Role details

Head of Finance

City of London   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Multi site retail
  • Leadership role

About Our Client

Multi site international retailer

Job Description


 Manage the core Finance team of approximately 15, with 4 direct reports as follows:


 Drive and attend budgetary cost control meetings with head office cost centre managers to ensure adherence to Budgets

Identifying cost saving initiatives and driving profitability


 Maintain high levels of internal controls to ensure minimal risk or fraud, error or misstatement

 Maintain accurate and up to date financial records in accordance with prevailing accounting (IFRS) and statutory regulations

 Ensure the finance systems are properly maintained and that appropriate controls and checks exist

 Administration responsibility for banking mandates and online banking facilities

 Other aspects of financial control such as reviewing budgets, signing off the payroll, authorising expenditure and agreeing payment terms within certain limits


 Overall responsibility for the month end process, closing the accounts accurately within agreed deadlines

 Oversee the production of monthly reporting, both internally and Group reporting

 Ensure all accounts are reconciled and signed off promptly

 Identify any risks and opportunities


 Co-ordinate all aspects of planning and preparation for the interim and year-end audit and reporting, including the Group consolidation and liaison with external auditors as required

 Manage the audit process through to sign off of the Group statutory accounts in accordance with applicable accounting standards (IFRS)


 Maintain effective controls over cash receipts and payments across the business

 Manage cash flow using a rolling weekly cash flow forecast

 Ensure that foreign exchange currency risk is managed in line with the Group's treasury policy

 Maintain compliance with debt financing agreements, forecasting and reporting on covenants

The Successful Applicant

Candidate Requirements

 Qualified Accountant

 Strong experience from operating in a similar role

 Retail sector experience a necessity, along with multi-site experience and an understanding of VAT matters within an EU environment

 Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office with emphasis on Excel

 Ability and desire to drive change and add value to the business

 The maturity to manage, develop and motivate an ambitious team

 Excellent communication skills and the ability to deal with personnel at all levels of the business, and maintain credibility with other departments

 Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines

 Strong team-working skills

 Strong technical accounting and analytical skills with attention to detail

 Proactive self-starter who thrives on being fully accountable for their work

 Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple projects to tight deadlines

 Must be detail-oriented with strong analytical skills whilst still being able to view the 'Big Picture'.

 Ability to work well with others and handle pressure and rapidly changing demands in a fast paced environment

What's on Offer

Competitive salary and benefits

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