Director of Operational Finance
Bath, England, GB
4d ago

Director of Operational Finance

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Buro Happold is an international engineering consultancy operating in 21 locations worldwide, with 60 partners and over 1800 employees, including some of the world’s leading consulting engineers.

For over 40 years we’ve been building our reputation for delivering creative, value led building and city solutions for an ever-changing world.

With a world class reputation, our creativity and our people have delivered positive change to clients, the environment, and communities alike.

We have collaborated with global organisations such as the United Nations, The World Bank and UNESCO. Through our global community of driven, world leading engineering professionals we deliver elegant solutions for buildings and cities that seek to address the major problems facing societies today.

Based remotely to begin with but with access to our riverside HQ in Bath, the Director of Operational Finance will occupy a pivotal leadership role within the international finance team that focusses on all aspects of FP&A, the Revenue Cycle, along with the maintenance, development and control of our global finance systems, processes and internal control environment.

This Will Encompass :

  • Working closely with the Global Finance Director and partnering with stakeholders from the business the world over to drive financial processes, performance and outcomes.
  • Leadership of a team of 13, including direct line management of 5 members of staff including the Credit Manager, Financial Analyst, Group Accountant, Support Coordinator and the Finance Manager of a business unit.
  • In addition, the role encompasses responsibility for the close oversight and support of the entire global finance team, consisting of 72 professionals based in 12 international offices.

  • Control of the business revenue cycle, from bidding and invoicing through to credit management.
  • Management, control, consistency and development of all global financial systems and controls, processes and reporting functions including consolidations.
  • Development of an internal audit function.
  • Control and development of all Project & Management Accounting functions
  • Financial management of all global cost rates and project cost control mechanisms.
  • Control of the Global Budgeting and Forecasting processes.
  • We Are Looking For :

  • A Qualified Accountant (ACA / ACCA / CIMA) with at least 5 years PQE.
  • Proven experience at leading and driving performance from teams and driving improvements into financial systems and processes.
  • Ideally you will have accounted for long term complex projects, including revenue recognition & WIP.

  • Extensive FP&A experience.
  • Commercially astute with strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Exposure to Unit4 Agresso (financial GL system) and / or Deltek Vision (project accounting system) would be advantageous.
  • Experience of operating within a Professional Services firm an advantage
  • This role is at the forefront of supporting our technical and consulting teams deliver solutions to some of the most complex engineering challenges associated with Cities and Buildings across the globe.

    Whether it is helping shape entire cities to adapting infrastructure to deal with the climate emergency it is the chance to be part of something big.

    Buro Happold is proud to be a practice of a diverse range of professionals that reflects the countries in which we operate.

    In order to truly benefit from this diversity we must create an environment in which employees feel they can be themselves.

    Buro Happold actively promotes inclusivity across the practice to enable every individual to reach their full potential, feeling included is good for all of us.

    This begins with a fair and inclusive recruitment process which focuses on your skills, competencies and experiences in relation to the role.

    We understand that through collaboration, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative and elegant solutions.

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