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Advertiser: MaxAd

Job Title: Financial Accountant
Rate:£35K Per Year    Benefits: Benefits
Description: Financial Accountant: A high calibre, ambitious Financial Accountant (Qualified Accountant or Finalist ACCA or equivalent) is required to take full hands-on responsibility for many of the day-to-day finance functions for one of the two divisions of one of the foremost coffee merchants in the country, celebrating almost 90 years' service to the international coffee trade.

As Financial Accountant you will be responsible for the financial stewardship of a significant Division of this 40M turnover company, the reporting of results and many of the key processes underpinning the business. Working as part of a Finance team of 4, the role has direct contact with the Chairman, MD, part-time FD, traders, customers, logistics team, auditors, bankers and other external parties as required. Building strong relationships and great communication skills will be key to success in this role.

Coffee is the second highest value traded commodity in the world (after oil), and the successful candidate will join a dedicated team in this exciting environment. The Company operates with tight margins, in multi-currencies, multiple origins, with forward contracts and invoice discounting/importing loans.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate they possess the required balance to operate in such a challenging environment whilst also being personally accountable for core routine accounting transactions/processing and, over time, have the personal attributes needed to provide the succession plan for the role of Finance Controller for the business.

Key Responsibilities:
• Deliver the Division’s management and financial reports, both routine and ad hoc. in a timely and accurate manner
• Process supplier and customer invoices
• Ensure an efficient and effective matching process for supplier invoices and payments, ensuring accruals are robust and up to date
• Routinely reconcile the system generated profit with the Traders’ expected level of profit (required more frequently than the current monthly reconciliation). Provide a full analysis on the monthly change in forward contract profit
• Partner the trading team, MD and Chairman to identify sales/profit improvement opportunities
• Assist the Treasurer’s management of the lending position by providing a ‘forward’ view of profits, by chasing outstanding customer debt as required and managing the daily process in their absence
• Assist the Finance Manager’s delivery of the total company reports internally to the business and to external partners including the bank, auditors and statutory bodies.
• Lead the development of internal systems (currently Caja supported by Excel) and all related processes

Skills & Experience:
• Qualified Accountant or Finalist (ACCA or equivalent)
• Excellent team member at all levels, with an ability to develop others in the finance team
• Significant hands on, and varied, accounting experience essential. Including reconciliations, VAT, multi-currency transactions, hedging physical vs terminal positions, account preparation, statutory reporting
• Good working knowledge of systems/accounting/trading packages.
• Excellent working knowledge and development skills within Excel
• Experience of leading system and process development is crucial; direct experience of defining and implementing of a new system would be advantageous
• Preparing and reviewing financial statements under UK FRS
• Ability to communicate complex finance issues in an accessible manner to the business
• Ability and desire to work with both the routine (e.g., system posting, reconciliations) as well as more challenging elements (e.g., business development, profit determination)
• Influencing skills and capability/desire to drive positive change
• Ability to act fast, flexibly and creatively without losing control

This is an exciting opportunity for a hands-on Financial Accountant to join one of the country’s most foremost coffee merchants in a flourishing company and make a real contribution in a key role offering long term career prospects and advancement. Salary negotiable subject to experience.
Skills Required: Financial Accountant, Finance Manager
Job Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP     Duration:
Contact: Rupert Effenberg Contact E-mail: Click
Contact Tel: 01730231777 Contact Fax:
Reference: BHJOB7509_4719 Added: 09-05-2018
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