General information

Job Title
Graduate Finance Analyst
Ref #
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
Qualifying / Team Leader
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements


No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

Purpose of Role
As our Finance Analyst, you'll be responsible for finance analysis and business partner support to Engineering, Purchasing and Programme Management teams working on new vehicle programmes. You'll assist the Product Development Finance team with administration and financial management of new vehicle programmes.
Principal Accountabilities

  • Control of programme spend – maintain programme spend tracker, capturing approved items and forecast updates, update for month end actuals.
  • Budgeting and forecasting – provide inputs to budgets and forecast updates for programme spending and bill of materials
  • Risk and opportunity analysis – support commercial reviews, capture new risks and opportunities, maintain the risk and opportunities register.
  • Requisition approval – review against budget, ensure financial data is correct, complete purchase requisition tracker and present high value items for director sign off.
  • Month end – assist with journal preparation and posting for prepayments, accruals, headcount and cost transfers.
  • Reporting – update and distribute weekly finance KPIs and status reports.
  • Ad Hoc – data analysis, reviewing large sets of financial data and presenting in a clear format for business partners.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Strong academic background – relevant degree (Accounting & Finance, Business, Mathematics…) with a 2.1 classification or higher, or equivalent
  • Experience of Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word and Outlook).
  • Advanced Excel skills – (pivot tables, vlookups, formulae, graphs and ability to present data clearly).
  • Comfortable with large volumes of data.
  • Able to communicate key points to business partners up to director level.


All training for this role will be provided, this will include study support towards a professional qualification in accounting. A Finance mentor will be provided to help guide you through your early career and your professional qualifications.

Personal Attributes
  • Able to pick up new ideas, concepts and processes quickly.
  • Asks relevant questions and comfortable asking for help when needed.
  • Professional, proactive and highly motivated.
  • Excellent problem solving and reasoning skills.
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Creative and flexible, with ability to understand business constraints and requirements.
  • Team player.
  • Ability to work with, influence & manage relationships at various levels in the organisation.
  • Persistence and drive to get the job done.
  • Desire to qualify with a professional accounting body and pursue a career in Automotive Finance.