Michael Page are delighted to be supporting the search for Aura Light to find a Business & Finance Controller who will run the financial and commercial business operations for the UK & France. Reporting in to the parent company in Sweden, this is a truly pan-European role with a number of facets;
• Full responsibility for all aspects of accounting and finance across UK and French regions; tax, operating costs, DSO, AP/AR (outsourced to SSC), product profitability, management/financial accounts • Creation of financial reporting and analysis there-in of both UK and French trading regions • Operational analysis including; sales variance analysis, sales price deviation, margin, product mix, supplier management •Cash flow forecasting and management responsibility • Overdue accounts collection • Commercial contract review and negotiation with customers/suppliers • Creation of weekly, monthly and quarterly financial and management reports to local and group management • Management of a dual locations and markets, including current teams and a small accounting function
This role represents an opportunity to be at the helm of part of a pan-European business and at a pivotal point with their growth and strategy plans. please note, this role will be based across both the Telford and Paris locations; any applicants must be able to travel to Paris approximately 50/60% of the time.
Who we're looking for
The preferred candidate will need to be very self aware, and possess an engaging and approachable style. Due to the scope of the role, you will need to be able to speak fluent business level French and English as a minimum plus be a fully qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/ACMA/CGMA). The ideal profile is a multi lingual candidate with experience of working and living in France and/or other EU countries. They will be expected to manage as well as successfully coach and mentor an existing and future team in both countries but due to the 'start-up' nature of the teams,the job holder will need to be very hands on from day one. They will also need to demonstrate strong parent company relationship management skills and work effectively with key stakeholders in Sweden and their peers across Europe.
About our client
Established in 1930, Aura Light were the first manufacturer to create a long life fluorescent lamp and are pioneers of sustainable lighting solutions globally. Their products are used for a huge array of applications and Aura Light lead the charge in partnering with their clients to engender a collaborative approach to lighting solutions and maintaining their sustainable energy ethos. With such a legacy, the working culture in Aura Light is one of a truly global business, offering genuine, progressive cross discipline careers in all trading locations.