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Finance Controller - SME

  • Location: West Yorkshire, Bradford
  • Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Ref: 16894578
  • Recruiter: Ross Broad
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Our client In response to continuing growth, an ambitious vision for the business and market conditions that are very favourable to the business's core proposition - are creating the senior management position of, Financial Controller

The role will have great exposure across the business. The successful candidate will head up a team of roughly 12 with 4 direct reports.

You will be responsible for the controls environment across the business which has a weekly timescale, processing in volume. Ensuring accurate and efficient weekly and month end close and reporting. Looking at and ensuring preventative measures are on place to protect the business and our customers businesses.

You will be providing insightful and transparent information and support, helping to drive decision-making across the business.

The position is hands on and requires the need to both challenge and support commercial and financial issues across the business.

The business is constantly evolving and has been through a period of transformational change that will ensure that it benefits from the significant opportunities for growth available.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the Payroll & Finance Departments
  • Working closely with the payroll and finance team to ensure high quality and robust control framework.
  • Being an integral and collaborative member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Act as the go to for all matters regarding the controls framework.
  • Building agile forecasting models that can easily be adapted and updated each quarter as necessary
  • Comparing weekly & monthly forecasts to actual
  • Prepare reports for Board Meetings
  • Challenging and contributing to business and commercial decisions
  • Provision of weekly MI and reporting
  • Month-end reporting and Management Accounts
  • Creating a high value Business Performance reporting to analyse variance whilst driving continuous process improvements
  • Maintaining key relationships with funders and auditors

Given that the successful candidate will become a major stakeholder and driver in this process and therefore will need to possess well-developed leadership skills and qualities such as:

  • The ability to provide clear direction vision for the team
  • Situational and adaptable leadership
  • Assured, well rounded and commercially astute
  • High levels of energy and the ability to energise others
  • A natural problem solver
  • Have stamina and positivity, fast moving tight weekly timescales, sense of urgency, quick thinker.
  • Generate executable ideas
  • Be highly credible professional and informed
  • Well organised and an ability to organise others
  • Effectively empower and enable the team
  • A person of high integrity and character - a positive and inspirational role model
  • Ability to be sensitive to the established team, working collaboratively with them and empowering your team but able to persuade and influence with your goals.
  • You must be comfortable working in a fast-paced business and can promote growth and change.
  • Good communication skills as customer facing role, all we do is on behalf of our customers who are not finance literate, ability to explain in layman's terms.


  • ACA or CIMA qualified with direct commercial experience
  • IT savvy with an ability to interrogate databases directly, extracting, manipulating and reporting information
  • Committed to providing unrivalled levels of service
  • Owner managed business experience (SME)
  • Commercially astute


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