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Finance Manager – Creative Marketing Agency, Brighton (THIS ROLE NOW FILLED)

Finance Manager (Qualified / Nearly Qualified)

Very cool Creative Agency


Salary Circa. £40,000 – £45,000 per annum

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within a bright and highly creative team, you will be an integral part of the team reporting into both the HR / Operations Director and the MD. Our Client is fun, ambitious and work with some fab clients. They are looking for a Finance manager who is qualified or nearly qualified who can control the day to day finances and projects being supported by a part time Finance assistant.

The main strengths our client is looking for are:

  • A Finance Manager with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a fast paced and growing organisation – marketing agency experience would be a distinct advantage.
  • Working in a similar role in a creative agency/consultancy with a time-based business model with experience of resource planning and capacity budgeting and reconciling.
  • A financial expert on income, costs, tax compliance (VAT / PAYE, NI, CT), expenses and all areas of the balance sheet.
  • A top-notch finance manager able to assist in the setting and delivering of finance objectives to meet organisation needs.
  • A business partner able to coach and support the client handlers on finance management including budgeting, income recognition and project tracking for time spent and third party costs.
  • An outstanding communicator – written and verbal.
  • Consultative manner – able to deliver high quality finance advice to internal stakeholders.
  • An unflappable operator and problem solver that can juggle multiple responsibilities and is looking for a wide-ranging role.
  • A self starter who enjoys leading on tasks but asks for direction when needed.
  • A Chartered Qualified individual (or near qualified)
  • Experience of agency/consultancy finance systems is essential – Synergist and SAGE is desired

Your responsibilities will Include:

Lead on management accounts

  • Responsible for production of monthly detailed management accounts
  • Review of the P&L report
  • Reconciliation and maintenance of all balance sheet accounts
  • Commentary on the KPIs and variance analysis
  • Managing the costs and revenue in line with the financial budget
  • Support on the preparation of the annual cost budget and quarterly flexed updates

Statutory, payroll and tax

  • Preparation of annual accounts on SAGE and key supporting schedules for external accountants.
  • Review of CT return and calculation
  • Review of VAT return and responses to government surveys
  • Ensure all legal obligations of payroll are met

Management of all client income and costs

  • Preparation, reconciliation and reporting of monthly income recognition on all client accounts
  • Review and reconciliation of deferred and accrued income accounts
  • Continual input into and review of the main business income forecast schedule
  • Review of WIP reports and recognition of deferred and accrued costs
  • Supplier maintenance including contractual terms agreed for all major project costs

Business partner to the client teams

  • Preparation, monitor and review of monthly resource planner
  • Lead the fortnightly finance update meetings with the senior client team
  • Reconciliation and commentary of budgeted net revenue vs actual monthly results
  • Review budgets, proposals and SOWs to ensure they are commercially robust and legally compliant with the client MSA
  • Support the MD on system and process change and be the lead on specific projects People management and communications
  • Line manage the part time Finance Executive
  • Delegate and review all work completed by the Finance Executive
  • Train the wider team on financial management on their client accounts
  • Upskill the consultancy on the use of the finance management system (Synergist)
  • Weekly company updates and top tips on finances in the business

Systems and processes

  • Lead and be the positive ambassador of Synergist
  • Increase the use of the system where appropriate and relevant including the income recognition functionality
  • Review and reconcile all financial information reported in SAGE
  • Identify and report on potential business improvements and best practice financial procedures and controls in line with a growing consultancy
  • Lead on accreditation projects for client procurement requirements and internal initiatives


  • Pitching in and supporting your pack with ad-hoc work as required

Our client is particular that the candidate must have exposure to a Creative Agency Environment

Due to the high level of applications being received if you do not hear from us within 5 working days please assume your application has not been successful, usually due to non sector exposure, lack of qualifications or lack of correct skills

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