Digital Forensic Senior Manager, London

Our client’s Forensic Technology team is looking for a Senior Manager to work on projects involving large scale regulation, litigation or investigations, and IP/Commercially Sensitive Data Remediation.

On a day-to-day basis the FTech Senior Manager will work under the direction of Partners and Directors, and will oversee teams of Managers and staff in the delivery of engagements. The nature of the work will include some out of hours work and overseas travel, depending on the nature of the assignments.

Given the increase in the number of FTech engagements and the corresponding rapid growth of the FTech team, a strong Senior Manager is required to ensure effective delivery of current and future projects.

Responsibilities
The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing a variety of FTech engagements and/or client accounts
  • Enhancing our overall offering via business development and infrastructure improvement
  • Devising and implementing long term strategy for the department
  • managing business processes and performance management across the team

Experience and Skills:

  • Six years of hands on experience in eDisclosure and Relativity
  • Forensic data scoping, information gathering ahead of the data collection.
  • Handling evidence with care and in accordance with ACPO guidelines.
  • Technical background with experience of eDisclosure tools such as Relativity, Nuix and Brainspace are desirable, along with advanced analytics tools and methodologies.
  • Familiarity with machine learning concepts and methodologies such as natural language processing.
  • Ability to develop and present materials to clients in support of business development activities.
  • Excellent project management and IT project delivery skills.
  • Ability to focus on detail, work methodically and to be able to communicate effectively with others.
  • Excellent team working skills and the ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure.
  • Ability to take ownership of team tasks and pursue these through to completion with initiative and enthusiasm.
  • The willingness and enthusiasm to learn about the Forensic Technology industry as it continues to advance and change.

Financial Modelling, Assistant Manager, London/Birmingham/Manchester

Our client help their clients understand their businesses through building models, reviewing models and data analytics.  You will work on exciting projects, primarily using Excel to deliver high quality, flexible and bespoke analytics and modelling solutions.  If you enjoy translating complex problems into models, this is the right opportunity for you.

The Role

  • Devising modelling-based solutions to support clients in tackling business issues
  • Working within a team of modelling specialists, sharing experiences to develop technical and non-technical skills
  • You will deliver solutions by translating complex business problems into models which capture the drivers of values and risk
  • You will work closely with teams across all functions at the company providing solutions to their clients
  • You will have an opportunity to further develop your technical modelling and consulting skills
  • You will act as workstream lead for some of your projects
  • You will have the opportunity to support senior team members in the presentation of deliverables to senior client management
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to our business development initiatives and be an integral part of the sales process
  • You will contribute towards the development of the team

The type of work includes:

  • Integrated three-statement modelling
  • Financial forecast and scenario modelling
  • Transaction modelling such as valuations and option appraisals
  • Cost modelling
  • Reviewing financial models for quality sign-off
  • Developing tactical solutions that automate finance and other operations
  • Development of data models to support modelling and analytics deliverables
  • Using visualisation and analytical software (such as Power BI, QlikView or Tableau) to drive insights from data to inform client decisions

The Person

  • Takes time to learn about other people, their experiences and how to apply this learning
  • Shares experiences with others to assist their learning and understanding
  • Demonstrates curiosity and open-mindedness to new ideas, approaches, and perspectives
  • Actively engages with others to address their views/concerns

Essential & desirable skills and experience

Essential:

  • A first-class or upper second-class degree in a numerate subject
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Knowledge of modelling best practice
  • An understanding of accounting and financial concepts
  • Strong analytical and interpretative skills
  • Ability to describe complex technical issues in a clear and non-technical way
  • Initiative, enthusiasm, and excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to quickly assimilate and apply new techniques and knowledge

Desirable:

  • A recognised finance or accounting qualification (ACA/CIMA/CFA or similar)
  • Completion of a recognised financial modelling course
  • Consulting experience
  • Data visualisation experience in Power BI, QlikView or Tableau

 

Audit Manager, Brisbane

We are currently partnering with our Big 4 Client in Australia to source exceptional candidates for their External Audit team in Brisbane.

  • Opportunity to join a global leading practice, and be part of a high performing team with a focus on your development 
  • Flexible work practices and remote working
  • Access to firm wide benefits including additional support and training to support your CA, market leading parent leave and community leave

Our Audit teams provide value to our clients by delivering specialised quality audit and assurance services. High-quality, independent financial statement audits are essential to maintaining investor confidence. Our audit professionals are committed to the public interest, challenging assumptions, and unlocking valuable insights based on a solid understanding of an organisation’s business and industry.

