Founded in 1875 as the City of Aberdeen Land Association, Cala has a long history in successful land management before beginning house building in the 1970s. Today Cala is passionate about creating vibrant and sustainable new communities. Our homes are characterised by exceptional design and sector-leading build quality, and we have a passion for providing our customers with a great home buying experience.
Cala has been recognised through numerous industry awards and holds the maximum five-star rating in the Home Builders Federation’s National New Home Customer Satisfaction survey.
In 2018, previous co-owner, Legal & General, acquired full ownership of Cala. Legal & General has been involved in housing for nearly 20 years and has a multi-tenure housing strategy, which Cala is now part of. The additional investment illustrates Legal & General’s confidence in Cala’s potential and provides a strong platform for continued growth.
The business has gone through considerable throughout 2021 with £132m profit before tax, 11.7% operating margin, an increase from 5.5% in 2020 and over a 10% increase in return of capital employed from the previous year.
The Finance Manager will be responsible for all aspects of financial control at Cala, including the preparation of four-year forecasts for a particular region, year-end profits, projections for the cash, monthly management accounts and work on weekly cash flow reports. The individual will also ensure balance sheet controls are in place and a monthly control file is maintained, as well as ensure compliance with regulations are met involving VAT, along with other relevant accounting standards.
This is an exciting opportunity for a talented finance professional with the desire to join a vibrant, well respected and successful business that is now one of the largest in Scotland. It is crucial that the appointed candidate knows what a high performing finance function looks like, however, their approach, attitude and leadership credentials will be particularly important to ensure long term success.
The Finance Manager is a pivotal position in the finance structure and will be highly visible across the business. Cala represents an excellent opportunity for an ambitious finance professional having displayed an impressive growth in turnover in recent years. With a great deal of autonomy and responsibility as Finance Manager, this position within Cala will provide an excellent career platform with good opportunities for personal development.
The successful candidate will be a professionally qualified accountant with relevant post-qualification experience. The ideal candidate will have a keen eye for driving process improvements and developing good working relationships across the business. They will also be business partner focused with the ability to influence at all levels, building strong long-term relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
The appointed individual will report directly into the Regional Finance Director and work closely with the regions management team. Not only will this individual ideally have a background in house building or construction, but also have experience in accounting, be commercially minded and the ability to work in a growing and entrepreneurial business.
Key candidate requirements
- Degree educated
- CA/ ACA qualified and trained with an accountancy practice ideally, alternatively, trained CIMA or ACCA within an industry environment
- Commercial acumen and an understanding of key business drivers are essential to the role
- Confident communicator with strong interpersonal skills and high attention to detail
- Exceptional administrative and organisational skills
- Self-motivated with a ‘can do’ attitude’
- Flexible with regards to daily workload and able to work on a variety of ad hoc projects
- Ability to explain financial metrics/ concepts to other functional managers
- Ability to work with tight deadlines and ability to prioritise workload
- Ability to work as part of a team and have skills to influence others
- Competent PC skills, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook
In addition to a very attractive basic salary (details available on application) there is a car allowance (£6,500), pension scheme with employer contributions up to 10%, attractive bonus potential up to 22.5% of salary and 34 days holiday inclusive of public holiday.
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To find out more or see a full Position Profile, please contact their retained advisor, William Dodds at Rutherford Cross by emailing [email protected]
Please note that any direct or third party approaches will be sent to Rutherford Cross for review and assessment.