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- Specialism: Finance & Accountancy
- Sector: Commerce & Industry
- Roles: Permanent
- Location: North West
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Manchester, Greater Manchester | Permanent
£60000 - £75000 per annum
Sellick partnership has been engaged to recruit a permanent commercial Senior Finance Business Partner for a profitable branded electrical appliance business based in Manchester. This is a truly great commercial and value adding role where you are able to immerse yourself within the company and gain great exposure at a key time in their strategic plan. The role reports directly to the Finance Director but also works closely with the business divisional Directors in providing genuine commercial insight and analytical support. You will have great exposure to the business; working closely with the non-finance teams, aiding them in making sound conclusions following your analysis. Your main remit will be to provide in depth financial and commercial insight to key stakeholders within the business and to ensure that they maximise the performance and drive initiatives for profitable growth The role holder will act as an integral part of the senior management team who will seek opportunities to add commercial insight and value through improved awareness on sales channel profitability, margin and profitability analysis, analysis of promotions, pricing, marketing ROI, appraisal of new business opportunities, new product development, commercial agreements and ad hoc requests. A full job specification is available. The person The successful applicant will ideally be ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified coupled with a strong academic record and coming from a similar role. You will have commercial finance and business partnering exposure in FMCG or consumer goods in a retail environment; where you have experience of commercial terms negotiations, pricing, promotional evaluations, business cases, and business partnering a sales and marketing team, influencing commercial decisions to drive margin improvement. We are looking for someone with sparkle, drive & energy to come in and really drive some significant improvement. The individual in this role needs to have strong analytical skills, business partnering and influencing skills in order to be a success in a complex area of the business with multiple stakeholders. You will have a creative and innovative approach to problem solving and analysis; delivery orientated - able to work in pressurised environments, meet multiple deadlines and manage own priorities. You will also be able to demonstrate business acumen and ability to gain knowledge across the breadth of a variety of functions. Good communication skills - able to translate financial information and create successful business relationships. You will also be able to take a 'big picture' view with demonstrable internal consultancy and influencing skills, while possessing a keen eye for the detail. If you consider yourself to be a committed, motivated individual, who can demonstrate the above skills then we would be pleased to hear from you. If you would like to apply for this role or would like to find out more, please apply online or contact Jonathan Moss at Sellick Partnership on 0161 834 1642.
Manchester, Greater Manchester | Permanent
£60000 - £75000 per annum
Sellick Partnership has been engaged to recruit a Group International Tax Manager for a leading Financial Services business in Manchester. The business has rapidly grown through organic growth and acquisition and boasts a range of services. This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading business in a period of growth and transformative change. The role is in a fast-paced, plc organisation where you will have the chance to increase responsibilities and take on new challenges in a supportive and encouraging environment. You will work for and support a very impressive Group Head of Tax with responsibility for supporting the Group's overseas businesses across all their taxes, working alongside divisional finance teams in overseas locations. The role is suited to a dynamic and experienced tax professional with experience of international tax across Europe. It will require some travel to our European sites, but will not require long periods of time away from home. General duties but not limited to:- Oversight and responsibility for all aspects of tax compliance in the Group's international companies, working closely with the finance teams and external advisers in each overseas business; Assistance in the oversight and central co-ordination of corporate tax risks arising from tax issues and audits; Providing tax advisory support to business expansion including recommendations in respect of legal entity structure; Withholding tax management and assistance with tax treaty claims; Keeping up to date with international tax developments and recommend any necessary actions in response to potential changes, including liaison with overseas finance teams to ensure a full understanding of, and compliance with, any changes; Assist with the management of transfer pricing across the group, including reviewing existing processes, liaison with finance teams in respect to policies and assisting in the preparation of transfer pricing documentation; and Identification of opportunities to maximise tax efficiencies across all international businesses. The Person: The successful applicant will be either a fully qualified ACA or CTA either making their first move from practice or coming from a similar role, who wants to join a growing business. You will have a broad range of exposure, managing overseas tax structuring, tax reporting and compliance across both direct and indirect taxation. Experience of financial services is preferable and experience in international tax is essential. Confidence in liaising directly with overseas finance teams and an understanding of governance requirements within a listed plc. Strong organisational and communication skills and the ability to effectively drive projects forward and be commercially minded and self-motivated. You will be able to communicate with a range of stakeholders and present information to non-financial senior management members. A broad tax experience would benefit this role removing the need for extensive external advisory support. If you would like to apply for this role or would like to find out more, please apply online or contact Jonathan Moss at Sellick Partnership on 0161 834 1642.
