Financial Controller

We are looking for a part-qualified financial controller to assist in the financial operations of the company.

What is the role?

This is a new and interesting role that would suit an individual looking to develop their career in a unique and progressive environment. Reporting to the managing director, with a dotted line into the legal director & company secretary, the position will be responsible for day-to-day reporting, cashflow reporting, month end reporting, KPI analysis year end reporting requirements. The individual will have a background of working within a financial accounting function and be used to meeting deadlines whilst maintaining attention to detail. Due to the diverse areas in which the role operates, an agile thinker with a can-do attitude is desirable.

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Produce management information on a pre-agreed timetable including: forecasts, revenue updates, statistical analysis, management accounts, cash flow reports and balance sheet items
  • Track and monitor reconciliation of project cost report on a monthly basis to agree the WIP schedule and reconcile against accounts system
  • Check and approve the payroll and expenses
  • Contribute to and lead, where appropriate, on the development of systems, control process and risk management arrangements that comply with internal and external governance, and best practice requirements
  • Assist in processing the prepayment / accruals / depreciation journals
  • Submission of consolidated monthly reports at group level
  • Lead on submission of all required statutory HMRC required reporting
  • Manage financial reporting systems to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and legislation
  • Bring to the attention of the board of directors or senior management team any areas of unmanaged risk, or unique risks that are not otherwise addressed in the finance function
  • Assist in the management of relationships with external professional advisers including, but not limited to, the company’s auditors and third party service providers including payroll bureau and R&D tax credit advisor
  • To be an effective member of the management team providing assistance, and support to the senior management and the board by ensuring a ‘business partnering’ attitude is maintained
  • Produce accurate and timely sets of accounts – by period and at year end – including balance sheets, forecasts, P&L and cash flows
  • Produce annual budgets/provisions incorporating the agreed principles from the managing director and management colleagues
  • Production of the annual audit pack and lead on the production/submission of the Statutory Accounts and Tax Returns
  • Manage and monitor all purchasing to ensure cost-effective solutions
  • Coordinate and assist in the production of project income completions with group directors
  • Coordinate and assist in detailed 12 month income forecasts and associated resource planning with group directors
  • Coordinate and assist in the production of monthly sales invoices with group/management directors
  • Track and monitor project fee correspondence inclusive of invoice schedules, change control and additional fee items to produce reports for checking by group/management directors
  • Monitoring of aged debtors and assistance in managing debt recovery process for long-term debt
  • Advise and assist on VAT-related project issues and other non-UK withholding tax issues that arise
  • Assist in implementation and administration of employee Flexible Benefit programme and pension scheme
  • Manage financial reporting systems to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and legislation
  • Attendance at key committee meeting groups to input and advise as appropriate
  • Assist the managing director/company secretary in the oversight of internal financial governance

We'd like to hear from you if you have

  • Finance/Accountancy Degree or part ACCA/CIMA qualified or equivalents
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in a similar role
  • Strong judgement and objectivity
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Organised, structured and efficient
  • Previous experience in a self-accounting position in a similar sized operation desirable
  • Proven knowledge of key processes for full accounting function, including preparing annual accounts, and understanding of accounting entries
  • Experience in forecasting and preparing budgets, payroll and PAYE
  • Previous use of Sage 50 Accounts advantageous
  • Ability to liaise effectively with all levels of management and staff
  • A key ability to negotiate and influence, in particular, with regard to financial matters
  • Risk assessment and management capability
  • Ability to think conceptually and strategically
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