Covance Financial Analyst and Business Support in Harrogate, United Kingdom

Job Overview

Financial Analyst and Business Support

We’re currently recruiting for a Financial Analyst to be based at our site in Harrogate, North Yorkshire . This is a full-time, permanent position.

As a Financial Analyst, you will have an active involvement in the preparation of the annual operating budget and a twelve month rolling forecast on a monthly basis, for various Global Support and SG&A (Selling, General and Administrative Expense) areas, the largest of which being GCO (Global Commercial Organization). This entails working with Functional Management to ensure accuracy of expense forecasts including headcount projections and ensuring effective modelling processes are used to predict other expense items. Effective communication and coordination of forecasts and projections is also required. At month-end the Financial Analyst will work with Controllership to ensure actuals are checked and any variances to forecast are understood and communicated. Experience with Hyperion will be an advantage.

When supporting global functions, reporting should be developed to help Managers monitor their Functions in an appropriate global view and to help monitor their function’s effectiveness. The Financial Analyst will also be responsible for supporting SG&A on ad-hoc strategic projects as needed.

  • Plan, develop, and prepare annual operating budget and monthly expense forecasts.

  • Prepare information for budget presentations, support required budget and forecast submissions to Corporate.

  • Build and maintain close relationships and partner with key business leaders to ensure that they have a good understanding of their business and financial drivers.

  • Prepare and review global month-end business performance reports for departmental meetings.

  • Work with Functional Managers to develop operational metrics to monitor performance of the Departments.

Education / Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree plus professional Accountancy qualification.

  • We will consider candidates studying towards their professional Accountancy qualification.


  • Current experience in Financial Planning & Analysis; Budgeting, Forecasting and Planning.

  • Extensive knowledge and ability to use Excel, databases, and Powerpoint. Experience with Hyperion would be advantageous.

  • Ability to convey ideas clearly and effectively in written and verbal communications

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of management and non-management staff.

  • Highly motivated, takes initiative, has excellent planning or organization skills.

Job Number 2018-21857

Job Category Finance

Position Type Full-Time

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