Reporting to: European Finance Director

Principal Role:

Managing the day to day running of AVENIR GLOBAL finance function and the timely production of management information. Being the critical link between finance and all members of staff in both agencies. This is a diverse role, that includes management accounts, reporting, forecasting, payroll, and team management. The role will be part of the overall Europe Finance team, managed by the Finance Director.

Experience:

  • ACCA/CIMA qualified accountant with at least 3 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Working in a comms related role would be highly beneficial.
  • Ideally used Deltek Maconomy
  • Understand key finance processes and functions, including preparing budgets, cash flow, time measurement recognition, management accounts, creditors, and debtors
  • Month End close management essential
  • Have a project accounting background
  • Knowledgeable in revenue recognition methods

Skills Required:

  • Effectively be able to drive the finance function and identify efficiencies where needed
  • Be well organised with experience working in the Finance function of a fast-paced agency/consultancy environment
  • Strong MS Excel skills
  • Understanding of how best to manage and develop individuals within a finance team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Confident in communicating with different levels of stakeholders including those from a non-financial background
  • Thrive in taking lead and proactively problem-solving

Key responsibilities:

  • Ownership of revenue process for AVENIR including, but not limited to, preparing monthly projections to the Group.
  • Production of management accounts from Trial Balance for analysis with the MD & FD including a detailed review of all transactions, P&L and Balance Sheet reconciliations.
  • Preparing monthly reports for MD, including Utilisation, freelancer spend, fee forecasts and fee analysis
  • Ownership of all Balance sheet reconciliation for the company, inc prepayments & accruals
  • Overseeing/checking all payroll accounting including review of the payment runs and payroll reports
  • Producing the annual budget and monthly forecasts, highlighting areas of concern and making recommendations to achieve key business objectives
  • Running the P&L budgeting and reforecast process, working with Senior Managers monthly to ensure forecasts are accurate and that business plans are commercially sound, including ensuring the billing summary process is complete
  • Managing and developing the UK finance team of 7 (1direct reports)
  • Assisting in approval payment runs
  • Conducting monthly finance presentations to Executive Committee
  • Preparing and delivering finance training decks to be used for all UK entities.
  • Ensuring all financial reporting and audit requirements achieved for bi-annual statutory reporting deadlines and liaison with external auditors
  • Other statutory reporting including completion of: VAT Returns every 3 months, Corporation Tax every 3 months, yearly PAYE Settlement Agreements & P11Ds, monthly pensions & PAYE
  • Maintaining a strong financial control environment, ensuring processes are enforced and enhanced
  • Proactively identifying and implementing improvements to finance processes and procedures
  • Managing our internal system Deltek Maconomy – setting up new clients, employees, approving new vendors
  • Managing financial year-end processes ensuring all ledgers are accurate and costs reported correctly
  • Other ad-hoc requests from client services teams and MD

Benefits

As well as the basic salary, great social events and a culture of continual learning, our competitive benefits package* includes:

  • Employer pension contribution
  • Private medical insurance (for you and your family)
  • Death in Service
  • Critical Illness
  • Income Protection
  • Travel insurance (for you and your family)
  • An annual ‘wellness’ benefit after one year’s service
  • Paid sabbaticals after 5 years’ service

*Benefits are contingent on successful completion of probation period

AVENIR GLOBAL

AVENIR GLOBAL is a Montreal-based holding and management company with an active operations mindset and a hands-on approach to all its investments. A global powerhouse of specialist communications firms, AVENIR GLOBAL has 1,000 staff and offices in 22 locations across Canada, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, and ranks among the top 15 largest communication firms in the world.  

In Canada, AVENIR GLOBAL owns NATIONAL Public Relations, the country’s leading public relations firm, servicing clients across a wide range of sectors, which includes NATIONAL Capital Markets, the industry’s foremost investor relations and financial services practice.

In the United States, AVENIR GLOBAL owns SHIFT Communications, a data-driven integrated communications agency; and the public relations and communication company Padilla, which includes the brand consultancy Joe Smith, the food and nutrition experts at FoodMinds and the research authorities at SMS Research Advisors.

In Europe, AVENIR GLOBAL owns the London-based strategic communications consultancy Madano and Hanover, one of the EMEA’s leading strategic communications and public affairs consultancies, with offices in London, Brussels, Dublin, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Hanover Group also includes creative communications agency The Playbook. The AVENIR GLOBAL network also includes healthcare specialists AXON Communications, with offices in Toronto, the U.S, the U.K. and Europe and healthcare creative agency Cherry, based in London.   

AVENIR GLOBAL is owned by RES PUBLICA Consulting Group.


Equal Opportunities

AVENIR GLOBAL is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and non-discrimination. At all times we aim to recruit, develop and promote the very best people, basing judgment solely on suitability for the job. We particularly encourage applications from those who associate as neurodiverse, those who have a disability, come from ethnic minority backgrounds or those from the LGBTQ+ community.

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This role is paying up to £55,000 per annum. If you are interested in applying for this role, please send a copy of your CV to [email protected]

AXON

AXON is a global healthcare communications agency that ignites change in healthcare. Through the power of life-changing communications, we contribute to medical advances that improve lives. At the core of every scientific innovation and advancement, there is a simple and compelling story to be told. We know how to tell that story, how to use the right tools to reach the right audiences at the right time, to provoke meaningful change.

We specialize in advising clients on medical affairs, clinical studies, real-world evidence, marketing, advocacy, and communications, all underpinned by insights and creative strategy. AXON has an international reach, with offices in Copenhagen, London, New York, and Toronto, and a worldwide affiliate network. Established in 2002, we have a deep heritage and expertise in healthcare strategy and communication, and we continue to learn and grow in the fast-changing healthcare sphere. AXON is proudly an AVENIR GLOBAL company.

Equal Opportunities

AXON is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and non-discrimination. At all times we aim to recruit, develop and promote the very best people, basing judgment solely on suitability for the job. We particularly encourage applications from those who associate as neurodiverse, those who have a disability, come from ethnic minority backgrounds or those from the LGBTQ+ community.

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If you are interested in applying for this role, please send a copy of your CV to [email protected] or complete the form below.