Client Financial Controller

A day in the life of...

Working as part of the Client Finance Team the CFC is responsible for the financial management and financial reporting for a portfolio of clients. The CFC is the main point of contact for the Business Partner (BP) and the client team. The CFC will report directly to the Financial Controller with a dotted line into their Business Partner(s). The CFC is supported by a Client Finance Assistant (CFA) who will assist them in dealing primarily with billing, WIP, budgets, PO queries and ad-hoc client requests.

We rely on you to...

Manage the following for your portfolio of clients:

Financial Reporting

  • Monthly reporting of revenue, ensuring revenue is reported in accordance with GAAP
  • Managing expectations throughout the month ensuring that Management are aware of potential upsides and downsides before month-end
  • Provide explanations for variances versus forecast, budget and prior year
  • Manage the quarterly reforecasting process from a revenue and resourcing perspective executing a client plan that is achievable
  • Working with Department Heads to ensure that resource requested in reforecast is acceptable

Financial Management

  • Management of client profitability, ensuring that the account is managed profitability and proactively addressing recoverability and margin issues
  • Thorough understanding of all WIP balances ensuring all amounts are recoverable from client
  • Thorough understanding of all debtor balances assisting credit control in chasing overdue amounts
  • Thorough understanding of Net Working Capital accounts, providing explanations for aged items and devising a plan to maximise working capital position
  • Monitoring of client T&E accounts ensuring spend is in accordance with company policies and within budget
  • Ensure across the account that time is recorded in an accurate and timely manner


  • Ensure SOX compliance across the account
  • Assist internal, external and client auditors for successful audit outcome
  • Ensure contract summaries are up to date and the team are fully aware of key contractual terms
  • Ensure any client reporting requirements (time reconciliations, PO status etc) are adhered to in a timely manner

Ad Hoc

  • Carry out finance training across the account to ensure the account team fully understand financial processes
  • Support and consult Business Partners and client teams in all financial decisions
  • Fast and accurate response to requests from FC (or Group/Regional finance teams)
  • Involvement in contract renegotiations and new RFPs as and when needed
  • Analysing trends and developing a plan with the BP/FD for any problem areas
  • Involvement in preparation of business plans and recommendations for investment / strategic review

You are great at...

  • Building relationships
  • Being proactive and driving change
  • Communicating (written and verbal)
  • Learning new systems & highly competent with Excel (macros etc)

Other requirements:

  • You will either be a fully qualified / part-qualified finance professional
  • Previous experience in a service oriented business and understand the key drivers of agency costs and efficiencies
  • A good communicator and able to build relationships
  • Take initiative and get involved
  • Be a natural team-player capable of both team-building and participation at all levels, & not afraid to get "stuck in"
  • Have a positive attitude

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