Your Opportunity

  • Be accountable for leading and managing engagements of high-profile clients and all aspects of audit delivery, client service and business development
  • Be responsible for executing advisory related engagements
  • Provide inspirational and engaging leadership to grow and develop our talent
  • Form strong relationships with our prestigious audit clients and play a key role in the delivery of quality assurance and reporting
  • Benefit from career building experiences through your work on some of the largest audit clients
  • Enjoy a journey offering considerable scope to grow through our structured future leadership program
  • Look forward to capitalising on interesting career opportunities on offer through our Global network of offices

Your Experience

We believe diversity of thought, background and experience strengthens relationships and delivers meaningful benefits to our people, our clients, and communities. To be considered for this opportunity, your qualifications, skills & experience could include:

  • Bring a proven track record of high performance and success
  • Have gained strong IFRS skills
  • Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated team leadership abilities

Qualifications

We are looking for applicants that have relevant tertiary qualifications including a CA or CPA or equivalent, or ability to obtain a CA or CPA.

Audit Assistant Manager, Sydney

We are currently partnering with our Big 4 Client in Australia to source exceptional candidates for their External Audit team in Sydney.

 

Our client is part of a global network providing extensive services across a wide range of industries and sectors. Their people collaborate, share their expertise and create innovation as they partner with clients to solve complex challenges, empower change, drive, disruption and growth. They look for talented people with the potential to make an extraordinary difference for their clients, their firm and their communities.

The auditing world is changing and we want you to come help us change it. Standardisation, automation and digitalisation is the future of audit at our client. Questioning ‘why’ is the environment encouraged and where their people strive. They want you to have the ability to challenge the way things were done in the past while working on multiple industries and high profile brands – because they believe ‘if you never stretch, you never grow!’

Joining them means you will be part of an agile and flexible working environment that can offer you best in class learning and personal development opportunities.  Not to mention an array of benefits including annual flu vaccinations, volunteer leave, discounted health insurance, MS Office for home products and a load of retail discounts.

The Audit & Assurance team provides value to their clients through the delivery of specialised quality audit and assurance services. They collaborate with a broad range of clients including ASX listed organisations, private companies and family businesses.

The nature of the work performed in Audit has an immediate impact on the lives of clients. By sharing this journey, they create unique connections that offer endless opportunities to continue making a difference.

Each day, you will work with some of the most exciting, innovative and important businesses in Australia. You will provide specialised services that enable our clients to focus on their growth journey, as they change the landscape of our economy. Come and be a part of a dynamic, fast growing, market leading team who is committed to helping clients succeed.

Due to growth within their existing client base, they currently have opportunities in their market leading External Audit division at Assistant Manager level.

 

Your Opportunity

  • Be accountable for leading and managing engagements of high-profile clients and all aspects of audit delivery, client service and business development
  • Be responsible for executing advisory related engagements
  • Provide inspirational and engaging leadership to grow and develop talent
  • Form strong relationships with prestigious audit clients and play a key role in the delivery of quality assurance and reporting
  • Benefit from career building experiences through your work on some of the largest audit clients
  • Enjoy a journey offering considerable scope to grow through their structured future leadership program
  • Look forward to capitalising on interesting career opportunities on offer through our Global network of offices

How are you Extraordinary?

As the successful candidate you will:

  • Be CA/equivalent qualified or nearing completion.
  • Have experience working across Private and Corporate Clients
  • Bring a proven track record of high performance and success
  • Have gained strong IFRS skills
  • Possess exceptional problem solving and analytical skills
  • Possess highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess demonstrated team leadership abilities

 

 

Audit Manager, Sydney

We are currently partnering with our Big 4 Client in Australia to source exceptional candidates for their External Audit team in Sydney.

  • Opportunity to join a global leading practice, and be part of a high performing team with a focus on your development 
  • Flexible work practices and remote working
  • Access to firm wide benefits including additional support and training to support your CA, market leading parent leave and community leave

Our Audit teams provide value to our clients by delivering specialised quality audit and assurance services. High-quality, independent financial statement audits are essential to maintaining investor confidence. Our audit professionals are committed to the public interest, challenging assumptions, and unlocking valuable insights based on a solid understanding of an organisation’s business and industry.

Your Opportunity

  • Be accountable for leading and managing engagements of high-profile clients and all aspects of audit delivery, client service and business development
  • Be responsible for executing advisory related engagements
  • Provide inspirational and engaging leadership to grow and develop our talent
  • Form strong relationships with our prestigious audit clients and play a key role in the delivery of quality assurance and reporting
  • Benefit from career building experiences through your work on some of the largest audit clients
  • Enjoy a journey offering considerable scope to grow through our structured future leadership program
  • Look forward to capitalising on interesting career opportunities on offer through our Global network of offices

Your Experience

We believe diversity of thought, background and experience strengthens relationships and delivers meaningful benefits to our people, our clients, and communities. To be considered for this opportunity, your qualifications, skills & experience could include:

  • Bring a proven track record of high performance and success
  • Have gained strong IFRS skills
  • Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated team leadership abilities

Qualifications

We are looking for applicants that have relevant tertiary qualifications including a CA or CPA or equivalent, or ability to obtain a CA or CPA.

