Cost Planner (Project Finance Analyst)

  • Job Reference: 37921
  • Date Posted: 5 July 2024
  • Employer: idibu
  • Location: Reading
  • Salary: £46,000
  • Sector: Administration
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

In Team Digital, we’re planning for a future where the technology solutions we co-create and design enable us to achieve our goal of protecting our greatest natural resource and allowing our customers, communities and the environment to thrive.

As a team, our vision is to create an everyday digital experience for the people we serve - our customers - by putting them at the heart of everything we do. As part of our award-winning team, you’ll help the business become an intelligent, connected organisation to deliver our digital transformation and turnaround.

We are seeking an experienced Cost Planner (Project Finance Analyst) to be responsible for the preparation of accurate and timely financial information to support and enable the analysis and reporting of Thames Digital’s financial position.
Developing and managing the relationship with the programme managers and the delivery team will be key to this role.

What you will be doing as a Cost Planner (Project Finance Analyst)
  • Be accountable for all financial measurement and reporting within your portfolio of projects/programmes and support programme managers in preparing materials required for new investment requests.
  • You will ensure SAP is representative of all financial / outcome information and support Programme Managers in the development and management of the cost models, ensuring expenditure is within budgetary and funding control.
  • You will attend & support monthly finance reviews with key stakeholders, providing valuable input into meetings and challenging where necessary.
  • You will monitor financial progress on a monthly basis as well as alert the programme manager when control dates and costs are about to be breached.
  • You will review month-end actuals and forecasts and understand the implications against the budget/forecast.
  • You will liaise with the cost centre accountants and ensure correct charges/POs are raised and reported between CAPEX/OPEX.

What you should bring to the role?

We want to bring together a team of brilliant tech minds with game-changing ideas. We’re looking for people who will help us re-imagine the way we work and the way we get things done:
  • A truly digital mindset. Open to collaboration. Open to risk. Open to new ways of doing things.
  • Obsessed with data. Obsessed with excellence.
  • People who think and behave differently to the way we do. People who don’t want to just be another cog in the machine.
Essential Experience
  • Experience with financial reporting & budgeting.
  • Proficient in the use of MS tools - Advanced MS Excel (pivot tables, v lookups, macros) PowerPoint, SharePoint and a working knowledge of SAP.
  • High attention to detail and capable of handling complex data.
  • Project Accounting knowledge.
  • Experience with working on multiple projects with conflicting priorities.
  • Month-end reporting including forecasting & variance analysis.
  • Ability to scrutinise, challenge and find solutions and answers to questions and queries.
Hybrid with 2 days working in Reading - Hours 36

What’s in it for you?
  • Competitive salary of £46,000 per annum.
  • 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service. (Plus bank holidays) 
  • Contributory pension – Defined Contribution - Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution.
  • Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year.
  • Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeing.

Who are we?

At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear - to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive.

Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it.

But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We must keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part?

Working at Thames Water

At Thames Water, we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life's essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.

We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, backgrounds, and differences that each individual brings.

Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process.

Find out more about working at Thames Water.

When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.