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BN42, Brighton (Hybrid)
£50,000 - £60,000 per year
Full-time or part-time (37.5 hours per week (full time) / 4 days a week alternative pro-rata)
Job description

Overall purpose:

● To support the Financial Controller with reporting of the financial performance of GWEC, including the UK subsidiary, new Portugal Branch, Belgium parent entities and other subsidiaries globally.

● To manage and oversee the UK, Belgium Secretariat and international teams with all aspects of transactional accounting and cash management.

● This role needs to travel to our HQ in Brussels, Belgium once a month for a period for maternity leave cover and at least quarterly thereafter.

Working closely with the Finance Team and the Financial Controller the Finance Manager role has two core responsibilities.

  1. Managing the transactional accounting functions for GWEC  through:

• Line managing the transactional finance team (Finance Officer; Senior Financial Officer); reviewing, supporting  and overseeing their accounting work and resolving any queries that arise in line with GAAP and best practice.

• Ensuring all accounting transactions are processed in line with company policies and relevant country legislation for tax and compliance.

• Overseeing the posting of all core accounting transactions - AP, AR, Bank, credit cards - and ensuring all are coded to correct General Ledger and project accounts according to overall company budgets; and correct VAT codes are applied.

• Managing reconciliation of all relevant GL and subsidiary ledger accounts (Creditors, Debtors, Bank, Intercompany balances). Ensuring all relevant Balance Sheet accounts are reconciled to Trial Balance at each period-end. 

• Proposing accruals, prepayments and depreciation journals for review by FC and posting to finance systems.

• Preparing period accounting end close in liaison with the Financial Controller (month-end, year-end).

• Provide review and oversight of the bookkeeping within the subsidiary companies (India, China, Asia) in liaison with Financial Controller

• Act as technical administrator for all finance systems - supporting the finance team with technical queries and liaising with external support when necessary.

• Ensuring the month-end cycle is completed according to check-list and deadlines to ensure timely financial reporting.

• Compiling financial reports on request, for purposes of management, statutory and grant reporting.

• Reviewing the VAT reports  and all relevant transactions prior to submission of VAT returns to ensure correct VAT codes have been applied so that all relevant VAT is reclaimed in all jurisdictions (UK, Belgium currently)

• Ensuring VAT returns and related payments are submitted in line with statutory deadlines, through liaising with external VAT accountants. 

2. Global Cash Management through:


• Pro-active management of the AR function, ensuring all invoices are raised in a timely manner: particularly

supervision of the annual membership invoices, as well as raising of ad-hoc member invoices, grant invoices, events invoices and sponsorships based on agreements

• Managing the cash collection process: ensuring credit control is performed weekly and payments received within agreed timeframes; whilst keeping GWEC stakeholders up to date with collection status. 

• Ensure that financial controls are adhered to: that all payments are made in line with company policies and have been given the relevant authorisation by budget holders.

• Review all bank balances and transactions daily.

• Provide cash flow reporting and forecasts over the short, medium and long term. Work closely with others in the Finance team leading project and event budgets

• Support the Financial Controller with processing restricted fund and cash transfers in accordance with fund instructions.

• Reviewing and updating the inter-company account with the UK and Belgium entities in liaison with the Financial Controller

This job description is not intended to be exhaustive, and the post holder will be expected to demonstrate flexibility in undertaking additional duties as allocated within their areas of responsibility. No major changes will be made to this job description without consultation with the post holder.

Essentia Person Criteria:

• Right to work in the UK, fluency in written and spoken English

• Qualified CCAB accountant (ACCA, ACA, CIPFA, or AAT (min. level 3 or equivalent) or Masters degree in Accounting

• Excellent attention to detail

• Strong knowledge of accounting principles, solid experience of project/cost accounting and good understanding of financial reporting

• 5 or more year’s work experience in finance and administration management

• Personable people person with excellent communication skills who can positively support and work closely with an international team

• IT savvy -  you are comfortable with learning new accounting systems and have intermediate Excel skills (e.g. common formulas, Pivot tables)

Desirable Person Criteria:

• Experience of working in finance in an international organisation

• Experience of line management

• Experience of working with grant revenue and providing financial reports to funders

• A passion for renewable energies

What we offer

• Flexible working with genuine hybrid working arrangement (2 days per week in office)

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

• Private medical insurance

• Employers pension contribution

• Fast growing, dynamic international organisation

• Chance to be part of the green energy transition

• Fantastic new offices at great Shoreham Harbour location, near Brighton

•        International travel for team get togethers and visiting local offices

Application resources
Posted on: 11 December 2023
Closing date: 07 January 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Admin,Finance

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