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Business Planning Analyst (Finance)

Date: 16-Jun-2021

Location: Manchester Airport, GB

Company: MAG


  • Business Planning Analyst
  • 12 month Fixed Term Contract
  • Join a business poised for growth and investment post covid
  • Based at Manchester Airport
  • Circa £51,000 + Bonus + 11% pension
  • Flexible working, large/ highly qualified team, fantastic challenges and opportunities


Learn more about MAG:





MAG is the country’s largest airport group. We own Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands Airports along with MAG USA, a major Airport Services business based out of Chicago. Pre-Covid, we were enjoying year on year growth with FY20 seeing MAG earn £893 million (+3.7%) in revenue, driven by passenger numbers along with non-aero yields and increased cargo operations, contributing more than £8b to the UK economy. We see the post Covid world yielding much the same. To our 59.6 million passengers and 5000+ colleagues, we are more than simply where your holiday begins! We are 24/7 self-contained towns, with 6 million square feet of office space, high street shops, cafes, restaurants, parking, event locations and hotels (to name just some of our on-site services)



In this standalone role, you will provide a dedicated, high quality financial modelling and commercial resource, with ownership of the Group Planning model, in order to provide first-class financial planning, along with driving the application of modelling best practice across the Group. The focus is on partnering key business decision makers; bringing critical financial and modelling expertise to help drive, influence and shape financial performance, advise on future direction and support investment choices in order to improve decision making across the Group.



Typical duties include (but not limited to):


  • Set up and drive application of modelling best practice across the Group
  • Become the ‘business champion’ for financial modelling and excel processes, being accountable for improving practices and developing new policies to improve standardisation and control of business procedures.
  • Influence Business Units to develop new methods and approaches to financial modelling
  • Manual creation of models to suit business requirements and provide solutions to constantly changing business needs, such as developing a weekly rolling cashflow, WC forecast models and weekly cash dashboards and improvement of existing business case models.
  • Work proactively with key business partners and stakeholders to develop successful partnering relationships
  • Own, run and constantly improve the MAG group business planning financial model (including financing) to include scenario analysis and stress testing of business cases
  • Work with the Head of Business Planning & Projects to produce the annual 25 year business plan
  • Support the production of board reports, management information and ad-hoc reporting requirements
  • Utilise best practice in the integration of SAP forecasting functionality within the model and help streamline forecasting process across the Group
  • Work with the Head of Business Planning & Projects on business cases and strategy development
  • Assist the business with ad-hoc improvements to existing processes as issues arise




Qualified to degree level, you with have a number of years of PQE experience in business models, general business analysis, partnering or management consulting.


Ideally, you will have experience working on financial model within an FP&A function for a medium to large corporate or within Lead Advisory / Transaction Services / Corporate Finance dept.



Ideally you will have experience and skills in many of the following:


  • Advanced Excel skills (with ability to write and correct existing macros to facilitate modelling best practice being desirable but not essential)
  • Knowledge of other MS Office programmes (especially PowerPoint)
  • Strong track record of financial modelling, both business planning and transactional models, with ability to successfully lead improvements to existing financial processes, procedures and outputs
  • Good understanding of financial valuation techniques, e.g. NPV, DCF and IRR
  • Experience of utilising and effectively interfacing ERP systems into planning models, preferably SAP, in order to streamline business processes and obtain required information in the most efficient way
  • Strong commercial acumen; understanding of key business drivers, risks, competitive pressures
  • Dynamic personality and excellent relationship builder at all levels across the business
  • Demonstrate ability to critical evaluate and improve modelling processes
  • First-class written and verbal communication and presentational skills
  • Excellent analytical skills: insight-focused and able to interpret meaning from disparate sources and formats of data


Candidates who have a good working knowledge of SAP systems will be of particular interest




What we Offer:


This role offers the opportunity to work for an iconic North West business within a key 12 month contract role, whilst also. MAG offers a generous salary Circa £51,000 + Bonus + 11% pension + free parking + corporate benefits and flexible working.


We are an ambitious business that enjoys continuous growth and development. We therefore offer an exciting environment working with professional and engaged teams


Equal Opportunities 


MAG is a values led organisation and we are committed to providing equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will in turn positively impact on our customers and the communities in which we live and work. At MAG we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.


Reasonable Adjustments


As an inclusive employer, MAG wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the job application process, interview process and whilst at work. We therefore encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this to happen.