Finance Manager
Mears Group PLC
Tonbridge, UK
3d ago

Annual salary : up to £51,766.00

Finance Manager - Up to £55,000 - Car

Mears is uniquely placed to address the major challenges in the housing and social care industry. If you are a Finance Manager looking to be part of a growing organisation this opportunity can offer rewards and opportunity.

Who are we?

Mears are a market leader in providing housing services to the affordable housing sector, and a major presence in the housing with care market.

Mears Group’s vision is to make a positive difference to the people we serve by improving homes, improving communities and improving lives.

We do this by developing outstanding partnerships with employees, clients, tenants, customers, their families and the wider community.

We are looking for people who can help us deliver on our values, fulfil our future ambitions and their own.

As such, Mears Group is currently searching for an experienced and professional Finance Manager to support the Regional Finance Director and the successful development of the business by delivering first class management information & analysis, plans & forecasts.

The Role

You will provide support to a wide range of stakeholders including executives, clients and non finance managers. Key to this role is business and relationship engagement, we are looking for a Finance professional who has the skill and gravitas to grow and develop exceptional relationships, .

In addition, we are looking for a Finance professional who is proactive, hands on and can self-manage. This role has no direct reports.

This role offers a Salary up to £55,000 plus a company car as you would be expected to travel. You would be expected to work across an area best served around the Canterbury area including, East Kent Homes, Eastbourne, Medway, Richmond, Crawley.

However, this may change over time as and when contracts change.

We believe this is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual to make a real difference to customers, communities and the people they lead.


  • Be an influential member of the team, developing strong links with managers across the business, and encouraging delivery of actions to improve the financial performance in the region.
  • Prepare achievable forecasts in co-operation with business managers. Ensure all budgets / forecasts are complete on time and supported by explanation and commentary.
  • Identify key risks to profitability and help reduce or eliminate them.

  • Work with the Management Accounting function based in Gloucester each month and play significant part in review and sign-off of the monthly accounts pack.
  • Analyse and investigate key variances with managers and agree actions to reduce / remove negative variances.

  • Prepare timely and accurate weekly information as required including invoicing targets and cash collection targets.
  • Maintain a focus on cash. Day to day responsibility for review of debt and work in progress. Play leading role in developing a cash culture within the region.
  • Prepare and submit & work in line with group reporting schedules.
  • Provide ad hoc financial information and analyses as requested.
  • Play significant role in new branch mobilisations and contract demobilisations.
  • Perform or lead ad hoc investigations and projects from time to time.
  • Proactively provide a financial interpretation and advice service for non-financial managers in the business. Ensure that branch managers understand and take ownership of their financial performance.
  • Assist with the development of other members of the Finance and local branch teams.
  • Provision of excellent customer service to both internal and external customeup to £55,000rs.
  • Provide support out of the region on occasion if required.
  • What are we looking for?

  • We are keen to meet a Finance professional who has exposure within social housing or similar business sector. An ability to work in the detail of low value / high volume data is crucial to the role.
  • The ideal candidate will have worked in a similar role previously a minimum of 5 years’ experience in an accounting environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging with and developing effective collaborative working relationships with customers and stakeholders.
  • Ideally you would be CCAB Qualified (but we will consider QBE)
  • Preferably at least 3 years’ experience in a social housing environment but this is not essential.
  • Strong communicator The ability to communicate with people at all levels from varying backgrounds including those from a non-financial background.
  • Demonstrable experience of planning, prioritising and consistently delivering work to a high standard and by the required deadline.
  • Strong Excel skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of working well under pressure and of working flexibly to manage competing priorities.
  • Candidates should possess clear, considered and timely decision making skills, with the ability to analyse a situation quickly, proactively resolving issues, consider the risks and opportunities and create solutions for overall business benefit.
  • At Mears , we recognise that people are our greatest asset so we invest heavily in training our people and we are committed to providing them with the skills and equipment to deliver a great service.

    We measure our performance to drive further improvements we have recently celebrated our 30th anniversary and although our business has changed over the years all Mears employers are still bound by a common set of behaviours.

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