FINANCE MANAGER, EDINBURGH (maternity cover) £35,000 - £40,000 We are working in partnership with a leading Edinburgh based SME who sit within the Energy sector, who are now looking to appoint an experienced Accountant / Finance Manager to their central finance function. The role is to cover a period of maternity (12mths). Although there is no guarantee, the role may go on longer as the business has gone from strength to strength over the last 3yrs, so there is a strong possibility that there may be something more permanent at the end of the contract. The position will report directly to the Head of Finance, whilst also supporting the Managing Director with specific core duties. The successful candidate will hold both excellent communication and technical skills, numeracy, planning and analytical experience, underpinned by a drive and ambition to develop personally and improve business performance. Key duties of the role will include: · Preparing periodic financial statements, including profit and loss accounts, budgets, cash flows, variance analysis and commentaries on specific projects · Analysing financial performance and contributing to medium and long-term business planning / forecasts · Presenting the monthly accounts to the Board · Interpreting and communicating financial data to non-financial managers · Making sure spending is in line with budgets · External audit assistance The role would be well suited to a fairly wide range of candidates but should be seen as being of particular interest to those who have recently qualified. At this stage, only those who are fully qualified will be considered. Likewise, the requirement and need to hold excellent communication skills is absolutely paramount, as is the need to build strong relationships across the wider business that will allow strategic goals to be met. Given that this role is to cover a period of maternity, our client would like to start meeting with interested / suitable applicants at the earliest opportunity. If this opening may be of interest to you, we would ask that you submit your application at the earliest opportunity.