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Brand Management Accountant - New Malden

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Brand: Finance
Work type: Full time
Location: New Malden, Surrey
Categories: Business Support

This role offers an exciting opportunity to be part of the senior leadership team for a fast growing business. You will be responsible for ensuring that the business has all the information they need to grow the business profitability. Given your hands on approach, this will not be a simple matter of producing a report; instead you will be actively involved in the delivery of the business plan, along with the rest of the senior leadership team.

To be successful in this role you will be highly commercial. You will very quickly develop a strong understanding of the business in order to identify both new opportunities, and margin improvement opportunities. You will be an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing. You need to be professional, but you bring your own personality, humour, and self-pride to the role. You’re not afraid of large data sets; you’re used to taking this in your stride and turning it into valuable insights. While there is a month end, most of your time will be unstructured, so you need to be a self-starter who can work independently, but also as part of several multi-disciplinary teams. This role will be challenging, as your multiple priorities will change as we operate in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. And that is OK, as you’re used to ensuring your to-do list is prioritised in such a way that you always deliver results.

In return, the position offers exciting challenges and superb individual development opportunities.  You will be operating in a highly commercial role, interacting with some of our most senior business leaders and will be expected to deliver tangible net margin improvements within the business. For those prepared to make the commitment, and take responsibility for their career, there is a clear development pathway that leads from this role all the way up to CFO.

Performance Objectives

(1) Profit

From the outset, you will be passionate about improving the profitability of your business. You will achieve this by:

  • Identifying and promoting income opportunities
  • Driving an awareness of client profitability and implementing plans to address low or un-profitable accounts
  • Ensuring cost control initiatives are in place, and that we have a measurable ROI for all of OPEX and CAPEX
  • Improvement in top line and productivity measures is a key strategy for driving profit growth; you will have an understanding of the business’s plans on how to achieve their targets and will be able to communicate the impact of exceeding or missing these key indicators.
  • You are able to create a sense of urgency when implementing profit initiatives

(2) Business Acumen

Within the first three months you will

  • Foster strong relationships with the senior leaders in your brand, the rest of the Finance team, and other key stakeholders
  • Develop a detailed understanding of how the business operates to facilitate accurate forecasts and financial reporting
  • Take complete ownership of the budget and forecast process, ensuring that any variance to plan is well understood by all stakeholders, and plans to rectify are put in place and acted upon
  • Review and improve your area’s reporting; this needs to add value, be relevant, timely, and accurate, and must have a call to action to ensure it delivers on profit improvement

Within the first six months

  • Identify, communicate, and implement opportunities to improve income margin
  • Ensure robust cost control measures are in place, develop plans to raise awareness of our cost margin and how to improve it, and track the results

(3) Financial Control

From day 1, you will

  • Take full responsibility for the Trial Balance, ensuring that income, expenses, assets, and liabilities are all recognised within policy
  • If you have identified any problems with your balance sheet, have plans to rectify with a goal of 100% in standard within three months
  • Ensure your TB is accurate so that results reflect the activity within the month; no under or over accruals
  • Develop an understanding of our Cash Commitment and Delegated Authority policies to ensure compliance within your areas

Within the first three months, you will

  • Drive an awareness of risk throughout the Senior Leadership team, develop and communicate an understanding of the risks inherent to your areas, and flagging risks with all new opportunities and changes to the operating environment
  • Work with the Internal Audit team to ensure policies are relevant and understood, with a goal of eliminating any risk of fraud
  • Contribute to the Risk Register by identifying risks, communicating with the relevant stakeholders, and implementing plans to reduce potential impact to the business

(4) Systems

From day 1, you will

  • Take advantage of our existing large data sets to investigate, understand and communicate margin opportunities, and develop new reporting
  • Use BI Tools to develop reporting and track initiatives
  • Be comfortable working with a large number of systems

Within three months, you will

  • Proactively shift existing reporting from Excel to current BI tool
  • Ensure all new reporting is implemented within the BI Tool, not Excel

(5) Leadership

You will

  • Establish yourself as a leader in the business; this is something you will earn by building relationships, providing valuable insight, and buying into the business
  • Be the Finance Business Partner for the senior leadership team
  • Take responsibility for your own success; we will support you and provide you with the tools and opportunities, but delivery is down to you
  • Be comfortable working independently and as part of a team
  • Own your work, your results, and use this to build your personal brand

Minimum requirements:

  • Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACCA or equivalent), with a relevant degree, and 3 years management accounting experience
  • Can-do attitude
  • Team player
  • Tech-savvy
  • Commercially astute

Why Flight Centre?

Flight Centre regards its people as its greatest asset and has consistently been recognised as an employer of choice internationally. We have just been listed in the top 12 at the Great Place to Work® Awards 2019. It is the dedication to our team that keeps the company on top of the industry ladder. That’s why we offer some fantastic benefits, including:

  • Dedicated in-house travel team for incredibly discounted trips
  • Charity fundraising and fun social events including summer ball, awards ceremonies
  • Mental Health Awareness programmes
  • Dedicated in-house health and fitness team with free health screenings
  • ‘Active Hour’ – an hour a week to exercise
  • Free financial consultations
  • Free health cash plan - claim money for dentist, optician etc.
  • Generous share scheme and excellent pension scheme
  • Season ticket loans and cycle-to-work scheme
  • Annual leave entitlement increase after 1 year
  • Opportunity to take 3-month sabbatical

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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