Financial Controller

Recruiter
ELIOR UK
Location
Barbican, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
20 Aug 2019
Closes
24 Aug 2019
Ref
1234703852
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Here at Elior UK we have lots of opportunity for progression and personal development within our business and work with a diverse range of clients. Elior is a multi-award winning global player in the contract catering sector, with operations in over 16 countries, over 120,000 employees and 25,000 points of sale. We are one of the largest contract caterers in the industry with our Group headquarters in Paris. Here in the UK we have approximately 15,000 colleagues helping us deliver our promise in achieving excellence in everything that makes up the customer experience across 1,600 sites. Elior works in partnership with universities to maximise the quality of their student experience as places of both living and learning. We strengthen the competitiveness of our clients by making excellent value, healthy high-quality food a key feature of their establishments and we are innovative in our approach to modern eating preferences. Job description: Financial Controller Elior works in partnership with several Universities to maximise the quality of their student experience as places of both living and learning. We strengthen the competitiveness of our clients by making excellent value and healthy high-quality food as key feature of their establishments. As part of our continued strategy to grow the Elior Brand within the University sector, we now have an opportunity for a talented Financial Controller to join our team and continue to push Elior to the forefront of the contract catering market. In order to be considered for this role you will need to have strong financial acumen, be analytical in mindset, and have strong reporting skills. Knowledge of contract catering would be beneficial but not essential. We would be very keen to speak with people who come from a retail or supermarket brand also. This role is key to the success of our delivery. You will work closely with the senior management team to ensure that our financial performance is in line with key objectives of the contract, and that both fixed, variable costs and expenditure are within acceptable weekly limits, and that we're always operating to achieve profitability. We want you to embody the Elior way of working which is high energy and have a strong ability to contribute to the team, love variety and never shy away from a challenge! As the financial controller you will be responsible for: Key Operational Accountabilities * Business partnering with the onsite operations team * Consistent weekly reporting Sales, gross profit, labour, and overheads for each contract. * Insights on high/low margin products & recommendation to improve profitability * Focus around purchasing compliance, and identifying opportunities to improve profitability (switch & saves of products/suppliers etc) * Assess overall finance compliance (cash control, till readings vs. insight etc) and provide recommendations for improvements * Provide decision support to initiatives and projects supporting delivery of targets through insightful analysis and idea generation * Providing interpretation and challenge to current & future trading plans. * Prepare the financial planning and budgeting process within timescales * Support colleagues across the business in developing financial awareness * Some travel required to sites mainly within Greater London. Key Working Relationships * On site operations team * On site finance managers * Senior operations manager for University business Profile description: * Strong analytical capabilities coupled with successful business partnering * High attention to detail * Ability to work on own initiative, effectively prioritise and manage workload, meeting tight deadlines * Excellent communication skills with people at all levels in the organisation * Intermediate to advanced Excel skills - including pivot tables, formulae, lookup tables, 'if' statements & comfortable with multi-workbook reporting

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