Director of Finance, North London

Reporting to:      Chief Operating Officer

Overview

We have an exciting Executive Director of Finance position, for an exceptionally talented, dynamic, and experienced accountant who will lead the financial and commercial developments across an exceptional schools group.

You need to be agile and resourceful with an ability to work within a complex stakeholder environment, a track record in delivering financial sustainability across a multi-million-pound business and driving commercial growth.  In our context, this will mean ensuring that we have a sustainable infrastructure, finances and resources needed to unlock the academic and personal potential of the school community.

You will need to be forward thinking and extremely comfortable working collaboratively with other senior leaders to drive the high performance of the schools.  We would expect that you have a real and genuine pride in excellence and an unwavering commitment to achieving success.  You will inherit a strong and high performing finance team and will be expected to drive effectiveness and efficiency across the service in the pursuit of excellence, maintain high professional standards and a positive customer experience.  We are several years into our exciting ten-year strategic journey, you’ll be joining an executive team that has a governing body mandate to build upon our existing success and achievements whilst delivering transformative programmes of change.  You will need to be comfortable about moving between ‘business as usual’ as the Director of Finance and transformative strategic space as an Executive Programme Sponsor.

We are therefore searching for someone that provides both the safe pair of hands that are required from a financial accounting and statutory compliance perspective, but someone that has a strategic, and commercial outlook, a curious and innovative thinker that is comfortable working in a co-operative and collaborative environment.  It will be a wide and varied role; guaranteed that no day will be the same and you’ll need to be comfortable with a fast paced and fully immersive campus environment.

The individual should have a proven track record of success and must have can-do and motivated attitude.

 

Key priorities of the role:

  • An active member of the Executive Committee with financial oversight, management, and monitoring of the short-, medium- and long-term strategic plan for the schools, and reporting to the governing body through the Finance and Resources Committee and Board.
  • Lead, manage and develop the finance strategy and financial function in partnership with the Executive, ensuring full compliance with the requirements for effective financial governance and prudent management of funds.
  • Lead, manage and monitor Financial KPIs in line with sector-specific benchmarks and report variances to the Executive and Governing Body.
  • Build and lead a highly effective and cohesive finance service that builds upon the best practice, collaborative approaches, ‘team ethos’ and can-do approach that exists.
  • Lead on the design, development and delivery of financial and budgetary policies, protocols and process to enable leaders to make informed and effective decisions based on real time financial information.
  • Oversee and lead the effective use and implementation of the financial system(s) and the efficient application of automated processes and procedures.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement, embed best practice, promote shared learning and ensure robust quality assurance arrangements in place across the finance function.
  • Financially lead and manage the capital investment, special projects and commercial finances of the group that; drive growth, development and innovation; secure best value for money, aggregated benefits and efficiencies; and positions them as a beacon of excellence in the sector.
  • Lead the design, development and delivery of a clear and coherent commercial procurement strategy, focused on sourcing, category management and supplier management frameworks. working collaboratively with colleagues and external providers to ensure best value for money.
  • Establish an effective and accurate database of contracts, leading the review and potential rationalisation of suppliers through centralisation of contracts to ensure best value for money, sustainability and suitability.
  • Lead, manage and deliver the commercial strategy, undertaking financial modelling and analysis of demand and need for products and services within the organisation, contributing to the development of a deliverable business model.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • To manage the timely and accurate preparation of consolidated management accounts and other appropriate financial management information.
  • To manage the year end process, ensuring that year end timetable deadlines are met, and year end statutory accounts are free from material errors.
  • To provide lead liaison with external Auditors and the Haberdashers’ Company to ensure an efficient audit process.
  • To oversee the production of the annual statutory financial statements and consolidated accounts ensuring that all charity, legal and financial obligations are met.
  • To oversee fixed assets recording and reporting including approving treatment of expenditure such as capital and calculating depreciation.
  • Overall responsibility for working capital management (cashflow forecasting, debtor management).
  • Overall responsibility for managing the long-term investments.
  • Understanding the key income and cost drivers to allow budgets, forecasts and sensitivity analysis to be undertaken to inform decision making by the COO, Heads and the Governing Body.
  • Reporting on key capital and infrastructure projects.
  • To support charitable objectives by overseeing the extensive bursary programme to provide financial assistance to students whose parents would ordinarily not be able to afford to send their children to the schools.
  • To be responsible for managing and supervising the operations of the finance, procurement and commercial functions to ensure the effectiveness of the service.
  • Manage centralised finance team providing real value added to governors and senior leadership.
  • Ensure that an appropriate professional development programme is provided, and appropriate job specific training is provided for all members of the team.
  • Ensure annual staff development reviews are undertaken.
  • Oversee established data protection and data management regimes (GDPR compliance etc).
  • To oversee the management of financial and non-financial risk, driving through planned upgrades to proven risk management regime.
  • Provide the Director of the Schools‘ Foundation and Director of Partnerships to ensure that financial guidance, advise and support is provided in helping to fulfil these charitable aims and objectives.

