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Financial Controller - Creative Agency - London

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £60,000 - £65,000 per annum
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted about 1 month ago

  • Sector: finance
  • Type: hybrid
  • Contact: Elisha Demeester
  • Contact Email:
  • Start Date: asap
  • Expiry Date: 01 December 2023
  • Job Ref: BH - 0001011209223

We are on the hunt for a Qualified Financial Controller to join established Creative Advertising and Digital company on a full time permanent basis, in their London offices.

Here the Financial Controller is instrumental in the development, planning and implementation of accounting controls and processes as well as developing and delivering relevant management information.

Reporting to the Head of Finance and supervising a small team, ya successful candidate will be responsible for running the month-end process, statutory accounting, budgeting & forecasting, implementing new financial controls and dealing with auditors.

Please note: we are ideally looking for candidates from a Media Agency background with experience using Paprika.


  • Management of month-end process including: Preparation and review of monthly management accounts and board pack for the Board of Directors;

  • Preparing cash flows and managing cash balances;

  • Management, compliance and overall responsibility for VAT returns;

  • Provide accurate, relevant and timely MI to the Board and Account Services to ensure that areas of the business under their control can be properly managed;

  • To take ownership and review the Management Reporting pack of business performance data, including comparison of actual results against plan and previous year, together with commentary, revenue recognition and Key Performance Indicators.

  • Assisting with the annual budgeting and quarterly re-forecasting process;

  • Production of the annual statutory accounts and internal financial reports;

  • Liaising with external auditors regarding the year-end audit and sign off for statutory accounts;

  • Management of daily financial operations including management of finance team;

  • Continually review, challenge, revise and then implement changes to the accounting and Management Information (MI) systems to provide maximum insight into company performance;

  • Systems development: review, devise and implement changes to Paprika and produce MI that can be used to aid decision making;

  • Supporting the Head of Finance with Ad-hoc project work: supporting commercial projects related to the continuing growth and development of the business;

  • Ensure that all financial controls are in place across the company so to eliminate financial risk and loss.

  • Manage the complete job cycle for client projects;

  • Ensuring timely processing of fee and expense billings to the clients, WIP management, processing revenue and expense recognition;

  • Providing guidance to Account services/Production teams to ensure adherence to internal controls;

  • Client Profitability reporting;

  • Raising Sales invoices in a timely manner

  • Job maintenance on Paprika (opening and closing jobs)

  • Updating Pipeline

  • Uploading budgets onto Paprika and reconcile production jobs;

  • Oversee weekly job profitability reporting;

  • Regular meetings with account teams to review WIP;

  • Ongoing Training of Account team staff in commercial matters


  • Previous agency experience is beneficial

  • CIMA/ACCA qualified

  • 3 years + experience in a similar role

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Experience within regards to revenue recognition and WIP management is vital

  • Exposure to WIP management is essential

  • A bubbly, fun personality which will fit in with the rest of the team culture is important

  • An outgoing and confident personality with the ability to work with colleagues of all levels is vital

  • Ability to influence at all levels

  • Be able to organise and manage time efficiently and effectively

  • Work closely with junior members to ensure their continual development

  • Maintain high professional standards of conduct and practice

  • Advanced Excel skills

  • Self-motivator

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