Athwal Resourcing have been appointed by an ambitious SME who is seeking a senior interim finance director; to ensure the business meets its key financial, operational and strategic objectives and the reporting obligations for Group reporting over the coming months for its UK project management and maintenance business.
Reporting directly to the Managing Director, this role is hands on primarily supporting, controlling, and managing all aspects of the Finance function, delivering against objectives and ensuring a co-ordinated approach in line with the Company future strategy. The role requires not only the usual senior Finance Director duties but there will be a number of strategic and operational projects as well as reporting the financials to the Parent Company.
The successful candidate will have the necessary experience to install operational excellence and also be commercially astute. This role will challenge the status quo, seeking out the best way forward and help make the necessary changes to ensure best practice is achieved within the business.
Financial Control and Reporting for the monthly financial results to the Group. This includes maintaining robust and timely financial reporting, completing monthly accounts, understanding variances and ensuring all day to day accounting is completed accurately and the preparation of management reports for the business including providing analytical direction and actions to achieve the targeted results;
Streamlining Processes and Procedures as part of an ongoing project in conjunction with the Board and Parent Company, recommending and supporting implementation of improvements to achieve effective internal controls;
Operational Excellence in developing and driving the management reporting and designing a dashboard of KPI reports on sales and gross profit margins by customer/work stream in line with strategic targets;
Business Partner both the executive team on strategic decisions and take an active role in with local operational management on commercial and financial matters; to identify, evaluate and propose productivity and performance improvements for the business;
Initiatives and Ad hoc projects – working with the Managing Directors and Board on strategic and commercial initiatives across the company.
The background and key attributes
Be a qualified accountant either ACMA/ACCA/ACA;
At least 5 years’ hands-on experience within manufacturing/facilities management – engineering maintenance Project Management sector;
Have worked as a number one in an SME environment with both operational and divisional responsibilities;
Proven experience of leading teams;
Strong drive to ensure there is continuous improvement and getting things done;
Working alongside highly motivated board members you must be able to back up your thoughts for the best of the business.
Be IT literate (Excel, Powerpoint, Word) with financial modelling, analysis and evaluation skills and worked extensively with ERP systems and in particular SAGE;
Confident with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and influence at all levels within the organisation and with third parties;
This key position requires a commitment for the duration of the contract and the willingness to get the desired results. The individual needs to be resilient in their actions and take ownership with the want to continuously learn for themselves and the finance team.
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