Head of Finance

WRc plc
Swindon, UK
02 Oct 2019
15 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Head of Finance
Contract: Full-time.Permanent or Interim.Location: SwindonSalary: upto £55,000 dependent on experience, plus company benefits (see below)

Founded 90 years ago, WRc has a unique heritage as one of the world's leading scientific and engineering consultancies. As an independent business and centre of excellence for innovation we are trusted by Government, industry, regulators and energy and utility companies to solve today's most challenging and significant problems in the fields of water, gas, waste and the natural environment.

The WRc Opportunity

WRc has embarked on an ambitious plan that aims for significant growth and expansion over the coming years. This will provide exciting opportunities for the right people to join us. You will play your part in our future by enabling us to achieve our commercial objectives through the delivery of customer-focused solutions. In return, you will be part of an organisation in which expertise is celebrated; an infectious passion for your specialist skill-set is actively welcomed; and drive and performance are rewarded.

The Role

We are currently looking to recruit a new Head of Finance. The successful candidate will report into the Chief Operating Officer and be responsible for both the delivery of functional objectives and the operational performance of the Finance Department. The Finance Department is responsible for all the finance functions relating to the WRc Group and the two main subsidiary companies.The Head of Finance will also be responsible for the ongoing development of the Finance function to support the evolution of the business and to provide a proactive support function with excellence at its core.

Main Responsibilities

·Lead the Finance Department of 5 people to develop a highly functioning team that delivers an excellent, proactive support service to a rapidly evolving service business;

·Develop the structure of the Finance Department to effectively deliver the required service to the business, ensuring effective interfaces with Commercial and Operations;

·Oversight of all finance operations, maintaining appropriate monitoring and controls to ensure accurate and timely recording and reporting;

·VAT reporting and submissions; oversight of Corporation Tax analysis and R&D tax credit claims;

·Management of cash-flow in a challenging growth environment;

·Update and implement appropriate financial policies and procedures as required;

·Prepare and present monthly management and annual statutory reports for the group businesses;

·Coordinate the annual budgeting process and quarterly forecasting;

·Financial modelling to reflect proposed business opportunities;

·Manage the annual audit process.

Qualifications and Experience

·Qualified accountant ACA/ACCA/CIMA with Financial and Management accounting experience;

·A minimum of 3 years of finance experience post-qualification, including significant experience in a services / project-based organisation;

·Experience leading a team to excellent performance, with a demonstrable ability to bring out the best in staff.


·Excellent, proactive communicator, able to interface at all levels in the organisation, including presentations/discussions at Board level;

·Good interpersonal and leadership skills;

·Advanced ability with MS Office tools, especially Excel and Access.Comfortable manipulating SQL databases, including writing and deploying SQL queries;

·Superior attention to detail, as well as demonstrable critical thinking and problem solving skills;

·Be highly adaptive and welcoming to change;

·Highest level of integrity.

Additionally, any of the following experience/skills would be an advantage:

·Experience in business process improvement;

·Experience of implementing / upgrading / troubleshooting finance systems;

·Experience preparing for / evaluating / implementing M&A activity.

Culture & Benefits

In our welcoming and inclusive environment, at WRc we foster a culture where talented and motivated people are nurtured, encouraged and supported to succeed and develop their skills. We know that with the right people, we are able to build on our unrivalled reputation in the fields of innovation and technical excellence. We welcome team members who bring new ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem solving as well as those who have a genuine passion for their specialist subject or area of research.

In return for your commitment, we offer a wide range of benefits including:

·Flexible working hours based on a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday

·A contributory pension scheme

·25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays

·Free accident/life insurance

·Cash Health Plan

·Active Sports and Social Club

·Subsidised on-site staff restaurant

·Free Parking

·On-site gardening club & allotments

·Office location with easy M4 access / excellent travel links

WRc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates.

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