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Financial Controller

Hays A&F
England, Hertfordshire, Stevenage
£50000.0 - £60000.0 per annum + Up to £60,000
Closing date
Mar 22, 2024

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Job Role
Finance Manager
Contract Type
Full Time
Level of qualification
CIMA, CIMA: Qualified

Job Details

Your new company
I am excited to be supporting a brilliant non-profit organisation who have over 40 years of providing services. In my role of Public Sector and Non-Profit Finance recruitment, my role is to share the job opportunities with the top finance professionals across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This role is a newly created role that will support the Director of Finance to become more effective at the strategic level and support the Board with their requests. Your role will support this.

Your new role
This is an end to end Financial Controller role that will see you doing everything from production of Month End to Business Partner with the Operation Teams. Along with supporting the Director of Finance, you will manage an AAT studier as they progress through their career.

Management Accounts Reporting
Preparing monthly management accounts in a timely manner (drafts produced by working day two).
* Completing final management accounts reporting by working day four, including variance analysis and commentary.
* Own the variance analysis process. Follow up on communication internally with budget holders or with suppliers for invoice documentation.
* Review monthly income flash reports and communicate to centre teams on the performance of the business on a monthly basis.
* Improve the financial understanding of management information by internal stakeholders.
* Preparing forward-looking forecasts on income and expenditure, using historical trend analysis and agreed assumptions used in the business modelling process.
* Issuing weekly and monthly aged debtor reports to Centre Teams, Head of Business Centres and DOF.

Financial Accounts Reporting
Complete all monthly balance sheet reconciliations by working day four for presentation to DOF.
* Review group VAT returns on a monthly and quarterly basis, and ensure compliance with submissions.
* Prepare / assist in the completion of all quarterly reporting for internal and external stakeholders.
* Prepare cash-flow forecasts and projections.
* Own the budget process from start to finish. Prepare all budgeting packs and reporting for internal stakeholders.

Staff / Direct Reports
* To ensure the retention, motivation and engagement of direct staff reports, including holding appraisals, 1-2-1 meetings and Continuing Professional Development discussions.
* Supervision of team member performing Purchase ledger and Sales Ledger Accounting process (covering absence as required) with the following tasks completed by this team member
* Reconciliation of all bank accounts in Sage on a weekly and monthly basis.
* Reconciliation of the billing system (currently Dynamics 365) to Sage accounting ledger, after each import (weekly and monthly).
* Raising invoices in Sage and e-mailing invoices out to clients on a regular basis.
* Setting up new Direct Debit mandate instructions from our clients, ready for us to collect payments from clients. Collect monthly Direct Debit receipts from clients, using the software in place. Reconciling the Direct Debit receipts and communicating exceptions to the Centre Teams in a timely manner.
* Sending client statements of account out on a monthly basis and responding to Centres' queries as they arise.
* Processing of client deposit refunds, ensuring these are properly recorded in Sage and payments are reviewed and paid.
* Coding and posting all suppliers\' invoices to Sage. Ensuring invoices have been approved within the company guidelines, before making payment to suppliers.
* Prepare weekly / monthly supplier payment runs for all suppliers, ensuring bank signatories are available.
* Responding to clients\' and suppliers\' queries as they arise.

Finance Systems and Processes
* Reviewing systems for processing expenses, purchase orders and invoices.
* Maintenance of the chart of accounts in accounting software (Sage 50).
* Review and, where appropriate, identify weaknesses and opportunities for improvements in key financial processes.
* Support non-finance staff, particularly centre managers, in understanding finance reports and systems, and work with them on improving cross-departmental processes.
* Contribute to the analysis and design work in support of the development of new systems, involving participation in multifunctional teams and project groups where necessary.

Business Partnering
* Acting as the primary contact point for Centre Managers, working with them and other budget holders to ensure that key process deadlines are met.
* Own the budget setting process for the business, including preparation and circulation of templates to budget holders.
* Promoting financial awareness and confidence amongst non-financial staff by means of:
* Responding to queries.
* Providing well-presented financial reports and analysis.
* Following and further development of standard operating procedures.
* Overseeing the Business Rates control and payments process.

What you\'ll need to succeed
* Qualified ACCA or CIMA Accountant
* Experience of working in an SME business where you have been hands-on in your role
* Ability to work in the office 5 days per week.

What you need to do now
If you\'re interested in this role, click \'apply now\' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
If this job isn\'t quite right for you, but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion about your career.

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