Commercial Finance Manager

Role: Business Performance Manager

Function: Finance (Commercial Strategy)

Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire. We are currently working remotely like most but do support flexible and remote working long term 

Employment Type: Permanent, Full Time


We have a rare and exciting opportunity for a Business Performance Manager here at Whitbread. Premier Inn is the UK’s leading and much-loved Hotel chain, this is a fundamental role contributing to its ongoing commercial success. As a key role within the Finance Commercial Team you will own and identify Premier Inns commercial performance across the UK and Germany, understand drivers of commercial performance as well as highlighting opportunities for growth.


As a leading British business of more than 275 years standing, we have experienced turbulent times before and adapted and evolved to remain one of the hospitality sector’s most successful companies. Built on such robust foundations, our expertise has meant we responded decisively throughout this year with our teams, guests and the continuity of our business at the heart of every decision we made. We acted quickly, to ensure we were prepared for the future, whatever it may hold. 


What continues to set us apart are our excellent products and people. We have much loved brands such as Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Bar + Block alongside exciting up and coming propositions such as Cookhouse & Pub. And in Premier Inn, we have the UK’s favourite budget hotel chain, currently outperforming the market and ambitious for more as we execute our plans in both the UK and Germany. At Whitbread, we remain true to our values and put our people at the centre of everything we do. We’d love you to join us on the journey!


What you will be doing:


  • Responsible for Premier Inn revenue and revenue margin forecasting, including marketing cost of sales and analysis of commercial performance 
  • Lead the identification / approval of key performance and effectiveness indicators of commercial performance 
  • Highlight market level opportunities / risks across commercial function for consideration, prioritisation and action 
  • Owns the identification of macro market trend indicators to aid revenue delivery and assist forecasting accuracy including various scenarios of market influencers
  • Partner and support Premier Inn Finance Director and Premier Inn Managing Director in understanding business performance, risks and opportunities
  • Drive requirements for data management and reporting to support executive controls of the business performance
  • Manage a team of Business Performance Analysts as well as developing and mentoring internal employees on various development programmes through to management, entry levels roles and graduates
  • Support finance planning and analysis in determining revenue at risk to aid profit forecasting and management


Why we’d love you to apply:


  • Previous experience within a Commercial / Business Performance role
  • Strong experience running an analytical or commercial team 
  • Experience of working with large and complex Excel models and statistical packages or software 
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement and management with the ability to influence and have positive impact
  • Qualified Accountant highly beneficial although not essential   
  • Ability to present complex insights and data to non-finance executives as well as directors
  • Ability to manage and manipulate large volume of data and drive insights 


 In return, we will offer you: 


  • A Market competitive salary
  • Up to 30% Bonus
  • Car or Car allowance option
  • Sharesave scheme
  • A collaborative work culture that focuses on enabling your success and continuing your personal development
  • A genuine flexible working policy
  • Individual BUPA healthcare
  • Optional contributory pension matched up to 10%
  • Up to 25% discount off our brands 
  • Perks at work