Group Financial Controller, Bury


Group Financial Controller, Bury

Group Financial Controller/Director Designate


Salary £60,000 plus benefits

Our client is a well established and successful provider of specialist textile products, which are produced using a mix of traditional skills and designs combined with modern production techniques to produce a unique finished product. They operate from a base in North Manchester and have additional manufacturing operations in the Far East and the USA. The owners are now looking for an experienced and suitably qualified finance professional to join the team to work closely with them to oversee all areas of the business and in particular, implement new systems and procedures to enhance the business and to provide a stronger operational base for future growth. In due course (likely to be 12months or so) it is envisaged that you will progress to the more senior role of Group Finance Director, with a commensurate salary increase.


Key duties include:


  • Production of the consolidated monthly management accounts
  • Implementation of Sage 200 accounting system
  • Dealing with multi company structures
  • Implementation of new and improved factory systems, stock control and accounting systems
  • Management reporting to enable strategic decision making
  • Data interrogation and analysis
  • Preparation of budgets and cashflows
  • Vat returns
  • Company secretarial aspects including annual returns
  • Working closely with all stakeholders, customers and suppliers
  • Extensive liaison with external advisers including accountants and tax specialists
  • Travel to Thailand to work closely with the Group FD on a regular basis
  • Operating autonomously from the base in Bury but will strong ties to the other business locations around the world


Key personal traits and experiences shall include:

  • A hands on approach to leading and driving diverse teams of staff


  • Ability to manage relationships with key contacts, both in the business (including departmental heads and the Directors) and external providers and stakeholders
  • Well developed communications and coaching skills
  • Highly self motivated
  • Dynamic personality
  • Attention to detail
  • Team oriented
  • Influencer and leader
  • An adept relationship builder, who can communicate with clarity whilst building positive relationships with colleagues and external parties alike
  • Continuous improvement mentality
  • Desire to join a successful business environment
  • Experience of foreign currency
  • Use of Sage200 systems or similar



To be successful, you will need to be an experienced and professionally qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA or equivalent) and possess a strong manufacturing/costing background combined with good systems and operational procedure enhancement and improvement experience. The role requires a mix of strategic input for the Directors along with a hands on approach to day to day operational matters at the UK base, being largely a warehousing function and at the same time, overseeing remote teams covering manufacturing and sales office functions.


This is an excellent and broad based role which will suit a capable, hands on accountant who likes to be heavily involved in a business where you can play a key part in its future development and growth. It’s more important for the owners to find a candidate who has the personality to want to develop themselves into new areas, where they can learn from the Group FD and the company’s external advisers, as necessary. As such, for this role, attitude is as important as the demonstrable experience.