Catalyst Recruitment - People + Progress

Financial Controller

£85,000 / Gateshead / May 16, 2024

Financial Controller


Our client is a highly profitable independent manufacturing business unit, party of a successful 150 year old, £7bn, multinational, European headquartered group that manufactures industrial tools and equipment. The North East based UK operation serves a wide range of industries including food & beverage, medical, pharmaceutical, metal fabrication, oil and gas, automotive, chemical and pulp/paper and has a superb opportunity to recruit a new Financial Controller.


As a key member of the senior management team, you will help determine overall business direction, challenging and driving business performance, leading the Finance team.


Fulfilling a multi-disciplined role responsible for the financial, administrative, IT and risk management operations, your key responsibilities as Financial Controller will include:

  • Driving the finance team to deliver financial results, reporting and information to the business in a timely, effective and accurate manner - in accordance with Group guidelines as well as any relevant local regulations and statutory rules
  • Providing accurate, timely and relevant financial information and plans to assist the business to meet its strategic goals
  • Performing analysis of financial and non-financial key performance indicators, advising and consulting the management team regarding company performance based on those and on targets
  • Developing and coordinating the planning process with continued monitoring of budget versus actual results
  • Guaranteeing that appropriate risk awareness and internal control procedures are in place
  • Working in collaboration with engineering and manufacture departments to identify, analyse and control product cost and plant efficiency variations
  • Leading, motivating and developing the Finance team, ensuring efficient processes are in place
  • Responsible for accounting, cost accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoicing and data entry
  • Managing and delivering on budgeting and forecasting processes. Establishing and monitoring internal controls, cost drivers, and efficiency potential.
  • Leading local projects and driving improvements
  • Managing relationships with third parties that perform outsourced company functions (including payroll, pensions and insurances)
  • Coordinating payroll process with HR
  • Responsibility for coordination of internal and external audits
  • Preparing Tax calculations and files in collaboration with Tax Department team, handling related Tax matters
  • Ensuring that the business has efficient systems and procedures which satisfy the requirements of the Company and compliance with external regulations and bodies.
  • Reviewing and/or implementing policies and procedures


As Financial Controller you’ll need:


  • Strong experience in a similar fast-paced role and environment, such as Financial Controller, Business Controller, Finance Manager - or looking to make the next step from Senior Management Accountant or Management Accountant role. Manufacturing experience advantageous.
  • CIMA/ACA/ACCA professionally qualified, preferably with a degree/equiv./above in Finance, Business Administration or similar
  • Strong business acumen including financial and business analysis skills, with experience in finance and business control
  • Good knowledge about general accounting principles, IFRS and statutory accounting rules
  • Strong knowledge of IT and business systems
  • Leadership and management skills
  • High initiative and effective communication skills
  • A cooperative, success and solutions driven approach – a driver of continuous improvement


Benefits and rewards:

  • Salary £50,000 to £85,000 + up to 20% bonus + pension + benefits
  • To maximise pay/rewards, you must possess all outlined experience, skills, knowledge and qualifications
  • Full time, permanent role
  • Excellent team working environment - office based role


Please note: High levels of interest mean we will only contact you if your application is shortlisted and this will happen within five working days. You must also be eligible to work in the UK.


Financial Controller, Gateshead

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