Finance Director/ Company Secretary - Exeter

Ref: 98 Date Posted: Tuesday 12 Jan 2021
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Finance Director/ Company Secretary, South West Metal Finishing

Role: Full time

Location: Exeter, Devon

Reporting to: Managing Director


The Company:

Established in 1931, South West Metal Finishing is a family business that has a well-respected history in providing class leading surface finishing services. Operating from four treatment sites in the UK servicing customers both nationally and internationally, we pride ourselves on building strategic partnerships and delivering high quality services to meet our customers’ specific requirements.

Our customers operate across a range of sectors, including aerospace and defence, power generation, automotive, medical and oil and gas, making our service offering dynamic and tailored. We are focussed on continuing to grow the organisation through operational excellence and progressive innovation and are committed to achieving our vision of leading the way in surface engineering. 

The Role:

This is a really exciting time to be part of South West Metal Finishing; as it continues to drive forwards on its ambitious growth strategy, you will have the opportunity to be a key player in helping the Company achieve its vision. Reporting to the Managing Director and playing a pivotal role on the Board of Directors, you will contribute to and take accountability for the strategic objectives of the Company, ensuring that adequate finance is in place, and will work closely with the senior team to ensure these are reached.  The role is looking to be filled to allow existing shareholder who occupies the post to fulfil a higher level/ strategic role.

This is a dynamic role, and your main focus will be on leading and managing the administration and support services of the Company, including the Finance, HR, Legal, Insurance and IT functions. This will involve key financial responsibilities, including accurately and punctually preparing monthly management accounts and Year-End financial accounts, being mindful of statutory tax requirements and the opportunity for tax credits, managing the annual financial audit and liaising with external auditors, preparing financial budgets and cash-flow projections, as well as maintaining oversight of customer credit accounts and debtor control procedures.

Alongside your financial responsibilities, you will have responsibility for maintaining sufficient insurance cover for the business and its employees, in line with the changing needs of the Company, and monitoring and reporting on current and potential insurance claims. Corporate governance and compliance with statutory obligations will be one of your key responsibilities, as well as managing the Company’s relationship with the pension scheme, the leasing process of company vehicles, and the robust costing against hours system.

You will take advantage of your experience and innovative mindset to introduce, improve and streamline policies and procedures in purchasing and inventory management, IT, HR and training and development, reflecting the Company’s focus on creating an agile and knowledgeable structure and workforce. You will also need to be mindful of minimising risk to the Company by assessing non-disclosure and long-term agreements, alongside the Managing Director, and will be required to report on government statistics and control Company fixed assets.

Whilst this is a broad role, it will be important for you to use your people management skills to effectively share responsibilities and provide support and coaching to your 6-8 direct reports, empowering them to develop in their roles, achieve and exceed their annual objectives and work collaboratively with you to ensure you deliver on your accountabilities.

The Person:

You are energetic and passionate about working for a growing SME and will be excited to maximise the opportunities that this diverse and pivotal role presents. You will be innovative in your approach and won’t be afraid of getting involved in a range of operational and strategic activities to support the Company towards its vision. As SWMF has four sites across the UK and an international presence, you will be comfortable with some travel in your role to satisfy your responsibilities.

It is important that you are educated to degree level and hold a CIMA qualification, have advanced knowledge of Microsoft applications, and experience in working with a range of databases and IT systems, to enable you to maximise your impact in your role. Significant experience in accounting within the private sector, as well as managing the payroll process, is essential, and you will have held senior level roles which have given you the opportunity to contribute to and make strategic decisions. In light of the diversity of this role, you are not afraid of getting involved in a range of activities which may not always fall in your professional area of expertise, including HR and IT, and have a commitment to remaining up to date in relation to employment and accounting legislation. It would be beneficial if you have experience in an SME environment, preferably manufacturing. Qualifications of CIPD in HR also a distinct advantage.

Your strengths will be in your presentation, reporting and communication skills, and you will be able to take advantage of your empowering people management and leadership skills to support your direct reports. As this role requires significant contribution to the strategy of the Company, it is important that you are able to provide well-thought through input to future business strategies and work collaboratively with the senior team.

The Rewards:

In return, we offer a competitive salary package, dependent on experience and available on application,  including bonus scheme and a generous holiday scheme; we also offer a range of other benefits to support our team, including ongoing development opportunities. This is an exciting chance to be part of an innovative and ambitious Company, where you can really make a difference.

If you possess the experience, passion and attitude to make this role a success then we would love to hear from you. Please apply by submitting your CV and a covering letter.