An understanding of the benefits of software as a service technology
  • Knowledge of the Tech operating model.
  • What I need to show- We are trusting each other working together :Exemplary leadership behaviours in working across the finance community, with Tech and with 3rd parties to deliver our desired outcomes.
  • We are making it simpler :Reviewing and improving processes and knowledge sharing across the team
  • We are delivering great service, driving sales :Provide best in class support in the delivery of key internal and external activities, such as period end, Year end and Budget.
  • We are making it happen :Relentlessly delivery focussed with great judgement around escalation and incident management.
  • We are treating every pound as our own :A clear appreciation of the balance of appropriate investment and on-time delivery on continuous improvements.
  • We are cheering on our progress :Be pro-active in celebrating success across Finance.
  • Resources available to me- D&T finance team
  • SMEs within finance
  • Additional permanent/interim resource where appropriate.
  • SME input from 3rd parties
  • Agile coaching

Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours, giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.


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