Arbor Education

Senior FP&A Analyst

Join Arbor Education as they are looking for a Senior FP&A Analyst

About us

At Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work for the better.

You’ve probably seen the headlines. Heavy workloads, constant change, admin pressure on teachers and staff at every level… sometimes it feels like this is just part and parcel of school life today. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We passionately believe that there’s a better way to work. And it starts by giving everyone the right tools and technology for the job.

We’re building a platform and products we believe in - as well as a strong, diverse team of experienced specialists, ex-teachers and Edtech engineers passionate about making a difference to the sector.

Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere.


About the role.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and detail-focused Senior FP&A Analyst to join our Finance team to work in close partnership with the individual budget holders and the group consolidation team to provide accurate, timely and comprehensive annual budgets as well as monthly re-forecasts. The role will require business partnering and commercial finance support to a range of senior stakeholders.


Core responsibilities

  • Preparation and development of monthly financial performance reporting packs, to include analysis and commentary of variances to plan

  • Independently conduct monthly review meetings with budget holders and to act as a key point of contact to support the budget holders with commercial business, capital and investment proposals

  • Closely partner with our senior stakeholders to support them in determining future strategy and in making informed business and commercial decisions

  • Analyse and understand key and crucial processes surrounding the potential M&A activity and provide insights and data to aid decision makers

  • Build strong relationships and provide financial support to commercial decision makers, within a nimble and agile environment

  • Build robust financial models to support commercial decision making

  • Challenge business managers to ensure that all concepts have been properly considered before presenting to the business

  • Challenge current ways of working to drive efficiencies and cost savings wherever possible

  • Be comfortable dealing with and working through issues and operational challenges with project teams and other stakeholders, getting into details to ensure you understand the cost drivers of the business and can provide insight to the non-finance members

  • Be dependent on your resourcefulness and ability to influence and partner with finance teams in the business units together with non-finance managers

About you
We’re looking for a qualified Senior FP&A Analyst (ACCA/ACA/CIMA). Beyond that, we’d love to see:

  • Qualified (CIMA, ACCA or ACA)

  • Good experience of working as an FP&A Analyst

  • Experience building, analysing and manipulating financial models to assess business performance

  • Solid experience in analysing and understanding financial processes within a tech orientated start-up/high growth agile organisation

  • Experience of running and performing budgeting or forecasting processes

  • A commercial mind and the ability to partner with business stakeholders to assist them in making well-informed commercial decisions

  • Excellent analytical skills with exceptional attention to detail

  • Strong communication capability both written and verbal, able to present data and plans in a clear and concise way


What we offer

The chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • A dedicated wellbeing team who champion initiatives such as mindfulness, lunch n learns, manager training, mental health first aid training and much more!

  • 32 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays). This is made up of 25 days annual leave plus 7 extra company wide days given over Easter, Summer & Christmas

  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave (20 weeks full pay) and paternity (6 weeks full pay) pay

  • 5 free return to work maternity coaching sessions, helping you adapt to this new exciting time of life!

  • Access to services such as Calm, Bippit (financial wellbeing coaching) and Health Assured (Employee assistance programme)

  • All of our roles champion flexible working and we are happy to discuss what this means to you!

  • Social committees that plan team, office and company wide events to bring people together and celebrate success

  • Dedicated professional development training budget (CPD courses, upskilling resources, professional memberships etc)

  • Volunteer with a charity of your choice for a day each year

  • Dog friendly offices!


Refer a friend:
Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simply email: careers@arbor-education.com


Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

Our goal is for Arbor to be a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive - whatever their ambitions may be so we support and promote diversity and equality, and actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

If you need any adjustments to be made to support you through the recruitment process, let us know at careers@arbor-education.com.

Please note: We are unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.