Finance Manager US
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.
We are looking for someone to come in and ensure our accounting is top notch. Working closely with the finance team in the UK as well as the New York based US team, you will be responsible for all finance reporting and accounting matters for our US subsidiary, Brompton Bicycle Inc. The role is mainly finance but will also encompass responsibility for qualifying new Brompton Junction flagship retail stores as well as reporting on store performance, budgets, forecasts and cashflow modelling.
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 retail, Ecommerce or the hospitality sector.
Additionally, a passion for cycling would be a real bonus.
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 (Quickbooks) across the various business units in the US. These include the wholesale, retail, and ecommerce channels.
Internal monthly reporting of the management accounts – you will need to ensure that the corporation & business unit reporting is reliable and accurate and have a good understanding of the balances in the balance sheet including KPI’s and monthly balance sheet reconciliation pack.
Ledger management – you will be running the accounts cradle to grave including sales/purchase ledger through to writing the monthly commentary.
External reporting – you will responsible for preparing and filing the statutory annual returns for the US company.
Financial Transformation – you will assist with the transition to a new ERP system.
Planning - you’ll assist with the preparation of the detailed annual consolidated 5 year business plan including budget.
Channels – full overview of eCommerce financial reporting as well as retail bricks and mortar stores.
Retail – you will have an eye for retail and be able to support the wider teams qualifying potential new retail stores.
Direct tax – in conjunction with the tax advisors you will need to implement all necessary processes to meet our tax obligations across the group.
Indirect tax – working with each local financial advisors, you will need to ensure that we are meeting all our GST obligations in a timely and accurate manner. Including distance selling arrangements for the Ecommerce business unit, and local filings for subsidiaries.
Skills and Requirements
Part Qualified/Newly Qualified Accountant.
Experience of accounting retail or ecommerce.
Ability to complete a series of tasks, often according to a schedule.
Interest in manufacturing or cycling and providing business support rather than just reporting the final numbers.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Background in multi-currency environment.
Exposure to stock management
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.