EMEA Cost Analyst- Associate

London, United Kingdom
23 Nov 2022
30 Nov 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Department overview:

EMEA Cost Management Analytics (CMA) is a team of specialists leading financial analysis, and analytics, contributing as a member of the EMEA Finance team to the success of the firm. The EMEA Finance department is a collaborative environment with a strong conduct and risk culture. The CMA team is ideal for individuals interested in looking to: enhance their expertise and capabilities; be a trusted partner; be involved in leading financial discussions with the business/senior management; uphold the highest standards of compliance; and take the next step in their career.

Role description

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced financial professional to support an Asia-based financial-services group with an integrated global network spanning over 20 countries on a range of trading and investment banking activities. The Finance department is critical to the firm's markets and banking operations, actively contributing to the firm achieving its position as a market leader in the space.

The role is based in London at offices location at One Angel Lane, with 2 days minimum in the office

The role reports to the Regional Head of Cost Management for the EMEA region.
  • Preparation, analysis and presentation of PnL cost analytics, including supporting Month-End processes to close the PnL, reviewing accruals and prepayments, and broader support to the rest of the CMA team.
  • Provide insight into data to support the business/senior management with understanding cost drivers and variances to budget.
  • Support the production of monthly costs deck for functional heads and CAOs, focusing on costs variances to budget, costs allocation MI, systems support and various EMEA-specific analysis led by business/senior management.
  • Act as a junior business partner to various stakeholders located in different regions and functions.
  • Perform analyses/scenario-based modelling to support the business/senior management with direct and indirect cost analyses, including analysis of headcount. Prepare materials to support analysis and discussion with the business/senior management.
  • Liaise with CMA colleagues on a global basis on analysis, projects and ad hoc to resolve issues and provide advice relating to analyses/scenario-based modelling.
  • Proactively seek opportunities to automate processes and to drive process improvements.
  • Support the annual budgeting and forecasting cycles, including reporting to the business/senior management and systems support.

Key objectives critical to success
  • Ability to manage workload in challenging and busy environment. Ability to prioritise and balance multiple and often conflicting requests/timeframes.
  • Capacity to adapt to stakeholders and to a changing environment.
  • Self-starter and problem-solver with the ability to work with minimal supervision. Be hands-on and open to new ways of doing things.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to present ideas and analysis confidently.
  • Managing/working closely with offshore colleagues, supporting them to meet required deadlines and ensuring quality.
  • Working with Business Managers and Corporate CAOs to improve the understanding of their costs.
  • Look at ways to develop and enhance controls in analysis to better meet the needs of changing business demand.
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills and the ability to maintain strong working relationships - the role will involve interacting with stakeholders globally.

Skills, experience, qualifications and knowledge required

  • Qualified/part-qualified accountant (ACA / ACCA / CIMA).
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience of PnL analysis and providing financial information to the business/senior management.
  • Strong numeracy and analytical skills to actively interrogate data and to present insights.
  • Honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest.
  • Good organisational and multi-tasking skills. Adaptable to changing business dynamics and circumstances. Proactive in taking ownership of new projects and initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Positive attitude and a team player.
  • Ability to adapt to change and work under pressure.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office desirable, especially MS Excel (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, Pivot Tables) and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of Hyperion Essbase desirable. Ability to learn in-house reporting tools essential.

Nomura competencies

Trusted Partner
  • Understand clients' needs and issues, and respond with high-quality proposals
  • Acquire capabilities to perform one's responsibilities and contribute to being a Trusted Partner

Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Produce new ideas that might challenge the status-quo or oneself


  • Seek advice from senior colleagues and utilize it for improved results
  • Collaborate with members from relevant departments

  • Contribute to the success of the organization both quantitatively and qualitatively, and act with awareness of the impact on others
  • Serve as role model and provide guidance to junior employees

  • Have a good understanding of corporate philosophy, professional ethics, compliance, risk management, and code of conduct, and make decisions and take actions accordingly

Right to Work
The UK Government have taken steps to reduce net migration to the UK by limiting the number of overseas workers coming to the UK for employment. Please note that whilst we are able to consider applications from overseas workers from outside the UK (who require a Tier 2 Skilled Worker visa) we can only employ them if we can provide evidence that this is a genuine vacancy for a qualified role

Diversity & Inclusion

Nomura is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to ensuring we best reflect the diversity of the communities we serve creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome all applications and do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender identity and gender expression, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

If you require any assistance or reasonable adjustments due to a disability or long-term health condition, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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