Senior Financial Controller – 12 month FTC – Maternity Cover

Location: London

Department: Finance
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Role Purpose

The financial controller will play an important role in supporting the Director of Finance, and will gain significant exposure to the Group CFO and other members of the senior management team.  The role will have responsibility for a number of areas that are critical to the operations of the business, including Cash Flow management, financial modelling, and ensuring that the function is well placed to support a refinancing process to be undertaken in 2021.   The financial controller will also be required to support more business-as-usual activities of the department, e.g. by acting as a Business Partner to Department Heads and by undertaking detailed commercial analysis.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

Cash Flow

  • Responsible for maintaining the Group’s weekly cash flow tool on an ongoing basis, including working with the Group Financial Controller and the Transactions team to ensure that modelling of receipts and payments is accurate and robust
  • Responsible for ensuring that the Group meets its cash reporting obligations relating to compliance with the terms of its debt
  • Preparing concise and meaningful reporting of cash flow scenarios to the Group’s senior management team and Board as required
  • Responsible for leading the weekly Cash Flow meeting, working with the Group Financial Controller to review critical customer/supplier issues and to propose scheduling of payments for approval by the Director of Finance and Group CFO
  • Proactively reporting to the senior members of the Finance department on cash management observations as required

Financial Modelling

  • Support the Director of Finance in improving and maintaining the Group’s financial model
  • Overall responsibility for designing supporting workings and templates that enable the model to be updated efficiently with actuals and/or changes to underlying assumptions
  • Prepare reporting of the model to the Board, for both the annual budget and reforecasting processes

Refinancing Support

  • Support the Director of Finance and Group CFO in developing and maintaining a toolkit to ensure that the business is well-positioned to deliver an efficient refinancing process in 2021
  • Delivery of reporting to support the refinancing process as required by both internal and external stakeholders and prospective investors
  • Responsible for reporting to the Group’s existing investor base on refinancing matters as required (e.g.. cost of debt analysis)

Other Matters

  • Act as Finance Business Partner to a number of prominent departments across the Group, working with the relevant budget holders to understand actual and forecast spend and take responsibility for reporting to the Group CFO on a monthly basis
  • Monitor risks and opportunities on a regular basis and report to senior members of the Finance team
  • The post holder will be working in a fast changing environment and they will therefore be expected to undertake other appropriate duties as required to support the effective operation of the department
  • Develop and mature financial processes and support growth in new business across the organisation

Skills & Qualifications

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA preferred), with knowledge of IFRS
  • 2 – 5 years of PQE in industry (Telco experience beneficial, but not essential)
  • Proven experience in delivering similar responsibilities
  • Experience of a refinancing (or alternatively M&A) process would be beneficial
  • Someone with good all-round finance experience, not just a number cruncher, and happy to contribute commercially
  • An eye for detail, a pragmatic and proactive approach, and motivated to apply critical thinking
  • Strong commercial and business awareness, coupled with strong analytical skills
  • A can-do attitude and a resilient approach to problem-solving
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, able to build effective relationships with colleagues, including members of the Exco and Department Heads
  • Applicants must have a high degree of computer literacy, with the ability to use Excel to manipulate mass data and produce meaningful insights
  • Experience of financial modelling
  • Ability to work under pressure on very tight deadlines and deliver accurate results
  • Comfortable presenting results both in person and through formal presentations
  • Someone able to support and challenge the Director of Finance and Group CFO and bring ideas to help drive the department and business forward
  • Interpersonal skills which allow you to get on with a wide variety of stakeholders and your team
  • Experience of managing and mentoring a team may be beneficial

In addition to the above responsibilities, the jobholder is required to perform other reasonable duties as assigned by the line manager from time to time.

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