Head of Finance (Portsmouth)

Head of Finance (Portsmouth)

Job Title: Head of Finance (Portsmouth)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Portsmouth
Salary: £50,000 - £65,000
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 5781
Contact Name: Molly Hogan
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 20, 2019 10:11

Job Description

Financial Controller

An international management consultancy is seeking a part-time financial controller to join their friendly, family-feel team. You would be reporting into an incredibly impressive COO, working with a part-time CFO and managing 3 direct reports with ownership over a wider team of 7.

The Company

  • The company culture & values:

o Really inclusive and progressive business with a strong family-feel atmosphere.

o Beautiful, modern offices overlooking the marina.

o Excellent tenure in the support function - the result of a rewards-driven culture.

o A fun community feel with a breakfast club every morning, regular team trips to spin classes and aerobics classes, and lots of social, team-building activities.

o A grown-up, flexible working culture, with working from home options and a cooperative approach to work-life balance.

  • The facts & figures:

o 150 employees and £50m turnover and growing!

o 4 offices (including 1 international office).

  • The systems & tech:

o Sage Enterprise (after recently migrating).

The Role

The company is seeking a part-time financial controller to have autonomy over the full finance function. There is flexibility whether it will be 3 days per week or 4 days per week. We are also open to the successful candidate doing 3 or 4 days over 5 shorter days.

You will have ownership over the below responsibilities, although naturally some of the more basic tasks will be delegated to your wider team:

  • Ensure that high-quality, value-adding management accounts are produced on a timely basis and in a format that is fully accessible to the senior management team and sales staff, including monthly P/L’s and all balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Strive to be a key figure in transformational and evolutionary growth periods in the business.
  • Provide insightful and value-adding strategic advice to the business.
  • Directly manage 3 direct reports but have overall responsibility for a wider team of 7.
  • Responsibility for the production of the statutory accounts across the UK and international entities.
  • Management of the external audit in the international and UK and internal processes and procedures, including the management of the balance sheet and the year-end audit process.
  • Overall responsibility for all external reporting.
  • Preparation of all monthly board pack.
  • Evaluate the performance of the business from a financial perspective and be proactive in suggesting financial and operational improvements and recommendations to management.
  • Consistently look to improve efficiencies and strengths of all financial processes.
  • Maintain accurate weekly cash flow forecasts and talk management through them.
  • Management of relationship with banks, ID provider and management of bank reconciliations (including foreign currency accounts).
  • Maintenance of fixed asset register and depreciation policies.
  • Produce a quarterly report for HMRC and manage VAT submittal and reconciliation of quarterly VAT returns.

The Requirements

  • The successful candidate must have professional services sector experience.
  • The successful candidates must have previous successful team management experience.
  • Strong IT competency, with exposure to Sage Enterprise (X3) and Sage Payroll being beneficial.
  • Excellent spreadsheet skills (formulae, pivot tables, v-lookups, sumifs).
  • Previous experience running an audit is essential.
  • International exposure is beneficial.


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