Head of Finance

England, London
£60,000 - £70,000 per annum + Benefits
01 Nov 2018
15 Nov 2018
Hilary Marshall
Accounting, Finance
Contract Type

If you aspire to become a Finance Director in an entrepreneurial, fast growing, private equity-backed organisation with your next career move then this will be an exceptional opportunity for you.

We are working with an inspirational organisation and leadership team, with a proven track record of delivering exits in this market, to identify a Head of Finance and succession to the Finance Director position. The sector is one the UK's most dynamic and fast paced and the organisation has a fantastic proposition within it. Reporting into the Managing Director, working closely with the rest of the senior management team, your remit will be to add value throughout the business by using commercial experience to help analyse financial and non-financial data, as a true business partner. You will also lead the group's financial reporting and control activities, ensuring they are carried out efficiently, effectively and in line with best practice.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the board in developing and delivering the Business' Financial and Business Strategy.
  • Advising Budget Holders and Managers to deliver/over-achieve their Budgets by providing financial and monitoring information, working with them to analyse their Management Information. Provide high quality support and advice to Budget Holders, Managers and staff. Prepare, develop and analyse Management Information and other Financial and Reporting information, in an efficient manner.
  • Encourage and support innovation throughout the Business.
  • Developing systems and procedures to ensure the efficient and effective management of the Company's finances.
  • Use a Financial Control framework, including financial accountabilities and authorities, to ensure full Financial Control. Update, review and document the Business' Financial Policies and Procedures. Ensuring Accounting Policies and Procedures comply with the relevant Accounting Standards and taxation rules and that Company Policies are followed.
  • Recommend changes that will improve the Company's financial performance and Financial Controls.
  • Manage the Finance department, hiring, appraising and disciplining as necessary.
  • Manage cash in an efficient and effective manner, including liaising with external financiers, and management of all the bank accounts.
  • Act as the main point of contact to external accountants/auditors and provide all required information.

To apply for this role, you will need to be:

  • Fully qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA or CIMA) including experience of providing Financial Control for a Company or Group of companies ideally within a PE-backed extremely commercial environment that is fast moving and ever changing.
  • Previous experience in a Senior Finance role within a private sector organisation. High degree of communication skills, with both Finance and non‐finance professionals.
  • Experience of managing and motivating staff within a Finance Department. Understanding of, and empathy with, the work of internal staff and external customers.
  • Excellent Sage and Excel skills/experience.
  • Strong digital skills, with experience of automation preferable with experience of developing and implementing efficient and effective Financial Procedures and Controls.
  • First-hand experience of being the custodian of the Business' Control Environment.
  • Thorough practical understanding and application of Management Accounting principles and techniques.
  • Experience liaising with financiers on a regular basis.
  • First-hand experience of Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting and producing Management Information at Group, Company and Departmental level. Ability to understand the detail as well as the bigger picture.

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