Head of FS Finance Modelling

Salary Competitive and excellent benefits
Discipline Financial Services & Customer Operations
Contact NameAJ Marsh

 The role

Head of FS Modelling is primarily to support the Finance Director in the management of the Financial Services divisional P&L and balance sheet as well as structured funding. 

There has never been a more exciting time to be joining us here at N Brown Group.  We are working on major transformation including building out a new first-class financial services platform (“FSP”) to help better serve our customer’s credit needs. We’re committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment that values equality for all. Our vision is that by ‘championing inclusion, we’ll become the most loved and trusted fashion retailer’.


N Brown – who we are and why work for us?  

At N Brown, we’re committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment that values equality for all. Our vision is that by ‘championing inclusion, we’ll become the most loved and trusted fashion retailer’. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are, therefore, at the heart of our culture.  

We’re a forward-thinking digital retailer with a financial services proposition to be proud of. We’re customer-obsessed, serving them through three core brands: JD Williams, Simply Be, and Jacamo. We’re experienced, with over 160 years of trading under our belt. We’re inclusive, as we believe in fashion without boundaries; and we’re sustainable, striving to make as little impact on the planet as possible. 


What will you do as a Head of FS Modelling at N Brown?   


(Responsibilities and Accountabilities): 

  • To support the management of a £0.5billion loan book, specifically around budgeting & forecasting key performance metrics, initiatives, regulation, and oversight of IFRS9 impairment provisioning.

  • Including:

  • Working closely with Group Finance on the reporting of actual and forecasted positions up to PLC Board

  • Leading on model and data governance principles ensuring they are maintained to a high level

  • Lead on budgets and strategic planning processes, collating and gaining buy in to all input parameters

  • Working closely with Retail, Credit Risk and the Head of FS Commercial Finance to support group wide value creation

  • To be a key contributor to FS statutory disclosures and investor comms, articulating performance to non FS specialists, internally and externally.

  • To develop a robust model to forecast the behaviour and value of customer originated on a new Fintech platform.

  • Provide leadership support and steer finance domain transformations:

  • Providing team leadership and development, enabling a culture of continuous improvement in a sustainable way

  • Provide financial and modelling support for other key activities including:

  • Supporting funding strategies and liquidity risk management, via accurate and insightful modelling

  • Supporting debt sale initiatives

  • Supporting scenario modelling including going concern, capital adequacy and impairment modelling

  • Tax forecasting and support - BDR vat


Who you are (Job qualifications and key skills):


We are looking for an experienced candidate from a numerical, accountancy, audit or analytical background.  The successful candidate will be qualified (CIMA/ACCA/ACA) with significant post qualification experience and have: 


  • Strong experience of financial control and financial modelling
  • Strong experience of design, governance, evaluation and testing of forecasting models and gaining full stakeholder engagement
  • Strong experience in managing and developing teams and building key stakeholder relationships, being able to clearly communicate business drivers and the variables up to Board level
  • Experience within a credit lending business within Financial Services and how various attributes of revolving credit demand, debtor book, pricing, and customer behaviour will drive performance
  • Experience of creating value driven KPIs within a regulated business to allow improved reporting and decision making
  • Experience of Impairment, IFRS 9, and other credit and risk-based drivers
  • Technically astute and an appreciation of applicable financial reporting standards is critical
  • Being close to the detail, data driven and analytical whilst also being able to articulate results clearly to non-finance individuals
  • Naturally inquisitive with a desire to understand a broad range of commercial issues.
  • Strong operational delivery track record, motivated to implement/deliver on time to quality standards and build new efficient processes
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly appraise complex situations, identify key issues and make timely decisions
  • Ability to influence and negotiate at all levels of the organisation and experienced in communicating commercial language with a variety of media  


What’s in it for you?  

24 days holiday (+ 8 bank holidays) with the option to buy an additional 10 days  

Annual bonus scheme  

Enhanced maternity and adoption leave  

Access to Apricity, a self-funding IVF benefit at a reduced rate  

Company pension with up to 8% N Brown contribution  

Mental Health support both internally and externally, including access to our wellbeing champions and counselling services  

A range of financial wellbeing support  

Colleague discount across all N Brown brands  

Onsite café with subsidised rates and local restaurant discounts!  

Life Assurance and Private Medical Insurance  

Paid volunteer time – all our colleagues can take a full day paid to volunteer for a charity of their choice  


Our promise to you:  

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 


What happens when you apply to a role at N Brown?  

As soon as we receive your application, we’ll send you an email to let you know. We always aim to come back to you as soon as possible with an update and we really appreciate you taking the time to apply for a role with us. Good luck!