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Financial Controller

full-time SimplyCook London

At SimplyCook we have a vision that the whole world should be able to make restaurant quality meals at home. Our current goal is to get over one million people cooking better meals and we are well on our way. SimplyCook is a tech-enabled subscription ecommerce business shipping over 250,000 products a month to its customers all over the UK. The company has tripled in size for the last 3 years with strong growth continuing into 2018. We’re backed by leading investors Episode 1, Maxfield Capital & 500 startups, and a soon to be announced leading London-based investor. The business is comfortably capable of turning a profit (although we are investing in further growth)

We have a very flat structure and working environment – where no idea is stupid but where information beats ideas, where working on the right thing is more important than working 90hr weeks and where everyone pulls together in growing the business. Our core product is a monthly subscription box containing flavour ingredients (sauces, spices, pastes) and recipes to help people cook new meals. This product is supported by i) our website, and ii) mobile apps on Android and iOS - using the latest React Native framework. We’re predominantly an online business but we have also recently launched in retail with Sainsbury’s - a part of the business we expect to grow quickly in 2019.

We’re currently looking for our first internal finance hire at an exciting stage in our growth story. This role will require someone to work flexible hours for 20 hours per week initially, although the company will expect this to be your only role, so would be perfect for someone returning to work that requires flexibility. This is a great opportunity for a driven individual to forward their career in an exciting and fast-growing company.

Role / Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for the accounting function including ensuring best practices are in place and the function runs smoothly and efficiently
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts including P&L, balance sheet, cash flow (weekly) and revenue analysis, with commentary and trend analysis
  • Preparation of the monthly payroll and associated reporting (pensions etc), expense claim review and P11Ds
  • Ownership of bank reconciliations, credit control and accounts payable
  • Preparation of budgets, forecasts and variance analysis
  • Working with the Auditors on the yearend audit
  • Assessment of costs (variable and fixed) with a view to improving cash flow and / or profitability
  • Assistance with financial metrics, and KPIs for monthly board reports. It is expected in time that coordination of the board report will become a core responsibility
  • Preparation and submission of the VAT and Corporation tax return, as well ensuring compliance on other tax matters
  • Carrying out company secretarial duties including annual confirmation statement and filing of resolutions
  • Maintain EMI scheme and all relevant submissions for HMRC
  • Fully qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA (or equivalent) with previous financial control and management reporting experience
  • Strong attention for detail
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong Excel skills
  • At least 5 years’ experience in an accounting of finance function, with 2 years direct operational experience
  • University degree from top tier university preferred
  • A competitive salary (on a pro-rata basis for 20 weekly hours)
  • Potential for equity / options
  • Be part of a rapidly growing business with international expansion plans
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Opportunity to build a small internal finance function
  • Team cooking days
  • Free SimplyCook subscription
  • Fully covered week-long team working holiday every year
published: Nov. 23, 2018

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