Manchester, Greater Manchester | Permanent
£40000 - £45000 per annum
Sellick Partnership has been engaged to recruit a Commercial Finance Analyst for an instantly recognisable organisation in Manchester. Due to continued growth and career promotions we are seeking someone who wants a truly commercial role that will give you full exposure into all areas of the business. The purpose of this role is to provide high quality planning and analysis of the commercial performance of the business. This role will be a business partner to Senior Leaders within the business and will support the Head of FP&A to manage the planning cycles and reporting. You will be tasked to provide expert level decision support and challenge to enable the business to achieve agreed strategic and tactical objectives. You will provide insight and guidance to the senior leadership/management team via a first class service, to enable the business to achieve agreed strategic objectives. The role is specialised, so we're looking for a very commercial, driven, dynamic and enthusiastic commercial individual / analyst who has in-depth experience of planning, supporting, liaising, challenging and influencing internal stakeholders. The successful applicant will be an ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified Commercial Analyst, Business Partner or Commercial Accountant, coming from a similar role with significant experience in supporting finance and non-finance stakeholders in complex financial analysis. Experience within a Financial Planning & Analysis team within the Insurance/Financial Services Industry would be desirable. Due to the nature of the role, it is expected that the successful candidate has strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships, inspiring confidence in dealing with senior management and key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be diligent and lead by example, able to work independently and as team player. It is essential the candidates applying for this role has excellent business partnering skills with the ability to challenge / influence and build working relationships; coupled with strong presentation and communication skills with the ability to communicate complex issues simply and effectively. Whilst you'll have the analytical skill set, you'll be able to translate analytical thinking into 'easy to understand' commercial concepts and be confident in presenting technical information in a variety of mediums to colleagues, therefore you will have experience of influencing stakeholders to own way of thinking. In return you'll be part of an ambitious business that's always thinking ahead - defining, planning and building for a better future. If you consider yourself to be a committed, career driven professional who can demonstrate the above experience and who would welcome the stimulus of this finance post then we would be pleased to hear from you. If you would like to apply for this role or would like to find out more, please apply online or contact Jonathan Moss at Sellick Partnership on 0161 834 1642.
Roles in fintech are growing, and recently we have seen a massive increase in the number of Finance & Accountancy professionals utilising their skills and entering this growing sector. In this article, Nicholas Harding, CEO of peer-to-peer lending platform Lending Works, offers his advice for people with financial backgrounds who may want to transition over to fintech or secure a role in this growing sector. The fintech industry in the UK is booming, generating an estimated annual turnover of £20 billion (IG) and creating many new, exciting jobs. So, it is no surprise that so many people aspire to work in fintech, whether they are soon-to-be graduates or have been working in other areas for a long time. In this new industry, you will need a range of hard and soft skills, which you may have already acquired if you started your career in finance. Below, I will take you through just a few of the skills that makes people with financial backgrounds so desirable in this industry. Financial knowledge You do not necessarily have to be an expert in technology to do well in fintech. What you may find, is that employers are more interested in your financial knowledge, because you can provide insight into areas that could be improved by technology. You can also advise them of regulations and other limitations they will need to be aware of. You will likely have experience using finance-specific tools and technology to complete your daily tasks, whether that is Excel or a custom-built accounting software. Having a comprehensive understanding of these tools can give you a competitive advantage over other candidates, especially if you can come up with ideas for how they can be improved or used for other purposes. Hard skills Hard skills are the talent and expertise you acquire through training or experience that allow you to perform well in a certain job. They are usually easy to prove by earning certificates, such as degrees or diplomas as evidence of a formal education. But hard skills also include things like additional languages and computer literacy. One of the key hard skills finance workers pick up in the industry is data analysis. Fintech roles are usually very figure-driven, so having a strong data analysis aptitude will allow you to better use numbers to make business decisions. Financial reporting and forecasting are also important traits to have — plus, as there has been a shortage of candidates with this skill in recent years (Jobsite), it will make you more desirable. Your role in finance should provide you with plenty of opportunities to practice developing the right hard skills, but you could consider looking into online courses or asking your employer to recommend some to hone your knowledge. Some can take a few years to complete, such as accountancy qualifications, but they will provide you with concrete evidence of your capability. Soft skills Do not forget that the ideal candidate also needs to have excellent soft skills, which are things like communication, networking, creative thinking, and time management — these are equally important in any role. Make sure you jump at every opportunity to exercise these whilst you are working in finance by volunteering to attend industry events and getting involved in optional projects. It can also help to perform regular skills gap analysis. These are usually done employer-to-employee, but you can conduct one yourself to identify which areas you need to work on. For example, if you have had less experience putting together professional graphs or struggle to produce cleanly formatted charts, you can focus on developing your design skills. Frequently undergoing skills gap analysis and topping up your experience can help you become a more well-rounded and versatile employee. When you decide to move on to fintech, it is also important to highlight any project management experience you may have picked up that can give you even more of an edge compared to other candidates, as these leadership skills are just as important as they are in other industries. These are just some of the ways a career in finance can prepare you for a new role in fintech. From useful hard skills to crucial soft skills, there are plenty of transferable talents for you to acquire by working in the financial industry. Can we help? If you are looking for your next vacancy, or are interested in joining a leading fintech firm, please get in touch, we would be more than happy to help.
