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Financial Controller

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2 Mar 2021

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Key role as Financial Controller for the UK & Ireland part of the business, reporting into the FD. A broad-based Finance role, spanning core financial controls, driving business strategy and commercial performance management and helping to lead the business' ambitious transformation agenda. Leading a team of 4 and also leveraging the business' Shared Services and group functions spanning Supply Chain Finance, Treasury and Tax.

Main Responsibilities:-

Controls, Accounting & Governance

  • Develop, implement and monitor strong internal control environment across all business end-to-end processes
  • Safeguard adherence to all company policies and processes
  • Active risk management with a focus on driving key actions
  • Maintain integrity of the Balance Sheet, ensuring clear management ownership and regular management reviews
  • Manage record to Report (including month-end and year-end close), Purchase to Pay and Order to Cash processes, including Credit management, pricing and claims management
  • Local tax compliance and reporting, in conjunction with local advisers
  • Lead statutory reporting process, in conjunction with local advisers
  • Lead statutory audit process and reporting, managing relationship with external auditors
  • Support Internal Audit team and drive full implementation of any recommendations
  • Manage local statutory insurance programmes
  • Review and approve monthly payroll and non-payroll employee tax requirements, in conjunction with local HR team

Performance Management and Driving Sustainable Profitable Growth

  • Ownership of full P&L and responsible for steering delivery of Revenue and Operating Profit
  • Provide analytics and insights to drive business performance and inform pricing, investment and innovation decisions
  • Drive robust cost and investment control/budget management and embed Return on Investment approach (Net Revenue Management, Marketing Return on Investment)
  • Liaise with Supply Chain Finance to understand cost trends and capital investment requirements
  • Steer monthly/quarterly forecasting cycle to produce robust forecast and clear decisions/actions/trade-offs
  • Develop long-term financial plan aligned to strategic objectives and priorities

Cash Management
  • Oversee cash forecasting process and steering delivery of cash conversion and working capital
  • Drive visibility and understanding of cash drivers and required actions across UKI business

Change Management & Separation
  • Ensure effective local implementation of Transition Service Agreements (TSAs) in conjunction with Unilever management
  • Provide Finance leadership to significant TSA exits. Define and implement Finance processes and ways of workings post-exit
  • Provide Finance leadership to systems separation from Unilever and effective and smooth UKI implementation

Team Leadership & Development
  • Manage, lead and develop team of 4 Finance Managers/Analysts. Provide direction, support and coaching to develop individual and team capabilities to effectively support business in delivery of growth and transformation strategy, whilst maintaining a robust and embedded controls environment

Skills and Capabilities Required
  • Professional Accounting qualification and solid Financial reporting and controls skill-set
  • Commercial business partnering experience with proven ability to deliver results
  • Experience of direct line management
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-functional organisation with varied stakeholders (seniority, functional mix)
  • Strong leadership, strategic influencing and communication skills
  • Delivery-focussed with a high degree of ownership and a positive, growth mindset
  • Collaborative and team-orientated mindset
  • Resilience and ability to manage and navigate through change and uncertainty
  • Insurgent mindset and passion to identify and deliver profitable, growth opportunities


  • £60-70k - dependant on experience
  • Upto 25% bonus
  • Private Healthcare
  • Cycle to work/season ticket loan
  • Competitive pension scheme
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