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Finance Controller - ST1 5PG



Job Type



Financial Services



BSW Timber Solutions have been through some exciting changes in the last 6 months and following some internal changes, we are now looking for an experienced Finance Controller.

We operate from four locations - our headquarters and distribution centre in Stoke-on-Trent, our planing and distribution centre at Welshpool, our production and distribution facilities in Melton and our distribution centre in Cumbernauld.  With over £150m sales in 2020 and nearly 350 employees, we have grown and will continue to grow in the future.

This is a fantastic time for a professional to join our first class business and be part of something really special in the years ahead.

What “wood” you be doing?

There are some exciting projects to get involved in but mainly you will be leading a team of senior and junior Finance Business Partners and be fully responsible for analysing and controlling the financial performance of two business streams within BSW Timber Solutions.  The role will involve working with the commercial and operational teams to deliver financial gains to the business through customer margin improvements, effective cost control, and the successful delivery of profit improvement projects.

Day to day, you will be getting involved in a whole manner of activities, including:

  • Preparation and presentations of monthly Business Unit financials.
  • Business Unit performance and deviations.
  • Coordinating cross functional controlling processes and projects.
  • Annual budgeting.
  • Pricing work
  • Customer profitability analysis
  • Commercial activities (new customer reviews, renewal of existing customer contracts)
  • Control of capital employed and aged debt
  • Profit improvement initiatives
  • Daily, weekly and monthly reporting (sales & margin, forecasting, KPI’s)
  • Company rebates management
  • Costing & stock valuation
  • Manufacturing control and profit centre profitability
  • Developing manufacturing measurement systems.
  • Capex coordination

What “wood” you be like?

It goes without saying that you must be CIMA qualified, or have relevant experience without the qualification.  We also need someone with a strong manufacturing and operational accounting experience (or FMCG background).  Importantly, someone with experience of finance and business development at a senior level.  You will have a history of seeking out commercial opportunities and understand pricing structures, sales and product development and ideally have S&OP experience too. You must be a competent user of all Microsoft packages, including Excel and PowerPoint and additionally being a SAP user will be very advantageous.

This role has a number of direct reports, both junior and senior level, so you will need to have experience of people management and driving performance through your natural coaching and leadership style.

We work Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm with an early finish on a Friday however, we welcome early discussions around flexible working.  In return, you will join a truly brilliant and dedicated team of people. We are offering a competitive salary in addition to generous pension contributions of up to 10% of your salary and participation in a bonus scheme linked to performance of the business.  We also offer Life Assurance, 33 days annual leave including bank holidays, free hot drinks on site, long length of service awards, as well as exclusive access to a discount and cashback scheme giving you the opportunity to save money from hundreds of retailers and services throughout the UK. 

We encourage you to submit your application early and reserve the right to close the advert early. 

We are looking to hire by July 2021.

No recruitment agencies please.

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