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Head of IT Finance & Cost Management Full Time

at SSE plc London in London (Published at 30-05-2021)

Base Location: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Reading, Southampton

£64,100 - £96,100 + car / allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern:
Permanent | Full Time | Flexible working options available

What is the role?

Within IT, we are building out our Digital Strategy Transformation and Commercial (DSTC) team, which is responsible for defining and executing IT's strategic direction, enabling the digital transformation of the SSE Group and optimising the commercial performance of the IT business as a whole. Reporting to the Director of DSTC, this is a critical new role where you'll bring together the finance and cost management activities within IT with the objective of driving improved cost management, transparency, budgeting and forecasting. You'll be responsible for optimising and continually improving the existing processes and systems.

You'll take key responsibility for:-

  • Managing the annual and quarterly planning and budgeting cycle across the Group and Central IT, and inputting to the annual Central Group Finance budget planning processes providing recommendations to the CIO and CFO.

  • Delivering transparent and tight cost control across the entire IT function through driving down hardware and software costs through analysis of usage, and managing vendor relationships to optimise purchasing power.

  • Defining value measures linked to key business deliverables, and facilitating evolving and effective financial and operational reporting for IT stakeholders, ultimately driving progress towards self-service reporting.

  • Defining IT Financial Management services, acting as they key engagement point for functional leads and BUs.

  • Producing IT Financial Management communications, continuous improvement and change management activities.

What do I need?

A qualified accountant, you'll bring experience operating in a similarly senior role, where you have established effective ways of working and implementing financial planning systems and processes. This should include management experience in a Financial Planning capacity coupled with demonstrable cost management expertise.

We'd also like you to have experience of:-

  • Building financial management information reporting and dashboards, and the ability to work with senior stakeholders to distil complex information into business-aligned metrics.

  • Working with IT specific finance and cost management systems.

  • Working with large, complex data sets and the ability to build solutions based on complex cost models. A good understanding of using appropriate systems in data creation, modelling and reporting is essential.

  • Delivering allocations and recharging to Business Units (preferably in an Operations or IT function).

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and knowledge of technological and financial terminologies.

  • Excellent stakeholder management skills demonstrated by the ability to influence, motivate and encourage others, across all levels.

About our Business

SSE IT underpins the technology needs of all the different businesses that make up the SSE group. From emerging technologies to data and analytics to cyber security - we power SSE's growth and enable it to generate value, while keeping it secure. As a trusted business partner that helps SSE lead in a low carbon world, we are proud of our service. Working for SSE IT is all about equipping SSE for now and the future.

Life at SSE

If you're considering a career with us, you're probably wondering what's in it for you? From health and wellness to finances and family, we're proud of our benefits package which includes 34 days holiday (plus the option to buy additional days), enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted healthcare and a wide range of offers via our SSE Advantage scheme.

At SSE we're proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself. We take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if it's not safe, we don't do it'.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application and assessment process, and upon joining SSE.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact [email protected] / 01738 341390.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.


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