Luke Blair


Luke Blair

Associate - Part-Qualified & Transactional Finance

Junior Finance Analyst

South West London, London

Cedar is currently recruiting a Junior Finance Analyst for a global media company based near Kensington/Hammersmith. The company brand is well-known, and enjoys a fantastic reputation, and offers a fantastic working environment along with some great benefits. This role will initially to support the other two senior analysts in the team, with a view to learning the full remit for the position as the role progresses. No experience in a previous Analyst position is necessary, as this role lends itself perfectly to someone who has around 1+ years' experience within finance. The ideal candidate will be degree-educated, have started studying or be looking to start studying ACCA/CIMA, and have some experience to working within a finance department. Some of the duties for the role are: Provide financial accounting and operation support to the Supply Chain team. Ownership of the entities month end processing, P/L, Balance Sheet, cash controls, bank and intercompany reconciliations, and journal posting. Inventory analysis Provide financial and operational support to the Licensee and Emerging Markets business. Lead Licensee Reporting Process while helping to prepare management accounts for individual Licensees, the Licensee business as a whole and WMG Emerging Market Territories. Liaise with royalties, IT and Legal departments to ensure financial information is timely and accurate. Management of TV royalty break process across International region; including analysis of approvals, break summaries, accruals and recoveries. Liaising with Royalties and IT teams to ensure timely and accurate flow of information to enable recovery from Artist. Management and improvement of workflow system around TV Royalty Break process. Various ad-hoc requests across the Recorded Music division. Liaise with Finance shared services on Accounts Payable/Receivable issues. Key Requirements: Bachelor's degree Around 1+ years' experience within finance Started studying, or looking to study CIMA or ACCA Highly numerate with strong attention to detail Ability to work through problems logically Very good interpersonal and communication skills; ability to communicate with all staff levels Good level of Excel This is a great opportunity for somebody who is looking to join a fantastic and exciting company, and enhance, as well as utilise, their existing skills.

Part-Qualified/QBE Finance Manager

City of London, London

Cedar is currently working with a global learning and development company, based in Central London, that is recruiting a Finance Manager to be responsible for the full accounting function while overseeing a junior member of the team. This role is perfect for someone who has experience within a sole role but is looking to move more towards a management role (while still being hands-on), as the team will grow over the coming year. The ideal candidate will have experience across the full transaction remit of finance and will come from either a sole role or a position where they are managing a small team, ideally with a Group function. Some of the duties for the role are: Preparation of the UK entities for the consolidated Group financial reporting requirements. This includes Cashflow Management, Balance Sheet and P&L analysis Manage a team of Finance Assistants Ensure timely and accurate month-end closing Responsible for preparation of monthly financial statements (daily cash management and forecast) Responsible for accounting processes and tasks (AP & AR process, Credit Control/Collections, GL, account reconciliation - including revenue recognition) Ensure that audit schedules are prepared on a monthly basis to ensure that the year-end audit is undertaken in an efficient manner Support forecasting and budgeting exercise as per corporate guidelines Coordinate and liaise with external parties where required. Support and ensure compliance with all finance filing requirements, tax filing requirements, audits, procedures and forms both statutory and internal. Assist in new processes and system implementation when required Good working knowledge of IFRS Any other tasks or projects that may be assigned by the Group CFO Key Skills Required: Intermediate Excel skills Currently studying ACCA or CIMA, or QBE Good organisational & prioritisation skills High attention to detail Strong verbal and written communication skills Proactive and enthusiastic approach, with a problem-solving mind-set This is a great opportunity for somebody who is looking to join a fantastic and exciting company, and enhance, as well as utilise, their existing skills.

