Rutherford Cross retained by Cala to appoint a Finance Manager, based in Edinburgh.

Cala Group is a major UK housebuilder and leading provider of desirable new homes across the South of England, the Midlands and Scotland. Cala operates through eight businesses across the UK.

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 growth with over £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 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. They will play a pivotal position in the finance structure and will be highly visible across the business.

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant with post qualification experience, ideally from within industry. This individual will possess first-rate technical accounting skills with working knowledge of IFRS. The post-holder will report to the Regional Finance Director and will need to liaise and influence strategic and operational stakeholders. The Finance Manager must not only be an exceptional accountant and hands-on with company finances, but also needs to be commercially and strategically aware. This is an excellent opportunity for a driven accountant to play a key role in a market leading business with unlimited potential.

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