Finance (Planning, Analysis, Reporting & Control) Placement

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Deadline: 17th December 2021
Length: Placement Year (10 Months+)
Roles: Accountancy, Actuarial, Business Analytics, Financial Management
Location: South East
City: Weybridge

Finance (Planning, Analysis, Reporting & Control) Student Placement Year 2022

If you want to do something extraordinary in your career, this is the place to be. We don’t just create technology, services and content. We enliven senses, capture moments and create new experiences daily. We have been at the forefront of consumer tech for decades, and we stay ahead by inspiring and fulfilling curiosity. This is the world you could be part of.

Sony Electronics has over six decades of innovation to our name, and we continue to drive the market forward. From the world's first Walkman to our latest OLED television, Sony stands for creativity and innovation. We pride ourselves on having employees who match up to those values and will continue to move us forward.

Wherever you find yourself in our business, you will be given the opportunity to understand, operate and develop our key business processes that help to make Sony what it is today. You will be given the opportunity to learn, grow and lay the building blocks for the bright career ahead of you.

We are also passionate about your development and to help you get the most out of the experience you will be part of a development module which will expose you to the other areas of the Sony family, our business leaders and get you working on some great projects. With a group of like-minded students, our student alumni and business experts, you’ll be joining a fantastic community where it’s all about taking risks, pushing the boundaries and changing the future.

Working in our fast-paced business functions we promise a life changing experience.

If you’re studying towards your Bachelor's degree and think you've got what it takes – Apply today!

Our Global Finance & Accounting functions ensure our commercial operations across the world are underpinned with sound financial practice. Whether it’s financial accounting, business controlling or the systems side, we have a wealth of opportunities for you to learn and contribute to our best practice operation.

Within the SGFA (Sony Global Finance & Accounting) and CPCE (Corporate Planning & Control Europe) departments, we offer seven intern roles:

1. Junior Financial Planning & Analysis Intern – Professional Solutions Europe (CPCE)

  • The intern will support the reporting and controlling team with excel based financial reporting.
  • Daily Sales maintenance, control & reporting
  • SGA management – Operations, Management, Hawkeye, Marketing.
  • Headcount management – including Temp analysis, reporting to CPCE & PSE Management
  • Month end journals and analysis
  • PSE Actuals & Forecast reporting
  • KPI reporting
  • Inventory & Devaluation
  • Ad hoc Operations requirements

2. Junior Logistics Analyst (CPCE)

  • The intern will support the reporting and analyzing the visibility of Key performance indicators of logistics Europe operations and drive continuous improvements (Kaizen) and transformations activities, on the way to one aligned operation working in the same way and with the same targets.
  • The intern will be part of a larger platform and will participate in the execution of defined logistics procedures and processes within agreed service levels.
  • Month on Month reporting (prepare, compile and verify data into a standard report)
  • Daily reporting (daily sales, inventory and progress reports)
  • Management analysis (analyse trends and patterns to support opportunities for costs saving initiatives, sales & operational planning)
  • Financial analysis (monthly accruals, forecast and budget)
  • Continuous Improvements
  • Invoice Auditing (verifying accuracy of invoices received from logistics partners, reporting)

3. Finance / Marketing Executive – PSE Marketing Services

This role will manage day to day financial reporting of PSE Marketing Communications budgets and assist marketing and communications delivery. Responsibilities include raising Purchase Orders, allocating costs, cost breakdowns, budget planning including actuals and forecasts, reporting for the whole platform, including Japan and individual Business Units and analysis. Role also includes recommending, improving and implementing new financial processes for various teams across the platform.

This role is based with a non-financial team. Additional activities include also the support of planning, creation, and delivery of both digital (Webinar) and physical events (Roadshow, Exhibition) for Sony Professional across the Media Solution and Healthcare Business Groups. You will also be working closely with the Event Managers to organise and coordinate the delivery of engaging customer events. Also, you will be working directly with the Digital Marketing team to help improving our customer experience across the digital events, supporting stakeholders and speakers with digital best practices, and promoting our Webinars online.

4. Strategic Planning Intern (CPCE)

  • The Intern will be member of the Corporate Planning and Control department (CPCE) and perform the following strategic planning tasks:
  • Consolidated financial reporting at SEU corporate level
  • Providing insight from analysis of financial KPI of SEU as a company to drive corporate level initiatives
  • Generating presentation material to deliver above insight which will be seen by senior management of organization.
  • Supporting PMO activities on various PJ involving corporate initiatives and involving high senior management exposure.

