Finance Director

CMA Recruitment Group
Poole, UK
31 May 2019
27 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
CMA Executive Recruitment is exclusively retained by Lewis Investment based in Poole. For 32 years Lewis' have been providing independent financial advice to their clients, the majority of whom favour and benefit from ongoing and proactive guidance and advice from one of their experienced advisers. They believe their unique common sense proposition builds wealth for their clients using a combination of Preferred Funds and Commercial Property Investments. They now advise on over £550 million (of which £220 million are commercial property syndicates).
The two main trading companies have a turnover of £3.15 million of which 73% is recurring revenue.
Lewis is also the sponsor and funder of The Lewis Workplace Pension Trust, a master trust that has just applied for authorisation from the Pension Regulator. This trust provides defined contribution pension schemes for 108 employers and this is set to grow significantly following authorisation. Although it is only a small master trust, they are likely to be one of only 30 schemes in the country and so they have high ambitions. The master trust will provide additional individual clients to the advice side of the business where members want individual attention.

Job Overview:
They are currently looking to appoint a Finance Director. The position is to form part of the dynamic management team and will involve the delivery of a professional finance function to drive insightful, commercial financial information to support the development and growth plans of the group companies.
Not only will the job involve working on the small group company accounts, but also taking responsibility for the accounting of their clients' investments in Special Purpose Vehicles used to purchase commercial property investments. Each SPV has a value of between £400k and £9 million.
Reporting to the owner and Managing Director and working closely with the management team, the critical attributes of the successful candidate will include: -

*Experience in the development of timely reporting, KPIs of commercial recommendations for the management team to aid strategic planning and decision making.
*Running a professional and growing small finance team, whilst identifying and implementing technology improvements to all processes.
*Advanced Excel skills and IT literate with a genuine interest in using IT to deliver efficiencies and advancements.
*Demonstrable ability to influence, persuade and work effectively with all levels of staff across the organisation.
*A highly qualified and experienced Chartered Accountant ACA, ACMA or ACCA.
*The Managing Director is working less and travelling more and therefore this job is also to assist the management team in progressing the company, but also to always protect the shareholders' interests.

Main group duties and responsibilities:
*Production of monthly board packs.
*Key variance analysis on profit & loss, balance sheets and cashflows.
*Strategic thinker able to drive group strategy by developing, reporting and keeping under constant review monthly KPI reporting.
*Annual Financial Accounts production.
*Produce quarterly rolling three year forecasts.
*Manage the process and production of annual budgets and a broader support for the annual business planning process across the organisation.
*Develop and maintain short and long term cashflow models.
*Bank loan modelling, forecasts and reporting.
*Producing and analysing the SPV accounts (currently amounting to 70).
*Acquisition other project financial modelling, analysis and reporting.
*Peer group analysis.
*Maintenance of fixed asset registers.
*Provide ad hoc support to the management team by ensuring that key reporting is accurate, relevant and timely to assist optimal business decision making.
*Identify and deliver improvements in efficiency and consistency of finance teams reporting and operations.
*Assist with the financials of new commercial property SPV's (of which circa 10 per year will require work).
*Manage payroll and benefits within the company by liaising with an external payroll specialist team.
*Any other duties as required
*Oversee the operations of the small finance department, including the accounting operations, control systems and transaction-processing.
*Manage the recruitment of staff within the team together with training and development of all team members.
*Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures.
*Co-ordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit.
*Work with the SPV lenders to ensure smooth repayments and transactions.
*Ensure compliance with all government reporting requirements and tax filings etc.
Additional essential skills:
*An analytical and pragmatic mind and confidential approach to work, with the intention of using technology to improve systems.
*Demonstrable ability to analyse, manipulate and interpret data to ensure timely and relevant business reporting.
*The ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines under pressure to tight monthly deadlines.
*Methodical, attention to detail and accurate working style and a proactive attitude to work.
*Proven time management and organisational skills.
*Strong presentation skills.
*Excellent interpersonal skills enabling you to get the best from the finance team, management team and key shareholders.

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