Finance Manager

Accountancy and Finance
26th January 2018
Job Type


My client a leading trading and energy business are looking to hire a high calibre Finance Manager on a permanent basis in Central London.

The role itself requires managing a small team designing, developing, implementing and operating processes to coordinate and produce all financial reporting and analysis for the business. This includes all regular and ad hoc management reporting, external financial reporting (including to Group), and IFRS compliant statutory financial statements for Group.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Management of a small team to deliver all reporting and analysis for the business and the Group, and effective co-ordination with all Finance teams and other functional areas in order to deliver meaningful and accurate financial information
  • Monthly management reporting - financial reporting and analysis for executive management, and submission of financial data and analysis to the parent company
  • Analysis, including business commentary, FX, scope and operational analysis of variance vs. budget/ forecast, and analysis vs. historic performance
  • Reporting to include financial data (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow, return on capital, detailed OPEX and CAPEX analysis, working capital analysis), as well as risk metrics and operational data
  • Reporting financial data to country regulators including Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia
  • Accounting for and reconciliation of variable compensation components of OPEX
  • Co-ordination of periodic Budgets, medium term plans (MTP), and reforecasts, for the Group
  • Preparation of Budget & MTP, and reforecasts, including detailed reporting and analysis, for the business, and the consolidated view for the Group
  • Preparation of CFO Reports for the Audit Committee
  • Preparation of CEO Reports for Board meetings
  • Reporting for the Remuneration Committee (RemCo), with detailed allocation of income and costs, according to approved principles
  • Statutory financial reporting (IFRS) for Company and Group, including preparation of full statements and notes, and coordinating the provision of information required
  • Management of the statutory audit, including co-ordination with external auditors for the audit plan, provision of data, ensuring completion and agreement of accounting papers and other relevant documentation, and responding to questions on the financial statements
  • Reporting to other Group companies on Group trading arrangements, including preparation and reconciliation of bespoke statements, and co-ordination of financial and business information for budgets and forecasts.
  • Preparation of presentations on financial topics, for discussion with Finance, prior to half-year and year-end reporting ("pre-close")
  • Coordination of and preparation for quarterly "Business Performance Reviews" (BPRs) with the heads of commodity trading desks
  • Preparation of staff update presentations
  • Preparation and Submission of standard format quarterly reports
  • Reviewing, filtering and responding as appropriate to requests from the company for financial information and analysis
  • Ensuring consistency of all financial reporting
  • Developing and maintaining a detailed understanding of the Group reporting system, and Group classification/ presentation of financial information

Experience Required:

  • Statutory Financial Reporting, including Company and Group reports, including all stages of planning and co-ordination required to obtain relevant information and produce audited financial statements and accompanying notes under IFRS
  • Design, development, and preparation of management reports, including requirements analysis, and development of processes to deliver relevant information, and for the production of reports efficiently and effectively
  • Financial Instruments accounting and reporting, consolidation of a multi-entity Group, including subsidiaries and associates, and accounting for and reporting transactions (purchase/ sale/ exchange of businesses/ assets/ investments, and structured transactions)
  • Design, development and implementation of systems to improve the efficiency of and controls relating to financial reporting and analysis
  • Preparation of financial reports in a variety of formats and targeting different audiences, from operational reporting to Board level summaries
  • Complex project management, including development of detailed financial models for budgeting and forecasting a complex group, and management of planning processes requiring inputs from multiple business functions and co-ordination across several functional areas

Technical Requirements:

  • Qualified Accountant with several years post qualification experience
  • Proficient in the use of systems including General Ledger, Consolidation, Group reporting and Business systems
  • Excellent Excel skills, including design of robust templates for calculation and reporting, and use of advanced Excel features
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, PowerPoint and Access
  • French language speaker advantageous

Person Specification:

  • Professional and motivated individual with an interest in financial reporting and analysis
  • Capable of working effectively across all levels of the organisation, as demonstrated through the ability to work collaboratively with junior staff through to executive management and Board members
  • Ability to deliver clear and effective communications relevant to the situation (topic and audience), in all formats (written, verbal, presentation)
  • Positive approach to challenges, including encouragement and motivation of others
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to thoroughly and effectively review and check data and reports, and critically review analysis produced by self and others
  • Ability to organise and prioritise multiple tasks and deadlines, and to complete work to a high standard

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