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Head of Finance

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £80000.00 - £85000.00 per annum per year
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 12 days ago

  • Sector: Accountancy & Finance
  • Contact: Alex Pughe
  • Contact Email:
  • Start Date: 05/09/2023
  • Expiry Date: 11 October 2023
  • Job Ref: JO0000013313_1694426202

Cedar is working exclusively with a leading award winning independent creative agency that has undergone extensive growth over the last five years.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Finance to take ownership of all financial matters and have a real commercial impact in the growth of the business. Reporting to the MD you will manage a small team and be responsible for management accountants, financial accounts, the bid process, WIP and all other related matters.


  • Responsible for ensuring strong financial controls are in place and operating effectively, including robust balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Maintain relationships with external auditors, accounting/tax advisors, payroll and banking partners.
  • Balance sheet and P&L management.
  • Support of month end close and management accounts reporting processes including analysis and commentary.
  • Assist in the annual budget process & monthly forecast updates.
  • Review projects to ensure correct set up of project classifications, budgets, and resource plans.
  • Manage job closure process to ensure all jobs are closed in a timely manner.
  • Assist account managers as needed on all client-related matters, project budgeting, and reporting.
  • Monitor and analyze key financial metrics and indicators, providing insights and recommendations for performance improvement.
  • Experience with VAT, including preparation and submission of VAT returns.
  • Provide strategic financial guidance to senior management to support decision-making and drive business growth.
  • Streamline finance systems and implementation of new systems where appropriate.
  • Manage ad-hoc financial projects, initiatives, and special assignments as needed.

The Successful Applicant

  • Qualified accountant would be preferable (ACA, ACCA, CIMA)
  • Media/Studio Production (strong WIP management experience) would be highly beneficial
  • Experience of working in a senior finance position in an agency or other media business (e.g. publishing/advertising/brand consultancy/marketing/communications/events)
  • Experience with Paprika would be highly beneficial
  • Strong leadership and organisational skills, ability to challenge and bring improvements
  • Commercial acumen with the ability to make solid commercial recommendations that aid growth in revenue and profitability