Finance Manager Europe (French Speaking)

Job Title: Finance Manager Europe (French Speaking)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Harlow, Essex
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Start Date: 29/05/2020
Reference: 14094336/001_1587736566
Contact Name: Ryan Cooke
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 24, 2020 14:56

Job Description

Supporting the European Finance Director and working directly with the French Operation based out of Paris. Managing a small team, this individual must be able to build effective internal relationships both in Essex and Paris.

Client Details

An exponentially growing International FMCG company with an impressive track record with retention and personal development.


Accountable for the preparation and presentation of accurate and timely weekly and monthly management accounts and other information as required as well as managing the account payable and admin function (3 direct reports). This also includes preparation, review and management of a number of weekly, monthly and other duties.

Key accountabilities & responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the preparation of weekly results and analysis - accurately delivered to strict deadlines
  • Responsible for ensuring all actions resulting from the weekly reporting are followed through in a timely manner
  • Provide support to the reporting process through analysis of large volumes of data
  • Automation and improvement of the in-house reporting tool
  • Prepare monthly management accounts in respect to group deadlines, providing detailed analysis of performance, trends and variances
  • Ensure full and robust reconciliations of all the balance sheet items for month end
  • Responsible for preparing the monthly forecast in cooperation with the commercial team based in France, including variances to budget, analysis etc.
  • Audit year-end file preparation, assist the FD with tax work
  • Support the FD and other member of the team during the budget preparation
  • Responsible for ensuring that financial compliance is monitored with internal controls
  • Ensure that the business is compliant in the different countries it is established (UK, FR & NL)
  • Review of French contracts
  • VAT, Intrastat, ECSL submission in multiple countries
  • Local tax reporting and payments
  • Identify and implement systems and processes enhancements to improve efficiency
  • Work closely with sales and business development to cost and assess new business
  • Manage and mentor a team composed of two account payables and an admin trainee accountant


Key skills and knowledge required: (i.e. those required to fulfil the role, including qualifications):

  • Fluent in oral and written French
  • Qualified Accountant or similar qualification with a minimum 2 -3 years post qualification experience
  • Previous experience in a similar role in the FMCG industry & previous management experience
  • Ideally somebody with experience in a multi-currency environment
  • Excellent analytical skills and commercially astute
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to convey complex data in a concise easy to understand way for non-financial managers
  • Ability to plan and organise
  • Ability to handle detailed information/data accurately


  • Team work abilities
  • Excellent IT skills; advance Excel level required
  • Ability to work on own initiative and problem solve whilst working under pressure
  • Customer focused
  • Knowledge of QlikView a plus

Job Offer

£50,000 - £60,000pa + Benefits