Queens Court, 24 Queen Street, Manchester, M2 5HX
- Specialism: Finance & Accountancy
- Sector: Commerce & Industry
- Roles: Permanent
- Location: North West
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Manchester, Greater Manchester | Contract/Interim
£45000 - £50000 per annum + 28 days holiday, Pension
Excellent opportunity for a Commercially astute Finance Analyst to join a market leading business and perform a key role in Analysing promotional activity across the business. The business generates billions in sales and successful promotional campaigns ultimately result in the continued success, growth and profitability of the business. This is a true business partnering role and you'll provide vital insight that will inform promotional planning to make sure that they're optimising their promotional proposition. You'll also challenge and influence internal business partners, particularly from the buying team, on their commercial decisions. What you'll do: * Review category promotions and how they're performing * Analyse the effectiveness of our promotions post event * Perform complex analysis and extract insight into promotions * Influence and challenge internal partners on promotional decisions * Work closely with category trading managers, buyers and supply chain * Analyse and draw complex data to inform critical business decisions This is a 12 month Fixed Term Contract and will suit people who have the business partnering capability to challenge non-financial and financial colleagues. You will be a Qualified Accountant (ACCA/CIMA/ACA) and have gained significant financial experience within a commercial capacity. Great presentation skills and Microsoft PowerPoint experience with the ability to influence challenging stakeholders. Confidence working at pace in a dynamic and ever-changing environment. For more information on this opportunity please forward your CV to Martin ASAP. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
Blackburn, Lancashire | Permanent
£32000 - £38000 per annum + Generous Pension, 28 days holiday
Sellick Partnership have been engaged to recruit for a Senior Management Accountant for a growing organisation based in the Lancashire area. Due to some organisational change, the business are looking for a strong Management Accountant to join their team. Responsibilities for the Finance Business Partner role include: * Production of Monthly Management Accounts * Assisting in the preparation of Statutory Accounts * Look after subsidiary accounts, challenge senior management and stakeholders to make commercial decisions to aid the progression of the organisation * Bank reconciliations * VAT Returns * Management of junior Finance Staff within the team (2 people initially) The ideal candidate will demonstrate: * Strong commercial focus and awareness * Qualified or Part-Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) looking to complete studies if not already done so * Experience in staff management * Confidence leading a team and liaising with stakeholders both internal and external at varying levels The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong commercial focus and will be a qualified or part-qualified accountant (ACCA, CIMA, ACA/ICAEW or equivalent) with experience in staff management. If you believe you have the relevant skills and experience, please cobtact Martin Parr at the Manchester office, or you can send your CV using the button below. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Sellick Partnership is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
Manchester, Greater Manchester | Permanent
£48000 - £50000 per annum + £6500 Car Allowance, Bonus
Excellent opportunity for an experienced finance business partner with experience influencing both Finance and non Finance stakeholders. Opportunity to join a market leading PLC working from their UK head office in the Greater Manchester region. They operate across 11 countries and have over 1200 employees. Reporting to the Head of Finance, the successful finance business partner will be responsible for all business units and board members, with a particular focus for this role on the operational drivers. Facilitate the production and coordination of annual budgets/plans and regular re forecasts, ensuring their alignment to the Group's overall budgets/plans. Understand key drivers of performance and support the Head of Finance in the decision making process. other duties will include; * Coordinate the production and consolidation of the detailed annual budgets/plans and monthly re forecasts including all values and cost drivers. * Assist in developing analysis to support plans and which demonstrate a sufficient level of challenge, including scenario and what-if analysis. * Proactively seek to understand the key drivers of the result and measure overall performance against plan. Act as Finance lead to the Exec members and cost centre managers, to explain and react to variance analysis and MI. * Responsible for producing ad-hoc analysis to meet evolving business requirements. In conjunction with the Head of Finance, participate in the decision making process and the evaluation of operational performance and the impact of different operational initiatives. * Responsible for coordination with the Group Business Control team to feed assumptions into the overall Group budgets/plans and provide requested analysis and commentary for presentation to the Group Board. * Coordinate key inputs into the Financial Reporting Team for associated activities including monthly accruals and provisions, reconciliations, and preparation of monthly reports. * Proactively seek ways to add value around cost, providing recommendations and looking at opportunities. * Provide analysis and commentary around key KPI's and financial impact including forward looking opportunities and risk. Make recommendations with the purpose to assess cost, work within the commercial plan and feed into the budget. * Manage the monitoring of capital spend across the organisation and provide project spend analysis to the Group PMO function on a monthly basis. The successful applicant will receive abase up to £50k, £6500 car Allowance, bonus up to 15% and Private medical insurance to name a few, They have a fantastic culture and working environment and you will be joining an experienced team of professionals. For more information please send your CV to Martin today. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Sellick Partnership is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
