Finance Director

Berry Recruitment
London (Greater)
11 Mar 2018
14 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Finance Director - Working for an award winning SME based in Kingston upon Thames

Are you looking for an exciting, fast paced opportunity in a growing fun loving team?

Are you seeking an opportunity to really take ownership over the financial operations & processes in line with the growth objectives of the business?

About the Employer

Formed in the early noughties this rapidly growing employer has quickly become a market leader in their field. Despite over 15 years of successful heritage they still consider themselves to be a young business, eager to achieve their growth targets and company aspirations.

With that in mind this role works closely with the company founders, who adopt a very hands on approach which can be seen reflected in the recruitment processes and the careful hand picking of crucial company players.

Boasting excellent retention and a series of ‘Top Employer’ recognition awards regionally and nationally they truly are ones to watch.

Why work for this employer…?

They acknowledge their greatest asset is their team and it is in their interests to look out for their wellbeing, ensuring that they have the facilities, working environments and policies in place to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Generous annual leave package starting from 25 days raising to 30 days
(Via length of service incentives)
Carry over, buy back and sell annual leave options
50% contribution to Gym Membership
Flexible working hour’s policy
*Terms and conditions applicable

Finance Director Core Objectives

To prepare, develop and analyse key financial information so that the organisation’s management makes sound commercial decisions to ensure future stability, growth and profitability.

To support and guide the boards with strategic and tactical financial planning.

This is a varied role combining accounting skills with business management skills.

Key Performance Indicators for Role

* Meeting agreed deadlines for the production of figures on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis
* The production of accurate financial data that provides a true reflection of the performance of the business
* Meeting agreed targets for the collection of debtors
* Improved understanding of financial metrics by non-financial managers

If you are right for this role:

- You will have a strong understanding of the workings of an SME business
- Have prior experience in the development and growth objectives in an SME
- Commitment to ensuring high professional standards and successful results through the effective planning and management of time and resources
- Ability to contribute to the overall strategy and business objectives
- Ability to focus on continuous improvement using measurement and analysis to underpin constant process improvement
- Ability to develop and monitor systems and processes that deliver accurate, complete and relevant information at the right time, to the right people
- Professional interpersonal skills, including the appropriate use of language, style, content and impact to suit a wide range of individuals, cultures and environments
- Ability to bring imaginative problem-solving techniques to the achievement of objectives
- Ability to work on own initiative, but without compromising teamwork
- High degree of computer literacy, specifically MS Word and Excel

Role-Specific Skills

- Excellent communication skills with the ability to liaise with both finance and non-finance personnel
- Commercial awareness with excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
- Practical experience of forecasting, management and financial accounting
- Solid understanding of accounting software principles
- Experience of computerised accounting processes and the production of related management information

Summary of what you will be responsible for?

o Preparing monthly management accounts for the company
o Providing sub-group accounting work for the other entities that form part of the company
o Using internal business intelligence to produce the budget and quarterly forecasts
o Providing variance analysis from budget, identifying added-value reporting opportunities for trend analysis and commentary to assist forecasting and budgeting requirements
o Producing annual financial accounts
o Developing effective financial forecasting models
o To provide a support service by working with all departments and the management team to help make financial decisions:
o Interpreting and communicating financial data to non-financial managers and putting the finances into context
o Providing financial input to key strategic decisions and advising on ways of improving business performance
o Analysing financial performance and contributing to medium and long-term business

Other Key Tasks

o To play a full and active role in the running of the business
o To monitor and evaluate financial information systems and suggest improvements where needed
o To assist with the audit preparation work to allow for timely completion of the annual financial statements and corporation tax returns and assisting the company’s auditors in their duties
o To produce the quarterly valuation of course development costs
o To ensure the VAT return is submitted on a quarterly basis and deal with other compliance matters as required
o To ensure the integrity of the accounting records with appropriate checks
o To provide support to the Senior Book-Keeper as required including covering for absences
o To identify training needs for staff and develop plans as to how those needs can be met and, where appropriate, coach, train and induct staff
o To advise Directors of any issues that may impact on the effective performance of your duties

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