Finance Manager

£35000 - £45000 per annum
15 Nov 2017
10 Jan 2018
Rhys Ashworth
Job Function
Job position
Contract Type
Full Time
Finance manager
London, United Kingdom


An award winning architecture practice is looking for a finance manager to join their friendly and busy studio in Clerkenwell. You will deliver a strategic input across the business and play an active role in managing the company’s finances, as well as offering commercial insight for future projects. This is a great opportunity to take on a key role in the strategic direction of the business and make the role your own.


The main duties are:


  • work with senior staff on tenders, fee proposals and bids to ensure that the pricing of work is accurate and in line with charge-out rates
Planning and budgeting
  • manage project invoicing to clients and fee schedules. Maintain and update all financial reports including schedule of debtors, cash flow and forecasting
Project records
  • maintain project financial records to ensure accurate forecasting
  • maintain resourcing schedule, ensuring programmes and labour is aligned with forecast budgets
  • contracts: manage administration of all appointments until signed, ensure accounting of projects is in line with contractual requirements
Financial reporting and analysis of results
  • fortnightly to senior management; present cashflow and debtors schedule
  • present quarterly financial review to senior management including budget status report, bid summary analysis and turnover analysis
  • work with external accountant to prepare quarterly management accounts
  • manage preparation of annual statutory accounts
Financial planning
  • annual operating plan, quarterly financial forecasting, setting and producing yearly budgets/forecasts and review of risk, mitigation and opportunities
  • business analysis and input into business plan
Financial control
  • anticipate any financial issues or concerns and be proactive in proposing solutions
  • review, propose and implement ongoing improvements to financial processes
  • line manage the financial administrator, oversee bookkeeping and payroll processes
  • work with finance manager based in Rotterdam office to align financial management systems across both companies
  • input to annual PI insurance renewal, and industry-wide surveys
The successful candidate should have:
  • a recognised accounting qualification
  • three years’ experience of working in a small to medium sized business in a similar capacity
  • previous experience of working in an architecture practice or similar would be an advantage
  • demonstrable experience of delivering to deadlines
  • knowledge of Sage and Rapport software would be advantageous
  • experience of preparing management accounts
  • experience of creating and delivering presentations
  • knowledge of managing project finance systems
  • good communication skills, approachable and friendly
  • management experience
  • proactive with attention to detail
  • good time management and ability to multi-task

This is a full-time position but we will consider applications from candidates with sufficient experience who would like to work part-time.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and ability.


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