Commercial Financial Controller

  • Permanent
  • Reading
  • £70,000 - £85,000

McGinnis Loy Associates is proud to be working with a leading Reading based UK-listed Security & Defence Technology business with revenues close to £150m and operations across the UK & Europe.  With multiple subsidiaries within the Group and reporting to the Group Finance Director, this is a newly created position to support the GFD in financial reporting including annual and half-year reporting.  With no direct staff management but dotted-line reporting from Divisional FD’s, the role requires extensive interaction with the subsidiary businesses to ensure strong financial controls and financial reporting/analysis.  As a likely successor to the current Group Finance Director in the future, this role is pivotal to the future growth of the business and key duties include:

  • Assisting in the preparation of annual and half-year Group reports
  • Co-ordinating and directing the preparation of budget and financial forecasts, and report variances in close collaboration with the Group Financial Controller
  • Providing financial business support and guidance to subsidiary FD’s as required, including regular site visits to the UK & Europe
  • Supporting the Group FD to ensure strong financial controls and practices, financial reporting and balance sheet management are in place in the subsidiary businesses
  • Presenting financial analysis & KPI information to C-suite level directors including the budget, monthly reporting and forecasts
  • Working with the Group FC in preparing and publishing timely monthly financial statements for the Group
  • Assisting with UK corporation tax reporting, liaising with external advisers as necessary
  • Ensuring the subsidiary businesses are in compliance with group financial policies
  • Providing Mergers & Acquisition support to the Group FD including due diligence, financial/cost analysis and scenario reporting
  • Managing commercial relationships with partners/vendors including External Auditors

To be considered for the position you should be a fully Qualified ACA, ACCA or CIMA Accountant, ideally with 3-10 yrs PQE, with a strong understanding of financial controls, developing financial systems, superb analytical and FP&A skills, and an in-depth knowledge of budgeting and financial forecasting. You should be a strong relationship builder, used to working with non-finance MDs and divisional FDs in a matrix-type structured environment. A solid knowledge of UK accounting standards and finance best practice is required, along with an understanding of UK corporate tax. An interest in the defence industry and/or government contracts would be highly desirable (not essential), and you will be required to pass UK security clearance in order to be considered for the role.  There is flexible working available, and you will be required to travel across the UK on a monthly basis and to two European countries quarterly – so you need to be a car driver for this role.

On offer is a base salary up to £85,000 + up to 20% bonus, 25 days holiday, company pension & healthcare schemes, and the potential for stock options.  To apply for the position or for more information, please contact McGinnis Loy Associates by telephone on 0845 862 6202 or via email at  McGinnis Loy Associates Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy, in accordance with the Employment Agencies Act

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