Project Finance Accountant

Lowell Group
16 May 2018
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Project Finance Accountant

Location: Leeds

Salary: £competitive + 3% flexible benefits + discretionary bonus + contributory pension

Lowell Group is a rapidly expanding innovative business that requires a Project Finance Accountant to join our growing team.

Main purpose of job

  • Finance Business Partner to Change Management
  • Key member of UK Value Creation Team
  • Produce business cases and financial analysis for all UK projects
  • Identify how to measure and define financial performance of projects
  • First point of challenge on robustness and deliverability of business objectives
  • Offer financial opinion and insight to senior management and UK Exec on the priority and value
  • of new and existing initiatives
  • Attend project steering meetings
  • Financial governance and monitoring of projects
  • Ownership of all project numbers and single source of truth for all reporting
  • Produce financial reporting for key audiences, covering budget, forecast, actuals and insight
  • Help to identify mitigating actions and opportunities through holistic knowledge of the UK
  • transformation agenda
  • Help the business to deliver the value creation agenda and identify new opportunities for value
  • creation
  • Support Procurement to deliver best value for spend

Key responsibilities

Project Finance Business Partner

Fully accountable for the financial assessment of business projects through:

  • Production of UK business cases
  • Preparation and attendance at steering / project meetings
  • Business partnering relationships with Change, IT, and Operations
  • VCP drive / facilitation role on key priorities
  • Improving quality of insight and reporting

Stakeholder Management

  • Manage an effective engagement model with the business stakeholders (senior management,
  • business owners, UK Executive)
  • Raise profile of VCP & forge strong working relationships across UK businesses
  • Ensure effective set-up and tracking of project reporting to the business owners and Change
  • Management

Project Finance Standards

  • Methodologies, accounting, governance, modelling, reporting and quality standards for Project
  • Finance
  • Agree principles and reporting requirements with Finance Senior Management and UK Finance
  • Director
  • Ensure timely assessment of the financial tracking of projects
  • Strong cooperation with project finance colleagues in other regions

Functional expertise/main job related skills

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Part or fully qualified accountant / financial management (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CFA or similar)
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • Financial Services experience desirable
  • Strong business skills in modelling, innovative thinking, business partnering and financial reporting
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills with experience of senior stakeholder management
  • Demonstrable ability to operate independently and take accountability for the delivery of major initiatives in a fast-paced business environment

Business and Personal Leadership/skills and attitudes

  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Can work with and understand the viewpoints of diverse stakeholder group
  • Highly analytical and logical thinker
  • Ability to grasp complex ideas quickly
  • Identify and solve problems
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently / take the initiative
  • Reasonable technology awareness
  • Entrepreneurial / business acumen
  • Well organised, goal oriented, able to understand/juggle priorities to meet deadlines

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary with annual bonus
  • Contributory pension
  • 3% flexible benefits - including cycle to work, critical illness, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, travel insurance, dining club, retail discounts and the option to buy up to one week's worth of holiday subject to start date
  • Free shuttle bus from Leeds City Centre
  • Subsidised on-site restaurant
  • Free on-site gym
  • Excellent coaching and training

If this sounds like the role for you, we'd love to hear from you.

So, apply today - what have you got to lose?!

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