This role is going to appeal to those of you that are looking for progression. Not every Accountant is blessed with the ability to progress swiftly in their careers with the businesses they work for. This position is offering you the opportunity to take the next step up. If you’re a Qualified accountant with some post-qualification experience under your belt, now might be the right time to be looking at this Senior Finance Manager role.
The company has been trading for roughly 100 years, works out of 150 countries and has several business lines. Turnover is close to £3billion and staff numbers are over 50,000. The European Head Office sits in London and following a recent reshuffle, the finance function now plays a bigger part in the commercial activities of the business. That’s where you come in…
The part you play is integral to the success of the company over the next few years, certainly with Brexit considerations and industry relevant changes looming. It’s your job to establish and set up strong commercial partnerships across the business, within multiple regions to ensure management decisions are on point. You won’t just advise, you will drive that change and see it through. You won’t be responsible for company wide strategy (you’re not quite a CFO yet!), but you certainly need to know how to advise accordingly and provide that link between those leading the business to those that are running the business operation. You’ll find that you can fit seamlessly between the two - you’ll spend a lot of time building business relationships, but will also spend an equal amount of time managing a team and ensuring the finance function is running at an optimal level. That means ensuring management and financial reporting is covered effectively, financial statements are completed, that time is taken to coach and develop your teams, that cash-flow and treasury is managed accurately, that communication and work between the Central Service Hub and your teams are on time and accurate. All whilst playing a heavy commercial role in the business.
The good news is you are supported by two highly talented Directors that you will report in to. With over a decade each within the industry you will be entering, they will be responsible for giving you the tools that you need to do your job effectively, and push you towards those bigger finance roles, eventually. The role has flexibility to make mistakes, you’re still learning, remember? But you will be good at what you do and you will be ambitious.
If the above looks of interest, I’ll be happy to talk you through it all in further detail and see if it’s something suitable for the next step-up in your career.