Looking for something new that will challenge you as a Business Analyst on a 12 month contract basis and come from a commercial background? Are you a Part Qualified/Newly Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACCA, ACA or equivalent and have the ability to analyse, challenge and interpret month end results. Advanced Excel skills to enable manipulation of multiple data sources to deliver detailed analytics is essential, so if you have all of the above then this could be the perfect contract job for you. We are looking for a Business Analyst to join our growing team at our Kidlington, Oxon site, so if this sounds like you then please apply The Business Analyst role sits within the Commercial Finance team providing analysis, challenge and commercial support to the business to improve business performance and aid decision making. The role is a key part of the team partnering a business with c.£140m turnover and 20 sites across multiple countries throughout EMEA and needs to effectively influence upwards to their key contacts/stakeholders which include site GMs, UK & EMEA FD and other SBU Directors. This role will be responsible for detailed financial analysis of c 50% of the European business along with owning the accounts for a separate, stand-alone company (Security / Pipe Protection technologies) Reporting & Controls Analyse, challenge and interpret the month end results to provide detailed analysis and insight into variances. Produce bridging and commentary between Actuals, Budgets and Forecasts. Understand the causes for large variances, provide documented commentary and challenge the variances with the sites. Production and distribution of the CD EMEA daily & weekly sales and margin reporting along with periodic group reporting submissions. Provide and interpret sales, margin, overhead and working capital trends and variances within the sites and offer timely challenge where required. Provide support with the production and distribution of the CD EMEA month end reporting pack. Prepare and review relevant Control files to ensure accuracy of data & postings along with detailed audit trail of periodic values Develop value adding reporting and review processes and procedures where required to ensure efficiency and timeliness of information. Forecasting & planning Review in conjunction with regional management quarterly forecasts and budgets and ensure submission into the Group reporting systems within the deadlines set. Support the forecast and annual budget process within the sites under guidance from the Head of FP&A, ensuring numbers are pressure tested and financial integrity of the numbers. Business Partnering Gain buy in from operational managers and become a credible part of the regional commercial and operations teams as well as an integral part of the finance team. Build relationships and understand the commercial aspects of the business to become the key finance point of contact for European businesses Providing support to local finance teams where necessary by understanding month end processes, systems and controls. Support investment appraisals within the sites and offer guidance where required, as well as helping to identify and track benefits arising from investment opportunities. Supporting the EMEA region, providing analysis, challenge and commercial support to the business to improve business performance and aid decision making. Manage profit enhancement plans to ensure delivery of gross margin and operating profit targets. Identify opportunities for improvement and ensure they are driven through to completion. Work with the Head of FP&A and other analysts to ensure consistency of approach and sharing of best practise across Components Europe. Provide support to the FP&A with ad-hoc projects and analysis, as and when required to ensure the business makes the correct, commercial decisions. We are keen to support all our employees with juggling their work, personal and family commitments so offer the opportunity to request flexible working arrangements to all. At Essentra we are ideally looking for individuals who enjoy working as part of a close team, are passionate about what they do and who strive to make a difference. We are always looking to better ourselves and are keen to recruit individuals who like to innovate and improve processes. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a pre-existing right to work and travel within the EU. Documentary evidence will be requested at interview.