Head of Finance

Michael Page
Middlesex, Twickenham
£70000 - £75000 per annum
12 Oct 2018
26 Oct 2018
Lucas Mehlhopt
Job role
Head of finance
Contract type
Part time

- A unique role, this position involves both traditional Head of Finance duties, however also entails a significant amount of deep dive analysis and commercial experience.

- The successful candidate will have experience using G suite, SQL server, or equivalent.

Client Details

A leading science based organisation, my client has recently undergone significant exciting changes. With turnover now circa £50m p/a this is a newly created position.


This role is unique in that it is both tecnically demanding, however has significant analytical requirements also.

Job Purpose

  • To manage and deliver the finance function of the business
  • To support the business and separate business units contained within. This will be achieved through the provision of Financial Controller and Management Accountancy within the business
  • To provide Business Unit Managers with a deep understanding of their profitability, both in financial and physical metrics

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Manage the Accounting, AP, AR functions
  • Work alongside Central Services to produce full P&L accounts.
  • Subsequent monitoring and detailed analysis of the P&L based on circa 200k invoice lines per annum
  • Analysis of production processes and ERP system output to monitor and report WIP
  • Planning and reporting of Key Indicators
  • Creating business unit specific reports
  • Designing advance reports and tools for use within the business to improve visibility and decision making
  • Conducting quality assurance of systems and accounting processes to ensure auditability and robustness
  • Provide financial acumen to Continuous Improvement and Capital investment projects
  • Manipulating and interpreting of large sets of business data using proprietary and bespoke software
  • Reporting of month end accounts and commentary for each business sector, including KPI's and graphs.
  • Preparation of timely and accurate monthly management information complete with key P&L variance analysis.
    • Preparation of annual budgets and reforecasts

    • Monitoring overheads with insight to allow strong control on spend.

    • Tracking of efficiency programs, projects and spend.

    • Ongoing development of reporting for the Business and Group.

    • Balance Sheet reconciliations and analysis of significant movements.

    • Capex analysis, review and reporting.

    • General Ledger controls.

    • Lead on bids and tenders.

    • Support on M&A activity and integration.

  • Motivating and developing finance staff members


  • Proven aptitude for data analysis
  • Advanced Excel, G suite, SQL server and general database skills - REQUIRED FOR THIS ROLE
  • CIMA/ACA/ACCA Qualification
  • Solid Business and Financial Controller plus Management Accountancy experience within a complex processing or manufacturing industry.
  • Previous experience of working with departments outside Finance and across multilayered group operations.
  • Self motivated and proactive individual with a can do attitude
  • Ability to grasp production processes and understand the wider business picture
  • Ability to work on projects and solve problems independently
  • An innovator rather than an administrator who is able to deliver the final product in a quality fashion
  • Sound leadership and management skills along with the ability to influence and communicate across functions and levels within an organisation, manage a team of 6 heads.
  • Resilient

Job Offer

A salary of up to £75,000 p/a, working within an exciting, developing organisation.

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