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Harvey John Accountancy Recruitment


£60000 - £75000 per annum + equity

Financial Controller - Rapid growth FMCG Startup - First finance hire

Are you looking for an autonomous, hands on role within a dynamic and rapidly growing business? As the first finance hire for this business following a period of impressive expansion, this role puts you at the heart of the leadership team. You'll have day-to-day contact with the co-founders and play a key role in developing and implementing a first class finance function.

This is a role for a qualified accountant who likes to challenge the status quo and add value. In return for playing a key role in the further growth of the business, you'll have access to share-options, flexible working hours and the chance to make a real impact in an early stage startup and small, but growing team.

What you'll be doing...

  • Have ownership of the finance department, manage accounts and financials (Xero and integrated software)
  • Have a direct impact by developing and progressing all financial systems and processes across the business to provide a solid foundation to scale.
  • Debt management and settling accounts payables- chasing invoice payments, reconciling & tracking current payments, organising and setting up payment runs
  • Managing and helping to shape, operational KPIs -including generating KPI reports, subsequent recommendations
  • Ownership of regular reporting: preparing and updating operational and financial numbers: cashflow, daily sales etc. for forecasting and budgeting
  • Manage internal finance-related queries from the rest of the team, leadership or investors
  • Support the entire business by working through business cases for new products or initiatives (ie. modelling out and reviewing strategic initiatives, helping with execution)
  • Support co-founders in the fundraising process

What you'll bring to the table...

  • Qualified accountant
  • 2-3 years minimum in a consulting or accounting firm - plus ideally 1-2 years working in a high growth FMCG/Food & Beverage start-up....or have tried a hand at running your own thing!
  • Comfortable with complex financial modelling and an analytical problem solver; fluency in data manipulation and analytics
  • Previous management experience - you'll need to be able to grow your own team
  • Coachability, positive attitude, proactivity and a tenacious attitude - you'll need to react quickly to unexpected challenges and spot new opportunities
  • Ability and interest to work cross-functionally in a small team

If this sounds like you, then please apply online or contact Alex Baxter Smith at Harvey John for more information.