Buying & Planning Finance Manager

Location: The Entertainer Head Office

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours Per Week: 42.5

Salary: £45-55K plus profit related bonus

Buying & Planning Finance Manager

It’s hard to imagine that the first Entertainer store only opened back in 1981. Today The Entertainer is the U.K.’s Largest Independent Toy Retailer. In the UK we operate over 170 UK stores stretched across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the islands! As a business, we also own the Early Learning Centre and Totally Toys brands, both of which are represented through the UK and international partnerships including Matalan.   Outside of the UK we also manage a chain of toy stores in both Spain and Malta plus a growing number of Entertainer and Early Learning Centre franchise partnerships across the globe. We also own a brand toy supplier Addo Play – which supplies our stores and other retailers across the globe.

The Group Head Office is based in Buckinghamshire

Toy retailing is demanding and fast-paced but also fun and every day brings new challenges and opportunities. We are also a family-run company that truly cares about our people, our customers and the communities in which we trade.

Your rewards include Profit Related Bonus, 20% Toy Discount, Life Cover, Payroll Giving, Pension, High Street & Leisure Discounts and Cycle to Work schemes.

Working within our busy Commercial Finance team, you will be a key business partner to the key stakeholders across the Buying and Planning teams.  You will have responsibility for the financial accuracy of sales, stock and margin for this key area of the business.  You will lead and develop the key reporting requirements for the changing landscapes as we develop and mould our business model.

This role requires a confident, dynamic individual with a natural passion for retail. The individual will enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to work under pressure, meeting tight deadlines. The individual will be confident in presenting information and engaging with all levels of the business.


  • Oversight of month-end reporting of sales and margin with robust variance analysis, highlighting any risks and opportunities.
  • Ownership of sales budget/forecast by channel (incl. weekly/monthly phasing).
  • Agreeing Stock Buy, stock targets & phasing with Commercial/Operational teams.
  • Weekly actualisation and analysis of margin.
  • Weekly actualisation of the stock plan by channel and working with commercial/operational teams to provide the latest view of sales and intake.
  • Provide supplier analysis.
  • Supporting and challenging Marketing team (incl. online) with Marketing strategy.
  • Produce regular analysis e.g., promotional activity, competitor activity, pricing strategy.
  • Ownership of stock reconciliation to WSSI.

Skills & Experience

  1. A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role, ideally within a retail/sales focused business.
  2. Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA).
  3. Experience in forecasting and budgeting.
  4. Understanding of stock-flow and sales on an end-to-end business flow.
  5. Experience in supporting key stakeholders and managing expectations.
  6. Experience developing and improving key models.
  7. Advanced excel skills.




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