Financial Controller | Luxury Retail and Architecture Group |


Financial Controller | Luxury Retail and Architecture Group |

  • Type:
  • Where:
    City of London, London
  • Starts:
    Next 3 months
  • Salary
    £55000 — £65000
    Per annum + bonus + bens
  • Industry:
  • Doing what:

    Financial Controller | Luxury Manufacturing & Retail | Old Street

    The Client:

    Based a short walk from Old Street station, the client are a prominent retailer and manufacturer of luxury products. Working in conjunction with architects and designers, their staff have a deep knowledge of their product and a passion for their industry.

    Company culture is professional, but defiantly non-corporate. The office is a beautiful architect-designed environment. And although the workforce has a broad age range, staff frequently socialise together (including at an annual paid-for company trip abroad)

    Staff retention is excellent. And long-service is rewarded by 'John Lewis'-style partnership financial bonuses.

    The business rank among our favourite clients to work with because of their strong, positive company values and sense of fun!

    The Role:

    The position is a new role within the organisation, and has been created in response to continued growth of the group of companies. The role will suit an experienced Financial Controller who is both a talented hands-on accountant and an effective leader and developer of teams. You will be reporting into a Head of Finance who will focus predominantly on strategic finance matters.


    1 Manage, mentor and grow the finance team and ensure excellent teamwork across the function.
    2 Provide support to the Management Accountants of the group of companies and check for accuracy in all areas of their work, including the Rolling Order Book, credit card analysis, gross profit spreadsheet, accurals, prepayments, stock and fixed assets.
    3 Ensure the timely production of accurate Management Accounts that are ready for distribution at Board level.
    4 Working alongside Sales and Manufacturing to provide ad-hoc FP&A analysis
    5 Check monthly payroll information including PAYE/NIC and Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme, and authorise payroll transmission.
    6 Oversee the production of quarterly commission statements to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
    7 Produce a monthly cashflow forecast and liaise with Management Accountants to ensure that monthly supplier payments are managed effectively to match this forecast.
    8 Oversee debtors, assisting the Management Accountants where necessary.
    9 Maintain day to day relationships with external contacts such as Barclays, Sage, Standard Life Pension, Auditors etc
    10 Ensure that Management Accountants produce monthly reconciliations of each balance sheet account and that these are checked with Sage.
    11 Overall control for the finance system (Sage) with responsibility for the maintenance and updating of the system.
    12 Overall control of - administration and updating of system, ensuring all fraud prevention controls are in place.
    13 Stock - oversee the monthly reconcilations for the product stock. While assisting the Management Accountant with the smooth recording and reconciling of stock.
    14 Audit - oversee the annual audit, ensuring that the Management Accountants and team produce the correct information and a solid audit file. Prepare information requested by external auditors for annual audits and review financial statements.
    15 Liaise with external tax advisers and manage any tax information required, eg. P11Ds, annual returns etc
    16 Ensure that the VAT and Intrastat returns produced by the Management Accountants and the finance team are prepared accurately and on time and are submitted in accordance with HMRC deadlines.
    17 Calculate variances from budget/forecast and highlight any areas of weakness in cost control and recommend improvements.
    18 Ensure all financial policies are up to date and that there are appropriate internal controls in place over all accounting and financial transactions across the business.
    19 Oversee the staff expenses and credit card systems managed by the Management Accountants to ensure that they are carried out correctly.
    20 Bank accounts/cashflow - oversee the company bank accounts, ensuring the most cost effective use of international accounts and maintaining strong cashflow across the businesses.
    21 Refine and develop accounting processes and systems as necessary.

    What we need to see (Essential):

    * At least 3 years experience as a Financial Controller within a business turning over in excess of £10 million
    * Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA
    * Evidence of strong leadership and management skills of teams of at least 4 people

    What we'd like to see (Not Essential):

    * Recent experience of having worked in a product, retail or manufacturing business


    60-70k + Bonus + Bens


    First stage interviews will be conducted on Monday September 4th.

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