Client Financial Controller

The Role

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 will also work directly with the Finance Director on specific assignments.

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.

This position will be responsible for one of Ogilvy's key clients.

Duties and Responsibilities

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 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
  • Overall management of Net Working Capital accounts, meeting with Financial Controller on a monthly basis to provide 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

Compliance

  • 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 FCs and FDs
  • 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

Personality Profile

Our chosen candidate must:

  • Either be part-qualified finance professional or looking to pursue a professional finance qualification
  • Relevant experience in a service oriented business and understand the key drivers of agency costs and efficiencies
  • Proactive and be able to demonstrate previous experience of driving change
  • Be a confident and persuasive communicator (written and verbal)
  • Be a natural team-player capable of both team-building and participation at all levels
  • Display a high level of commercial and professional credibility
  • Be passionate, enthusiastic and mould breaking
  • Excellent attention to detail

Removal Date 21-Mar-2018


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