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Senior Financial Analyst

Canada Life Limited
Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jun 2, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Canada Life UK looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.

Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life UK has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.

Canada Life UK is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.

Job Purpose
  • Responsible for key financial analysis for both operating and project activities on a timely, incorporating all UK entities, multi-locations and across all business units including Insurance, Home Finance, Wealth Management and Asset Management and Shared Services functions including presentation to Executive senior management for the UK Division.
  • Using strong commercial awareness and knowledge of the UK division businesses to manage a robust and timely monthly, quarterly, and annual analysis of financial data including presentation to Executive senior management for the UK Division incorporating all entities, locations, businesses, and functions.
  • Production of timely, relevant, and reliable management and board information for the UK Division and all respective UK entities and businesses derived from a single "version of the truth", applying finance acumen and understanding of the UK Division business, in order to support the UK and Great-West Lifeco (GWL) management to make sound business decisions.
  • Responsible for the preparation and review of analytical reports that serve as summary information for senior leadership team (SLT) and business partners. Analyse actual costs and variance against budget, and ensure senior management are fully informed.
  • Develop appropriate MI to show true key performance indicators for SLT. Responsible for the periodic preparation of reports covering functional areas and analysis of data critical to the business.
  • Determine costs of operations by establishing standard costs and collecting operational data.
  • Responsible for identifying relevant insights and compiling analytical reports that enable SLT to make sound decisions
  • Responsible for monthly financial MI packs and associated processes
  • Establishing and enforcing policies and procedures, providing trends and forecasts, explaining processes, and recommending actions
  • Analyses expenses, monitors variance, identifies trends, recommends actions to management team and SLT.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Technical Expertise
  • Strong commercial awareness and understanding of the needs of the business. Will be able to apply technical accounting techniques and understand business/commercial implications
  • Understand complex data and information with the ability to interpret and recommend commercially astute courses of action; constructively challenging and helping develop others' thinking and understanding.
  • Proven ability to lead projects, to deliver on-time, in-full.
  • Strong communication skills, demonstrating a clear and articulate standard of written and verbal communication in a complex environment, tailored for all levels of management.
  • Strong ability to adapt messages to the audience in a format that is easily understood by non-technical colleagues
Relationship Building
  • The ability to develop and maintain strong relationships across the finance function, acting with integrity and always role-modelling the company values.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to maintain a variety of relationships with multiple stakeholders,
Taking Initiative
  • Sound problem solving skills and attention to detail with demonstrable ability in spotting issues, interdependencies and challenges to ensure work is produced to an accurate, commercial and informed standard.
  • Self-motivated, well-organised, pragmatic, and able to perform tasks independently.
Developing Self and Others
  • An interested and inquisitive individual who is committed to their own ongoing professional and personal development
Benefits of working at Canada Life

We believe in recognising and rewarding our people, so we offer a competitive salary and benefits package that's regularly reviewed. As a Canada Life UK colleague, you'll receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including a generous pension and bonus scheme, along with, income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance. We have a fantastic number of other benefits and support services as well as regular personal and professional development.

How we work at Canada Life

Our culture is unique and incredibly important to us. We care about doing the right thing for our people, customers and community and helping others to build better futures. Our blueprint behaviours shape and influence how we work, and are central to the relationships we have with others. Every day we are encouraged to be more curious, own the outcome, face into things together and find a way forward.

We want colleagues to have rewarding careers with us so we invest in the development of our people, technology and workplaces. That's why we offer a range of training, flexible working and opportunities to grow and develop.

Diversity and inclusion

Building an inclusive workplace with a diverse workforce where everyone can feel they belong and achieve their potential regardless of gender, ethnicity or any other characteristic is a key commitment for us. We are proud of the progress we're making in DEI, and we continue for it to be a significant focus.

"At Canada Life we believe in the power of great people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives coming together to build better futures. Emerging talent is crucial to our growth and creating an environment that continues to inspire us all." Nick Harding, Chief People Officer, Canada Life UK

We appreciate that everyone has different work and life responsibilities. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements, including part time, for any of our roles should this be a requirement for.

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