E-commerce Finance Manager

Job description

About the Company

Our mission is to transform the way people live in cities. With over 16 million possible combinations of gears, colours, handlebars and accessories, we make more than just a bicycle, and we are more than just a bicycle company.

We continue to make the Brompton in West London, where we started in 1975, but our product has travelled far - we now export 80% of our bicycles to 45 countries.

To change urban living, we need passionate, innovative and talented people that want to challenge the status quo and make an impact.

The role

In the past 18 months we have made progress in developing our eCommerce business, with the launch of Click+Collect for our bikes in the UK and the expansion of our sales of parts and accessories to more international markets. However, eCommerce is still in its infancy at only 5% of our sales, and an external review has highlighted that in order to achieve our eCommerce and omni channel goals, we need to significantly enhance our eCommerce processes, systems, data and talent to create a scale-able eCommerce platform and business which is integrated into an omni channel experience.

As the Finance Manager for eCommerce, you will be the lead finance person for our eCommerce channel - the fastest growing area of the business! You will be working closely with the Head of Finance in the newly created role, challenging current processes and creating new ones that are scalable and able to meet the needs of the growing eCommerce channel. Not only will you be working with the finance team but you will be required to partner with other departments enabling them to deliver against budgets, targets and KPIs.

The person

The occupant should be a self-starter, who is capable of managing internal and external deadlines. The person in this role should be methodical, thorough, enjoy challenging situations and have the persistence to see a job through to conclusion. Getting things right, attention to detail, ensuring quality and standards are met and reducing error to a minimum are important factors in this position. The successful candidate will have a background in eCommerce. Additionally, a passion for cycling would be a real bonus.

Main duties

  • Financial lead for the eCommerce channel to own all financial matters relating to the eCommerce channel.
  • Ensuring high quality financial processes and reporting – you will need to ensure that the processes in place across the business are fit for purpose and meet the requirements of the auditors.
  • Set-up and maintenance of the accounts system across the various eCommerce markets.
  • Internal monthly reporting of the management accounts – you will need to ensure that the corporation & business unit reporting for eCommerce is reliable and accurate.
  • Financial Transformation – you will assist with ongoing finance transformation projects from auto-reconciliation tools through to consolidated reporting of eCommerce business units across all our regions.
  • Planning - you’ll assist with the preparation of the detailed budgets for eCommerce initiatives.
  • Indirect tax – working with each local financial advisors, you will need to ensure that we are meeting all our VAT obligations in a timely and accurate manner. Including distance selling arrangements for the eCommerce business.

Job requirements

Skills and Requirements

  • Newly Qualified Accountant (CIMA/ACCA/ACA).
  • Entrepreneurial, hands on, can-do attitude and ability to think outside the box.
  • Experience of accounting for eCommerce/retail.
  • Convincing personality and ability to work both independently and as a team-player
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Understanding of ERP financial systems and controls.
  • 1-3 years in a similar role.
  • An advocate of quality, continual improvement and automation.
  • Organised, with the ability to prioritise tasks, manage their own projects and allocate their time according to business objectives.
  • Proactive and flexible approach; willing to contribute to the ongoing development of the business.
  • IT-literate with solid MS Office skills.

Applicants must have the right to work in the United Kingdom.