Finance Manager ( Central Support Office)
Big Bus Tours LTD
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
4d ago

Big Bus Tours is the world’s largest operator of open-top sightseeing tours, fuelling the spirit of adventure in 24 world-famous cities across four continents.

Beginning its journey 28 years’ ago, with a fleet of only three buses, Big Bus Tours has swiftly expanded to a global fleet of over 400 hundred open-top buses, turning 5 million tourists into explorers, every year.

Big Bus Tours operates in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Budapest, Istanbul, Miami, Muscat, Rome, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Darwin, Sydney, Vienna, Washington DC, Dublin, Singapore, Los Angeles, Berlin and Munich with a sightseeing concept designed to provide a flexible approach to city discovery.

Each open-top bus tour provides a hop-on, hop-off facility at a variety of interesting locations, with complimentary additions to enhance the visitor sightseeing experience.

In February 2015, private equity firm Exponent purchased Big Bus Tours, with a shared vision to make Big Bus Tours the number 1 thing to do in each world-famous city.

In 2016, Merlin Entertainments PLC became a shareholder, offering a natural synergy with Big Bus Tours and Merlin attractions and experiences around the world.

With entertaining guides and commentary and knowledge of the latest events in each city, the Big Bus City Crew leaves every passenger with a story to tell.

The business is intending to strengthen its staff base with a technically strong finance manager to manage the Central Support Office finance function.

Overall Purpose

Take ownership of the Central Support Office finance functions, managing the monthly reporting requirements as well as the annual financial statements and audit, budgeting and forecasting, and treasury and liquidity requirements.

The role encompasses planning, reporting and data analysis, with the opportunity to business partner with teams around the business.

It is a great role for someone hoping to develop their accounting, reporting, analytical and communication skills.

Key Areas of Accountability and Responsibility

Report, Analysis and Control

  • Take ownership of monthly management accounts, including analysis against budget and prior years, and ad-hoc analysis as required
  • Support Assistant Accountant to take ownership of Head Office revenue streams management, including web and global trade sales, which involves liaising with local teams worldwide as well as central e-commerce and sales teams
  • Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Take ownership of annual budget for Central Support Office entities, which involves business partnering with central support teams including tech, e-commerce, sales & marketing and finance and local operational teams
  • Preparation of a detailed 13 week liquidity forecast on a monthly basis for the CSO including cash inflows and outflows to be used by external parties
  • Preparation of ad hoc forecasts and analysis as required
  • Audit and Financial statements

  • Take ownership of annual audit for relevant entities, managing all audit requests and liaising day-to-day with audit team
  • Preparation of financial statements for relevant entities
  • Treasury and Finance

  • Ownership of group treasury function which involves managing day-today banking for BBTL and BIDCO, as well as managing cash requests from around the Group
  • Local tax requirements

  • Working with Group Tax to ensure local VAT and corporation tax requirements are met
  • People

  • Business partnering with people from around the group, including local finance managers, central support teams and senior management
  • Mentor the Assistant Accountant to complete work to a high standard of accuracy and efficiently
  • Knowledge

  • Knowledge of accounting, finance control, reporting and business analysis
  • Skills

  • Strong relationship and communication skills.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills.
  • Highest standards of accuracy and precision; highly organized.
  • Highly efficient with the ability to prioritise several tasks at once.
  • Ability to think creatively, analytical, highly-driven and self-motivated.
  • Demonstrate ability to present and influence credibly and effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Previous experience of SAP ByD is preferred but not required
  • Experience / Qualifications

  • Qualified accountant (ACA) with a strong academic record
  • Financial statements preparation / review experience
  • Competencies

  • Communication Ability to express ideas or facts in a clear and persuasive manner
  • Leadership Motivates and inspires others to succeed, utilising appropriate styles. Has a clear vision of what is required and acts as a positive role model
  • Strategic and Critical Thinking Takes account of a wide range of longer-term issues, opportunities, and contingencies. Identifies the means of implementing plans in line with the vision and direction
  • Analytical Effectiveness in identifying problems, seeking pertinent data, recognising important information and identifying possible causes of problems
  • Planning and Budgeting Ability to establish efficiently an appropriate course of action for self / others to accomplish a goal
  • Resilience Able to maintain effectiveness in situations of disappointment and / or rejection
  • Confidential - Able to manage data confidentially
  • Monday to Friday
  • Hybrid working currently working 2 days in the office and 3 days at home, subject to change in the future.
  • Office based closed to Victoria train station.
  • Flexible to work outside the agreed working hours when required.
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