Financial Contoller
Fresh produce
West Malling

Financial Controller

Ref: 185| Posted: 18th Aug 2021

**New and Exclusive** on behalf of an industry leading, highly sought-after business in Mid Kent, Baywell Search are proud to once again be representing this amazing business.  We are working exclusively to recruit an outstanding qualified, senior finance professional to join this large international business.

Leading the team across two sites, the Financial Controller will have responsibility all financial operations including budget setting, strategic plans, oversee month end process, statistical analysis, monitor transactions, cashflow, Forex.  

This exciting Financial Controller role will require relevant experience gained in either a fresh produce or fast paced manufacturing/product-based business.

Detailed duties of the Financial Controller include;


  • Motivate, supervise and develop 6 members of finance staff across 2 sites
  • Review of month end management accounts and present at monthly management meeting including KPI reporting with commentary, variance, forecast, stock balances
  • Prepare and finalise IFRS statutory accounts within a strict timeline
  • Manage the annual audit process with external auditors and tax advisors
  • Manage general & credit insurance policy renewals
  • Arrange lease finance for capital expenditure as appropriate
  • Prepare and present the annual operating budget and 5 year strategic plan whilst liaising with department heads
  • Review weekly/monthly statistical data to include weekly turnover reports, volumes by product, profit analysis etc
  • Review weekly trading summary for packhouse
  • Effectively manage working capital
  • Prepare feasibility studies for potential expenditure
  • Monitor sales ledger to ensure orders are invoiced promptly, customers pay to terms and credit limits are adhered to
  • Monitor purchase ledger to ensure that purchase invoices are registered, authorised, coded and posted promptly
  • Review & authorise weekly payments and monthly payroll payments
  • Review monthly VAT return & Intrastat returns
  • Review cashbook records and bank reconciliations
  • Intercompany reconciliations for revenue, cost of sales, debtors, creditors and other expenses
  • Arrange weekly forward exchange contracts and other Forex deals when required
  • Prepare ad hoc reports and carry out internal audit reviews/investigations at the direction of Managing Director and the parent company
  • Cashflow forecasting

In order to apply the Financial Controller must demonstrate the following;

  • Formally qualified with ACCA/ACA/CIMA
  • Relevant experience gained within the fresh produce industry or similar product/manufacturing setting with international trade
  • Sound knowledge of IFRS
  • Confidence to self manage the delivery of accurate and timely month/year end reporting;
  • Able to work in a fast paced, changing environment;
  • Advanced Excel skills to manage the large volumes of data
  • ERP Systems experience
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Fantastic benefits include ample onsite parking, 25 days pension, discretionary company/individual performance related bonus, Simply Health scheme, generous pension, beautiful working environment when in the office including fresh fruit, and proper coffee!  Given the successful nature of the business and the continued growth anticipated this role offers a very solid, future proof career development.  So, what’s not to like?! Don’t delay and apply today!

As Baywell Search are operating on a sole agency exclusive basis, any applicants received via a third party directly to the business will be automatically rejected.