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Finance Manager

  • Ref: AGKR121120
  • Bolton
  • Posted: 2 weeks ago
  • Salary Expectation: £55,000

Availability/Notice Period: Available end December


  • 2014 CIMA Fully Qualified – iCount Training Provider
  • 2005 BA Hons Business Administrator – University of Huddersfield
  • 2004 HND Leisure Management – Blackburn College

IT Systems

  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Oracle
  • SAP

Career Summary

Current Employer – Technology / Distribution

Position – Stock and Margin Manager

Dates – December 2019 – Present (Fixed Term Contract)

  • Stock and Margin Manager with responsibility for five direct reports
  • The role was fixed term to cover a period of change for a major electronics distributor as they transitioned onto SAP finance platform
  • Managed four reports in the control of multi-million-pound balance sheet reconciliations
  • Build relationships with different facets of the business to improve business processes
  • Managed tight period end deadlines
  • Produced reports for directors highlighting key issues post migration
  • Reported potential FX gains/losses through exposure to movement in exchange rates
  • Provided mentorship to 3 team members as they sought to attain professional qualifications
  • Key Achievements include: Managed the migration of over 700 rebate agreements from one system to another – This involved communicating the changes in rebate structures to obtain the correct information so to not impact profitability to multiple business units


Previous Employer – Retail

Position – Various Roles

Dates – March 2006 – December 2019

September 2017 – December 2019 Finance Manager

Finance Manager reporting directly to the Financial Controller with responsibility of five direct reports for production of full set of Management Accounts

  • Responsible for production of full set of monthly Management Accounts
  • Monthly period end commentary for full management accounts to executive stakeholders
  • Manage Month End processes to ensure tight deadlines are met
  • Manage Commercial Reporting to internal departments
  • Cost reporting and variance analysis
  • Balance sheet control and reconciliation
  • Managed Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Improved internal control processes
  • Managed external audit requirements
  • VAT Returns
  • Full Payroll Analysis
  • Management of five reports including ongoing individual training plans
  • Key achievements include: Management Accounts for sister company were absorbed within team in Accrington to ensure significant cost savings to the business – This meant production of a set of accounts for both brands following the successful migration of data from a different platform


April 2014 – September 2017 Senior Management Accountant

  • This role was a more commercial role where was required to work closely with both the Logistics Team and the Sales Team
  • Weekly sales reporting
  • Production of ad-hoc sales reports
  • Production of monthly management accounts for distribution
  • Communicated financial information to non-finance professionals
  • Balance sheet reconciliations
  • Weekly KPI reporting for both sales and distribution
  • Present accounts on a quarterly basis to Distribution Managers and recommend appropriate improvement plans
  • Variance analysis reports including bridges explaining the cost drivers behind the causes of differences to both forecast and budget
  • Production of budgets and forecasts
  • Key achievements include: Design of an Excel based system that allowed non-finance finance professionals to record their costs on a weekly basis – This included developing input sheets that allowed them to record costs that fed into a PL with appropriate controls in place to ensure data integrity – This allowed them to understand how activities impact their PLs and make more informed decisions moving forward


August 2011 – March 2014 Management Accountant

  • First Accounts role following developing understanding of the processes and the business with grounding within the business
  • Posting of accruals
  • Release of Prepayments
  • Sales Reporting
  • VAT Reconciliation
  • Production of ad-hoc reports
  • Calculate rebates due from suppliers
  • Variance analysis
  • Responsible for maintaining fixed assets including additions, disposals, and fixed asset reconciliation – This also included producing an investment monitor to track expenditure and forecasting depreciation
  • Monitored daily flows and producing weekly cashflow forecasts to Group


Key Achievements:

  • Many of the processes and calculations within the department were very manual
  • Utilised newfound excel skills to speed up the production of reports and analysis sheets – This allowed more time to focus on fixing the issues at hand rather than spending time establishing if there was an issue

Prior to this, held several other positions in the business from March 2006 to August 2011 – These roles enabled to develop a broader understanding of the business in both the Cashbook and Accounts Payable functions

Roles were:

  • Cashbook Clerk
  • Cashbook Team Leader
  • Accounts Payable team Leader
  • Combined role Cashbook and AP Team Leader