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Finance Manager/Financial Controller Marketing Agency

Finance Manager/Financial Controller Content Marketing Agency Salary £55K- £65K depending on experience London

This is a lovely 45 person agency based in London with an ultimate holding company based in Germany – the company has seen a lot of improvements in its process and systems over the past few years and operates in a Streamlined and efficient manager. They are looking for a hands-on FC to support the MD’s and the account teams in commercial aspects of the business such as KPI measures, Supporting on client meetings, Revenue contracts etc, but also having a good handle on the day to day finances of the business. There will be support from Group but you will be the London Head on all matters finance. A great role for an ambitious qualified accountant with marketing communications experience.

Financial responsibilities

  • Leading the companies finance function and mentoring and appraising the AP/AR manager
  • Reporting into the 2 MDs’ of the UK Company and the group finance director based in Germany
  • Reporting into the head of corporate reporting (ultimate parent) on audit and other group requirements
  • Performing annual impairment test for the company and reporting the results to the group FD
  • Overseeing the management accounting process including posting payroll, prepayments, fixed assets, accruals, WIP management (the candidate will be required to post these journals themselves as there is no management accountant. However, month-end takes about 1-2 days maximum, the JV accounting takes an additional 1-2 days but is usually performed mid-month)
  • Overall accountability for ensuring compliance with all HMRC requirements (PAYE, VAT, PSA)
  • Preparing and finalising the finance pack including variance analyses for the board
  • Managing and forecasting cash flow
  • Reporting month-end results to German parent company
  • Quarterly group reporting to ultimate parent company in Germany (done in SAP)

Budgeting and forecasting

  • Overall accountability for preparing all overhead budgets
  • Leading the quarterly re-forecasting process of revenues, staff costs and overheads
  • Leading the annual budgeting process for the entire business including overheads, pipeline and staff costs with the MDs’ help

Commercial responsibilities

  • Attending and facilitating the weekly pipeline meetings with client services and the MDs, challenging the forecast and ensuring revenue recognition is in line with UK GAAP
  • Preparing and analysing monthly time utilisation reports and presenting them to the MDs
  • Reporting on client profitability including over-servicing
  • Continuously reviewing current processes and dashboards and making improvements where necessary
  • Ad hoc advise for the MDs on other commercial topics
  • Being the go to person for all finance and Paprika related queries (the AR/AP manager also has a very good knowledge of Paprika)

Joint venture accounting (client facing)

  • Facilitating the weekly pipeline meetings to review the revenue forecast for the JV
  • Preparing the monthly JV accounts including cash reconciliation, reporting those to the client and dealing with any queries from the client
  • Settling the accounts with the client quarterly
  • Being the go-to person for all queries in relation to the accounts, budget and forecast with support from the publishing director


  • Paprika experience including i2 (the cloud version) desirable
  • Qualified (ACCA/CIMA/ACA)
  • Small agency experience desirable
  • Temp to perm will also be considered

Due to the large number of applicants expected we will respond only to those with relevant skill set in accordance to the brief above J2552

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