The main sectors within industry and commerce are:
- Technology and telecoms
- Property and construction
- Business and professional services
- Natural resources
- Leisure, travel and entertainment
We recruit for all types of businesses in these sectors, from start-ups to major FTSE 100 companies. If you aspire to one day be a CFO for a FTSE 100 company, you’ll need to have experience in a number of different roles within a finance function, whether technical reporting or commercial. With the potential for exposure to the commercial decision making process early on in your career, this is an exciting route to take.
A business analyst is responsible for providing financial and operational information from commercial projects, and understanding where value is gained and lost in the business. You would analyse management and competitor information to generate insights into relative economies and competitors. Your responsibilities would also include supporting decision makers by developing financial and operational models. Business analysts are involved in identifying, extracting and manipulating data within specific projects to enable strategic initiatives to show an increase in effective communication, incorporating the use of more sophisticated techniques and software.
As a financial accountant, you would provide a historical view of the company finances. Key responsibilities in this role are bookkeeping, statutory accounts, consolidations, supervising credit control and sales/purchase ledgers, bank/cash reconciliation, stock, fixed assets, general ledger and VAT work.
As a financial analyst working within a commercial business, you would be at the heart of producing figures and trends to feedback to decision makers. Financial analysts interact with all levels of the finance and commercial function, and are required to contribute to initiatives in the department and to identify improvements to the efficiency and performance of the business. This is a very visible position involving liaison with all levels within the core finance department and also with non-finance employees.
Financial controllers act as the central point of reference between the senior management team and the finance department, along with controlling the daily routines and ensuring that the department operates smoothly. They are responsible for the monthly and quarterly reporting as well as delivering commercial advice. A financial controller is empowered to ensure that the non-finance divisions of the company are able to understand their costs and profitability. Characterised as being strong communicators and team players, financial controllers have an innovative and forward-looking approach.
A Group accountant role in a head office function will offer an opportunity to explore and understand the nature of the business. There is emphasis on financial/management accounting and the interfacing of the finance function with all levels of management in the business. Group accountant roles offer an early chance to be noticed by senior management and the board, across the business, and requires a proactive approach to work. Most interaction is with core finance people across the whole organisation.
Management accountants produce daily, weekly and monthly information that is used in decision making. You would be responsible for the monthly information flow from operating units regarding the management accounts. In addition to some routine functions, such as month-end, you will also gain exposure to analysis work over budget variance issues and providing commercial support to non-finance managers.