About The Role
The aim of the Finance team at Claranet is to provide expert financial advisory and support services to the business underpinned by an effective control environment. This falls into three key areas: (1) Financial Business Services: Production of reporting to support and influence business decision making and overall management of the bi-annual Business Planning process; (2) Corporate Services: Development and management of an appropriate governance and risk management framework and the provision of information for Group Finance; (3) Financial Shared Services: Efficient provision of transactional and administrative business processes including related system development and stewardship of core data quality.
The Finance function is a professional environment and consists of the following functions; Financial & Management Accounting, Commercial Finance, Credit Control, Sales Support, Cancellations, Legal, Procurement & Compliance.Most of the UK finance function is based in Gloucester although we have members of the team in London, Warrington and Leeds as well as several homeworkers.
We are a passionate and driven team with a vision to provide a high-level of service to the organisation.
Essential duties & responsibilities
Management Accounts, Analysis and Reporting Maintain the accuracy of the accounting records, which includes: Maintenance of the general ledger, including month end close of the general and subsidiary ledgers. Review of reconciliations between the general and subsidiary ledgers, ensuring all reconciling items are investigated and resolved. Preparation and posting of monthly accruals (income and costs), prepayments and deferred income. Assisting in submission through Group systems (e.g. Prophix). Responsible for key elements of the month end close, which will include investigating supplier invoice queries and backing, variances against forecast results and preparation of balance sheet reconciliations. Preparation of financial information, including the monthly management accounts, group reporting pack, business unit specific reporting and any other ad-hoc business analysis as required. Ensure that all processes are fully documented, including identification of key controls. Preparation and presentation of monthly business unit cost analysis against forecast and budgets including cost type. This will include ensuring monthly meetings are arranged with key managers to review this analysis. Preparation of the monthly CTG P&Ls including variance analysis to understand key movements versus budget and prior month. Monthly review of UK and CTG intercompany recharge invoices. Preparation and maintenance of the monthly P&L v Budget file. Liaise with Procurement to log, track and report generated savings. Approve supplier invoices for payment (up to a pre-agreed value).
Forecasting and Budgeting Completion of the cost of sales, Hardware & Software and Travel & Expenditure elements of the budget and forecast. Completion of the whole P&L budget and forecast for CTG. Assist the Head of Finance by collating all budget and forecast submissions for Group.
Team Leadership Management of two direct reports on a day to day basis. Conducting regular 1-2-1 catch ups, offering mentorship where necessary and assisting the team on an ad hoc basis with any queries they might have. Assisting direct reports in their progress through CIMA and logging their efforts in accordance with the CIMA Toolkit. Conducting bi-annual appraisals and setting appropriate SMART objectives. Assisting the team on an ad hoc basis with any queries they might have. Driving the team to complete their own projects, either assigned to them or their own ideas.
Other Involvement in group finance initiatives and financial systems projects as required (for example new ERP system implementation). Provide support and guidance to the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable teams to ensure the accuracy of the financial ledgers. Assist with the year-end process as directed by the Head of Finance, working with Group and the external audit and tax teams as required to ensure that statutory reporting deadlines are achieved. Involvement with key business initiatives, such as product launches and new business acquisitions, ensuring that there is financial rigour around the decision-making process and that our systems, people and processes are adequately prepared.
About You Experience of working in a commercial or Information Technology driven business of similar size (revenues of £100m+). Fully Qualified in CIMA / ACCA with post qualification experience. IFRS reporting experience. Strong financial accounting systems knowledge. Strong communicator – written and oral. Excellent planning and analytical skills; especially focused on identifying and measuring key business drivers. A highly driven and energetic individual. Ability to deal at all levels of the organisation. Ability to coach members of the team as they progress with their CIMA studies. Ability to work autonomously and prioritise workload in alignment with the business priorities. Proactive team player and have the confidence to gain credibility across the business. Ability to travel to different sites and locations as required. Experience of working with a distributed workforce
- Accounts Payable
- Accounts Receivable
- Association Of Chartered Certified Accountants
- Bank Reconciliation