Finance Business Partner

Abingdon, United Kingdom Office
Job Requisition Number:  UKGFA84

Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos has major hubs around the globe. More information is available at www.sophos.com


Job Purpose

Reporting to the FP&A Manager, the key objective of the position is to assist in the provision of strategic financial support to the Products & CTO Groups.  The individual will assist in the preparation of all forward-looking financial projections including the Long-Term Plan, Annual Operating Plan and quarterly/monthly Forecasts.  The individual will also have a detailed understanding of actual results and variances to previously prepared projections and will present this analysis to senior stakeholders in the Business Functions on a regular basis. This role involves partnering on a day-to-day basis with Senior Management Team members and their reports, based mainly in the US and the UK, as well as the Finance departments in the UK and around the world.


Main Duties


Specific responsibilities in this role will include:

  • Modernisation of FP&A systems and processes
    Sophos FP&A is currently implementing a new Planning tool (Anaplan) and transitioning to using Power BI as the main tool to deliver analysis.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to get involved in:
    • Developing scenario-based models within Anaplan
    • Modernising current business reporting in Power BI to facilitate self-service reporting
    • Assist with the conversion of legacy Microsoft Excel reporting into dashboard reporting in Power BI
  • Business Partnering
    • Assist in providing consistent, high-quality financial business partnering support to the Product Functions and the CTO Group
    • Owning approval flow for new hires in Products and CTO teams, confirming alignment with budgets and tracking open headcount position
    • Facilitating accurate reporting of spend by working with the Functions to ensure Purchase Orders are used correctly and by working with Financial Control to ensure that accruals and prepayments are appropriately booked
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
    • Helping to produce full year Annual Operating Budget, quarterly reforecasts, and monthly top-down forecast for the Products and CTO Groups, covering Operating and Capital Expenditure planning as well as Billings and Revenue
    • Working with the Financial Reporting teams to understand and communicate the Group’s actual financial results and variances to Plan and Forecast
    • Tracking and forecasting headcount position and related costs
    • Continuous assessment of forecasting accuracy
    • Participate in forecasting, scenario modelling and investment case modelling as required
    • Assisting in long-term planning and modelling as required
  • Reporting
    • Assisting in preparation of high-quality review materials for discussion at meetings with the SVP Finance / Senior Management Team / CFO /CEO
    • Providing concise and actionable analysis around Financial results to functions supported, highlighting relevant risks and opportunities
    • Assisting in ad hoc reporting activities as required


Skills and Experience

For this position we are seeking an individual with excellent communication, and inter-personal skills. You will have experience of successful business partnering, ideally in the software/IT industry.


You will have a professional accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) and will have experience working in FP&A/Commercial Finance. 



  • Experience of Financial Planning and Forecasting
  • Highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to “see the big picture” and present complex data in a clear and organized manner
  • Ability to handle conflicting priorities and tight deadlines
  • Working hour flexibility to support a Global function (Home working flexibility)
  • Robust Microsoft Excel skills and modelling ability



  • Experience of business partnering with CTO/Technical departments
  • Experience of working for a publicly-listed or private-equity owned companies
  • SAP user experience
  • Anaplan user experience
  • Power BI user experience



What’s Great About Sophos?

  • Our people are what makes Sophos special – we demonstrate shared vision, talent, innovation, and creativity, all of which are accompanied by a great sense of fun and team spirit.
  • Employee-led diversity and inclusion groups that build community within Sophos and provide internal education and advocacy (eg. Sophos Women in Tech group to improve gender parity, encourage gender-balanced leadership, and support career progression at Sophos)
  • Sophos Environment Network and employee challenges to contribute to sustainability and reduce our environmental footprint
  • Annual commitment to charity and fundraising across our global sites and volunteer days for employees to give back to local communities
  • Global trivia competitions to keep our minds sharp
  • Global Mental Health days off work for all Sophos to help employees relax and recharge
  • Monthly employee wellbeing webinars and training to support employee health and wellbeing
  • Employee rewards and thanks, such as our free annual subscription to Calm


Our Commitment To You

We’re proud of the diverse and inclusive environment we have at Sophos, and we’re committed to ensuring equality of opportunity.   We believe that diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos, so we encourage applicants that can contribute to the diversity of our team.  All applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, race, religion or belief, color, age, military veteran status, disability, pregnancy, maternity or sexual orientation.  We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know.


Data Protection

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At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.

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