As Finance & Accountancy students come to the end of their degree it can be very difficult to decide what to do next. There are a number of routes into the Finance & Accountancy sector, and two of the most popular for our candidates are graduates jobs and graduate schemes, but choosing between them can be difficult. You could apply for a graduate Finance & Accountancy job with an SME, or work with a recruiter to find one or apply for one of the many graduate schemes with some of the UK’s biggest employers. But what route should you take? In this blog, Consultant Lauren Newell discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each option to help you make an informed choice. When Finance & Accountancy graduates approach the end of their university degree, securing a job in the ‘real world’ can suddenly feel daunting. You are about to become a graduate and will need to make some career decisions which can feel overwhelming. Sometimes, it can be hard knowing where to begin and how to kick-start your career in the Finance & Accountancy sector. Not everyone is suited to the same route and it is important the make a logical and informed decision which will ultimately help you progress within the Finance & Accountancy sector. The positive news is that businesses across the UK are putting more emphasis on graduate recruitment to fill gaps in their teams. The big four (Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC) have always traditionally offered graduate recruitment schemes, but we are also starting to see more SMEs turning to graduates to fill key gaps in their teams, giving you more choice than ever before. Here are some thoughts on each route, and what you need to consider if you want to have a long and successful career within Finance & Accountancy. What are Finance & Accountancy graduate schemes and graduate jobs? Finance & Accountancy graduate schemes are normally advertised by large established companies and have a fixed structure and usually last from one to three years. Graduate schemes are usually advertised at certain points in the year and candidates have to wait until that point to apply. In contrast, SMEs typically hire graduates in entry finance positions that you can generally apply for all year round. Advantages of Finance & Accountancy graduate schemes Finance & Accountancy graduate schemes offer excellent training and development opportunities If you are looking to get varied experience with structured training then you may want to consider a graduate scheme. Some companies will offer opportunities to gain a professional qualification and will help contribute financially towards them. Finance & Accountancy Graduate jobs do not normally have such a formal training programme in place, therefore you may find that you are not learning as much academically. Training will also be carried out in other areas of the business in a graduate scheme which means you will get to learn about other aspects of a business. This can be really beneficial in your first finance role to gain a deeper understanding of how a business is commercially ran. Finance & Accountancy graduate schemes usually pay extremely well If you are looking for a higher base salary straight away then a graduate scheme may be the better option for you to consider. Graduate schemes generally offer a higher salary than Finance & Accountancy graduate jobs, however they are very competitive and can be very hard to secure. Highfliers have provided an annual review on graduate recruitment providing further insight into starting salaries for graduates. Disadvantages of graduate schemes within the Finance & Accountancy sector Finance & Accountancy graduate schemes have set application windows when you can apply If you are applying for a graduate scheme, you need to be prepared and know exactly when to apply as there is usually a set application timeframe and strict application guidelines. I always advise candidates looking to pursue this route to start applying in your final year of university in order to start the following August or September. If you miss the application window, you cannot apply for another 12 months so make sure your CV is up-to-date, and you follow the guidelines and timeframes exactly. Finance & Accountancy graduate schemes generally have longer working hours Graduate schemes are typically known for their long hours of work so would not be suitable for someone that needs or would like flexible working arrangements. Some companies may expect you to work longer hours to meet demands of the business. If you are a successful applicant for a Finance & Accountancy graduate scheme, you need to make the most out of the opportunity by actively learning and taking in as much information as possible. Also, remember to keep a positive attitude and approach the challenges head on as you may impress the right person leading to other open doors. Advantages of Finance & Accountancy graduate jobs You may be able to have a greater impact on a business in a Finance & Accountancy graduate job Working within an SME business can be really rewarding as you can see the impact that your suggestions have on the organisation you are working for. Key decisions can be made quicker due to a flatter structure, therefore there are not as many decision makers to get approval from. This means it is easier to be recognised and rewarded for your hard work. There will be better progression opportunities and less competition in a Finance & Accountancy graduate job Finance & Accountancy graduate schemes can be oversubscribed and most of them expect you to meet certain grade requirements to be considered. Graduate roles can still be competitive, however there are more jobs advertised than graduate schemes and they may consider additional factors other than your grade. They may also have a career development structure in place, so if you are looking to stay within a company for a number of years to progress, this could be a better option for you. Disadvantages of Finance & Accountancy graduate jobs You may have greater job instability with a Finance & Accountancy graduate job Many companies that offer graduate schemes have recognised names which may give you a sense of security. You may have reservations about some lesser known SME companies. If this is the case you can use a website called Glassdoor, which is a website where previous and current employees leave reviews on the business and provide a rating out of five stars. This way you can get an honest opinion on what it would be like to work for the company. You may potentially have less perks in a Finance & Accountancy graduate job Graduate schemes have been renowned for offering nice perks including laptops, mobiles, iPads and many more. If you are working for an SME, you may not get as many benefits, however they may offer other types of benefits like flexi-time. So what route will you take? Both have advantages and drawbacks. On one hand, if you want to work for a well-known blue chip business that has a formal training programme in place, then a graduate scheme may be for you. Or if you want to get some hands on experience, climb the career ladder and put your stamp on the business, a graduate job may be better suited. Are you still struggling to make up your mind? We would be happy to talk to you and offer our advice. Get in touch with myself or a member of our team today for a confidential chat! Alternatively you can visit our much loved candidate resources page to get further advice to assist you with your job search including CV tips and interview advice and preparation tips.
