Financial Controller

London, South East England
17 Jul 2017
16 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Dealership Accountant leads the Finance Team within the busy London car dealership. This is a senior technical role with staff supervision responsibilities. The Dealership Accountant is responsible for financial accounting, MI and sales administration and reports into the Director of Finance with a dotted line into the General Manager, Retail. The Dealership Accountant will be a member of the Retail Operations senior management team and be expected to positively contribute to its profit delivery and growth and development objectives.

The Team
The Dealership Finance team comprises the Dealership Accountant, a Finance Assistant and two Sales Administrators. This team is expected to grow commensurate with the delivery of the forecast growth in sales volumes. The Dealership Team comprises Sales, Service & Parts departments together with Finance & Administration.

The Person
The successful candidate is likely to be professionally qualified and will have a thorough grasp of financial and management accounting and a good working knowledge of indirect taxation. He/she would come from a Motor Dealership background and be experienced in business-partnering senior management and providing high quality information on a real time basis. The Dealership Accountant will assist the Finance Director in adding value to the business by:
Controlling costs & cash;
Establishing industry 'best practice' financial controls within the Dealership;
Helping Retail Operations to make the right decisions; and
Ensuring that everybody in the Finance Team is operating effectively.

Because the Dealership Accountant will be involved in commercial issues requiring him/her to provide decision support to senior non-financial managers, strong technical competency must be complimented by sound business acumen and good judgement. The Dealership Accountant will be a key 'Super User' of Autoline v.8.35, and take key responsibilities for its development and optimisation. He/she will be expert in Excel and familiar with APAK. Some travel to Coventry & Manchester may be required from time to time.

Key responsibilities:
Production and interpretation of timely & relevant MI
building a strong system of financial control within the Retail Operations division, including budgetary control, reconciliation, authorisation, physical & cash-handling controls.
Formalisation & recording (flowcharting) of process & procedure
Chart of accounts maintenance & Kerridge system supervisor / Super User integration between Epicor & Kerridge
financial accounting, month-end close & group reporting to the parent company
Preparation of budgets & forecasts
Periodic stocktaking & maintenance of Used Vehicle Valuation Matrix
credit control
Compliance (Financial Conduct Authority; Stocking Loan administration / audit)
Liaison with external audit team
IT systems development
Liaison with company funding providers and insurance brokers
Project work
Staff supervision, coaching, mentoring & development

Applications are invited from those with experience of the UK retail automotive industry and knowledge of the CDK/Kerridge DMS or a similar product. The salary guide is circa £52,000 - £55,000 p.a., depending on experience. Additional benefits include £400 pcm car/travel allowance, 33 day's holiday (inclusive of eight bank holidays), a defined contribution pension scheme (4.0% employer; 2.0% employee) and secure on-site parking.