Howarth Morris
March 10, 2021
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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We are currently recruiting for a Commercial Finance Director to join a leading OMB creative agency/digital business based on the outskirts of Liverpool. Operating in this new, pivotal role as business partner to the CEO/Owner & Senior Management Team you will be instrumental in progressing the company through its next phase of growth on its trajectory to increase turnover from £8m to £20m in 3 years. Operating in this highly visible and autonomous role your remit will be to ensure the smooth running of the finance function as well as having operational responsibility for driving profit improvement across the business. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Work collaboratively with the Commercial Director to ensure profitability objectives are achieved across all account teams and projects
  • Monitoring project finances and cash flows to ensure that challenges including overruns or underruns are identified and course corrected
  • Developing and implementing best practices around pricing and project budgeting
  • Reviewing and providing insights for the effective negotiation of Master Service Agreements and Supplier Agreements to ensure legal/financial risks are identified/managed
  • Developing a modern and sophisticated monthly finance pack / KPI suite to provide full visibility over the businesses and its operations
  • Presenting and interpreting financial results to the board and senior management team
  • Developing tools/scorecards to manage productivity and maximise chargeable time - ensuring they are understood and adhered to by staff at all levels
  • Managing procurement policies and processes to ensure quality and value for money are consistently delivered across the full supply chain
  • Management of company IT systems and processes, acting as the point of escalation where necessary
  • Delivering the successful completion of ISO 270001 accreditation and implementation across the business
  • Responsible for the company facilities, insurances and lease agreements
  • Management and development of the finance team
  • Cash flow forecasting and cash management
  • Year-end statutory accounts
  • First point of contact for Tax computations with the independent accountants
  • Ensuring all regulatory returns (VAT/Tax/PAYE etc) are submitted correctly and on time
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Developing modern and effective financial controls, processes and procedures

Applicants will be fully qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualified Finance Directors - or Strong Commercial Financial Controllers ready to make the step - with previous knowledge gained at a senior finance level for a creative or service based agency or a digital business or similar. With a good FC in place - working on the financial/numbers preparation - this role is very much a commercial, strategic, operational role hence the board looking for someone who can bring additional sector expertise and commercial understanding of their industry. Personality/style wise you will have the gravitas, confidence & credibility required to forge strong business partner relationships at board level and will be results driven with a desire to add value and make a real difference. This is an excellent opportunity for a proven Commercial FC or FD looking to work for a fast paced, dynamic business operating in a high growth sector.

Howarth Morris are committed to Progressing Businesses and Progressing Careers. Providing a complete temporary, contract & permanent Finance & Human Resources recruitment solution we work with a broad range of businesses ranging from owner managed SMEs to FTSE 100 and Blue Chip Multinationals. We are dedicated to the career management of Part Qualified and Qualified Finance & HR Professionals across ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AAT, ICM, CIPP and CIPD and work to support our candidates with not just securing their next move but through their longer term career management. Visit our website for more information on our unique profile and market leading service and call or email today to hear more about this and other exciting local and UK wide opportunities.

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