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Full-time Finance Manager

at Capita Symonds in London


The Team

This role is part of a small Finance Team, which supports the needs of the Barnet business, and is also linked to regional and national financial processes and procedures. The role of the team is to challenge the financial reporting and forecasting of the Business, ensuring strong financial controls and procedures are in place, but also provide support and advice to the Business.

The Role & Responsibilities

Reporting into the Barnet Finance Director, the purpose of this role is to manage and lead the day to day Financial requirements of the Barnet team. The role of the Finance team is provide strong financial support, management and robust challenge within the business, enabling the Profit Centre Managers deliver their monthly Profit Centre information and reporting in a timely and safe manner, help drive growth and improved profitability as well as aiding effective and efficient management of, and decision making across the business.  The team will also ensure a strong financial control environment exists, and proactively support/police the adherence to Capita/Capita Symonds policies and procedures whilst encouraging continuous improvement.

Key responsibilities of the role are:

Projects/SAP/Desktop Housekeeping

• Help shape contracts, ensure timely and accurate set up, capture and maintenance of core project data within SAP/Desktop, including change controls, enabling ongoing correct accounting for same
• Ensuring project income and cost to complete forecasts are challenged, updated and maintained on a monthly basis, in liaison with Project Managers and /or Profit Centre Managers
• Run regular exception reports, ensuring general house-keeping of project data is up to date, e.g. timely closure of completed projects
• Ensure regular review and updating of SAP cost rates/charge-out rates, in liaison with Profit Centre Managers
• Engage in the monthly Project Health Check and Project review process to ensure projects are adequately documented, managed and accounted for

Invoice Processing (Accounts receivable and payable)

• Run exception reports and regularly monitor Work in Progress and recoverable costs, making sure that income is complete and invoices are raised and issued accurately and on timely basis
• Ensuring timely processing and appropriate approvals of supplier invoices as well as prompt actions around dealing with queries relating to Supplier invoices

Financial Management and MOB Reporting

• Drive monthly /Profit Centre reviews, challenge performance and ensure integrity of monthly forecasts within the forecasting system (Axiom) whilst ensuring they are stretching but achievable and safe
• Manage production of monthly MOB reports within set deadlines, ensuring accurate reflection of financial performance and variances (safe and real)
• Help Profit Centre managers drive growth and improved profitability and operational resilience by utilisation and monitoring of appropriate KPI’s and other  management information and provide challenge thereof
• Robust review and challenge of WIP to ensure completion of income but also recoverability of the asset
• Manage the annual Business Plan process whilst helping  Business Unit  Manager/Profit Centre Managers with the setting of stretching but achievable Business Plan forecasts
• Help assess, mitigate and manage business and financial risks.

Working Capital Management
• Facilitate and maintain effective and proactive links between the Central Credit Control team and the operational business and thus ensuring prompt cash collection and dealing with queries and issues arising

• Review and monitoring of WIP days and WIP values at project and Profit Centre level, ensuring  recoverability and with a view to minimise WIP days and Working Capital levels


Winning Work

• Provide support and challenge to PCM's to ensure prices put forward are validated and benchmarked properly as appropriate, and are therefore realistic but competitive
• Engage in Bid reviews

Other Responsibilities

• Provide financial support and guidance and training to Profit Centre Managers/Project Managers
• Ensure Capita Symonds Best Practice and standard systems, processes and procedures are in operation, ensuring compliance with Capita Policies and rules and proactively strive for continuous improvements
• Manage and lead the Finance team, including training, coaching and development of more junior staff, ensuring suitable skills and ethos across the team. The Finance Manager will be supported by a Finance Assistant (being recruited simultaneously).


The Candidate Key Skills/Experience

• Hold a recognised  Professional Accountancy qualification such as CIMA/ACCA etc, or qualified by experience
• Strong Excel skills
• Attention to detail but also being able to see the “bigger picture”
• Team player with “hands on approach
• Excellent Communication skills
• Ability to liaise with non-finance staff and at all levels


• SAP Experience


The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, confident and have a flexible approach to work. They should be able to demonstrate good organisational skills including the ability to multi-task, prioritise work under pressure and complete within deadlines. They should be able to communicate effectively with non finance people in a friendly and courteous manner, establishing and maintaining good working relationships with Clients and colleagues at all levels. The job requires the ability to work well as part of a team but also independently using their own initiative where appropriate.

The candidate will be encouraged to develop their career within Capita Symonds.



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