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Finance Undergraduate Placement

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17 Dec 2021
Job Description

Here at Dunelm, our Finance teams support our trading teams to make the best commercial decisions, collates customer transactions, balances the books, and manages procurement. We also analyse financial data to identify patterns, trends and opportunities that we can use to help us grow.

Want to dive into the ever-changing, always-business-critical world of Finance at Dunelm? Join our Finance 12 Month Placement and you can be part of a team who work with leaders and colleagues across the organisation, providing expert advice, identifying improvements and supporting key business decisions.

Joining our Finance team, you will have an enthusiasm for learning and understanding operational activities in order to support in continuous improvements across the business and have the motivation to learn and develop your skills with support and guidance from Dunelm. During your 12-month placement you will be coached and mentored by the best finance colleagues.

What your 12 months will look like…

During your placement you will have the opportunity to experience a range of key departments where you will develop your skills and make a valuable impact to the team. Different departments include;

  • Financial Accounting/ Management Accounts:
    • Be involved with Month End reporting and variance analysis
    • Understand balance sheet reconciliations and the importance behind them
    • Be exposed to investigation and analysis within Financial Accounting
  • Financial Operations:
    • Dive into the world of banking which includes reconciliation, customer service queries, Loomis change queries and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
    • Ensuring we pay our suppliers both accurately and on a timely basis, including carrying out supplier statement reconciliations, investigating any anomalies such as prices differences or good received but not invoiced, and ad hoc analysis.
    • Get involved with Non Stock processes which includes mailboxes, processing, statement reconciliation and expense queries.
  • Tax:
    • Jump into the world of tax including tax computation, VAT analysis, research & development return & product file review.
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A):
    • Assist with the forecasting, budgeting and strategic planning processes
    • Support the external communication of our financial performance to our shareholders
    • Get involved in analysis of macro-factors and how they could impact Dunelm’s operation.
  • Business Finance:
    • Provide insight and analysis into business performance
    • Dive into planning for the short term and long term (e.g. buying or supply chain)
    • Support decision making and investment appraisal
Within your finance placement you could also be exposed to:
  • Deliverables Liaison:
    • Be involved with attending all catch up meetings & chase people on deliverables as well as organising the deliverables review sessions- seeing first-hand what an audit process looks like
  • Annual Reports:
    • Collating numbers for the front half of the Annual Report and co-ordinate back up information for audit purposes.
    • Be exposed to the sustainability analysis for Annual Report and regulatory requirements.

What you’ll bring:

  • Strong analytical thinking with a natural tendency to question the “why” and the “how”
  • Ability to build relationships within your team and across the wider business
  • Some knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Passion for Finance 
  • Strong self-management skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to deadlines. 
  • Strong organisational skills 
  • Proven ability to work across organisations with effective communications 
  • A self-starter, able to demonstrate high levels of initiative and motivation 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills: the ability to effectively interact with others 
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as take initiative independently. 
  • On track to receive a minimum 2:1 in your degree
  • Be a second year student at University looking for an undergraduate placement year 

Our benefits:

Our range of benefits are just as unique as our undergraduate placements and include a 15% colleague discount on all our products.

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Dunelm is committed to becoming a fully inclusive business that is representative of our customers and locations. We recognise the value in diversity and welcome applications from all candidates regardless of sex, age, race, religion, ability, gender or sexual identity, socio-economic background or education. We are committed to making Dunelm a place where everyone can enjoy a successful career and have systems in place to support all our staff. We are seeking applications from candidates who share our values and celebrate diversity in all its forms.