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Senior Commercial Analyst Full Time

at River Island in Hanger Lane Station (Published at 12-10-2017)

With more than 60 years of history in the bag, ours is a brand with an impressive heritage. Style is well and truly in our blood. As well as UK and Ireland, we are represented globally through our stores in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our e-commerce business is helping to set the trend globally, shipping to 125 countries whilst also growing our presence on the world’s leading digital fashion marketplaces.

Our people make all the difference. Just as the River Island name pulls customers in off the high street and inspires them to buy online, our employer brand turns the heads of talented people, inspiring them to join, stay and grow with us.

River Island is embarking on an exciting journey as the business further invests to capitalise on the growth of digital and the Commercial Finance team sits at the heart of this decision making.

With the Head of Commercial Finance having joined the team at the end of 2016, the Commercial Finance team is working closely with senior stakeholders and commercial teams to drive the right decisions and ensure River Island is making the right decisions to continue to grow into the future.

This is a new role that recognises the need for further financial analysis across the business with a focus on analysing the fast-growing Digital channels and associated marketing spend.

Whether it be investing in marketing, in new countries, with new partners, or analysing the rapidly growing existing markets for opportunities, this is a great role working closely with the business teams to influence and drive decisions.

Key Responsibilities

Proactively providing insightful and influential Financial Analysis to influence commercial decisions.

To demonstrate the improved profitability because of these decisions

Influence the prioritisation of investment to maximise growth and optimise efficiencies

The role

Develop a strong understanding of the business, identifying opportunities to improve efficiency, drive sales, improve margin and reduce costs.

Develop close and trusted working relationships with commercial and finance stakeholders to support for decision making.

Ad hoc and proactive analysis to influence decisions

Analyse and make recommendations for investment which lead to operational efficiencies and drive sales/margin

Understand key performance drivers and identify opportunities to improve performance

Assess the success of investments and initiatives with recommendations.

WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING and we know exactly what experience we’re looking for!

+3 years post qualified experience

Possess strong analytical skills and demonstrate the ability to give clear conclusions and make compelling recommendations

Ability to work using own initiative in a fast-paced dynamic environment

Excellent communication skills

Confidence to challenge and manage priorities across multiple senior stakeholders

Experience in producing business cases and making recommendations

Proficient in Excel to an intermediate level

Ability to work to tight deadlines whilst maintaining high levels of accuracy

Commercial experience in FMCG/Retail/Digital essential


If you are ambitious and love working in a busy environment where every day is new, then River Island is the place to be! As a business, we are committed to developing our talent and offer a fantastic training program to help you optimise your performance and support your career progression with the company.

You will be working with industry experts who are passionate about our brand and really know their stuff. They are focused on ensuring they deliver this knowledge to their team to support with their development with the business. What better way to learn and develop your career than alongside someone who has been there and done it themselves!

Our working environment is busy, fast moving and responsive to our customers’ needs, much like our training which is unique to our business and reflective of our fun and refreshing brand and our people within it! Our River Academy offers ongoing training and development by running workshops throughout the year varying from courses focusing on softer skills to the more technical courses you may require to perform your duties.

It’s not all work and no play here eitherwe all work hard but we also like to have fun too! We are a social bunch and regularly host events ranging from summer and Christmas parties, bake offs, and lots of charity events

WE LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHERand in doing so, we provide great benefits for our employees:

50% staff discount


Pension scheme


Discounted on-site gym

On-site staff shop

Subsidised canteen

Free onsite parking

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