Project Accountant

Posted 18 October by PHS Group Limited
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Reporting to the Group Project Accountant but with extensive engagement with the Finance Director, Business MDs and the rest of the divisional management teams this role has become available due to the previous incumbent moving on outside the Group.

The role will involve managing the finances of and providing support to businesses based outside of South Wales so candidates must be willing to travel.

It is expected that principal ongoing responsibilities will include:

  • Providing support to the locally based finance staff

  • Preparation of management accounts, which will involve site visits

  • Reviewing controls and process in order to make improvements where necessary

  • Providing commercial support to the senior managers of certain Group businesses

  • Preparing cash flow forecasts

  • Liaising with the auditors for the annual audit

  • Ensuring that supplier and HMRC payments are made on time

  • Developing financial reports as required

  • Assisting with budget preparation

    Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring we have proper financial controls operating at each site;

  • Making regular review visits to subsidiaries;

  • Carrying out audit reviews of subsidiary businesses to ensure that they are adhering to Group procedures

  • Making sure all our customers, dealt with outside of the Caerphilly Administration department are being invoiced properly and accurately;

  • Checking that robust credit control procedures are in place and minimising debt levels

  • Managing post acquisition/divestment of businesses

  • Carrying out due diligence and data analysis work

  • Assisting with Group and subsidiary reporting obligations including financial statements and tax returns

In order to take on this role and contribute to the development of reporting within the Company it is likely that successful candidates will fit most-to-all of the following profile, demonstrating the characteristics and behaviours described.

BUSINESS FOCUS

  • Has ability to work in a consultative role, advising on improvements and best practice

  • Demonstrates commercial awareness and understanding, without compromising financial disciplines

  • Ensures that business opportunities are appropriately evaluated to minimise risk and sustain/improve profit margins

  • Understands the key business drivers

  • Continually seeks opportunities to improve and streamline processes

    COMMUNICATIONS

  • Provides incisive and user-friendly management information, meaningful financial analysis, input and advice to divisional colleagues and senior management to assist with understanding KPI reporting

  • Communicates positively

  • Provides accurate and timely reporting, establishing effective communications with other senior financial colleagues within the Group

  • Displays well developed presentation and communication skills, verbally as well as numerically, with good report writing skills

  • Is open and honest.

    TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL COMPETENCIES

  • Holder of recognised accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, ACMA) unless exceptional reasons apply.

  • Has excellent MS office skills, particularly Excel and Word

  • Experience of Sage accounting systems preferable

  • Broad financial management background in a business-to-business (or similar) service organisation

  • Experience or knowledge of carrying out both external and internal audit work

  • Experience of preparing management accounts

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Willing to travel within the UK, Ireland and Spain

  • Prioritises successfully in order to identify and meet key issues and challenges.

  • Self starter who is able to manage own workload

  • Is able to work in a deadline driven structured and methodical manner

  • Displays the ability to challenge

  • Positive change mentality

  • Displays "Completer/finisher" mentality

  • Demonstrates excellent attention to detail whilst retaining the ability to see the wider business picture

  • Remains calm and focused under pressure

    PEOPLE SKILLS

  • Displays honesty, openness and integrity with staff and colleagues

  • Gives others credit where due and readily critiques own results and behaviour

  • Demonstrates receptiveness to new ideas from whatever source

Required skills

  • Data Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Management Information

Reference: 36396090

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