Finance Manager – Bristol
Supporting the Financial Controller in the delivery of accurate management, financial information & statutory reporting. This role will see you working as part of the core finance team and demonstrating detailed knowledge of the entire nominal ledger and VAT issues.
Role: Finance Manager
Hours: Full Time
Vacancy Reference: 397-BBL
This is an interesting and broad role, supported by an Assistant Management Accountant and Accounts Payable Team, encompassing management accounting as well as financial reporting, cashflow management, Payroll and VAT.
The role will include but is not limited to:
Business Change – Approaching work with an attitude of continual improvement, working with other key members of the team to overhaul many of the processes and reports that we produce as a Management Accounting team. Constantly improving the efficiency and accuracy of what we do to support ongoing business change and growth.
Ledger Ownership & Monthly Reporting Cycle – Ownership of all ‘costs’ (i.e. full P&L & BS ownership excluding revenue/provisions) in the general ledger, ensuring the monthly results are accurate, understood and communicated to the Financial Controller & Finance Director. Preparation of monthly balance sheet reconciliations, raising timely queries and following through issues to resolution or escalation as appropriate.
Monthly variance analysis against budget with insightful and informative commentary, proactively digging into variances where appropriate.
Development of more junior team members and delegation of appropriate tasks, ensuring they are fully supported to be able to complete the tasks and that the results are reviewed in detail.
Proactive investigation of issues and discrepancies, taking problems through to solutions and escalating when appropriate.
Forecasts & Budgeting – Detailed involvement in preparation of the firm’s annual budget, working with the Operational Directors to create and present the proposed departmental budgets. Re-forecasting spend against budget on a quarterly basis.
Financial & Statutory Reporting – Ownership of regular statutory and other reporting, from scoping of requirements, collating the data and designing the report through to presentation for review & approval to include analysis of the results and any remedial action required. This includes but is not limited to:
- Annual Statutory Accounts for the firm and subsidiaries
- Regular Office of National Statistics reports covering various elements of the firm’s results
- EC Sales report
- Annual tax analysis
- Payment Practices reporting
- Annual law and benchmarking surveys
- Panel Applications
The key contact for audit, responsible for the production of the year end audit file and liaison for the statutory audit on a day to day basis.
Accounts Payable – Management of and collaboration with the Accounts Payable team ensuring that invoices are accurately recorded, suppliers paid on time and records maintained accurately. Supporting the individuals as they plan to improve their processes and grow their remit. Authorisation of invoices from the various PO logs and of all daily office account payments, review and authorisation of the twice-monthly payment runs.
Practice Management System – Oversee the maintenance and any amendments to the general ledger element of the practice management system and support the Finance Operations Manager where necessary in pushing through improvements. A key part of the implementation of system changes and updates.
Ensure that the administration of suppliers, nominal accounts, users, departments and other elements is performed within the team as required by the business.
VAT – Ownership of the VAT return & payments, first point of contact for VAT queries.
Business Partnering – Key business partner for our Operational Directors, working with them to understand their monthly results, highlighting issues they need to investigate and helping resolve any queries they have. Involvement with the annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting for these areas and ensuring teams are recording their costs accurately.
Cashflow – Maintaining the monthly cashflow file, recording the daily movements, ensuring expected payments are made on time and investigating any issues through to resolution. Review & authorisation of regular payments generated by AP/cashiers through online banking and cheque runs. Regular cashflow reforecasting and analysis of expected positions.
Partners – Ensuring accurate maintenance of the partners’ accounts on the ledger as well as accurate and timely payments, supported by the Financial Controller.
Payroll – ownership of all payroll related postings, including ensuring all individuals are accounted for in the correct teams and locations. Completion of staff related statutory returns (P11Ds & PSA) within deadlines, including presenting work for review & sign-off by the Financial Controller.
It is an integral part of this role that you comply with data security and all firm policies and procedures.
If you have at least 2 years post-qualified experience and are a graduate who is either ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified (ideally first time passes) then we would love to hear from you.
You will have previous Management Accounting experience to include preparing management accounts from TB through to final P&L and Balance Sheet with variance analysis. You will have up to date technical knowledge of relevant accounting and VAT rules. Experience of Financial Reporting, Cashflow and/or Payroll is desirable.
You will be a competent & confident user of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel – you should be comfortable using a range of formulas and working with large spreadsheets.
You will have the ability to prioritise workload and work closely to deadlines with minimum supervision and under pressure and will have the desire to take responsibility and personal ownership for all elements of the finances. You will need a real willingness to roll up your sleeves and get into the nitty gritty of a task as well as being a self-starter who is able to operate using a high level of autonomy.
You will need a tenacious attitude and having a proactive approach in particular is crucial as is an excellent eye for detail. Finally, you will need to be used to delivering high quality output to strict deadlines.
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