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Finance Manager

Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire (Hybrid)

Finance Manager

The details

The finance function sits at the heart of the business, not only controlling and reporting financial performance as custodians of a £120m / £40m profit business, but also constantly evolving and adapting to the business’ rapid year on year growth.

In October 2021 Newton Europe secured a minority PE investment. This has resulted in a change in the corporate and capital structure of the business and has allowed for increased employee equity participation. Along with our continued growth, this new structure has increased the demands on the Finance function in Newton, and this new role has been identified as a result of this.

Our operating model has 4 pillars summarised in the diagram below – we are looking for a highly capable and ambitious Finance Manager to join our Finance Operations Team in a permanent, full-time role based in our Head Office in Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire.

Finance graphic

You will report to the Financial Controller. You will be working with 5/6 other team members in the Finance Operations team consisting of:

  • Qualified Management Accountant (Sales Ledger)
  • Qualified Management Accountant (Purchase Ledger)
  • Qualified Financial Accountant (Payroll)
  • Accounts Administration Assistant (Timecards & Expenses)
  • 1-2 Trainee Management Accountants (Rotating role)

You will directly manage the Accounts Administration Assistant and the Trainee Management Accountants in the team. There will also be 1-2 Trainee Management Accountants rotating through the other Finance Pillars. You will be the Training Manager for all the Trainee Management Accountants in the wider Finance Team as they progress through their CIMA accounting qualification pathways.

The Finance Operations team is responsible for all elements of the business’ core finance and accounting function, from GL maintenance, transactional processing, management reporting, cash management and forecasting, payroll, compliance, taxes, and statutory audit. As Finance Manager you will be responsible for the operation and performance of the processes that underpin these functional areas which will require you to develop a deep understanding of them and the systems that they rely on.

We are also developing our digital finance capabilities and will look for the Finance Manager to be a driving force behind our Digital Transformation. This will involve enhancing our data quality and creating data sources and objects that can be used to operationalize our data so it can be leveraged by the rest of the finance team and drive value-add activity across the business.

From the experiences in your career to date you will have a view of what good finance processes look like. A key part of this role is developing a vision of what excellent looks like and working with the team to realise it. This will require staying abreast of developments in finance and accounting as well as developments in the business, plus understanding how we can use technology to give the best support and service to our stakeholders as well as ensuring that our finance systems and processes can scale as the business continues to grow.

You will interface with all our other support functions (130+ employees) along with our 400+ field-based consulting body. We have a vibrant culture in our head office, within which you will be expected to play an important part commensurate with your level of seniority.

HOW DO WE DEVELOP AND REWARD YOU?

Newton’s culture is prefaced on maximising the potential of our people, whether in client-based consulting roles, or in support functions. The prospects for career and personal development in this role are no exception.

You’ll have a dedicated and consistent Development Manager to support your career progression and receive regular appraisals and annual pay reviews.

We offer a highly competitive salary and our generous benefits package includes Life Assurance, Income Protection, pension contributions and 29 days’ holiday.

Joining us also brings many social benefits! We have a full social calendar with Autumn and Spring activity days, Christmas events, 3-day Summer event and 4 Newton-sponsored weekends a year.

YOUR EDUCATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Newton is a demanding, yet highly rewarding, environment within which to work. You will require a positive attitude and high levels of personal drive to succeed here as part of an exceptional and dynamic group of peers.

  • Strong team management experience is preferable. We’re looking for someone to act as a role model to in our highly-qualified team – supporting more junior colleagues with their development and also playing a leadership role in the wider head office.

  • You take pride in the high service level that you and the team provide to stakeholders, while always striving to improve it. You align this with good communication skills which will allow you to develop important relationships around Newton.

  • You will have a passion for “things being right”, be adaptable and have a genuine interest in IT/GL systems and associated transaction accuracy.

  • You will be highly numerate and possess strong technical accounting skills - being ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified with first time passes and experience working in a high-performing finance function or professional service provider.

  • You will be a confident communicator, and comfortable using a range of channels as appropriate, including presentations to large groups of people when required.

  • Strong IT skills are essential, in particular advanced Excel, and some level of competency in Access, SQL, PowerBI or equivalent is also desirable.