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Assistant Financial Controller

Assistant Financial Controller

May 15, 2023

Assistant Financial Controller 

Automotive Manufacturing Sector

Location: Burton-upon-Trent / Hybrid

Salary: c£65,000 + Benefits + 26 days holiday


The Role:

  • Manage and co-ordinate the activities of the Finance team (4) ensuring all financial deliverables are achieved within stipulated timelines
  • Responsible for the production and presentation of Month End Reporting packs for multiple business units based at Burton Plant (JIT Production, European Service Parts & Drop Shipment)
  • Reporting of all key financial data to Plant Management, Business Unit Management and Operations groups
  • Weekly engagement with Operational teams to support CCM (Continual Cost Management), ensuring production updates are monitored and suitable mitigation actions are taken for significant changes
  • Prepare and load financial information for Annual Planning cycle. Liaison and support for Budget holders in the planning process to encourage accountability and promote responsibility. Supporting non-financial managers to build knowledge and understanding
  • Preparation and submission of monthly outlook updates for Central team
  • Attend weekly cost management and monthly management KPI meetings. Presenting the financial results to the rest of the management team, addressing any operational impacts to plant profitability
  • Validation of Annual Standard Cost roll up, monitor and analyse interim costing information and facilitate midyear changes/updates
  • Support Plant CI Team (Continuous Improvement) to critique and validate opportunities. Monitor roadmap activities to ensure plant fulfils annual cost saving/avoidance targets
  • Ensure all legal regulations in Accounting and Finance are adhered to including Sarbanes Oxley legislation
  • Audit of other internal departments in relation to SOX requirements
  • Continually develop best practice in the finance team to eliminate non-value add activities


The Candidate:

  • Qualified Accountant ideally CIMA, ACCA or ACA or working towards, highly numerical and analytical
  • Financial experience, operating in the manufacturing industry sector, with Costing knowledge
  • Systems knowledge and experience of accountancy packages such as SAP & Hyperion (HFM / XL load & retrieve), sophisticated IT knowledge ideally with knowledge of Sarbanes Oxley legislation
  • Experience of managing a small team desirable but not essential
  • Self-starter with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Conscientious, methodical and able to work under own initiative
  • Task orientated with the ability to build effective relationships within a fast paced environment


The Company:

Our client is the largest global automotive seating supplier, with 75,000 employees operating in 230 manufacturing / assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, producing and delivering automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, their expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. They have been on the Sunderland site for 35 years and have many people working on-site that have been there for over 20 years due to the excellent culture, training and development opportunities for your career development. Our client prides itself on the development of its people and practices and currently has several projects focused on the reduction of its carbon footprint and reduction or reuse of its waste to help work towards a more sustainable and green future.  In return we offer an excellent salary with the opportunity to progress into a more senior role in the future. Working from home on average 2 days a week, you will be required to be in the facility for month end etc.


To apply for this exciting role, email your CV and current salary to our retained consultancy Kendall Poole Consulting Ltd, FAO Isobel Riley at quoting reference IMR/2595. Suitable candidates will be contacted within 3 weeks.