Finance Business Partner

  • 240 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NW, UK
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

About Informa Markets

We organize over 500 large-scale branded and transaction-oriented events in 14 specialist markets. These are typically not-to-be-missed annual events where buyers and sellers build relationships, see and show products and do business. We also provide year-round online platforms where companies showcase their businesses and products and buyers conduct research, generating valuable leads, and we provide data and digital content that supports the flow of knowledge and transactions in markets. 


Job Description

What we’re looking for:

The Finance Business Partner is a trusted partner to the commercial teams, using a deep understanding of Informa’s products, markets, customers and processes to drive business strategies and results. Operating in a culture of accountability and continuous improvement, the VP Finance uses commercial insight and analytical skills to grow the business and constructively challenge the status quo.


Role Accountability and Duties:   

Budget process

  • Responsible for submission of timely, accurate and commercially focused budget and forecasting, in line with agreed templates and timetables
  • Challenge commercial team on business issues and revenue/cost assumptions, including demonstrable ROI on all costs incurred
  • Work with commercial team to identify key commercial issues and ensure commentary highlights these issues concisely
  • Anticipate likely review questions and answer them in advance (with supporting analysis where appropriate)

 Cost and investment appraisal

  • Demonstrate a deep, fundamental understanding of all costs in product and portfolio P&Ls, including investment/capex
  • Be able to clearly advise and communicate the reasons for incurring costs, demonstrating financial/commercial returns
  • Review and challenge cost budgets from a granular zero-base (i.e. building from scratch, not rolling forward prior year)
  • Prepare and challenge investment/business cases
  • Understand the importance/priority of each cost line so that savings can be made to fund investment

Physical & Digital Event/Product planning

  • Provide commercial and strategic insight and analysis to the business in setting product/portfolio strategy
  • Take shared responsibility – with commercial team – for ensuring event plans are delivered on time and in line with agreed template
  • Liaise with internal JV partners and external partners to agree event plan strategies, financials and timetables
  • Ensure best practice is followed when preparing plans, using experience across multiple events/portfolios
  • Support decisions/recommendations with accurate and relevant data
  • Work with commercial team – for setting pricing and re-book targets

 M&A proposals

  • Work with commercial team to create projections and estimate synergies
  • Shared responsibility – working with commercial team – for producing integration plan
  • Work with SSC as needed

Event launches

  • Shared responsibility – working with commercial team – for evaluating attractiveness of launches
  • Help commercial team to create projections based on underlying market data and customer segmentation
  • Prepare launch proposals using Group template

 Revenue accruals

  • Review and approve any revenue accruals
  • Ensure third party contracts are place and approved by Legal
  • Ensure commercial team and the Finance Team have copies of contracts with third parties

 Cost accruals

  • Review balance sheet on a monthly basis
  • Approve significant items flagged by Finance Team
  • Work with Finance Team to determine risks/upsides on a quarterly basis and make timely adjustments to P&L
  • Ensure material releases do not come as a surprise to FD/CFO

 Month end reporting

  • Review and approve month end flash report highlighting key variances
  • Review and approve month end performance bridges
  • Provide relevant and concise commercial commentary to central team

 Sales commissions

  • Review and approve sales commission payments
  • Ensure commission structures and targets aligned to deliver budget and strategic goals

 Capital expenditure

  • Shared responsibility – working with commercial team – for creating clear and concise capex proposals, including financial returns, cash flow, implementation and risks
  • Challenge commercial team on assumptions and returns

 Sales reporting

  • Review and approve weekly sales report, ensuring it includes concise commentary on trading vs target and risks/upsides
  • Raise trading issues with commercial teams and propose solutions for material variances

 Audit and compliance

  • Support external and internal audit processes as necessary


  • Commercial agility: able to use technical accounting and analytical skills to highlight data trends and deliver business results
  • Customer orientation: able to develop a deep understanding of products and markets, as well as the needs of customers and other stakeholders
  • Operational excellence: able to instill a strong and seamless control environment, developing and using KPIs to support growth and tightly manage costs
  • Technology: has a good understanding of reporting systems and analysis tools to provide commercial insight
  • High performance: able to contribute to the success of a high performing team, communicating effectively with others and influencing in a matrix without direct authority
  • Professional qualifications: ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified with at least 3 years subsequent experience

Additional Information

We offer:

  • Competitive Compensation Package
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning and other development/training opportunities
  • Health and Wellness Benefits (medical, dental, eye)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Generous PTO policy
  • Work-life balance
  • Additional discounts through various partnerships

We know that sometimes the 'perfect candidate' doesn't exist, and that people can be put off applying for a job if they don't fit all the requirements. If you're excited about working for us and have most of the skills or experience we're looking for, please go ahead and apply. You could be just what we need! We believe strongly in the value of diversity and creating supportive, inclusive environments where our colleagues can succeed.  As such, Informa is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics under federal, state or local law. 

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