Financial Controller - Business Partner (Maternity Cover)

Finance & IT · Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of
Department Finance & IT
Employment Type Permanent
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Main Function & Scope

The role will work closely with business divisions creating a real and active partnership with both operations and management. The role is responsible for business partnering to provide insightful reporting and business support to key stakeholders.

This role is a fixed term, maternity cover for 18 months.


This role is based in the UK.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Business Partnering
    1. Act as a true finance business partner, collaborating with all functions across the business to develop a collaborative working culture with greater engagement across the finance group and wider business
    2. Business Development: support the operations function with business development activity providing timely support and cost-benefit analysis
    3. Maintain a high level of performance across the whole group including ensuring full awareness of issues affecting performance and collaboratively determine actions to proactively address any performance issues
    4. Support and contribute to cost savings initiatives
    5. Understand business drivers and KPIs and optimize data and analysis across finance teams
  2. Finance Support
    1. Ensure budget and forecast information provided as required by FP&A
    2. Manage and deliver cost base in line with expectation for accountable areas
    3. Analysis and interpretation of accounting and KPI information for use in management decision-making
    4. Support distribution process
    5. Manage and execute intercompany loan strategy
    6. Support commercial tenders, agreements & contracts
    7. Support annual insurance renewal activities
    8. Support finance teams with other operationally linked transactions eg wind hedge and ensure awareness of any operational activities impacting the wider finance function
  3. Mergers and Acquisitions
    1. Key finance contact for M&A activities
    2. Support all future ERP implementations for acquisitions & upgrades
    3. Support M&A integrations across wider finance team
  4. People Management
    1. Manage a team of 2 professionals
    2. Performance development and performance management of direct reports; coach / mentor direct reports to ensure an emphasis on achieving a high performing team
  5. Improvement Initiatives
    1. Support the ERP implementation especially relating to reporting outputs
    2. Support ad-hoc projects with regard to ongoing company strategy and investor requests

Competencies & Behaviours


  • Demonstrable leadership experience
  • Self motivated, with strong human inter-personal and communications skills, and a passionate, proactive, can-do attitude
  • Challenging mind set and responsiveness to customer requirements
  • A forward-thinking, problem solver
  • Sound organisational and prioritising ability
  • Credibility and confidence to work with senior managers across the organisation
  • Able to cope under pressured deadlines

    Skills & Knowledge


    • Good knowledge of IFRS
    • Strong stakeholder management and influential skills
    • Strong degree of accuracy with high attention to detail (whilst maintaining the bigger picture view)
    • Strong communications skills, with an ability to clearly explain financial concepts to non-financial managers
    • Good soft skills
    • Able to work in different cultures
    • High degree of accuracy
    • Solid business experience


    • European Language skills desirable but not essential (Portuguese / German / Spanish / French)

    Relevant Experience


    • Qualified accountant with minimum 5-7 years' post-qualified experience with experience working in complex growing companies

      Education & Qualifications

      • Relevant Accountancy Qualification

      Software Programmes

      • Microsoft Office Suite
      • Advanced Excel
      • Microsoft Dynamics (Desired)

      Travel Requirements 

      • UK and European travel, as required

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      • Location
        Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of
      • Department
        Finance & IT
      • Employment Type
      • Minimum Experience