Financial Controller

16 Jul 2017
16 Aug 2017
Job role
Financial Controller 

Based in Manchester City Centre

£40,000 – £50,000 Dependent on experience + Excellent Benefits package

The Opportunity

This is a wonderful opportunity to join a busy, successful finance team as the Financial Controller of Peninsula.

Job Overview

Part of the Peninsula Group, is the leading provider in the UK of Employment Law, HR and Health and Safety advice and consultancy services with over 30,000 SME clients. The Group is constantly expanding through a combination of organic growth and acquisition both in its home markets and internationally. The Group is now the market leader not only in the UK, but also in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. This growth creates new challenges and opportunities throughout the business and the UK Financial Controller is an important member of the finance leadership team that manages these developments from a finance perspective.

Reporting direct to the Group Head of Finance, the UK Financial Controller manages a department, which is responsible for the payables and nominal ledgers, and has a management accounts team to facilitate the preparation of the monthly reporting pack. The role involves working closely alongside the Group Credit Manager and demands strict adherence to Group reporting timetables whilst balancing these requirements with ad hoc information and reporting requests that arise throughout each month.

The right candidate will have a sound accountancy background but will also need a good commercial head on their shoulders.


Key Responsibilities

    Management of the UK finance team
    Co-ordination and review of the month-end reporting procedures
    Preparation and review of the monthly management accounts and preparation of monthly reports and variance analyses
    Review of all month-end reconciliations
    Preparation and review of budgets and forecasts on a quarterly and annual basis
    Cashflow forecasting and monitoring
    Preparation/review of VAT and other statutory returns
    Manage the audit of the financial statements at the end of the financial year
    Attend regular meetings with the Group Head of Finance and other management meetings at PBS to provide any financial input required on Peninsula UK
    Understand and report on the profitability of the business on a variety of bases: client, product, service, geographic or other bases as appropriate
    Work closely with the Payroll and Commissions Manager on the monthly payroll
    High-level authorisation of payment runs
    Liaise with the insurance company that underwrites the services (the advice PBS gives is insured) to ensure correct calculation and reporting of insurance premiums and commissions
    Variety of ad hoc tasks, directly supporting the Peninsula senior management

Skills and experience required:

    Must have a recognised accountancy qualification
    Ability to organise and prioritise workload
    Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
    Able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of financial reporting procedures
    Ability to use the various mainstream finance and reporting tools: Excel etc
    Commercial experience
    Ability to manage people whilst being part of a busy team
    Possess strong communication and presentation skills
    Demonstrate strong process-driven methodologies and a good understanding and use of systems to drive efficiencies into the department – essential for the rapid growth and development of this business

If you are an ambitious commercially-minded accountant who wants to be part of a dynamic and forward thinking business, then please apply today.

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