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Assistant Financial Controller

Employer
Michael Page
Location
Wiltshire, England, Swindon
Salary
GBP60000 - GBP65000 per annum
Closing date
3 Mar 2023

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Sector
Retail and wholesale
Salary band
£60,000 - £70,000
Contract type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Where will they be working?
Hybrid - mostly office

Job Details

This role will have significant autonomy and involves continuous interaction with key internal and external stakeholders in the business, including working with the CFO and managing weekly Board cashflow reporting. OFL are going through a period of cultural change, and the timing of this role provides a great opportunity to refresh some of the key internal and external relationships and processes to the advantage of the team.

Client Details

A Private Equity backed retail business renowned across the UK, who are going through a period of transformation and growth.

Description

This role will have significant autonomy and involves continuous interaction with key internal and external stakeholders in the business, including working with the CFO and managing weekly Board cashflow reporting. Going through a period of cultural change in the finance team, and the timing of this role provides a great opportunity to refresh some of the key internal and external relationships and processes to the advantage of the team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • One of the largest parts of the role is preparation of the 12 week rolling cashflow forecast, including variance analysis and commentary, which is sent to the Board weekly
  • Extension of this reporting into preparation of an annual cashflow budget, which is updated on a regular basis
  • Managing day-to-day currency needs for weekly payment runs and forecasting currency requirements so sufficient hedges can be placed to meet Hedging policies. Supporting the Group Financial Controller to managing relationships with currency providers
  • Preparation of annual statutory accounts and companies house filings for UK-based trading entity and holding company
  • Management of the statutory audit process being the key day to day point of contact for external auditors and preparing audit information as required
  • Review of financial data and consolidation of overseas entities in Hong Kong, Vietnam and China. Support of relationships with overseas accountants and accounting advisors
  • Management of relationships with external tax advisors including preparation of information required for tax filings and development of tax strategy for both direct and indirect taxes
  • Oversee the purchase ledger, sales ledger and cash teams to ensure postings are timely and accurate
  • Deal with escalations from suppliers and internal customers. Take ownership of resolution providing support to the team and appropriate escalation where necessary
  • Manage the monthly close for AP, AR and Cash Book
  • Oversee management of the core finance systems to ensure effective operation and data integrity
  • Monitor and set targets and KPI's for the team to improve controls and execute tasks in a high-volume environment
  • Drive improvement to processes and systems to ensure they are efficient and fit for purpose and to improve controls; including oversight of ongoing projects
  • Key project contributor for implementation of a new finance system over the next 12-18 months
  • Provide leadership, guidance and support for the transactional teams

Profile

  • Minimum qualified accountant CIMA/ACA/ACCA with 3+years PQE in a similar role;
  • Good people management skills with previous experience leading and motivating a team
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to build relationships across the business at all levels
  • Self starter, confident and comfortable at problem solving, finding viable solutions and offering constructive challenge to existing process and practice; Experience of process improvement and implementation. Finance system implementation/migration experience would be beneficial
  • Strong technical background, having dealt with challenging technical financial reporting and accounting issues;
  • Strong attention to detail. Able to drive the detail without losing the bigger picture story
  • Previous experience in a transactional finance role desirable (Accounts Payable/Receivable/Cash Management
  • Experience in a high-volume/large dataset environment operating to defined service levels and targets. Analytical mindset with experience in data analysis and manipulating information/ data
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and manage and prioritise issues
  • Sage 1000 and SAP Concur experience beneficial

Job Offer

  • Salary: Competitive, up to £65k pa
  • Employee discount: amazing discounts available on products after successful completion of probation
  • Life assurance: free cover of a minimum of two times your annual salary up to the age of 65
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Birthday: an additional day off for you to celebrate your birthday
  • Hybrid working available
  • Pension: 4% employee contribution matched by the company
  • Employee Assistance Programme: gives all employees access to both telephone and face-to-face counselling services
  • My Rewards Programme: offers discounts on everything from restaurants and supermarkets, to entertainment and holidays
  • Free on-site parking

Company

Michael Page specialises in the permanent, temporary and interim recruitment of qualified accountants. In fact, our organisation was founded to provide selection and recruitment services for accounting professionals and has been a market leader in this field for more than 35 years.

We have earned the trust of clients in industry and commerce, the banking and financial services markets and the public and not-for-profit sector. We also have an exemplary track record of completing assignments for everyone from small, boutique practices to the Big Four firms.

Michael Page has pioneered a unique, consultative approach to recruitment, enabling us to find the best fit between our client’s needs and the candidate’s experience and abilities. With an emphasis on delivering results and establishing long-term relationships, our consultants waive commission in favour of quarterly profit share – that means impartial career advice and an entire team pulling together on your behalf.

Many of our consultants have a background in accounting and finance – that’s real, grass roots expertise at your disposal. Combine that with the global reach you get from a company that has over 164 offices in 34 countries and you’re looking at a pretty formidable package.

We are confident no other consultancy is better qualified to help you make that crucial, next step in your career. Take this opportunity to browse our accounting, tax and treasury jobs to find out more about our specific expertise:
• Industry and commerce
• Financial services
• Public and not-for-profit
• Taxation
• Specialist markets
• Treasury
• Newly qualified ACA

Alternatively, if you're looking to hire, please send us a job brief or get in touch to find out how our track record could add value to your recruitment process”

Visit the Michael Page website for more information

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