This year International Women’s Day is spreading the message #EachforEqual and is looking at how “we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements”. This is a great message and something I feel is hugely important today, especially within the finance and accountancy sector which I predominantly recruit for. Finance has been associated as a very male dominated sector for a long time, but more recently female finance professionals are proving that anyone can reach the top and succeed in this highly rewarding sector. I work with a number of strong female professionals across my NHS client base, many of whom are striving to make the sector a more diverse and inclusive place to work. I recently sat down with Beth Fleming, Head of Strategy, Planning and Partnerships at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and HFMA Chair, to find out about her career and to get her thoughts on what it takes to be a success within public sector finance. Can you tell me about your career and experience to date? This year is my 30th anniversary of working within the NHS after joining in 1990. I started as an Internal Auditor for North Derbyshire Health Authority and, after nine months, was successful in being accepted onto the Graduate Regional Finance Trainee scheme. I qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 1996 which was one of the proudest moments of my life to date. I then worked my way up the career ladder in various roles across the NHS and in 2013, I became deputy CFO for NHS Hardwick CCG. In 2016, I was approached by my now manager in Derbyshire Health Service NHS FT to see if I would be interested in taking a role which was more strategic, whilst maintaining a financial link through contracting, income and commercial development, which I gladly accepted. I have also become responsible for the procurement team whilst in post. I am now in my fourth year in this role and absolutely loving it. I have the opportunity to challenge myself every day and stretch my knowledge which is so important to me as a female finance professional. What motivates you to be successful? I have two daughters and I want them to see how important it is to have a fulfilling career and a voice in society. It doesn’t matter to me what they do as long as they do it to the best of their ability and they are happy, fulfilled and kind to people along the way. The NHS has always been an exceptional employer to me and I feel that I owe it to them to be the best that I can possibly be, and I hope my two children grow up to have the same mentality wherever they end up working. As a manager I am also incredibly motivated to see my team developing. I absolutely love how supportive we all are of each other, which means we get to try new things and work together towards a common goal. This is hugely important in any environment, especially one as stressful as public sector finance. No two days are the same within the NHS – which I wouldn’t change for the world – but you need a solid team that you trust around you in order to get the work done and really make a difference. As a woman working in the NHS and finance industry, have you ever faced any discrimination or felt you had fewer opportunities? NHS finance is traditionally a male dominated environment – as is the finance and accountancy sector in general – especially when looking at it at a senior level. In 2017, just 28 percent were women and women are still largely under-represented at bands 8c and above, although they account for 61 percent of the workforce overall. I know this is something the NHS is working towards addressing, and we have made huge strides in recent years, but I do believe more needs to be done to balance everything out. The HFMA works hard to understand this dynamic and puts programmes in place to support women and people in ethnic minorities to be successful. The East Midlands Branch of the HFMA recognises this and, at our recent conference, invited Sandra Easton, Director of Operational Finance and Performance of NHSI/E, to present on “Diversity in NHS Finance”. This was a fantastic opportunity to hear from someone incredibly passionate about EDI and gave us lots to think about as to what we can do to support more women and minorities into roles across the NHS. It is also great to see support mechanisms being introduced across all sectors to support more woman working towards senior leadership roles. The NHS leadership academy is a great example of this. The NHS leadership academy actively promotes strong female role models from within the NHS and offers the support that leaders need to achieve their ambitions. Although this is open to everyone, they do have a specific focus on helping women and minorities, which I think is admirable. How does it feel to be appointed as East Midlands HFMA Branch Chair? It is an honour to be appointed. It is also amazing to see so many women represented across HFMA. I recently attended a national HFMA Branch Chair's meeting and six out of the seven new chairs were women. A fantastic achievement! Is there anything you want to achieve as East Midlands HFMA Branch Chair? I would like to develop an HFMA ‘champion’ in every organisation within the boundaries of the branch, much like the Future Focused Finance (FFF) value makers. I would like to see a nominated member of each finance or procurement team who could take responsibility for becoming HFMA members, sharing HFMA