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Finance and Contract Support Manager

Bristol , United Kingdom

Ref#: 9677248585

Date published: 15-Jul-2020

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Finance & Contract Support Manager, Bristol - Data Centre Solutions 

Job purpose

The main purpose of the job will be to lead sustainable financial growth by taking ownership of the financial strategy, controls and management information for the Business Unit. Provide insight and influence to impact performance and maintain competitive advantage. 

Key responsibilities

Financial control

Ensure company policies and procedures are adhered to consistently throughout the Business Unit 
Continually review, maintain and improve billing, debt, work in progress, purchase orders and ledger postings against Plan, forecast, prior year, Divisional and Company results and trends
Identify and resolve any areas of financial weakness within the Business Unit in a timely manner
Develop targets and benchmarking processes to challenge the financial information
Continually update the accounting system user information to ensure the integrity of its financial data
Provide information and resolve issues raised by both external and internal auditors


Prepare accurate Business Unit reports in line with strict monthly company timetable including full Profit & Loss account with analysis and commentary, Balance Sheet extracts and reconciliations, and detailed Project Profitability reporting.
Collate challenging, realistic, rolling, three-monthly Profit & Loss forecasts together with annual expectations based on the latest available management information
Prepare annual Business Unit plan in conjunction with the BU director and contract management
Prepare cost-benefit reports and pro-active analytical works to facilitate continuous improvement of Business Unit performance
Any other reporting as requested by Business Unit or Divisional Management

Manage and develop contract support team

Recruit appropriate contract support who are trained to the correct performance standards
Induct new contract support in line with the induction process
Ensure the scope of the contract support role is correct and understood
Ensure contract support adhere to company policies and procedures
Ensure contract support are trained on the business systems applicable to the role (e.g. Dynamics AX, Excel, Concept)
Carry out structured appraisals and ensure personal development plans are in place and include succession plans
Measure against defined KPIs
Create “buddy” systems where applicable for mentoring
Hold regular team meetings with all contract support so that consistency, best practice and ideas are shared across the team

Business relationships

Identify key stakeholders, including the central finance team, prioritise their needs and review on a monthly basis
Ensure Business Unit issues and solutions are identified promptly, communicated to the appropriate level and resolution monitored via the CBRE monthly contract and business unit review process
Ensure use of best practice, communication and understanding of key business messages through monthly site visits with focus on underperforming contracts

Added value

Provide financial and contract support leadership and direction in the Business Unit. This will involve personal attitude, use of skills and dissemination of knowledge
Use specialist knowledge and experience to provide insight and influence to impact performance standards
Implement improvements, drive change, raise standards through the direct and indirect management of staff
Fully comprehend the financial and commercial detail of contracts to ensure optimal performance and risk management 
Visit sites, meet customers and communicate with Business Unit line managers
Share knowledge and best practice across the company
Train non-finance staff in use of financial systems ensuring complete, consistent  and accurate financial statements 
Act as a specialist partner to the Business Unit Director to both advise and challenge senior management on performance 

Experience, knowledge, skills and abilities

The successful person will be either a fully or part qualified Chartered Accountant. 
Strong management accounting and analytical skills are essential to the position together with a working knowledge of statutory reporting.
The person should also be comfortable working on an integrated accounts package together with detailed knowledge of core office systems – particularly MS Excel.
The person should have the skills to manage and develop the contract support team.