Finance Business Partner


London Support Centre 
Starbucks - Business Strategy
Job Purpose and Mission
An opportunity to join Starbucks at a unique stage of development whilst we grow the EMEA business and at the same time transformation the finance team into the finance team of the future.
The role holder will be a key player in the Commercial Finance team and Business Unit. The Finance Business Partner is rooted in finance, but partners closely with the commercial team as key virtual team member. The role provides finance leadership for the business unit working closely with the external Licensee parties.
The role provides finance support of the business unit, from core financial planning, analysis, insight and reporting to decision support and team leadership, including:
  • Being a Catalyst for business growth, gaining business alignment to successfully identify and understand the business strategy
  • On the Strategy side, the role holder will have the opportunity to provide leadership in determining strategic business direction and act as a key stakeholder in the decision-making process
  • Being a critical friend and Steward. The finance business partner will help to manage risk & liabilities, protect and grow the assets of the organization, and steward the Starbucks economic model. Includes broad stakeholder management from being on point for the Licensee on financial matters, virtual teams, finance leadership, and the wider Starbucks global family
  • As an Operator, balance capabilities, costs, and service levels to support effective joint business planning and provide business expertise
The Finance team is currently working through the high performing team journey, and each member has an exceptional growth opportunity to develop personally and also build state of the art tools and processes. 
Successful candidates will be strong communicators and relationship builders, embedding Finance within a highly dynamic business environments, and pro-actively striving for continuous improvements in the capabilities of a high-performing Finance team.
Summary of Key Responsibilities
Performance Understanding
  • Know what drives business results and measure what matters with actionable insight, including cashflow, planning, analysing, summarising financial strength/weaknesses, and proposing corrective actions. Using data and competitive benchmarking to build performance. 
  • The role will require ‘light’ reporting, which is specific to the areas of business covered by the role.
  • Own planning and reporting of financial performance, providing insight to various levels of stakeholders throughout the business. This includes Plan, Forecast and Quarterly close packs
Building the Growth Agenda 
  • Help our business to achieve strategic, disciplined, profitable, and long-term growth. Support strategic initiatives and support performance course correction. Review, approve and evaluate investment decisions. Provide insights and analysis to influence decision making and support improved profitable performance, particularly in respect of Stores.
Licensee Consulting
  • Create & protect value and guardians of the economic model. Consult with Licensees on business cases to expedite growth projects and socialising these objectives internally within Starbucks
Joint Business Planning
  • Strategic planning in partnership with our Licensees
Influential Storytelling
  • Help the Business Unit make better decisions by leading adoption of joint, data led, actionable insights from planning and reporting navigation.
Steward / Risk Management
  • Monitor profitability and cash, and pro-actively highlight key risks. Be a steward for Risk and Financial control. Being the P&L expert and critical friend to commercial and operational stakeholders
Team development 
  • Review and challenge and optimize processes – automating or centralizing whenever it makes sense to do so. This includes review and implementation of new processes and systems
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • ACCA, CIMA (or similar) qualified and extensive experience in commercial and operation finance roles
  • Experience within a retail environment or FMCG is desirable 
  • Experience within a franchise operation is preferable 
  • Experience of providing consolidated commercial reporting and driver-based performance insight, in a multi-site environment
  • Strong track record of turning complex, and ambiguous information into clear recommendations
  • Exposure to areas such as Sales, Operations, Marketing and Property is desirable 
  • Business case development
  • Project management experience 
  • Experience with systems and data management
  • Strong communication and management of multiple senior internal stakeholder relationships (local, regional, corporate)
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise workload
  • Advanced (written and verbal) communications, including presentations
  • Financial modelling and advanced Powerpoint skills
Starbucks is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce .  All applicants and partners will be treated fairly, without regard to race, religion, sex, nationality, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression.
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