news bulletins, encouraging team members to attend events and generally spread the news of this valuable resource within our health communities. I would also like to develop the nascent relationship between FFF and the Skills Development Network (SDN) so that our vision and objectives are shared between the three bodies and within the wider community. What advice do you have for women looking at your success and wanting to achieve the same? Work hard, use the resources available to you through your employer, professional accountancy body or HFMA and ensure you build and motivate a successful team around you. There is a wealth of support out there to help you achieve your career aims, and if you ask for help, and use what is available I’m sure you will achieve great success. Can we help you? If you are looking for a finance opportunity within the NHS or would like advice on how you can build a successful career, get in touch. We would be delighted to help. Alternatively, you can browse our latest NHS jobs or check out or dedicated Candidate Resources section to help you with your next career move.
Earlier this month the government finally announced plans for a review of the proposed IR35 reforms that are due to hit the private sector in April this year, however the news has been met with very mixed responses. With a little over two months to go before the reforms are implemented we are still unsure as to the true impact they will have, and it is unlikely that this review in its current form will alleviate the worries of our contractor, candidate and client base. The timing of the review is wrong. A thorough independent review that will look at the issues that have been raised, consult the market and detail amendments simply cannot happen in the short time left until the planned implementation date. I therefore worry that the government will use this ‘review’ as an obligatory pre-election promise and will not look closely enough at the implications this will have on the contractor market across the UK. I am also concerned that the basis of the review isn’t right. In late November, campaigning for Tory votes, Chancellor Sajid Javid said that he wanted to “look again at the proposed changes to IR35 to make sure that they are right to take forward”. Now, however, it looks as if the review will probe the reforms’ implementation, not the reform as a whole which is a mistake in my opinion. At our IR35 briefing event in November last year, we heard the concerns of contractors first-hand, and many of the same worries still stand and are unlikely to be solved unless the implementation date is delayed, and a more thorough review is launched. They raised concerns such as businesses not being ready for the changes, a lack of client understanding and a blanket ban on limited contractors by many clients across all sectors. Another issue that the review will likely skim over is the impact on ethical behaviour across the contractor market, something that is hugely important in my opinion. In a recent Recruiter article, Neil Carberry, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said: “Pushing ahead with an approach to taxing contractors that is not fit-for-purpose will punish ethical businesses, incentivise non-compliance and harm workers. I wholeheartedly agree with this comment, and it is becoming an even bigger worry for me and my team. If this review is going to work, it must consider monitoring and regulating non-compliant umbrella companies. We have a list of preferred umbrella companies for a reason. Each one is vetted to ensure that our contractors, our clients and we are protected as far as possible from both financial and criminal liability. The government also needs to look closely at the mistakes that were made in the public sector roll out. A lack of communication, panic and timing all culminated in several key issues and many contractors are still feeling the adverse effects as a result. The government needs to learn from these mistakes, and at least adopt a phased approach to the private sector roll out and offer some clarity to businesses around what the implications will be for them. My worry is that there is a similar feeling of panic and unrest with the current plans, and there are a number of extremes across the market. On one hand some clients are panicking and putting a blanket ban on contractors stating that they will only work with temporary staff through PAYE, with others using this review as another excuse to delay their plans, something that we have been advising them not to do. Organisations and contractors need to be doing all they can to prepare and seek advice from recruitment professionals like Sellick Partnership. Finally, the review needs ample time to consult the market and appease any concerns businesses, contractors and recruiters have about the roll out, and I don’t believe that is the case. For a thorough, independent review to take place the reforms will have to be delayed giving everyone time to prepare. Without these preparations, and a decent consultation process, we are in danger of heading for the same mistakes and challenges we faced in 2017, which would be very damaging for the private sector contractor market. If you are worried about IR35, or would like some advice, head over to the dedicated section of our website. Alternatively, you can get in touch with myself, or a member of my team and we will be more than happy to help.