Finance Analyst - Regulatory Reporting

City of London, London

Cedar is currently recruiting for a Commercial Finance Analyst for a telecommunications company based in the City of London. The company has a global footprint, and this particular division of the company is entering an exciting period of growth, so this role will continuously grow and develop in line with this. The role will be ideal for someone with finance analyst experience and project management experience, who is looking to work in an extremely supportive environment in a role that offers clear progression. Some of the duties for the role are: Responsible for the Run control process to perform runs in the cost modelling system which produces the data required for the preparation of the Regulatory Financial Statements. Gather data from systems and teams across the company to keep our hierarchies and mappings up to date. Provide the input for sensitivity analysis which then will be evaluated Responsible the Long Run Incremental Cost (LRIC) process from end to end and proposing business improvements, ensuring they are delivered in a controlled manner. Liaise with stakeholders to provide the story around the results, assess the need of any adjustments and assist with Ofcom queries. Take the lead on changing LRIC methodologies. This requires concise and clear documentation that'll allow all stakeholders to understand and approve the changes proposed. Candidate Requirements: Currently studying ACCA/ACA/CIMA Excellent Excel capabilities Possess the ability to improve and simplify processes, making them as transparent and automated as possible. Must embrace and support change, including process simplification and automation. Must understand the importance of controls framework, and clearly document the work that you do. Work collaboratively across the Finance team, assisting and learning from other experts Strong analytical skills and a knack for problem-solving. Great communication skills to explain your work to non-subject matter experts. Experience of working with large, complex datasets. Strong Microsoft Excel skills, and experience with other Microsoft Office applications This is a great opportunity for somebody who is looking to join a fantastic and exciting company with a global presence, and enhance, as well as utilise, their existing skills.

Credit Controller - Accountancy Practice

City of London, London

Cedar is currently recruiting a Credit Controller on behalf of a Top 20 Chartered Accountancy based in the City of London. This role sits within the internal finance team of this established, reputable firm, and requires someone with a proven successful track record in Credit Control, ideally from within the Professional Services industry, though this is desirable and not essential. Some of the duties for the role are: Reduce 90+ days debt and manage risk to minimise exposure to the firm Keep unallocated cash to a minimum, ensuring that all receipts are posted promptly Keep detailed notes on the system of actions taken and responses from clients or partners Deal with customer queries in a timely manner and escalate to relevant partner where appropriate; following up with the relevant partner to ensure that queries have been dealt with, when necessary Have regular meetings with partners as requested Assist in the implementation of a new improved credit control module and related new procedures Key Skills: Proven successful track record in credit control. Experience of working within a professional services environment would be advantageous. Prioritisation and organisational skills are essential to ensure all deadlines are met Must be able to work on their own initiative in this respect. Must have an excellent telephone manner, be well spoken and articulate to converse with clients and partners. Intermediate Excel skills This is a great opportunity for somebody who is looking to join a fantastic and exciting company, and enhance, as well as utilise, their existing skills.

Accounts Payable Manager

Hammersmith and Fulham, London

Cedar is delighted to be working with a renowned FMCG company based in West London who are currently recruiting an Accounts Payable Manager to oversee a team of 4. The company is an established name in the UK and is able to offer an incredibly social working environment. The ideal candidate will have previous supervisory experienced (ideally Managerial experience) of a similar sized team, along with previous experience improving AP process. Key Responsibilities: Manage the payables process, ensuring all invoices are processed accurately and punctually by the team Support the team in resolving queries; acting as an escalation point in resolving issues when needed Monitor the usage of purchase orders; ensuring the process is compliant Review and implement processes for the payables processes, providing guidance and training to the team and business where appropriate Review the onboarding of new suppliers to ensure that all details are accurately recorded and verified Co-ordinate payment runs for suppliers, ensuring best practice controls are followed Manage the staff expenses process; monitoring compliance to the expenses policy across the business Key Requirements: Previous experience in operational finance role, with responsibility for payables and expenses Knowledge of accounting concepts and good understanding on the financial impact of payables transactions (AAT or equivalent qualification beneficial) Experience in managing people and developing junior staff Exposure to large ERP systems and experience in operating an online PO system Advanced MS Office skills (especially Excel) Highly motivated, enjoys problem solving and has excellent attention to detail If you are looking for a new challenge and are wanting to be part of a fun, fast paced environment then this could be the role for you. If this sounds like a role that matches your profile, please apply now.