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Finance Data Analyst in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 6/14/2018

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Job Description

HarperCollins is one of the UK's foremost, diverse and innovative multi-platform publishers. We publish a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction, to block-busting thrillers and from fantasy literature to children's literature and enduring classics. We also publish a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, celebrity memoirs, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, maps, reference titles and education books, and our digital business is thriving. With nearly 200 years of history, we publish some of the world's foremost authors, from Nobel prize-winners to worldwide bestsellers. In addition, we also publish the works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Our Group Finance team are looking for a Finance Data Analyst to join them. As part of the Data Analysis team the successful candidate will provide timely and accurate reporting of sales data to the business. In addition to preparing recurring periodic sales reports, work with senior finance staff to produce ad hoc pieces of analysis as required by the business. The Finance Data Analyst will ensure that all digital revenues are accurately reflected in the accounts of the business, including the accurate and prompt processing of monthly digital invoicing data.

This role would suit someone with a strong numerical aptitude wishing to start their career in finance, and with a willingness to take responsibility for a distinct area of the business as well as develop and improve processes.


Billed and Consumer Sales Reporting

  • Processing all sales data files received from physical retailers
  • Prepare and distribute various daily, weekly and monthly sales reports to the wider business

Ad hoc Sales Reporting

  • Using database tools to retrieve sales data
  • Assistance in developing new sales reporting tools

Monthly digital processing

  • Processing all sales files received from ebook retailers and intercompany
  • Liaising with any retailers to resolve issues
  • Identifying any affiliate company titles within reporting and passing data and revenue through intercompany to affiliate company
  • Calculating commission payable on sales of UK titles in affiliate territories
  • Setting up new customers

Calculating accrued digital income

  • Due to the delay in receiving data from retailers, calculate an estimate of revenue in the month by using weekly epos data

Monthly reporting

  • Preparation of monthly P&Ls for the digital business

Ad hoc assistance

  • Assist Sales & Commercial Operations Manager on various ad hoc tasks

Key Skills/Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Some work experience in similar financial environment would be desirable
  • Working knowledge of Excel
  • Basic finance double entry
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to process large amount of data accurately and quickly
  • Knowledge of Hyperion, Business Objects or similar database query tools would be desirable
  • Co-operative and able to establish relationships with colleagues both international and within the wider group
  • Able to converse effectively with senior finance staff
  • Able to convey financial information to non-finance staff
  • Curious and self-motivated

We're based in the News Building which we share with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the newly-established London Bridge Quarter, opposite the famous Borough Market. Our new open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and a collaborative approach, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous canteen floor and book shop.

Please apply via the link below with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.

WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.

LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.

LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.

LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.

INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.


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