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Job Vacancy: Head of Finance

Head of Finance – Early Years Education Business – North London

The business is a young and growing early years education business, backed by substantial external investment. The founders have over 40 years collective experience in creating and running innovative nurseries focussed on excellence in education and early years childcare

It has one operational nursery; a further three in development which are due to open in the second half 0f 2018; together with fully funded investment vehicles for another two. A key element of the growth plans over the next five years involves building a best in class finance function to support all the needs of this growing business.

Consequently, the company is looking for a proactive Senior Controller to become a key member of the head office management team. The successful candidate will have a hands-on approach, as required by the needs of a smaller growing business, but also the technical capability, maturity and ambition to grow into a bigger role as the business expands.

Overall objectives:

• To lead all financial activities of the business, providing strong financial direction.
• To maintain and develop the financial systems and controls and report to the CEO on performance, financial forecasting and cashflow
• To use strong communication skills to inform the CEO and facilitate efficient & effective decision making

Duties:

Taking full responsibility for the finance function, including;
• Reporting to, and working closely with, the CEO to deliver the company strategy
• Preparing and maintaining budgets and forecasts and continuous monitoring and reporting of KPIs and variances for the Board
• Preparing monthly management accounts, with commentary for the Board
• Pro-actively managing working capital, cashflow and funding requirements, including credit control and supplier payments
• Managing systems and procedures to ensure effective management of the company’s finances, including receipts and payments and financial control
• Ability to work with company software for nursery management/invoicing, Xero, payroll
• Support in financial modelling
• Developing and maintaining strong relations with the company’s external investment managers
• Partnering with the operational team to contribute towards a continuous improvement environment
• Ensuring that accounting policies and procedures follow best practice and comply with relevant accounting standards
• Day to day management of external accounting and banking relationships
• Managing year-end audit process and production of statutory accounts with the company’s auditors
• Taking responsibility for payroll and associated PAYE compliance
• Managing tax affairs and HMRC compliance, in conjunction with the company’s auditors, including Corporation Tax returns and VAT, if applicable
• Managing and developing a small Finance Team

Qualifications and Experience:

• [A qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, or equivalent)]
• An up to date working knowledge of IT systems
• Excellent interpersonal and presentational skills, including the ability to work closely and communicate clearly with both financial and non-financial people
• Strong financial modelling skills
• A high level of energy and enthusiasm and a “can do” attitude

Package:

Salary and benefits £TBA

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