Finance Business Partner

Job Title: Finance Business Partner
Reports to: Commercial Financial Controller
Location: Sandhurst HQ, Surrey
Shift pattern: 40 Hours Monday – Friday
Package: £40,000 - £50,000 Depending upon experience
25 Days holiday per annum (excluding Public Holidays)
On site car parking

JOB PURPOSE

This is a unique opportunity to work for an Entrepreneur-led business looking to drive growth and a Finance Director with an optimisation-led strategy. The is a commercial, business focused role. This opportunity will combine your technical accounting expertise and commercial acumen for a business with ambitious plans for the future.

Owning the P&L and Balance Sheet for one of the businesses, you will lead the production of the management accounts for your business. You will possess strong technical compliance knowledge and, with support from the Commercial Financial Controller, ensure alignment of the financial results with operational and commercial drivers. The successful candidate will also need to ensure existing controls and frameworks will continue to support the business’s ability to grow in a sustainable manner.

Effective financial planning, building budgets / forecasts, working capital management, and working with the Credit Controller / Cash Analyst to accurately forecast cash flow are all essential elements of this role.

You must be able to link the commercial and operational activities to finance. You will 'translate' the financial results and communicate them to the business leaders to enable effective decision making. The ability to foresee and mitigate risk is also an essential quality that you will possess. Business partnering effectively with Operations, supporting the Finance function, and bringing a problem-solving mindset will be key success factors. The Entrepreneurs will also place reliance on your output, making this a unique career development opportunity for the successful candidate.

You will also work closely with Credit control, Accounts Payable / Payroll Lead and the Commercial Financial Controller. You will provide support to the different areas of the team and cover for other members of the finance team when they are on leave.

Possessing strong communication skills, an eye for detail, problem solving and building effective relationships (both external and internal) are a pre-requisite. The individual will be a pro-active enabler, able to constructively challenge and provide the solution to issues as they arise.

It is envisaged that this individual will develop into a future Head of Finance as the business embarks on its growth trajectory.

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTS, FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS AND FINANCIAL CONTROL

• In partnership with the Commercial Financial Controller, lead production of business monthly management accounts.
• Support the annual financial accounts.
• Partner with the Credit Controller & Cash Analyst in production of month end bank reconciliations and monthly cash flow report & forecast for the group.
• Build budgets, forecasts and to manage working capital for your designated area.
• Support finance team in producing MI review packs.
• Support the management of balance sheets (including reconciliations), ensuring that all processes adhere to and comply with Financial Reporting Standards.
• P&L production and balance sheet management, supporting the finance team where necessary.
• Contribute to the Risk Register.
• Partner with Credit Controller & Cash Analyst and operations to track client contract variations.
• Work with the Finance Director, Commercial Financial Controller and Operations to report WIP.
• Review the financial policies and controls framework to assess effectiveness, as well working with the finance team to improve the framework.

COMMERCIAL AND OTHER

• Understand client commercial agreements.
• Work with the Finance team and Operations to build fixed order workbook.
• In partnership with the Credit Controller & Cash Analyst, review the WIP with Operations. Identifying all opportunities for both existing billing and all 'Out of Scope' / 'Contract Variations' which require billing.
• Report the WIP to Commercial Financial Controller, Finance Director and Group leadership team.
• Business partner with Operations and Sales, providing support and challenge where required.
• Review Aged Debt reports and support with Credit Control (with support also coming from the wider finance team).
• Contribute to production of the daily bank reconciliations and Cash positions reports.
• Support finance team to manage HMRC compliance and correspondence.
• Other Ad Hoc requests as they arise.
• Support the Accounts Payable / Payroll lead with the monthly payroll.
• Deputise for the Commercial Financial Controller when required.

CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION

EDUCATION LEVEL AND QUALIFICATIONS

• ACCA / CIMA / ICEAW qualified
• Excellent spoken and written English language

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

ESSENTIAL
• Microsoft Office (incl. Excel, Word, ppt etc.)
• Strong Excel / financial modelling and analysis experience
• Identifies and implement best practices
• Team management

DESIRABLE
• Experience with SAGE, Quiktools and Xero
• BI tools experience
• Planning tools / software

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

• High level of self-motivation and possess a problem-solving mindset.
• 'Hands on' approach, with attention to detail.
• Possess commercial acumen and team leadership skills
• A high degree of integrity and ability to constructively challenge
• Strong relationship management
• Self-motivated and able to work both as part of a team and on an individual basis
• Manage and prioritise workload and time
• Confident user of all communication channels including phone calls, email and letters

Interested? Come and join our team! Send us your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@freidman.co.uk. Please note that the role description may change in line with the operational requirements of the business or the line manager. In addition, its contents are not intended to be exhaustive. Freidman is an equal opportunities employer.

Finance Business Partner