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Group Financial Controller


Our client started off as a small family owned hardware shop in North London and went on to launch two new Depots, one in Welham Green and the other in Finchley.

Our client is now an industry leader in dry Lining and insulation.
As a buying group for individual members, our client now helps over 200 members benefit from more than £350 million in buying power.

Underpinned by a progressive business strategy that promoted supplier deals and develops membership volumes and commitment, the next phase of the groups development will see turnover triple in the next three years, our clients' business model is fully equipped to outperform the market and take the membership to new levels of success.
Reporting to the Group Finance Director, the Group Financial Controller will effectively control and develop the next phase of the company's strategy and be able to contribute to the company strategy responsible for the effective scrutiny of this and the management of all financial functions.


Preparation of accounts

, Ensure the preparation of timely and accurate monthly management accounts and reports for management

, Responsibility for all journals and final GL balances including review of month end balance sheet reconciliations and control accounts

, Ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Group's accounting records and financial systems

, Production of statutory accounts for the Group and its various subsidiary companies as and when required in accordance with the relevant accounting principles and the legislation of the countries in which they operate

, Play a full part in providing relevant & timely financial information to Management to enable a balanced and objective assessment of the Group's strategy and objectives

Budgets and forecasts

, Preparation of budgets, forecasts and financial business plans and continued monitoring & review of performance against them and furnish Management and Stakeholders with detailed information on a timely basis.

Financial management & controls

, Effectively manage the working capital components of the business with specific attention to debtors, creditors, and cash balances.

, Manage the day to day sales and purchase ledgers and credit control systems.

, Active management of overheads whilst seeking out areas for efficiencies for savings and develop robust cost management controls and systems.

, Review and update, in line with good practice, the Group's internal control environment and produce a Controls and Procedures manual for review and adoption by management

, To assist the Group Finance Director in preparing for financial Audit, including developing and reviewing effective processes and controls spanning financial, operational & compliance controls

, Play an active role in assisting management in the risk assessment process and embedding a risk management culture throughout the organisation
Information technology
, To take a lead role in the upgrading and implementation of the financial IT systems.

, Work closely with IT to ensure users have access to the key components of the accounting system, receive adequate training and have the essential reports readily available to facilitate decision making and problem solving.


, Liaise with auditors, tax advisers, brokers, bankers and other parties as directed

, Keep key stakeholders up to date on progress against key milestones

, Ensure Management is kept informed of industry developments which are relevant to the operation of an efficient finance function

, Liaise with different departments to ensure the Finance department is properly supporting the needs of the operating businesses

Skills, Ability and Experience

, Proven experience of taking difficult decisions and seeing through to fruition


, Demonstrable practical experience of producing accounts, consolidation of accounts, management information and reports in a modern business environment.

, A recognised CCAB accountancy qualification with at least 3 years post qualification experience

, Ability to lead on strategic development and change at the most senior level

, Experience of using project management techniques

, Experience of implementation of financial systems

, Has Financial Planning and Analysis and Reporting experience.

, Exposure to Investment appraisal (for Capex spend).

, Ability to identify and act on opportunities for improvements in processes, controls and reporting.

, Ability to identify profit improving opportunities.

, With a track record in writing business case and policies.

, Strong analytical skills, with the ability to search out relevant information and explanations.

, Deal effectively with both financial and non-financial management and staff at all levels.


, Strong analytical skills and an ability to input and interpret complex data using IT systems

, Ability to balance and prioritise important control issues with efficiency and effectiveness

, Proven experience of forward thinking, anticipating potential problems, meeting critical deadlines and performing under pressure


, Ability to build the confidence of senior managers by giving expert advice and building good working relationships

, Strong communication skills both orally and in writing

, Ability to remain customer focussed and have business awareness in order to assist non-financial managers in providing an efficient service in a multi cost centre environment

, Experience of persuading, influencing and aiding others in decision making and implementing change


, Empathy with the aims and objectives of a modern trade union organisation

, Proven commitment to promoting Equal Opportunities in the workplace

Personal Qualities:

, A professional approach which generates credibility and confidence in others.
, Effective management of budgets with experience of financial management.
, The ability to work in partnership and across boundaries to achieve results.
, Confident and assertive with a self-motivated approach and flexible attitude.
, The ability to overcome obstacles to solve problems to achieve results.
, Ability to cope with pressure and work to tight deadlines.
, A personal commitment to continuous self-development.
, The flexibility to work outside normal office hours to attend meetings and events.
, Personal commitment a culture of continuous service improvement.
, To respect and work positively with others to create a workplace that is inclusive, a service that is responsive to individual needs.