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Financial Controller

Bristol, Somerset
£50,000 to £55,000
Job Type
21 Jul 2022

Financial Controller role- interim and permanent.

Great opportunity to join a fast growth, dynamic company and working with a great team. Really varied role which will be both hands on and strategic.

Job Role:

Overall responsibility for the finance function in the UK reporting to the Group Financial & Commercial Director / UK Operations Director.

Areas of responsibility:

Leadership and strategy

  • Contribute to and help develop UK business strategy as part of Group plans
  • Challenges the Group Financial & Commercial Director and UK Ops Director in the development of wider strategy
  • Manage the UK finance team
  • Establishes and maintain positive relationships with all external financial contacts for the Group
  • Carry out performance assessments for direct reports and ensure correct training and career development / succession planning
  • Take responsibility for recruitment and discipline of the UK finance team

Key Accountabilities

  • Prepare monthly management accounts for ther Group
  • Apply comprehensive management control to ensure people, plant, machinery and transport costs are within budget for the UK
  • Manage Finance Team (Accounts Payable (AP), Accounts Receivable (AR), Accounts Admin and Finance Analyst)
  • Manage all UK balance sheet reconciliations - accruals and prepayments
  • Maintain Fixed Asset Register
  • Quarterly completion of VAT return to HMRC and be point of contact for the Group UK with HMRC (VAT, Duty deferment, PAYE liabilities) and reporting
  • Primary point of contact for the Group with banking provider, including booking all FX hedges.
  • Primary point of contact for the Group with external auditors, tax advisors and payroll bureau.
  • Process and approve weekly payments to vendor base
  • Review and approve GBP payment run, as created by the AP Finance Assistant
  • Ensure excellent credit control processes are in place with the AR Finance Assistant
  • Approve new customers credit limits in conjunction with the Sales Director / UK Operations Director as necessary
  • Ensure systems are in place to monitor performance against budget, forecast and prior years
  • Oversee UK rebate system (reporting to customers, understanding payment forecasts, reflecting liabilities in the monthly management accounts).
  • Support the Financial & Commercial Director in the annual Budget and rolling 5 year medium term plan.
  • Provide monthly rolling cashflow forecasts
  • Ensure compliance with Go-Pak Group, legal and statutory laws, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure UK KPIs are reported accurately and on time
  • Ensure UK financial SOPs are correct and challenged

Group Accounting

  • Monthly UK reporting to support timetable of reporting via Group Financial & Commercial Director
  • Understand and react to changing reporting needs and information demands
  • Manage change programmes through employee communication, involvement and engagement

Commercial Oversight

  • Work in partnership with UK sales and finance / commercial analyst to ensure a robust commercial approach is in place at all times for UK accounts
  • Input to margin reporting / visibility and proactively identify areas for improvement
  • Input to cost visibility and identification of opportunities for cost improvements
  • Provide advice and analytics to business managers and the sales team to increase commercial performance of new and existing business in understanding of customer situations in the UK

Process Improvement

  • Standardise / Optimise monthly report formats for the UK
  • Make month end processes more efficient including checklist of key control checks (eg fixed Assets, Debtors Ledger, bank reconciliations etc)
  • Formalise cyclical stock counts and reduce times of all stock taking in UK
  • Review Navision business system in the UK and implement upgrades to benefit the financial process as available / needed.
  • Ensures systems are in place for communication at all levels

Person Specification (minimum requirements)

Education & Certifications

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA)

Job Specific Technical Requirements

  • Working within a fast-paced customer focused organisation
  • Attention to detail in production of accurate financial products for UK business
  • Equally comfortable with day-to-day operational tasks and strategic discussions
  • People management skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • A team player, with a flexible approach to work and can-do attitude.
  • Experienced Microsoft Office User and business systems user


  • Experience in finance function of a multinational business
  • Experience in dealing with large FX transactions
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  • Job Reference: 663293152-2
  • Date Posted: 21 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Head4Talent
  • Location: Bristol, Somerset
  • Salary: £50,000 to £55,000
  • Sector: Accounting
  • Job Type: Permanent