RELX Group Sr Commercial Finance Manager in Quezon City, Philippines

Sr Commercial Finance Manager


Location: Quezon City, Manila, Philippines


  • RELX Group is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries

  • Operating across four major market segments: Scientific, Technical & Medical; Risk & Business Analytics; Legal; and Exhibitions

  • The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries

  • It employs about 30,000 people of whom almost half are in North America

  • RELX is co-listed on the FTSE and Amsterdam stock exchanges and is the largest professional services company by market capital


  • Reed Elsevier Philippines (REPH) was opened in March 2011 as a Global Operations Centre

  • Second site opened in January 2015 in Iloilo driving cost and Business Continuity Planning benefits

  • It is the largest global operation within RELX with total headcount of 3,485 as of July 2018

  • English language skills (other languages supported: Mandarin, Korean, Japanese & Spanish) with 24x7x365 support capabilities

  • About 2/3 of the people employed support RELX’s Legal division which reflects REPH being run by LexisNexis. The other divisions are catching up fast


  • LexisNexis is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that helps customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes and advance the rule of law around the world

  • We help lawyers win cases, manage their work more efficiently, serve their clients better and grow their practices. We assist corporations in better understanding their markets and preventing bribery and corruption within their supply chains

  • LexisNexis Legal & Professional is headquartered in New York and has further principal operations in Ohio, North Carolina and Toronto in North America, London and Paris in Europe, and cities in several other countries in Africa and Asia Pacific

Global Operations

  • A Global team within LexisNexis supporting all LN’s businesses across Editorial, Customer Support, Order Fulfilment and Customer Experience, Business Systems, Robotic Process Automation and AI, and REPH

  • Finance team provides decision support to the senior leaders responsible for the above areas

Purpose of the role – working with REPH providing on-site financial decision support

  • With REPH being a relatively young “business” that has grown exceptionally quickly over the past 7 years there has been a tendency to just move work to the centre quickly. With more and more similar work being moved from all RELX divisions there are untapped synergies and best practices which this role pay a part in unlocking

  • This is a brand-new role reflecting Finance’s desire to help REPH mature and the role will, to an extent, shape itself

  • Working as the finance business partner to the General Manger of REPH the role will be responsible for ensuring:

  • REPH management team have a full understanding of their area cost profiles

  • Utilising metrics to compare and contrast between teams, not just within LN but across RELX where applicable

  • Identify the best practice and then work with team leaders to understand transferability of that best practice

  • Help REPH work with sending team leaders to implement changes

  • Working closely with the REPH operations team to ensure work is scheduled appropriately

  • Work closely with the REPH business development manager to help identify areas where work is being carried out for one RELX entity but not for others where it could be

  • Work with the local REPH finance team to enhance their processes and to free up time to provide more decision support capacity

  • Work with Global Operations finance team to push REPH ideas from a home market perspective

  • Also working with other finance teams within different divisions of RELX

Key result areas

  • Decision Support

  • Set-up and provide decision support capability locally to REPH

  • Engender “finance as business partner” with the REPH team providing key financial insight and rigour into decision making

  • Enable REPH to become more efficient through identification of best practice and/or process improvement

Cost reporting and forecasting

  • Own the monthly REPH results ensuring the management team understand the results, where costs are trending and how recoveries are being made

  • Responsible for the quarterly forecasting and budget cycles of REPH, both local cost and transfer costs of the work being carried out

  • Note – other finance teams are responsible for providing the numbers and entering forecasts into the systems

  • This role will interact very closely with those teams


  • Capital evaluations of new property and/or office refurbishment decisions

Key skills and experience

  • Operates in a specialist area and uses professional knowledge to deliver results

  • 5 Years Post Qualified Accountant (CIMA/ACA/ACCA)

  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge in order to develop greater independence in role

  • Prior experience of providing analysis to inform commercial decision making

  • Ability to be able to communicate with the wider business building a strong network and working relationships outside of Finance being comfortable with communicating financial concepts and numbers to non-Financial customers

  • Proven self-starter who has courage in their convictions

  • Desirable to have worked with Hyperion and Oracle Peoplesoft

Key competencies

  • Decision making identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions

  • Creating a service reputation crafting and implementing service practices that meet customers and REPH needs; using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to resolve difficult customer situations

  • Communication – clearly and succinctly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups in a variety of situations; communicating in a focused and compelling way that drives others’ thoughts and actions; engaging the audience to help them understand and retain the message

  • Innovation - generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities

  • Continuous improvement – originating action to improve existing conditions and processes; identifying improvement opportunities, generating ideas, and implementing solutions

  • Contributing to team success actively participating as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals

  • Technical/professional knowledge and skills – having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas, keep up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise

  • Financial acumen – utilising financial data to diagnose business strengths and weaknesses and identify the implications for potential strategies; keeping a financial perspective in the forefront when recommending courses of action


  • Day-to-day interaction with GM of REPH and their team and the REPH finance team

  • Day-to-day interaction with Global Operations Decision Support team

  • Regular interaction with other areas of finance (financial accounts and reporting & planning)

  • Regular interaction with business owners of processes with part/all work at REPH