Susie Watson Designs is a rapidly expanding private company in the retail homewares sector. Its main products (designed by Susie Watson) are hand-made ceramics manufactured in Sri Lanka and fabrics manufactured in India. The company currently has four shops, in Wiltshire, London and Hampshire and is currently negotiating the acquisition of further shops. Web sales are increasing rapidly and the company also makes trade sales to other shops in areas not yet covered by its own shops.
A full-time qualified Financial Controller is now required to take control of the accounts function and to be part of the management team driving the company's expansion. He/she will work closely with Susie Watson and other members of the management team as well as overseeing the functions of the in-house accountant, including payroll, bank reconciliations, sales and purchase ledgers, shop takings and treasury management.
The accounting reports and analyses are produced on an integrated business management software system (Netsuite) and the successful candidate will need to familiarise himself/herself with this system on appointment.
Specific responsibilities will include:-
Preparation of Monthly Management Accounts (including P&L, Balance Sheet and reporting against budget.)
Cash Flow Projections.
Assisting in the preparation and updating of Business Plans.
Ad hoc budget projections for potential identified shop acquisitions.
Preparation of annual accounts and liaison with auditors.
Recommending and implementing changes to improve the company's financial performance and controls.
Liaison with bankers and assisting the board in negotiating new bank facilities.
Product profitability analysis.
It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be a relatively newly-qualified accountant. Experience as a Financial Controller will be less important than intelligence, self-motivation and an ability to gel with the management team.
The Financial Controller will be based at the company's offices in Ramsbury, Wiltshire.