Head of Finance

Location: Hybrid/Reading

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Role Purpose

Management of the finance team and activities

  • To lead, manage and develop the finance team to its full potential.
  • To ensure that all month end processes are managed smoothly, with attention to detail and in line with timetable for efficient and timely production of monthly accounts.
  • Oversite of internal financial controls, ensuring compliance and the safeguarding of company assets, always acting in accordance with required regulations and policies, budgets and approvals.
  • Oversite of cash flow management with cash collection a significant priority and a focus on cash forecasting.
  • Calculation and payment of all taxes due to HMRC including PSA, quarterly VAT return etc.
  • Support team with queries / issue resolution

Monthly forecast update, budget process and financial modelling

  • Development of key salient information with budget holders, assist in their understanding and interpretation (focus on SAAS metrics).
  • Update business forecast and financial model on a monthly basis in conjunction with the business
  • Modelling of scenarios at CFOs direction
  • Production of monthly financial packs and analysis including the Board pack in conjunction with the CFO.
  • Working with CFO to manage the annual budget process. Budget to be signed off in good time for the commencement of the new financial year.

Payroll and Sales commissions

  • Oversight and review of monthly payroll with the People ream to ensure accuracy and payroll taxes are paid in accordance with deadlines.
  • Update / develop commission schemes with relevant EMT owners to drive the right behaviors and outcomes.
  • Review commission calculations prior to being circulated for approval.

Other key activities:

  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally
  • Oversee the annual audit and accounts and tax computation preparation, including liaison with the auditors.
  • Support the CFO and EMT and any special projects e.g. Ecommerce.
  • Be the key driver and manager/overseer of any finance systems and processes upgrades/changes.

KPIs and Measures

  • Team are engaged, motivated and focused. The ownership (and cover) of tasks is clear and understood
  • Management Accounts and Board Report are accurate and produced by Month End + 10 (min)
  • Strong cash management position and forecasting
  • HMRC submissions are accurate, and deadlines are met
  • Clean audit and deadlines are met
  • Budget and Commission Plans are in place prior to new financial year
  • Debtors and Creditors days

Key Deliverables

  • Management Accounts and Board Report
  • Long Term Model updates
  • Signed off budget
  • Engaged and focused team
  • Cash managed effectively
  • Annual report and Accounts
  • Commission plans in place

Key Stakeholders

  • EMT members and budget holders
  • Legal Team
  • People Team
  • Sales manager and investment services business development team

Competencies (knowledge/skills/experience)

  • Driven, Proactive, Self-starer who is energetic, passionate and committed.
  • Working to and achievement of deadlines through prioritisation, own work and delegation to others.
  • Management, leadership and development of a diverse team
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Analytical.
  • Driving continuous improvement and change management.
  • Ability to work and communicate at all levels across the business.
  • Microsoft office including Advanced Excel
  • Sage 200 experience would be an advantage
  • Prior experience in a fast paced SaaS SME business would be an advantage

Education & Qualifications

  • Finance qualification e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA
  • 3 -5 years relevant post qualification experience as a minimum
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