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Divisional Head of Finance

  • Location: West Yorkshire, Leeds
  • Salary: £80000 - £100000 per annum + Excellent Package
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Ref: RAD16889951
  • Recruiter: Leeds Office
This vacancy has now expired.

Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Divisional Financial Controller will play a key part in the senior leadership team, offering financial leadership and guidance to this autonomous division.

Key responsibilities include:

Leadership

  • Key member of the senior leadership team with autonomy to lead the UK finance function on a day to day basis.
  • Leading and developing a growing team to be based in Leeds and in asset locations.

Financial Accounting and Reporting

  • Oversight and governance over business reporting ensuring strong financial controls over expenditure, reporting, hedging, budgeting and cash management
  • Working with Group finance to ensure alignment with group objectives and group reporting
  • Developing and producing insightful management reporting
  • Improving financial process and control
  • Ensuring adherence to IFRS accounting standards and statutory reporting requirements
  • Managing the annual external audit
  • Overseeing the execution of tax strategy at UK level and tax compliance activities at asset-level
  • Enhancement of existing finance processes, IT systems and procedures to ensure efficient integration of acquisitions and implementation of best practice are achieved.
  • Managing cash and bank relationships and monitoring adherence to loan requirements.

Financial Planning and Analysis

  • Development of the UK group's Financial Planning & Analysis function, in order to provide robust, quality management and performance information to the business and influence strategic decision making
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis to Management to inform decision making
  • Lead the UK annual business planning and within year forecasting processes

Other

  • Financial, process and systems integration of acquisitions
  • Leading finance system strategy and implementation
  • Assisting with financing and acquisition activities as required.
  • Understanding and reporting financial and business risk

The Successful Applicant

The ideal candidate will be ACA qualified, preferably with a Big 4 firm background and with a demonstrable track record in developing robust financial controls and effective leadership from within a complex high growth environment.

Experience:

  • Blue chip, mid-sized group or high growth entity experience.
  • Strong technical knowledge of accounting standards and tax.
  • Trusted senior team member of finance leadership team.
  • Evidence of experience in special projects. E.g. IT systems implementation and integrations.
  • Knowledge of systems, SAP preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills and able to manage at a distance.
  • Sense of personal ownership, commitment and accountability.
  • The ability to provide clear direction and inspire confidence with a view to delivering results and quick action.
  • Team-oriented; excellent interpersonal skills and able to develop collaborative relationships at all levels in the organisation.
  • Ability to balance delegation with being "hands on" and close to the business.
  • Track record of building strong, adaptable, proactive teams.
  • A history of developing talent and creating environments where employees develop their capacity to meet challenges in an increasing complex business context.
  • A strong mentor, who is able to provide direction and coaching to more junior team members.

Personal Characteristics

  • Good knowledge of finance team department operations.
  • Diligent approach to process and controls.
  • Able to self-direct and prioritise activities in the context of the business.
  • Positive outlook with a simple, open communication style.
  • Instinct to continuously improve and drive change
  • Able to act as a strong internal diplomat and create effective relationships at Divisional and Corporate level.
  • A self-motivated individual thriving in a dynamic work environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
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