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Head of Finance

Location:
Stroud
Salary Details:
Competitive + benefits
Advertising End Date:
04 Mar 2019
About The Role

As part of the Group Finance function, this role will report into the Chief Financial Officer and forms a pivotal part of the leadership team. The Head of Finance supervises end-of-period processes and leads the analysis of the business performance, budgets, forecasts, ensuring appropriate financial controls are in place. The role also oversees Internal Audit, Payroll, Tax, Treasury, FP&A and Commercial services within the function.

Due to rapid growth, this is an exciting time as the finance department aims to provide the best support to the wider business, through system enhancements and process improvements.

Purpose and Scope

To lead the finance function day to day to provide excellent, compliant and cost effective financial and commercial support services to the Ecotricity Group.

  • Create, implement and continuously review group financial and management accounting policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with these across the business
  • Lead the preparation of accounting records, books and reports in a timely manner, and deliver to the Chief Financial Officer as required. Ensure the Chief Financial Officer and Business Leaders are advised on an accurate financial position at any time throughout the year.
  • Build, lead, and motivate a high performing finance function by recruiting and managing talented and highly capable individuals and deploying their knowledge, skills and experience appropriately to achieve the department’s aims.
  • Partner, and advise the Group businesses, across the range of financial functions including accounting, treasury, tax, FP&A and commercial, to ensure compliance with the required processes.
  • Liaise with the Group’s external auditors on behalf of the Chief Financial Officer and ensure all auditing requirements are met, and outcomes addressed where necessary.
  • Deliver a financial controls and risk management framework for the Group and ensure compliance across the company.
  • Continuously monitor the external financial, legal and regulatory environment making recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer on changes and improvements to Ecotricity’s financial functions to ensure best practice and compliance at all times.

Core Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and under their guidance,  the core responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Creating the agenda for change across the financial and management accounting teams
  • Managing and supporting the delivery of:
    • Expenditure profiling
    • Financial advisory services relevant to the area of work
    • External audit services
    • Financial processes and controls
  • Managing the group’s financial and management accounting system
  • Advising the CFO on policies and procedures relevant to the area of work
  • Ensuring financial compliance consistent with the requirements of a regulated Energy company and company law.
  • Managing of all statutory reporting, corporation tax, treasury and financial controls, delivering consolidated financial reporting.
  • Managing and developing the Transactional Services and teams (c.30 staff).
  • Managing and developing Group Finance function (Management Accounts c.6 staff).
  • Implementing continuous financial audit and control systems to monitor the performance of the organisation.
  • Continuously driving to improve processes and systems to ensure the business is receiving the best quality information in the shortest possible time.
  • Overseeing Group cash-flow and treasury management.
  • Creating and managing company policies regarding capital requirements, debt, taxation and acquisitions, as appropriate.
  • Managing of external auditors and tax advisors as for the year end.
  • Establishing a high level of credibility and managing working relationships with external parties including customers, advisors, and banks.
  • Collaborating closely with FP&A and Management Accounts on budgeting and forecasting activities.
About You

Essential Skills & Expertise

  • Track record of success in a similar role and demonstrable career progression within a finance function.
  • Experienced in setting smart objectives, delivering to the required level of SLA and KPIs in order to deliver business goals.
  • Track record of achievements through others and of building positive working relationships, supported by excellent communication skills (written, spoken, presentation).
  • Experience of delivering fit for purpose reports and advice to senior management.
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to rapidly interpret, concisely explain and act on complex information.
  • Change management specifically ERP systems, teams, process and controls.
  • Stakeholder management, primarily Executive team, Banks, Audit & Tax firms, Long-term financing institutions.
  • Highly motivated and able to deliver a broad task specification to target with minimal supervision.
  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills with the ability to resolve conflicting priorities when dealing with customers' needs.
  • Successful leader to adapt style to meet the needs of peers, colleagues, team members and customers.
  • Takes ownership of problems, generates options with a balance of technical and commercial acumen to stakeholders.
  • Very strong organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise own workload and that of others in a pressurised environment and to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communications skills in order to interact with internal and external stakeholders.
  • An experienced manager leading a finance function delivering high performance and continuous improvement as well as excellent financial analysis.
  • Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACA, ACCA etc) with +5 years PQE.
  • Experienced in the use of SAP and excellent IT skills including MS Office suite, in particular Excel modelling tools.

Desirable (but not essential) Skills & Expertise

  • Utilities sector.
  • Strategic planning and the implementation of change.
About Us
Ecotricity is the greenest energy company in Britain. In fact, when we started back in 1995, we were the first green electricity company in the world.

Our mission was and remains to change the way energy is made and used – after introducing green electricity to the world, we introduced green gas to Britain in 2010 too.

Our model is unique: we use our customers’ energy bills to fund the building of new sources of green energy. We like to refer to this as turning ‘bills into mills’ – energy bills into energy mills, whether that’s wind, sun, sea or gasmills.

We’ve built over seventy wind and sun parks across Britain, we’re planning to build Britain’s first ever Green Gasmills, and through Britwind, our small wind company, we design, build and deliver small wind turbines to landowners and businesses throughout Britain and the world!

We don’t just focus on energy though – we built and run the Electric Highway, Britain’s leading network of electric car chargepoints, we helped Forest Green Rovers become the greenest football club in the world, and launched Britain’s greenest mobile phone service, Ecotalk.

We’re a not-for-dividend company too – which means we’re free to use the money we make for our mission and our mission alone.

We do all of this with the help of our customers – and the awesome team of people here at Ecotricity. Our people believe in our mission – they’re amazing at what they do, and they make a difference every day they come into work.