Group Financial Controller

Location: Lacock

Job Purpose:

To develop and implement financial and operational strategies which support continuing profitable growth and business expansion in line with short and long term plans

Key Responsibilities:

·Establish and regularly review the company’s financial reporting systems to monitor financial performance, leading the introduction of new systems and/or processes as appropriate (eg EPOS).

·Construct annual budgets/targets for each department against which to compare actual results on a monthly/quarterly and annual basis with the support of the directors.

·Provide regular and relevant management information to board against budget and forecast and make recommendations to improve business effectiveness, profitability and address shortfalls.

·Maximise company working capital and stock to maximise profitability.

·Produce year end accounts file to trial balanceand liaise with Company Auditors to ensure production of accurate and cost effective year end accounts.

·Provide ongoing input into the direction of business growth, creating detailed analysis of any capital expenditure, investment or strategic contracting.

·Establish clear control mechanisms for purchase and sales ledgers and review all data processing and operational systems within Finance to improve efficiencies.

·Create, develop and implement operational plans for IT strategies (infrastructure, hardware/software, phones etc)

·Ensure business and operational compliance with regulatory standards and procedures

·Contribute proactively to the development of operational processes and procedures working closely with Departmental Senior Managers and provide regular coaching in financial and commercial awareness.

·Recruit, lead and motivate the finance and IT functions to deliver high quality and timely support to the business and its goals.

·Ensure payroll is completed accurately and to timescale, supporting the ongoing development of technological efficiencies

Key Relationships:



·Banks and Insurers and Consultants



Decision making:

·Provide financial and commercial recommendations to drive the strategic planning process short, medium and long term.

·Deliver financial reporting and MI systems.

·Implement agreed financial and operational controls.

·Recruit financial personnel.

Problem solving:

·Identify and develop critical financial management information.

·Respond to monthly MI and recommend appropriate action and priority.

·Address conflicting or incompatible operational requirements.

·Develop financial software capabilities to meet the reporting needs of the business.

Skills Knowledge and Competencies:


·Business awareness

·Organisational awareness



·People Management (particularly managing change)

·Impact and Influencing

·Team working



·CIMA or equivalent

·Purchase ledger and cash



·Excellent Excel & SQL Server skills

·Knowledge of SAGE 200



Measurement data:

·Delivery of accurate and timely and relevant figures and reports

·Development of management information in line with business requirements.

·Achievement of regulatory compliance standards and legal requirements.

·Improvement of margins through initiatives and activities to reduce overheads.

·Establishment of clear financial control procedures.

·Improved manager financial and operational awareness

·Delivery of IT strategies


·Hands on, a doer

·Postive and proactive

·Self motivated

·Enthusiastic and clear thinking.

·Assertive in driving through change

·Commercial in approach and able to think outside the box.

·Enjoys the challenge to make continual improvements.


·Competitive Salary

·Generous Staff discount schemes

·Great social events

Contact Details - Whitehall Garden Centre Lacock

Email Application to:

Whitehall Garden Centre,
Corsham Road,
SN15 2LZ

Telephone: 01249 730 204
Fax: 01249 730 755