• Finance business partner

    London, closing date 15th Nov 2018

  • Job description


    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 decision support & challenge role partnering the Property, Retail and Retail support (e.g shop fit and Safety and loss) teams, covering UK, Ireland, International Stores & franchise business channel (300 + stores)

    Key Responsibilities

    • Influence future store strategy through analysis and challenge
    • Drive improved profitability through efficient cost base – identifying and analysing opportunities
    • Ad-hoc Commercial Analysis presented to RI Founder and other senior stakeholder
    • Support the Retail, Property and Finance stakeholders with accurate reporting and influential analysis
    • Provide financial support for the Retail / Property business areas
    • Evaluate opportunities and recommendations for investments and assess whether beneficial including store openings / new space and closures
    • Commercial Analysis with recommendations to drive improved profitability
    • Ownership of key reporting and analysis models – streamlining and ensuring fit for purpose
    • Work with commercial teams to annual budget and update periodic forecasts with the Retail and Property teams challenge assumptions, variances, and suggest areas for efficiencies and opportunities
    • Ownership of all Retail Mgmt accounts and reporting, analyse variances to budget/ prior year / forecast and provide associated insights on performance
    • Deliver store profitability analysis and forecasts

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

    • Confidence to challenge senior business partners
    • Commercial experience in FMCG/Retail preferred but not essential
    • Possess strong analytical skills and in particular can demonstrate the ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations
    • Excellent communication skills and strong team player
    • Relevant accounting qualification 4+ years post qualified experience
    • Management Accounting experience
    • Experience in commercial reporting – ability to challenge and streamline
    • Strong, quick and accurate Excel skills
    • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Interested in joining the team? Apply today

  • About River Island


      With over 300 stores in the UK and beyond, plus an award-winning online store, River Island isn’t just an icon of the British high street, but a fashion favourite across the world too. We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved so far. But it’s the future of our brand that excites us most. Our ambition is to become a leading multimarket, multichannel fashion brand for the mid-priced market. Bring your talent to River Island, and help us get there that little bit faster


      We’re renowned in the industry for seeking out and nurturing new talent. We’ve sponsored Graduate Fashion Week for six years running, helped to create London Fashion Week’s Fashion Film Festival, and collaborated with a number of up and coming designers, including global star and style icon Rihanna. All this and more is what’s earned us our reputation as the Designer Brand of the High Street. And what makes a career with us so thrilling.


    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 either…we 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

  • RI Rewards

    We believe in rewarding our people for a job well done. From pensions and bonuses to big staff discounts, there are all the things you’d expect from an international fashion brand like ours. And many more you wouldn’t, like flexible working hours, external discounts and healthcare provision.

    With such great Head Office facilities such as a gym, subsidised canteen, ample free parking and lots more, we make sure our staff are well looked after while at work.

    We're a social bunch too! Our legendary Chrismas parties are always a big event in the social calendar with a summer bash and loads of charity events to keep us going throughout the year.

    Early Finish Fridays are always a big hit throughout the summer months as well each pay day Friday.

    What we can offer depends on your role and your location, but one thing’s for sure. At River Island, you’ll always feel well thanked for your hard work and contribution to our success.

  • we look out for one another

    • 50% staff discount
    • Bonus
    • Pension scheme
    • Healthcare
    • On-site gym
    • On-site staff shop
    • Subsidised canteen
    • Free onsite parking
    • RI Perks at Work