Here at Sellick Partnership we believe that Apprentices can really shape an organisation and for that reason have invested in a number of apprentice positions in recent years. In this blog, Resourcing Consultant Sarah Childs recalls her experience of starting as an Apprentice with us and explains why you might want to follow in her footsteps. At the end of 2017, I was put in a position where I had to decide where my career was leading, and I had to decide quickly. When I turned 19 I knew that I had to find a stable career so I started to plan what I wanted my future to look like. I decided to think practically and look back to when I was at school and looked at what topics I succeeded in, a step I would advise anyone that is in the same position as me to do. My favourite and best topics at school were English, Mathematics and ICT. With these topics combined, and my personality, I decided that working in an office environment would be the best thing for me. Find an apprenticeship that is right for you With any career you have to start from the bottom, and it is always advisable to get some input into where you want to work. That is what pushed me forward to enrol at 3AAA’s academy to get support with finding the best apprenticeship for me. I went in and completed some initial assessments. The results of these showed that I would be working at a Level 3 in Business Administration. With these results, I was approached with two different companies that had positions available, and one of them was Sellick Partnership. After a few meetings I was successful and got offered a position at Sellick Partnership’s Derby office working with Associate Director Nikki Kinsey and her team. After I started learned very quickly that everyone that works within this company is constantly aiming to achieve their best and succeed in their careers, which made me realise that if I was going to make it anywhere, this was the place to be. I was informed straight away that my career would start at being the apprentice on the support team, but that the career opportunities were endless if I put the work in. This made me really determined to succeed as I could see exactly where I wanted my career to take me. Apprenticeships offer you a chance to learn and grow quickly Since starting with Sellick Partnership I have learnt so much, ranging from working with and learning different processes, learning how to deal with difficult situations and how to speak my mind, being taught how to work well in a team and how to come up with new ideas to name but a few. These are all traits that will help with my career progression long into the future. I have also had the opportunity to meet and work with a wide variety of people of different ages and career levels that are based in the seven offices that Sellick Partnership have around the country. This has really helped my progression and the fact that we all get on so well is truly unique. I believe this is because everyone working at Sellick Partnership has one thing in common, we all believe in the company values Passionate, Engaging and Respected! With everyone following these, we have all took an individual part in proving to Jo Sellick and the Board of Directors what we can provide and achieve the very best level of service to our clients and candidates. With endless amounts of support from the company, I feel excited to come into work every day and build up my career. Make sure an apprenticeship is the right choice for you Beginning an apprenticeship was the best life choice that I have made. It has allowed me to learn on the job and get a qualification to prove all the hard work that I have put in. It has me settle into a company I truly enjoy working for and somewhere I know I can progress. There are no limits s at Sellick Partnership and everyone is encouraged to do their best, and hard work is always rewarded. Hard work pays off - make your apprenticsehip work for you! Through hard work and determination I have been able to prove what work I can do and what the value I provide to the company, which has resulted in me being rewarded with an early promotion and taking the next step in my career. This amazing opportunity proves that if you can show what you’re made of within this company and if they believe in you, they will support and guide you to a successful career path to build an amazing life for yourself. I am very excited for what the future holds for me at Sellick Partnership and I will be here with open arms to guide new apprentices and show them an example of what they can also achieve. We have had a number of apprentices successfully compete their qualification and move onto permanent roles with us, and we would love to find more ambitious apprentices to join our teams. If you think you have what it takes, check out our current apprentice vacancies, or get in touch with Simon Briffa, our Internal Talent Manager today. Or, find out how some of our other apprentices have got on by checking out these apprenticeship case studies featuring Sufia Yazdjerd and Eleanor Malaney.
