Financial Controller

CR0 4NZ, Croydon
Between £60,000 and £65,000 per annum + benefits
16 Apr 2019
23 Apr 2019
Experience Levels
Qualified Accountant
Contract Type
Full Time

Human Capital Partners are working with a business based in Croydon with revenues in excess of £250m to appoint an ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified Financial Controller.

Candidates will be fully qualified, ACCA, CIMA or ACA and will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Financial Controller or similar role. Previous experience gained in a wholesale, retail or stock related business is essential. As is the ability to lead, develop and mentor a team.


This is a broad, varied role, leading a team of 10 with 2 direct reports, reporting into the Group Financial Controller. Holding responsibility for the group’s day-to-day financial activities across all operational sectors.

  • Key point of contact for budget holders and the senior management team, managing relationships and providing support.
  • Preparation and presentation of monthly reporting including group consolidations, ensuring a strong understanding of all variances to budget/forecast and highlighting risks and opportunities to senior management and challenging budget holders where necessary.
  • Review of flash accounts (profit and loss focused) by day 3. Full variance analysis and headline commentary required to be understood.
  • Control and oversee production of the Balance Sheet Rec Folder, of which is completed in 2 stages – core recs being done on day 4 and the rest by day 10, with commentary.
  • Reviewing all intercompany transactions. 
  • Overseeing and responsible for the annual budget, reviewing and consolidation.
  • Leading the preparation of the year end audit and liaising with the company auditors.
  • Understanding and having a firm grasp on the Treasury and Working Capital Cycles of the group, per entity.
  • Developing team member’s knowledge to ensure all elements of the Management Accounts function are covered for holidays and absence.
  • Pro-actively driving ad hoc commercial analysis to help focus activity and identify potential cost savings and value for money, making recommendations for improvements where necessary.
  • Promotion of cost awareness and cost control culture, ensuring sign-off and authorisation procedures are strictly adhered to.
  • Supporting budget holders with Finance systems and processes i.e. the Purchase Order Management System.
  • Business partnering with company directors to support growth and new business.
  • Understanding company, competitors and industry.
  • Ensuring that each individual in the team has a clear internal training plan and that the medium-term training and development needs of the individuals are being met to ensure their personal development which will in turn strengthen the finance team.


  • Qualified CIMA/ACCA/ACA
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience at Financial Controller or similar level within a similar working environment "box moving, wholesale or retail industry".
  •  Systems literate (Word, Excel)
  • A motivated self-starter who is able to use their initiative and take ownership of tasks
  • Demonstrates commercial awareness
  • Strong analytical skills to provide value added appraisals
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the confidence to influence at all levels
  • Ability to balance different tasks/priorities and work to deadlines in a demanding environment, managing change wherever necessary
  • An enthusiastic team player who can lead by example and manage an analyst to achieve optimum performance through coaching and development