5. Balance Sheet, Fixed Assets and Intercompany Intern (SGFA)

  • Main aspects of the role are to support the delivery of financially accurate information and technical finance expertise to internal customers on a Pan-European basis and North America. Specifically, responsibility for month end closing and reporting process, including systems, controls, accruals and provisions, balance sheet reconciliations and reporting of actual results for all European branches.
  • Also, to assist in driving standardized processes and procedures across countries and business groups to deliver efficiency and effectiveness in high volume transactional based accounting. And to support the third-party provider to maintain out-sourced routines in a compliant and controlled manner.
  • The Intern will work alongside other Finance analysts and will support in the delivery of the following:
  • Perform Actuals reporting
  • Presenting monthly performance to senior management
  • Business Partnering and Customer support (actuals reporting, FP&A and Controllership)
  • Support External and Internal Audit
  • Projects to ensure continuous improvement (Kaizen) and enhance ways of working (WOW) - Project management to meet key deadlines
  • Monitoring and supporting offshore (WNS)
  • Monthly SOX compliance procedure

6. Financial Accounting Analyst (SGFA)

As our Accounting Analyst you will be an aspiring Accountant, a self-starter, who will deliver accurate and complete financial reporting, as well as support improvement initiatives in your Group reporting function.

You should have a keen interest to develop your financial and commercial acumen, utilise your enthusiasm and ambition to support the betterment of reporting. In essence, you should be a positive individual, a willing team player, and ready to contribute to a high performing function.

Along with the monthly reporting and preparation cycles, you will also enjoy a business facing profile. As such, you should be keen to understand the commercial side of the business, so that you can become a true Business Partner in all activities, and support standardising processes and procedures, across countries and business groups, in coordination with the Global Process Model, Central Operations and robotic process automation teams.

7. Financial Analyst (SGFA)

  • The intern will perform the following financial planning tasks:
  • Conduct analytical activities related to performance, cost, headcount and service level agreements of SGFA
  • Responsibility for the timely and accurate monthly close of the SGFA cost accounts
  • Responsibility for financial costs associated within SGFA including outsource provider
  • Management and delivery of SGFA finance reporting (internal & external)
  • Liaise with SGFA leadership to set budgets & monitor forecast performance to ensure adherence to financial targets
  • Support SGFA management in evaluating outsourcer service cost and service delivery against benchmark
  • Support Outsource charging review / contract negotiation
  • Support strategic, commercial, and accounting projects incl. business case preparation and financial models for strategic projects
  • Additionally, there will be number of business support accountabilities. The intern should have a proactive approach to enable the wider management team to reach the overall department objectives and the individual department targets.

Your profile:

  • Pursuing a degree in business administration, business management, finance, accounting, economics,…
  • Language: English (fluent). Additional language skills are a plus.
  • IT/IS knowledge: MS Office (especially MS Power Point and MS Excel: pivot table, formulas…)
  • General understanding and interest in Finance & Reporting
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Passionate about working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Strong communication and presenting skills
  • Team player
  • Good time management and ability to prioritize
  • Proactivity

What do we offer?

  • A one-year, full time work experience program for undergraduate students from July 2022 until July 2023.
  • Be part of a global player in the consumer electronics industry
  • Unique and business driven experience
  • Exposure to leading edge technology
  • Business and commercial understanding
  • Opportunity to demonstrate your potential
  • Core development experience
  • Diverse and international work environment
  • Be part of a large intern network group
  • Paid internship

Our recruitment process:

The job posting will be open until 21st of December 2021. The selected candidates will be invited to perform a video interview during December & January.

The shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview specifically in the first half of February in our office in Weybridge or virtually.

Bring your uniqueness to Sony

We recognize that each and every one of us is original and different. Diversity and inclusion are in our DNA, they drive innovation. We empower our people to achieve one goal: to fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology.

About Sony

WE ARE SONY. Our spirit of innovation and challenge has created those special moments that make people say ‘wow’. How? By harnessing the world’s most powerful source of creativity: our people. Because ‘wow’ experiences are never a product of processes or procedures. They’re only made possible by liberating the passion and potential of the truly talented to do what excites them most.

We are a global organization and seek individuals from a variety of generations, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, and sexual orientations. Our employees are courageous, unique and diverse. They’re comfortable expressing their thoughts and opinions freely, and possess an unwavering passion and pride to deliver exceptional experiences to our customers.

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