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Commercial Finance Manager

Berkeley Group
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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The Commercial Finance Manager partners with the Project Director in leading and challenging across all aspects of the project, to ensure successful delivery against the business plan.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
  • Providing a strong financial counterpoint in all site-based decisions, both strategic and operational.
  • Ensuring complete and accurate profit and cash flow forecasting for the whole project, working with various departments, challenging assumptions and reporting to business stakeholders.
  • Producing clear, accurate, monthly and weekly reports on site progress.
  • Ensuring requested system changes be completed, by delegating to, educating and coaching Management Accountants, then reviewing their work.
  • Influencing a range of stakeholders, across levels of seniority and departments, building relationships and responding at speed to queries.
  • Managing the reporting of over/underspend and the appropriate reserves.
  • Review payments monthly to ensure correct VAT treatment and recording in financial systems
  • Taking ownership of all tax-related items for the Project including SDLT and VAT, ensuring an efficient structure for the project and maintaining a tax plan for internal reporting.
  • Managing the Commencement Appraisal, when involved in the early stages of a project.
  • Carrying out financial risk-assessments of potential tendering subcontractors.
  • Risk-managing project stacks, advising key stakeholders early of potential risks and planning contingencies.
  • Providing commercial recommendations based on a deep understanding of the project, awareness of construction industry trends and accurate analysis of development options.
  • Analysing and benchmarking sales, advising on pricing and mix where appropriate.
  • Giving regular clear, concise presentations to all levels of management, the finance team, FDs, chairing or contributing to meetings with the OpCo Board and Divisional Board, explaining finance to non-finance professionals and exercising tact in sharing risks and concerns.
  • Business Partnering with FDs, being the connection between the finance team and the projects, raising risks early and communicating the story of what is happening on-site.
  • Coaching site teams on processes and controls, reminding them how financial processes should be completed and why this is important.
  • Prioritising a complex range of queries and tasks under pressure, to deliver what is needed for the project.
  • Co-ordinating and completing Divisional and Group requests, maintaining relationships and supporting with adhoc queries under pressure, such as pricing, producing clear and concise memos, tax issues etc.

Technical Competencies:
  • Qualified Accountant
  • UK Driving Licence
  • Highly IT literate, including excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel, fast learning of systems
  • Interest in construction industry
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