Management Accountant
Rutherford Cross
May 27, 2019
Ayr, United Kingdom
Job Type
- Ayr
Industry and Commerce
Newly Qualified


Rutherford Cross is delighted to be working with an ambitious, Ayrshire based business with exciting growth plans to recruit a Management Accountant.

The vacancy has arisen due to a retirement, with responsibility for management reporting and business support.  The Company has utilised the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP solution since 2012, but will migrate to a more current ERP solution over the next 12 months.  Most financial transactions are performed within the operation, with a small Finance team running AP, AR and bank.  This role takes responsibility for the integrity and reporting of the numbers.

This represents a great opportunity for the right candidate to become a key member of the team and to develop their skills and experience in a growing and vibrant business.  The role reports direct to the Finance Director, with key interfaces with Operations & Sales management and with the rest of the Business Services team.

Job Description:

Although operating in a traditional sector and having a significant history, the Company is now a complex business recording its financial transactions and commitments on a sophisticated ERP system.  This role carries responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the Ayr financial reporting, analysing performance and working with local management to improve it.  The tasks include:

  • Daily monitoring of ERP transactions/balances for exceptions & errors
  • Production of periodic management accounts and related commentaries
  • Calculation of standard costs for operations and products
  • Analysis of operational financial performance and variances
  • Analysis of sales & margins by product/customer/region
  • Work with Operations teams to optimise financial performance
  • Periodic HMRC reporting – VAT, PAYE, etc.
  • Preparation of business cases for capital expenditure proposals
  • Preparation of budgets and forecasts
  • Support for other members of the Finance team
  • Preparation and submission of funding support applications to Scottish Enterprise
  • Other ad hoc projects and duties as required

Person Specification:

Incorporating a blend of management and financial accounting, the role demands a flexible and accomplished individual with strong people skills and ability to manage multiple tasks.

Experience in a manufacturing environment is essential, and some exposure to the fast-paced multi-disciplinary demands of a growing medium-sized business would be beneficial.

It is likely that the successful candidate will either have at least a couple of years post qualification experience (CA/CIMA/ACCA) or be a significantly experienced QBE (qualified by experience).

Experience of modern ERP systems is essential and any exposure to Microsoft Dynamics AX would be an advantage.

A committed and tenacious approach to improvement of business processes and performance is essential, as is the ability to communicate and operate effectively at all levels of the business.

A summary of the key characteristics is as follows:

    • Professional qualification or very significant relevant experience
    • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment
    • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
    • Ability to multi-task and to prioritise appropriately
    • Keen commercial awareness, ideally gained within a growing, mid-sized company
    • Experience of operational process development and implementing financial controls
    • Excellent IT skills with a sound knowledge of ERP systems and MS Excel
    • Creative thinker with excellent problem solving and analytical abilities
    • Confidence and strong interpersonal skills, especially when interfacing with senior management and non-finance business partners
    • Energy, drive, tenacity, professionalism and commitment
    • Flexible approach to working hours in line with the needs of the business

On offer:

  • Salary £40,000-£45,000
  • Annual bonus
  • 32 days holiday
  • Private Healthcare
  • 3 times salary, death in service
  • Pension contributions- employer 6%, employee 3%
  • Payment of professional membership fees
  • Working hours- Mon-Thu 8:30-5:00pm, Fri 8:30-4:00pm

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