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Commercial Accountant

VisionFR Limited
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14 May 2021

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Commercial Accountant PQ

Creative Agency - London

Salary £35K-£45K depending on Experience + Study Support

General overview

Our Client is a rapidly growing Healthcare Communications Agency. This is a newly created role and will report into the Qualified FM. This is a commercially focused finance role responsible for Financial project management and Revenue forecasting.

This is an exciting point in the life-cycle of the agency as they are experiencing significant growth and this is an chance to support that growth and an opportunity for personal development.

Client/project finances

Work closely with the account teams and support all aspects of project finances including;
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of client account finances, understand the fluidity and nuances of the individual client account finances
  • Review client project budgets not just for accuracy but also provide value add insights, identify patterns and learnings from previous activities. Ensure SOWs are accurate and follow the required formats
  • Complete monthly WIP reconciliations accurately in line with tight deadlines
  • Attend meetings with client teams internally and externally. Clearly articulate the current position and identify any actions required
  • Client PO Management
  • Provide professional guidance and support to the client teams
  • Process time moves quickly and accurately
  • Request invoices and assist in the resolution of debt collection issues
  • Train and support client teams relating to financial systems and processes, and build commercial awareness
  • MSA tracking and compliance, discount and rebate structures adhered to and support client procurement requirements
  • Oversight of project setup and admin e.g. job codes, and periodic review and close of complete projects, up-to-date rates being used etc

Revenue forecasting and recognition
  • Maintain an up-to-date and accurate rolling revenue forecast
  • Reconcile monthly revenue recognition and complete required journal postings in a timely and accurate fashion
  • Produce monthly revenue variance analysis and supporting commentary highlighting the underlying drivers and identifying action plans where required

Tracking performance vs forecast
  • Produce traffic light reports. Highlight and help to resolve areas of concern, track patterns and support account handlers to find solutions to challenges
  • Further develop management reporting to aid the effective management of the business
  • Support profitability by reviewing actuals worked, analysing trends and suggesting any potential improvements

  • Support the effective allocation of resources by providing ad hoc assistance during the monthly company resourcing process

Agency finances
  • Timely and accurate flash revenue reporting to Group with incitefull commentary
  • Liaise with Group on specific monthly client reports
  • Support (re)forecast and landing submissions
  • Support the audit process

Projects & other responsibilities
  • Other ad hoc finance tasks and analysis as required by the Commercial Director
  • Support key finance and business projects
  • Support RFI's
  • Promote the company values at all times

People skills
  • There is no direct management in this role
  • Build effective working relationships based on trust
  • Coach and up-skill new and existing account handlers in agency finances

Individual professional development
  • Proactively identify and participate in learning and development opportunities related to your individual development path
  • Seek regular feedback and proactively deliver feedback regarding your own development

Must haves

  • The successful candidate will most likely be part-qualified (study support available)
  • Commercial finance experience is essential, covering WIP management and forecasting, in a business facing role
  • Strong communication skills. Must be able to translate financial issues into language understood by the business
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities
  • Proficient in Excel (medium to advanced) and financial systems and a keen eye for detail
  • Agency experience is essential, and healthcare comm's agency experience would be a distinct advantage
  • A flexible problem-solving approach and positive, proactive mindset
  • Working to deadlines
  • Demonstrable experience of process implementation and improvements
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team

Due to the large number of online applications we anticipate receiving only those candidates with the relevant experience will be contacted.
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