Magazine article Financial Management (UK)

Commercial Analyst

Magazine article Financial Management (UK)

Commercial Analyst

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Commercial analyst positions are currently very popular roles. This is because they incorporate an opportunity to bring your opinion into your work. So although reconciling and closing are a key part of the job, it is also about looking at the business and making informed judgements and predictions about the market.

With businesses now thinking of investing in the future more than they were, we are seeing more commercial analyst opportunities become available at the part-qualified level. Employers are currently looking to maximise their investments and need people who can act as a business partner, but who are also cost-effective.

Although the job will vary depending on the organisation, the main objective is to maximise savings and minimise spending. As part of this, you will have constant meetings with stakeholders, reviewing daily and non-daily KPIs (both financial and non-financial) and monitoring cash flow within the business.

The job is not for everyone though. Making future predictions is not an exact science - no-one can read the future, after all-so you have to be confident in trusting your gut instinct to a degree. Your forecasts need to be S underpinned by a solid understand-ing of current market conditions. As part of this you'll need to take into account your competitors' performance S and external regulatory developments, while considering dividends and share-holder pressure.

To be successful in securing one of these jobs, strong systems experience and analysis skills are essential. …

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