Interim Group Finance Manager

Electricity North West
Birchwood Park, UK
21 May 2019
26 May 2019
Job Role
Finance Manager
Contract Type
Level of qualification
Electricity North West's Financial Reporting Team is there to ensure the company's financial reporting needs and responsibilities, both internal and external are met, whilst supporting the business to make effective decisions. The team ensures robust financial control within the group and compliance with all legal, statutory and regulatory requirements, while delivering best practice reporting. We are currently recruiting a Group Finance Manager to join the team for a period of 12 months in Warrington to cover maternity leave. The Group Finance Manager will continuously seek to improve the financial control environment, including finance systems (SAP) and business processes, whilst ensuring complete compliance with all Investor, statutory and regulatory reporting requirements. The role has management responsibility for a team of approximately 16 FTEs, covering financial reporting, management accounting, transaction processing, SAP system accounting and treasury accounting. Taking the lead in developing the Company's regulatory performance reporting, the Group Finance Manager will work with colleagues in regulation to understand and influence changing requirements. The role will develop internal management reporting to explain performance on both a statutory basis and in delivering regulatory value, managing and developing the processes and systems supporting the production of reports, including fixed asset reporting ensuring an environment of continuous improvement. The successful candidate will ensure a robust control environment exists to maintain the validity and accuracy of balance sheet controls and be responsible for monitoring changing reporting standards and preparing Group accounting papers, including valuations of derivative financial instruments. As Group Finance Manager you will understand key accounting policies and their application, form judgements in key accounting areas and agree these with the Head of Financial Control and external auditors where they impact on the business, ensuring all deadlines are met and timely resolution of emerging issues and manage the relationship with external specialists including managing deliverables surrounding Financial instrument valuations and IAS19 pension valuation updates. Working with Finance colleagues, you will manage and develop working capital / cash flow forecasting process to enable the business to manage effectively its short term working capital requirements, managing risk in line with corporate policies and controls. You will set, and ensure compliance with corporate accounting, maintaining the internal control manual. You will also contribute to the delivery of excellent customer service for both internal and external customers., work with non-financial colleagues to promote the understanding of financial, regulatory and other reporting requirements, as well as an an understanding of the contract and outperformance opportunities. A full role profile is available from To be considered you will: Be educated to degree level; Be a chartered Accountant with proven PQE and line management experience; Have experience within a large organisation; Possess audit experience (desirable); Have strong leadership skills; Be a driver for change; Have strong technical accounting skills including up to date understanding of IFRS (essential) including knowledge of accounting for financial instruments (desirable); Have experience in managing systems governance; Have experience of SAP (desirable); Have string MS Office skills; Have Regulatory knowledge of RIIO framework (desirable.) You will also demonstrate the following behaviours: Concern for excellence Analytical thinkin Forward thinking Relationship building - internal and external Customer Understanding Interpersonal awareness Concern for impact Results focus In return this role offers a competitive base salary (depending on skills and experience) bonus earning potential of up to 20% of base salary, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, membership of a defined contribution pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 14%, private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits. Appointment to this role will be on standard Electricity North West terms and conditions of employment. As part of the Recruitment & Selection process Electricity North West carries out pre-employment screening to aid in the assessment and overall suitability of an individual to perform a role. If offered a conditional offer of employment you will be required to provide us with additional information to allow us to perform checks in line with our policy. As a business we are committed to continually developing our people, if you are an internal candidate have you thought about a lateral move? This role is a fantastic opportunity to utilise your current skill set and will support you in building your knowledge and experience of the business, as well as supporting your future career progression. The closing date for submission of an application is 22 May 2019; however, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early. We do not accept speculative CV's from Agencies. Any received we will assert ownership of the candidate and no fee will be payable. Required Skills Required Experience