Job Description and Requirements
As part of the Leadership Team, accountable for setting and implementing the strategic direction of the Company. Deliver the business strategy, goals and objectives through active involvement in improvement activities
Oversee the accounting and finance function, provide leadership, direction and guidance to the team; act as a strategic business partner and hands on financial advisor to the management team
Adopt a can do approach to managing, coaching performance review and development of the finance team
Accurately report the financial results of the company, ensuring completion is timely and in accordance with Group Guidelines.
Manage all financial / operational accounting activities including monthly accounts, balance sheet, cash flow statement, flash figures, payroll, cash management, costing and budgeting
Prepare the year end statutory accounts, provide oversight in a strong working relationship with external auditors
Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies & procedures. Identify opportunities to simplify control systems & enhance reporting
Improve the visibility and responsiveness of the function, including better planning, effective budgets & forecasts
Direct the monthly accounting close process on a timely basis, identify opportunities for streamlining
Adopt a pro-active approach to the key business reporting information required for internal and Group reporting.
Implement robust controls for managing costs, budgets, inventory, forecasting & profit determining activities
Work with the CFO to support the future growth plans of the business
Play a leading role in influencing strategic and local decision making
Develop activity to drive and support employee engagement, enhance the profile of the finance across the business
Regularly review departmental objectives with the CEO. Provide support in challenging existing practices, leaning out costs, implementing robust procedures and in optimizing operational efficiency
Authority to evaluate / approve expenditure : - report on approved projects & manage post approval tracking
Approved signature for accounts, budgets, treasury matters, payroll, pensions admin and statutory payments
Drive sustainable working capital improvement to enhance cash position and manage cash flow forecasts including some multi-currency treasury management
Promote a culture of curiosity with managers regarding the numbers, demonstrate how they drive performance
Work with the team to better understand cost structure, recharges, transfer pricing, gross margins, customer / product profitability;
identify trends & implement corrective actions for adverse variances
Maintain a high standard of health and safety, promote positive & safe working practices
A Qualified Accountant with strong leadership skills who has worked in similar capacities of bigger groups.
A track record of success in financial leadership and in building effective teams within a fast paced highly demanding environment.
Strategically minded, but able to be operationally hands-on in an SME environment
Experience of financial reporting and team responsibilities within an internationally focused, market-leading organisation with a corporate presence and global multi-site operations
Strong track record of implementing process improvement and be able to create a step change in improvement
Well-developed commercial skills : able to act as an influential member of the senior management team, develop financial understanding and make a pro-active contribution across all activities of the business
Process orientated : - able to make improvements that will enhance income, profitability and drive out costs
Excellent financial and analytical skills : - ability to interpret data / trends that support more informed decision making
Able to develop good working relationship with banks, auditors & statutory bodies
Strong IT skills, including experience of business systems and a high level of proficiency with Excel
Able to commit to achieving goals and deadlines, while demonstrating a flexible and can-do attitude
Strong interpersonal skills, communicates and listens well, persuasive and influential
An accomplished & collaborative level-headed finance leader who is able to work with cross functional teams
Leads by example, consistently displays high ethical standards, integrity, trust, models professional behaviour in line with the Company Values, develops people and builds teams
A self-starter who is comfortable with multi-tasking and displays a methodical and organised approach to work
A strategic thinker, balances complex multiple tasks simultaneously and makes well informed decisions.
Resilient, calm under pressure and meets tight timescales; resolves problems and manages competing demands
Has the ability to challenge at all levels; ask probing and difficult questions on financial direction & decision making
Willingness to travel abroad on business when required.
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