Finance Manager

Job Title: Finance Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: City of London, London
Salary: £55000 - £60000 per annum
Reference: 628_1641549303
Contact Name: Harper May
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 07, 2022 09:55

Job Description

Harper May are currently working with a well-established company whose sole business is the governance and trusteeship of pension funds. The business is enhancing its systems and working practices to improve the quality of its operational and financial processes as it grows. They are looking for an experienced, forward thinking and hands-on Finance Manager who will report to, and work closely with the Head of Operations, to contribute actively to this process of improvement and to support change management.

Key responsibilities:

Month End Reporting (working with outsourced accountants)

  • Ensuring timely month-end closure and performing month-end process, including journals preparation and postings (fixed asset, payroll, accruals,and prepayments)
  • Preparing monthly/ quarterly consolidated management accounts and Management Information pack
  • Preparing monthly balance sheet reconciliations and ensuring the general ledgeris accurate and reconciled

Year End Reporting (working withoutsourced accountants)

  • Ensuring timely year-end closureand overseeing the preparation of statutory accounts
  • Ensuring the integrity of the accounts, and compliance with appropriate accounting standards (IFRS) and internal procedures
  • Assisting with year-end external audit queries, providing reconciliations and back up

Budgets and Forecasts (working withoutsourced accountants)

  • Preparing cashflow forecasts, annual budgets, and quarterly forecasts
  • Analysing monthly financials and performance metrics, in pursuit of improving cashflow and business efficiency

Payroll and Pensions (working withoutsourced accountants)

  • Overseeing the outsourced payroll provider, including providing monthly/ quarterly payroll summary for processing
  • Managing the company's pension scheme and plan, including actioning new starters and leavers
  • Overseeing the pensions contributions prepared by payroll

Accounts Payable

  • Responsible for purchase ledger, including supplier invoices postings, payment run, petty cash, expense claims, credit card transactions, etc.

Accounts Receivable

  • Responsible for sales ledger and credit control, including customer invoices, debt collection, weekly bank reconciliation, etc.

Internal Controls and Procedures

  • Carrying out and enhancing the organisation's accounting and financial operations and practices, including implementing, and documenting internal control procedures
  • Ensuring the business is compliant with GDPR, tax and other regulatory requirements

Internal Support

  • Bringing back in-house the outsourced accounting function (as far as practical)
  • Overseeing preparation, review and submission of VAT returns and corporation tax returns
  • Leading monthly financial review meetings; discussing actual vs. budget and prior year
  • Assisting company secretary with company secretarial duties, including overseeing submission of annual accounts to Companies House
  • Responsible for bank mandate and managing new user set up and access requirements on banking portal
  • Other ad hoc accounting, finance, and operations duties

Operational Support

  • Supporting and deputising for the Head of Operations, including changemanagement, and enhancing the organisation's operational activities, such as creating (and monitoring adherence to) policies, processes and strategies
  • Maintaining intimate knowledge of processes, to strategize, execute and monitor improvements

Job requirements:

  • Professionally qualified accountant (e.g., ACCA, CIMA, ACA), with experience in UK GAAP/ IFRS
  • Minimum 3 years post qualification relevant experience
  • Proficient user of finance software (Xero accounting packagefamiliarity desirable)
  • Insourcing and change management exposure
  • Well organised self-starter, with high attention to details and good work ethics
  • Strong inter-personal, communication,analytical and leadership skills, with an emotionally intelligent approach, a calm common-sensemanner, to work harmoniously and effectively with others
  • 'Can do' attitude and problem-solving skills, with ability to take initiative, prioritise,and stick to time constraints
  • Ability to deliver process improvements that embrace the opportunity to add new value
  • Desire to probe further into data to create insights from analysis and to challenge status quo
  • Up-to-date IT skills, with good working knowledge of Microsoft 365 platform, including Outlook, Work, advanced Excel (essential), Power BI (desirable), PowerPoint, SharePointetc.
  • Good data processing and decision-making skills, including risk analysis, strategic planning, and budget management
  • Willingness to adapt, learn new skills and embrace/ drive change and lead others by example

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