Operations/Manufacturing Accountant

Ref: 958| Posted: 27th Nov 2023

My client is a very successful manufacturer of high-quality products exported worldwide.   They are looking for a highly skilled, experienced and proactive operations accountant to join their finance team.  The operations accountant will play a pivotal role in managing the financial aspects of the manufacturing operations. You will be responsible for business partnering the manufacturing, supply chain and R & D departments and ensuring accurate financial records, optimising cost-efficiency, and providing valuable insights to support decision-making within the company.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Cost Analysis:  In-depth analysis of cost of sales and stock reporting for all UK operations, up to and including responsibility for management accounts schedules and narrative
  • Budgeting and Forecasting: Effectively assist with the preparation and review of full UK group budgets to develop and monitor budgets, forecasts and financial models to align with business objectives.
  • R & D: Develop an in depth understanding and have financial control of the UK R & D activity, with emphasis on accurate cost control for new product development
  • Variance Analysis: Investigate and report on variances between budgeted and actual operational costs, providing insights to guide corrective actions
  • Month-end: Assist in the month-end and year-end closing processes, including journal entries, reconciliations, and financial reporting
  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with accounting standards, tax regulations, and financial laws, working closely with external auditors and tax advisors
  • Process Improvement: Continuously identify opportunities to streamline financial processes within the operations department and recommend enhancements.
  • Financial Reporting: Prepare and present financial reports, including profit and loss statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements to support operations departments and the wider business
  • Relationships: Build strong formal & informal relationships with key manufacturing, supply chain and R&D staff
  • Ad-hoc Analysis and reporting: Ability to pick up and successfully manage a number of assigned projects (e.g. financial control of significant fixed asset additions, internal finance improvements including major ERP system change and potential support to overseas operations)

Person specification

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or equivalent.
  • Professional accounting qualification e.g. CIMA post or finalist (or equivalent)
  • Proven experience in a similar role within a manufacturing environment
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing cost accounting principles and practices
  • Extensive knowledge of manufacturing ERP systems
  • Experience of writing SQL reports
  • Ability to work as part of a small finance team, and thus willing to cover a variety of tasks
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Ability and desire to develop into a more senior finance role
  • Open to and keen to improve processes and working processes within the department and company.
  • Able to form good relationships with staff across all levels of the organisation, and with the confidence to present to senior management.

This is a site based role.  If you are a detail-oriented finance professional with a passion for manufacturing, we want to hear from you!


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