Senior Commercial Finance Manager
Wood Lane, London, W12

Company Description

Publicis Groupe UK is a marketing and digital transformation business made up of 5,000 talented and versatile people with expertise in media, creative, influence, technology and data, working across 21 agencies.

Publicis Groupe UK creative agencies include Saatchi & Saatchi, BBH, Digitas, Leo Burnett and Publicis•Poke. Also, within the stable are PR agencies MSL and Kekst CNC and sustainability consultancy, Salterbaxter. Publicis Media is home to Zenith, Starcom and Spark Foundry as well as specialist practices PMX, Performics, Publicis Sport & Entertainment and Publicis Content, providing expertise across media strategy, investment, data and technology.

Langland, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness and Digitas Health serve clients across health and wellness, science and medicine. They combine expertise across advertising and branding, clinical trial experience, data and analytics, technology, medical strategy and education and public relations and policy. 

At the core of Publicis Groupe’s data and technology offering sits Epsilon which provides personalisation at scale through CORE-ID, its proprietary data tech platform.

Publicis Sapient is the business transformation arm of Publicis Groupe, marrying technology, data sciences and business consulting with engineering and creativity, it helps clients transform digitally.

Publicis Groupe UK clients include BT, McDonald’s, ASDA, Tesco, L’Oreal, P&G, Kellogg’s, VW UK, Reckitts Benckiser, Samsung and Disney among others, encompassing six of the UK’s top 10 advertisers.

Employees share a common purpose, consistent ways of working and a financial structure that encourages collaboration.

In 2015 Publicis Groupe introduced the Power of One. Simplifying the traditional agency structure, the model removes silos between agencies and disciplines to put clients’ needs at the heart of the structure.

Publicis Groupe UK has offices in Chancery Lane, Television Centre in White City, Baker Street, Turnmills in Farringdon, Windsor, Teddington and Dublin, and people based in Edinburgh.  Publicis Groupe has a presence in more than 100 countries and employs nearly 84,000 people worldwide.

Our Commitment
As part of our dedication to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, Publicis Groupe UK is committed to equal access to opportunity for people without regard to race, age, sex, disability, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. 


Job Description

Join Publicis Groupe UK Finance team as our Senior Commercial Finance Manager, Media. Partnering with our UK Senior Commercial FC, UK Media CFO, and Media Leadership teams, you'll play a pivotal role in shaping and growing our business in this ever-evolving industry.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a strategic partner and commercial finance lead for our UK Senior Commercial FC and CFO, supporting our UK Media CEO and senior leadership teams to shape the overall direction of our UK Media business.
  • Support financial planning and reporting, delivering consistent, accurate, and efficient financial information that informs business decisions.
  • Develop short, medium, and long-term strategies in partnership with Media leadership teams, focusing on growth optimisation, cost control, and pipeline management.
  • Partner with business teams to deliver commercial growth, supporting and evaluating business plans, negotiations, and pitches.
  • Collaborate with EMEA/Global/Groupe colleagues to deliver commercial best practice and support commercial growth through a 'Power of One' lens.
  • Drive accelerated operating margin growth across the Media practice through meaningful business analysis and insights.
  • Embrace technological changes to deliver efficient processes, challenge the status quo, and champion efficient ways of working.
  • Foster accountability, maintain a strong controls environment, and ensure consistent application of Publicis Groupe policies.
  • Contribute to analysis on UK-wide projects in close collaboration with finance teams across different regions.
  • Focus on talent planning, training, and development, fostering diversity and inclusion, clear goal setting, respect, collaboration, and celebrating success.

Essential Experience:

  • Accomplished senior finance leader with a proven track record of leading finance teams to deliver best-in-class financial reporting and commercial rigor.
  • Qualified accountant with a proven history of career progression in large, dynamic organisations.
  • Experience in media, advertising, or digital sectors is advantageous.
  • Strong commercial acumen and ability to thrive in a fast-moving, agile, and matrix environment.
  • Focus on customer service, both internally and externally, with a positive, collaborative mindset.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple initiatives/projects in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrable track record of building, leading, and retaining high-performing teams.


  • Join a collaborative team dedicated to driving commercial success and maximising business impact.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development within a dynamic industry.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Work in an environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and celebrates success.


Additional Information

Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with full time employees being office-based three days during the working week. 

We are supportive of all candidates and are committed to providing a fair assessment process. If you have any circumstances (such as neurodiversity, physical or mental impairments or a medical condition) that may affect your assessment, please inform your Talent Acquisition Partner. We will discuss possible adjustments to ensure fairness. Rest assured, disclosing this information will not impact your treatment in our process.


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