Job Profile

Finance Team Leader

Reports to:

Job overview

What is the purpose of the job?

Reporting to the Financial Controller you will provide support to the existing Finance team in their day to day roles, learning all functions with our Finance Department. You will also provide cover for any absences and give support to the Financial Controller as and when required. Systems currently used are Great Plains, Connect and Sage Payroll.
This role would suit someone with all round accounts knowledge from an SME background.

What we're looking for:

You’ll be an ambitious, self-driven, with a commercial mind-set and excellent IT skills, looking for an opportunity to work within a high-performing team. As an SME, we will need you to be able to work at all levels, be ‘hands on’. You will have experience of carrying out several finance activities and can build strong internal relationships to provide accurate and concise financial information.

Key responsibilities

  • Supporting the FC to manage all accounting operations
  • Support in the management of the monthly fee runs (£1.5m to £2m)
  • Oversee the running of payroll for all monthly paid staff
  • Maintenance of group accounts payable function
  • Reconciling bank statements
  • Purchase Ledger – cover
  • Sales Ledger – cover
  • Assisting Financial Controller with Month and Year End
  • Assist with processing P11d’s
  • Staff expenses – cover
  • Maintaining the nominal, sales and purchase ledgers
  • Reporting any issues and liaising closely with the Nursery Manager/Regional Manager/FC
  • Monthly close reconciliation
  • Preparing ad-hoc analysis on financial and non-financial data
  • Accurate / timely posting of receipts from customers to ‘Connect’- cover
  • Using ‘Connect’ identify payments and deductions that are to be made and support with the necessary process to complete the financial booking
  • Deliver one-off projects/activities as may be requested from time to time.


  • QBE or working towards ACCA or CIMA


  • Commercial Accounting – essential
  • Running Payroll and providing PAYE/NI Returns – essential
  • Previous SME experience desirable
  • Experience of MS Great Plains – desirable
  • Experience of Connect – desirable


  • Advanced Excel to include Pivot tables
  • Analysis and interpretation of complex information to support business decisions.
  • Ability to build relationships across all levels.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-financial colleagues.
  • Self-starter with ability to create value-added and continually improve processes.
  • Ability to use initiative.
  • Planning and organisation skills to deliver to deadlines.

Job Type:

Full Time, Permanent Contract


Full clean driving licence as some (minimal) travel to one of our 21 sites may be required