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Finance Operations Controller

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 26, 2024

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Full Time
Are you a Finance professional looking to for your next move?

The Finance Department plays a crucial role in providing strategic, management, and operational financial support to the firm. Following the successful implementation of our new system, NetSuite by Oracle, we've focused on maintaining and enhancing our finance business processes. Now, we're evolving to offer even more value-added services to the business, and the Finance Operations Controller is key to this development.

This pivotal and high-visibility role is integral to our finance management team. Working closely with the Finance Operations Director, the Finance Operations Controller will oversee the entire order-to-cash cycle, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness.

The position is based in Cambridge, where our finance team is primarily located, with occasional visits to regional offices (approximately 10-20 days per year).

What you’ll be doing

The team's key priorities include managing all operational aspects of client and job onboarding, work-in-progress management, billing, order book, credit control, and banking. The Finance Operations Controller will also be responsible for ensuring that the team consistently meets their individual and collective responsibilities and deadlines.

  • Line management of circa 6 team members.
  • Ensuring the smooth operation of the order-to-cash cycle.
  • Managing the firm’s exposure to bad debt and late payment.
  • Overseeing the billing cycle whilst engaging with key stakeholders.
  • Challenging and controlling work in progress and order book numbers.
  • Drive efficiencies from the financial reporting software (NetSuite) and other packages, ensuring benefits are understood, documented, and realised across the group.
  • Delivering operational process and procedural improvements.
  • Occasionally deputising for the Finance Operations Director at senior management meetings.
  • Contributing to a wide range of ad-hoc projects (e.g. Introducing ‘dunning’ to the business and systemised invoice despatch.

About You:
  • Enthusiastic & energetic whilst remaining professional.
  • Skilled communicator, both written & verbal.
  • Ability to handle multiple workstreams whilst prioritising effectively.
  • Highly collaborative with a solutions-based approach.
  • Ability to prioritise and deal with complex problems.
  • Confidence to call out areas where improvement is needed whilst suggesting solutions.
  • Experience of working in the similar role in a professional services setting (a property background is desirable, but not essential)

Why Bidwells?

We’re a different kind of business. Whilst we’re a major player in the property sector, Bidwells remains a privately-owned, independent Partnership, with an inclusive, entrepreneurial culture. We give our people autonomy and take the time to listen.

What’s in it for you


We recognise and reward talent.

Comprehensive Benefits: Including up to 8% matched pension, private medical, medicash plan, your birthday off work and lifestyle discounts and perks.

Professional Development: Continuous learning, study support and promotion opportunities.

Innovative Culture: Be part of a forward-thinking team at the forefront of industry trends.

Family Friendly: We offer enhanced family leave policies to support individuals close to you.

Work-Life Balance: We value your well-being and offer agile working to support it.

Bidwells is dedicated to fostering a truly inclusive culture of belonging, where everyone can thrive and succeed as their true and authentic selves at every level. We are committed to equal employment opportunity and positively encourage applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of race, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief. Flexible working requests are considered from day one.

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