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Head of Finance (Hospitality & Catering)


Job description

Ascendant Recruitment are working closely with an exceptionally rapidly growing company based on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Due to the success of their recent growth and development our client is looking to recruit a Head of Finance to support them in bringing all of the accounts in house and building a successful accounting process.

You’ll be accountable for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles.

The successful candidate will be a qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) with the ability to challenge and influence senior stakeholders. Have excellent working knowledge of Sage 50 and an understanding of Hospitality Labour Control Systems as well as Hospitality Business Systems would be beneficial.

Main Purpose and Role

  • Responsibility to ensure all mainstream financial accounting and control systems are in place at site level and group level.
  • To ensure all management information requirements are met to prescribed standards and time-scales.
  • To report at Board level on the financial health and projected profitability of our sites, brands and company as a whole.
  • Build strong and trusting relationships with operations
  • Provide financial insight and identify new opportunities
  • Make recommendations on how financial performance can be improved
  • Challenge under-performance whilst maintaining relationships
  • Own and manage the budget and forecast process for the group
  • Take ownership of the balance sheet and cash flow for the group

Manage the Finance team ensuring the following is delivered within pre-set time frames:

  • Ongoing implementation of financial processes and controls across the whole group.
  • Preparing weekly reporting including variance analysis (actuals, forecast and budget) and associated commentary for the group.
  • Reconciling reported margins against budget (food & beverage margins) and investigating any anomalies.
  • Production of monthly management accounts, with variance analysis vs budget.
  • Monthly balance sheet reconciliations for key areas of stock, prepayments and accruals.
  • Managing and developing Director and Board Reports.
  • Carrying out sales reconciliation between POS and Sage monthly
  • Intercompany recharges
  • Keeping track of overhead spend at site vs. budget
  • Review of banking reconciliations
  • Monitoring and following up on site debtors.
  • Assist in the production of annual budget.
  • Fortnightly and monthly payroll
  • Preparation and delivery of quarterly VAT returns
  • Ensure all HMRC deadlines are met including corporation tax, filing of management accounts online
  • Liaising effectively with external auditors for year end accounts

Please apply today!

Due to the high number of quality roles we are working upon, we may not be able to call you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible, and if you are shortlisted by our client we will call you within 48 hours. If you do not receive a call please do not be despondent, typically only one candidate can be successful per role! Please apply for any future roles in the same way. Good luck!


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