The role

The Financial Controller will report into the Finance Director and will be responsible for managing and supporting the day-to-day accounting functions and processes of this fast-growing SME business. The role is ‘hands-on’ and will assist with any other ad hoc requirements of the FD, HR department and senior management team.

The position will suit a qualified mid-level Financial Controller with experience in a similar role. Since the role is in a rapidly growing SME, the successful candidate will be a self-starter with an eye for detail and a drive to improve the status quo. Good spreadsheet and communication skills are essential, as is taking ownership for tasks through to completion.

Reports to: Finance Director

Main responsibilities

  • Normal monthly accounting, intercompany transactions and balances, analysis of key variances, balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Ensure ongoing compliance with legislation and UK GAAP.
  • Assist with preparation and development of financial MI distributed to stakeholders and the preparation of the monthly Board pack.
  • Oversight and support of Accounts Payable and Receivable functions performed by the Accounts Administrator.
  • Maintenance of weekly cashflow forecast.
  • Preparation of monthly payroll and associated reporting, HMRC submissions and calculation of P11Ds, Class 1A NICs, and PSA.
  • Processing and administration of company pension scheme and monthly contributions.
  • Preparation, review and submission of quarterly Group VAT returns.
  • Assist with annual budget and regular forecasting.
  • Assist with the annual audit, including liaising with external auditors.
  • Assist with preparation of R&D tax claims.
  • Other ad hoc projects as they arise.

Key Success Criteria

  1. Help devise and drive financial discipline across the business
  • Maintain appropriate month end processes to allow timely and accurate MI reporting.
  • Establish, track and deliver regular key milestones to allow required internal and external deadlines to be met, including those needing input from other stakeholders or third parties.
  • Maintain effective and accessible filing of all financial documentation, providing auditable evidence for all financial activities.
  • Work with all areas of the Business on cost control measures and any other financial processes that require their interaction.
  1. Systemise process and standards across the business
  • Maintain all necessary systems, policies, and procedures to ensure effective and efficient financial management within the company.
  • Ensure financial reporting is timely, accurate and value adding.
  • Continually look for ways to improve financial systems, processes and procedures, by using automation wherever effective to improve accuracy or save time.
  • Ensure financial procedures are up to date, adequately communicated across the business, and that the Company maintains appropriate internal control safeguards.
  • Control processes required to deliver required MI or statutory reporting on time.
  1. To Deliver cost control to the business
  • Assist in the development and improvement of all cost control measures.
  • Monitor costs against budget and forecast, and notify stakeholders of significant variances and required actions to maximise financial performance of the company.
  • Manage KPIs to match the budget, improve and introduce more appropriate ones.
  • Treasury management in the business and produce cash flow forecasts.
  1. To Ensure continued compliance with statutory requirements
  • Assist in the management of the accounting, legal and tax compliance matters.
  • Ensure continued compliance with relevant accounting standards.
  • Control the regular monthly, quarterly and annual reporting functions within required deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience

  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA or equivalent accounting qualification.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in a similar role, with minimum 5 years PQE.
  • Must be a strong user of MS Excel – proficient with understanding, maintaining and creating spreadsheets with enhanced functionality.
  • Must be a good communicator (both written and verbal) who is confident when interacting with people throughout the business and participating in meetings.
  • Ability to perform and deliver accurately within tight timeframes.
  • Intelligent, quick-thinking, alert, highly numerate with excellent prioritisation skills.
  • Self-starter with the ability to find and own tasks.
  • Experience of Sage would be beneficial although not required.

Soft Skills

  • Communication: Excellent communication skills, organised and strong problem-solving skills, both written and verbal.
  • Relationship building: Ability to build and maintain relationships with external stakeholders and internal cross-functional team members (services, sales, support, product development, Marketing, etc.)
  • Fast-changing environment: Ability to adapt in a fast-paced, changing growth environment and to work independently.


Galejay is an inclusive employer and prides itself on the main values of honesty and integrity. If you have these qualities and wish to apply, please send your CV to Gary Forster, Managing Director, at