Group Head of Finance

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Our client is a well respected privately owned SME business operating with the Sales, Hire and Maintenance of Machinery across both the UK and Ireland.

As part of the companies continued expansion, FRS have been enlisted to assist with the recruitment of a experienced financed leader to join the business as No 1 in Finance / Group Head of Finance.

This position will operating as the lead finance professional for the group becoming a key part of the SLT Team aiding its ambitious for continued growth and improvement from its current £15m T/O

The role comes with two reports – an Accounts Assistant to assist in delivering this essential part of the business and an Office Administration Assistant. The role is broken down as follows:-

• Advising the senior management on any financial, strategic & commercial matters
• Maintain and develop company commercial insights & BI / KPI reporting and analysis.
• Preparation of monthly management accounts using Sage Line 50 financial Controller and Protean Service Control package for two separate companies
• Oversea and management of purchase and sales ledger functions, including making and receiving payments, credit control, and credit referencing.
• VAT – preparation of quarterly returns, monthly Intrastat arrivals and dispatches submissions on-line NOVA Registrations and monthly EC Sales returns (Intrastat).
• Preparation of monthly forward cash-flows over a 12-month period.
• Cash management on a daily basis with access via internet banking.
• Purchase of foreign currency as necessary for payment of suppliers (generally in Euros) and cash management of foreign currencies
• Warranty submission and supervision of warranty matters corresponding re disputes and unpaid warranty.
• Collation of engineer’s overtime and sales commissions for salary preparation.
Overseeing all aspects of finance for 2 companies with the aid of an accounts assistant including :-
o Processing customer invoices
o Daily cash allocation
o Maintenance of cashbooks and daily bank reconciliations
o Purchase invoice processing in Sage 50 Accounts Professional
o Processing of BACS payments and sending out remittances to suppliers
o Supplier statement reconciliations
o Dealing with supplier queries
o Processing Barclaycard statements
o Processing of fuel receipts
o Issuing customer statements
o Credit control
o Dealing with customer invoice queries
o Compilation of engineers overtime for payroll from timesheets
o Balance sheet and intercompany reconciliations
o Payroll

• Liaison with auditors during year end audit
• Liaison and cash management with Ireland subsidiary and the nominated external accountants
• Liaison with finance house with regards to long term finance leases / hire purchase agreements in place
• Work with Protean service software to ascertain forensic contract profitability (training will be provided)

The ideal candidate will be

– Formally Qualified (ACA / ACCA / CIMA) however those that are QBE with suitable experience in a similar role will be considered.
– Comfortable working within a lead finance taking ultimate ownership for financial management of the business with strategic input.
– Must be an excellent communicator comfortable working with stakeholders across the business
– Commercially focused and business orientated individual who fully appreciates the threats and opportunities within a business environment
– Ideally have experience of multi-currency / international
– Will be pro-active and willing to challenge the status-quo
– Hands on approach as a key member of the SLT within a SME business.

A good level of IT Literacy Is essential to include MS Excel for reporting and analysis and knowledge of Sage desirable