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Senior Finance Manager - Manufacturing

  • Sector: Commercial
  • Location: Crewe
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 23/04/2015
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The Company:
Is a leading Automotive manufacturer with a reputation for outstanding quality the world over. With demand increasing and an upturn in production, there is a need to bring further skills into the business to deliver on current and future projects.

The Role:
Main Goals And Objectives

Responsible for using presentations and analysis to ensure functional commitments are achieved.
Development of functional targets for the basis of local planning, budgets and forecasts.
Using expert knowledge of finance and the wider business implications develop and guide new business opportunities.
Through clear and concise presentations convince the Finance leadership team the reason for taking any business decision highlighting actions to be taken to manage any conflicts.
Provision of expert guidance to ensure that all accounting principles have been adhered to, ensuring company compliance with internal and external audits.

Key Responsibilities

Responsible for using financial data to challenge management to ensure commitments are delivered
Using financial reports and analysis to challenge management to ensure that both short term and long term goals are achieved.
Providing guidance to the function on how to present financial information in order to drive company decisions.
Budget holder review with Senior management, ensuring that the budget holder has full understanding of current and planned expenditure together with the impact on overall business performance. Challenge management to improve performance further through financial analysis and awareness of inter-related items.
Identification and thorough understanding of risks and opportunities, following up with budget holder and developing solutions. Provide overview to senior management team of the individual functions and senior finance managers.
Development of functional targets which form the basis of local planning, forecasting & budgeting processes to achieve business targets and timelines
Developing long and short term functional targets which deliver company targets.
Ensure that local functions buy in and commit to achieving long and short term financial targets, ensuring that plans exist behind the commitments to deliver the targets.
Provide overview of proposals and impacts vs. previous plans / forecasts.
Develop Financial KPIs to measure ongoing performance.
Apply continuous improvement approach to own processes to ensure personal and process efficiency.
Business development
Using clear and concise presentations convince finance leadership team the reason for business decisions highlighting actions to be taken to manage any conflicts.
Provide each function with support for business decision through activities, e.g. Scenario modelling. Evaluation of outputs.
Actively look for areas to improve business performance, providing logical approach, modelled opportunities with reasoned argument and backup.
Responsible for identifying risks before they materialise and leading the process to develop alternative solutions.
Budgetary Control
Responsible for ensuring that functional teams both understand and commit to their budget, plans and forecast. Responsible for ensuring that functions deliver against these commitments.
Responsible for presenting and convincing the Finance leadership team that these commitments achieve the company goals.
Responsible for review, report preparation and presentation of financial performance in budgetary area.
Responsible for challenging expenditure considering budget performance in own area plus wider business performance.
Authorisation of expenditure within budgetary areas considering value for money, appropriateness.
Lead business customers in budgetary management and control, ensuring risks and opportunities are identified, solutions / scenarios developed and agreement reached re route forward.
Development of processes which support improved budgetary control, via either increased efficiency or increased quality. Responsible for delivering the grow without growing targets to ensure additional work content can be accommodated within their team.
Accurate and timely statutory financial information and reporting both internally and externally
Responsible for ensuring that internal timelines enable their respective functions to provide accurate budgets, plans and forecasts. Challenging the Finance Leadership team where appropriate in order to address any conflicts.
Using expert knowledge, provide guidance to team members in the preparation and presentation of audit information to both External Auditors (PWC on a quarterly basis) and Internal Auditors, ensuring that all accounting principles have been adhered to.

Degree plus recognised accounting qualification (ACA, CIMA) or equivalent (MBA).
Minimum of 5 years post qualification experience.

Previous Experience
Expert knowledge of financial accounting processes and principles, gained through previous hands-on experience (systems, transactional processes) and professional qualification.
Ability to understand and develop business processes considering potential interaction or conflict with other processes and potential financial impacts.
At least 5 years experience working within a finance environment within manufacturing, ideally within the automotive industry.
Strong influencing skills required to ensure that commitments are make by budget holders / business managers.
Be able to clearly explain, to non-financial colleagues, the impact of business proposals, providing challenge and support to further develop proposals.
Ability to model complex data and produce comprehensive, but simple to understand business models and analysis to support decision making, including identification of risks and opportunitities and proposals to compensate.
Proven track-record of effective working cross-functionally day-to-day and as finance owner within business projects.
Experience of cross-functional process ownership and ability to lead processes and their continued development.
Strong presentation skills gained through presenting to Senior Manager in the business.

Practical & Technical Knowledge
IT skills - Advanced Excel, PowerPoint plus Office.
Aware of business planning tools (e.g. Cognos), their logics and structures to understand "what can be done".
People and team management skills including coaching, PDR and performance management.
Theoretical understanding of principles and processes within enterprise resource planning systems (e.g. SAP) and impact of businees on these processes.
At least two other roles held within Group or another finance / business departments at Manager level.
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