November last year, myself and my colleague Simon Briffa had the privilege of attending and exhibiting at a Women in Leadership event organised by CIPFA North East which took place at the Civic Centre in Newcastle. The event, which was set up by CIPFA North East president, Judith Savage was a celebration of business women that are leading the way within business, and as an ambitious female myself I found the whole afternoon to be incredibly motivating. Each of the speakers had a story to tell, offering tangible advice to women hoping to progress in their careers, and also giving everyone an insight into what has helped them get to where they are today. Here are four of the speakers of the day, and why I think they hold important messages that every business woman in the UK should read. Jonathan Blair, UK Managing Partner of Womble Dickinson Jonathan Blair is responsible for the strategic direction of Womble Dickinson’s UK operation and is involved in setting the company’s international strategy. He opened the event and spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion in business and why businesses should ensure they promote a culture of fairness, integrity and respect for all employees. The most important takeaway from this opening speech was his belief that female leaders are essential for business success and that female leadership should be the norm rather than the exception across all businesses and sectors. This is a great message to promote and something we should all be getting behind. Organisations should embrace their female workers and reap the rewards that a diverse and inclusive culture will bring. One thing that amazed me was the statistic that if more businesses adopted gender equality it would enrich the global economy by £120 trillion. After hearing this I couldn’t help but wonder what it is that is holding women back. Jonathan and the other speakers on the day believe it is combination of a number of things including, economic disadvantage, organisational culture, unconscious bias, self-limiting belief and lack of visible role models. These are all issues that we need to address to promote female leadership across the UK and beyond. Linda Conlon MBE, Chief Executive at Centre for Life Linda Conlon MBE, talked about subtle bias and how to negate negative stereotypes in business. She spoke about some real life examples of how women are often treated differently than their male counterparts because of bias and perception. For example, in business women are often called out for being ‘bossy’ when delegating tasks, whereas men are seen as being ‘assertive’ for doing the same thing. These negative perceptions are derived from the age old ‘old boys club’ that needs to be eradicated once and for all. To rid the business world of these negative perceptions, businesses need to support more women into leadership roles by creating more opportunities and making themselves more inclusive. For example, companies should be carefully wording job adverts and adapting their benefits packages to suit. Linda stated that using words like ‘competitive’ and ‘determined’ can often put women off, and adverts tend to get higher number of female applicants if they include words like ‘collaborative’ and ‘cooperative’. She also said we need to review salaries frequently, adopt flexible working practices and actively encourage women to be more visible in business in order to achieve true gender equality in our time. Kate Denby, Executive Director of Northern Stage ‘Learning to lead’ Kate Denby then took to the stage to talk about her experience of post performances at Northern Stage and how she would hear people talk about how amazing the actors were, marvelling at their talent. She explained how people often don’t think about what goes on back stage and how much work goes into the lead up to the performance. People often forget about all of the training, the practice, the mistakes and the development of skills that go into each and every performance – which she rightly compared to being a leader in business. Being a leader is about learning from your mistakes, working hard and paving the way for other people to be successful. Leadership is very different to management – a leader will influence others in a positive and productive way whilst energising and motivating others to success. Her advice, and something I related to, was not to think of leadership being above your station, no matter what level you are in an organisation. Too many women forget, or do not believe they will ever progress into a leadership role due to various circumstances, but this is not the case. Anyone that is driven enough and has the right skillset can become a leader, and more women need to be encouraged to take this step. What I found interesting from Kate’s speech was her discussion around men and women applying for roles. She stated that men are likely apply for a role even if they only tick 8 out of 10 of the main criteria, whereas a woman will generally only apply if she hits all 10. This made me think about my own senior candidate base, which is predominantly men, and it made me think about the women that would be perfect for many roles but may be too worried to apply. As women in business we need to be braver and apply for roles that may seem out of our reach, and by doing so more women may achieve the leadership positions that they deserve and have the skills to succeed in. Irene Lucas CBE, Ex Director General and Chief Executive of two local authorities Finally, Irene Lucas said that more women need to “stand out from the crowd and make their voices count”. She went on to discuss the importance of women being seen in business and ensuring their voices are heard at every level to maximise success. This is something I know I have adhered to throughout my career in recruitment. When starting out, and progressing in business it is important to be clear about what you stand for, to always ask for feedback and to value the contribution of everyone around you after all, ‘none of us are as clever as all of us’. Doing this, and having a strategy for success will greatly enhance your chances of achieving what you want to achieve. She also stated that it is important to do this whilst being true to yourself, closing the afternoon by saying that “the minute you try be someone else, you will likely strugglel”. All in all the event was a real celebration of inspiring female role models and it really showed me that there are women leading the way in business right up and down the country. However, it also highlighted the fact that there is still a way to go before we achieve true gender equality, and that is something all businesses should be putting at the top of their agenda for the years to come. If you would like more information about the Women in Leadership event, please feel free to email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.