Commercial Finance Analyst

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Date: 18-Mar-2021

Location: London, LND, GB

Company: Shiseido



The Finance Analyst will be part of Commercial Finance team with close working relationship with the Commercial Finance Controllers.

Act as a finance business partner to all brands providing important insight on trading performance 

Work closely with the business to deliver and document the annual budget and three-year strategic plan, identifying area for growth and efficiency.

Work with non-finance to add value from a commercial perspective and optimise business performance





Founded in 1872 in Japan, Shiseido is one of the top leading cosmetics companies in the world and aims to inspire a life of beauty and culture. Operating in about 120 countries with 45 000 employees and 70 nationalities, Shiseido offers a unique selection of skin care, makeup and fragrance resulting in over 1 trillion yen of net sales in 2017. Thanks to 146 years of heritage, Shiseido constantly creates high-quality, highly functional, safe and innovative cosmetics and develop brands deeply loved by people from all over the world.


Shiseido UK & Ireland is currently the largest affiliate in the EMEA region with a diverse portfolio of 11 brands in the UK across all categories. Supporting our One Shiseido Mission, Beauty Innovations for a Better World, Shiseido UK & Ireland has committed to a vision which will be delivered through 4 strategic streams:


1.            Create a great place to work in Beauty

2.            Customer driven focus to meet and exceed expectations

3.            Champion Omni-channel through a seamless offering across all customer touchpoints

4.            Deliver sustainable growth and profitability of our brands


Our first strength is make-up with our market share at number 4 in the UK with our NARS, Laura Mercier, and bareMinerals brands. We are also growing fast in fragrance with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Issye Miyake and Narciso Rodriguez as well as winning market share in Skincare with Shiseido and the recently spectacular launch of Cle de Peau Beaute in Harrods.  Drunk Elephant joins our portfolio in 2021 which supports our ambition and objective to be the Top5 Beauty Group in the UK.  Our clients include high-street retailers such as Department Stores, drugstores & chains as well as online pure players and specialty stores. We also have 8 boutiques and 3 direct e-commerce websites.




Reports to: Commercial Finance Controller

Job Location: London

Contract type: Permanent





  • Accurate forecasting and business planning
  • Deliver regular forecasts that accurately predict performance based on trends and drivers
  • Identify issues impacting delivery of the forecast, across all aspects of the P&L, and work with both the business and the Commercial Finance Controllers to identify mitigation plans
  • Play an important role in delivering the budget process for all brands
  • Business Partnering and Commercial Support
  • Work closely with the Commercial Finance Controllers in providing key insight and identifying emerging trends on business performance
  • Deliver management reporting for the businesses which will need to be accurate, timely and actionable. 
  • Use financial insight and data to help the business control its costs and then use that insight to make strategic decisions.
  • Develop a business mindset and act as sounding board to the Commercial Finance Controllers and other members of the business outside of finance.  
  • Ad hoc analysis and scenario planning




  • Part qualified accountant (ACMA, ACCA, ACA) or by experience
  • Excellent relationship building and stakeholder management skills
  • Experience of working in a commercial finance function of a large company
  • Experience of complex analysis of business performance in a commercial business environment
  • Experience of building strong and successful relationships across multiple functions within a business
  • Strong modelling capability and the experience of developing mid and long term financial models
  • Alignment with the group’s « Trust8 » working principles: Think Big, Take Risks, Hands on, Collaborate, Be Open, Act with Integrity, Be Accountable, Applaud Success

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