Assistant Financial Controller

£60000 Per Annum
14 Oct 2016
21 Oct 2016
Recruitment Team
Experience Levels
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Financial Controller

Our client is currently recruiting for an Assistant Financial Controller. You will have control of the Accounts Payable, Receivables, Cash Management and Revenue Reconciliation teams. Your role will be to manage these functions effectively so that all risks are identified and mitigated, with an added responsibility to reconcile company turnover to various accounting and reporting systems.

Our client is the market leading and most recognised provider of services in their sector in the UK. They operate from over 500 locations and have a client portfolio that includes institutional investors, corporate and private, as well as local authorities and NHS trusts. With an annual turnover of over £¼ billion they serve more than 60 million customers a year.

Their sector has seen huge, exciting changes in the last decade and will continue to see innovations that transform their business as well as their customer journey. As technologies available to our client evolve, it offers greater opportunities to create a service proposition of today, tomorrow and the future.

Assistant Financial Controller – Main Responsibilities

  • Manage, coach and mentor 2 direct reports but support them with an overall team of 16 staff
  • Conduct quarterly appraisals
  • Identify training and development needs and to build a plan to ensure these needs are met
  • Work with the Finance team on improvements to reconciliations and day to day work
  • Support the business in the financial impacts in relation to any new strategic initiatives
  • Implement better ways of working to reduce duplication and manual intervention, with less reliance on Excel downloads
  • Develop a team who understand the importance of customer service
  • Support the business with the training of finance best practices
  • Ensure all ledgers are maintained, supplier and customer reconciliations are completed accurately and on time
  • Ensure issues are resolved quickly for all internal and external stakeholders
  • Improve the current KPIs and develop new KPIs for the business, with graphical interpretation of results
  • Review current controls
  • Provide cashflow forecasting to the FPA team in Finance
  • Develop strong relationships with key suppliers
  • Work with the Property Finance team in Manchester (occasional travel to Manchester will be required) to ensure the service levels for their rent and rate suppliers are properly managed
  • Be a key point of contact with the Auditors for the systems audit and end of year audit
  • Work with the Tax Accountant to ensure all VAT is recorded correctly.Provide quarterly reports to support adjustments to the VAT returns.
  • Provide support to the finance function in terms of analytics and ad hoc requests

Assistant Financial Controller – The Ideal Candidate

  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA or QBE qualified
  • Excellent Excel Skills
  • Oracle R12 experience essential
  • At least 3 years experience in a similar management role
  • Experience in implementing change and process improvements
  • Evidence of hands on support through the annual audit process is important
  • Attention to detail is critical
  • Reporting and presenting results to management is key
  • Ability to build professional relationships with wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritise, work under pressure and deliver to agreed deadlines
  • The drive to pursue innovative ideas
  • Ownership and tenacity
  • Thoroughness, accuracy and attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • Service driven and professional
  • Highly motivated, able to work independently and in a team
  • Enthusiastic approach to change