 

Key Projects:

Capital Investment Programme 

To work closely with the governing body and executive leadership in the development of a clear and coherent capital investment plan, working collaboratively on the following areas:

  • To work with the Director of Estates and Operations and cost consultants on the financial modelling and design of a long-term (5-25 year) estates masterplan and in the delivery of its medium-term (3-5 year) capital strategy and short-term (0-3 year) delivery plans across the estate.
  • To work with the governors and executive to develop a fully costed capital strategy and plan (i.e. capacity, condition, suitability, sufficiency, education and cost) fully aligned with strategic priorities and goals, and to successfully implement it across the campus.
  • To undertake a detailed financial review of all areas of capital investment and revenue expenditure linked to the estate, proposing commercial arrangements and business solutions that remove waste and duplication, deliver aggregated procurement benefits, secure better (and best) value for money and improved financial and operational efficiencies.
  • To work with the Director of Estates and Operations to assess, analyse and identify affordable and deliverable capital investment opportunities that will reduce operational expenditure and environmental impacts.  Prioritising ‘Return on investment’ and ‘Invest to Save’ opportunities, for example installing solar panels on replacement/new roofs to reduce ongoing energy usage and costs.
  • To use business analytical tools to undertake financial modelling and analysis of capital investments and revenue buildings costs to manage and monitor the reduction of the estates running costs, energy efficiency, lifecycle savings and operational efficiencies.

 

Procurement and Contract Management 

To work closely with the governing body and executive leadership in the development of a clear and coherent procurement strategy, working collaboratively on the following areas:

  • To review and manage supplier pricing, purchasing routes and best value for money.
  • To provide financial information for situational analysis, option appraisal, benchmarking assessment and business case proposals for essential services and goods across the group, seeking to deliver improved effectiveness and efficiencies.
  • To develop and lead on the financial and commercial requirements of the tender management process; including, frameworks/tenders, collaborative buying arrangements, joint partnership agreements, tender specification and evaluation criteria, and contract award arrangements.
  • To proactively establish partnerships and working agreements that help the schools to achieve their objectives.
  • Developing and sustaining effective relationships with external partners.
  • To review and coordinate the financial requirements for capital grants and bid opportunities in line with strategic priorities.
  • To identify opportunities for central consolidation of complex, medium and high value contracts evaluating cost benefit opportunities in relation to performance, efficiency and value for money, and managing risks.
  • To lead on the financial negotiations for complex, medium and large value contracts in order to secure best value for money.
  • To ensure all medium and high value contracts are financially sustainable, reporting opportunities for short-term gains and long-term benefits to the Executive.

 

Commercial Strategy:

  • To work with the executive leadership on the financial development of a commercial strategy that fully aligns with the ten-year vision.
  • Developing a business and operating model in partnership with executive and senior leaders that balances the use of the campus buildings and facilities to generate revenues and provides wider civic and community benefits.

 

Sustainability:

  • To take the financial lead on the sustainability strategy to reduce emissions with the target being net zero carbon and modelling a long-term (5-25 year) plan to achieve this across the campus.
  • To identify with other colleagues opportunities that can reduce carbon footprint or offset carbon emissions, then working with academies and stakeholders to deliver best value solutions.
  • To ensure the group fully complies with all government regulations in relation to sustainability, energy efficiency and consumption.

  

Person Specification

  •  You will be a degree holder and a qualified accountant.
  • You will have at least 5 years’ experience of managing a finance function in a complex environment.
  • You will be a highly talented and exceptionally capable individual who has the drive, enthusiasm and motivation to support the ongoing development of the finance function within the dynamic and innovative environment focused on the pursuit of excellence in education.
  • You will have a strong background in building a robust financial modelling framework.
  • Considerable experience of developing third party procurement and contract relationships.
  • Be able to lead and manage a finance team to deliver the production management and statutory information.
  • Have had experience operating at board or executive level, with excellent influencing and coaching skills, together with a track record of building relationships with all levels of an organisation.
  • You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A dynamic and talented individual who has the charisma and gravitas to advise and support the Executive team.
  • The individual should have a proven track record of success and must have can-do and motivated attitude.

 

GDPR and Safeguarding notice

  • According to GDPR guidelines, we are only able to process your personal data with your express consent.
  • The group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom he/she comes into contact. They must ensure compliance with the Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement at all times.
  • This appointment will be subject to checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service and with past employers.

 

How To Apply

If you are interested in applying, please send your details to leo.ketchin@williamscottassociates.com

 

Financial Controller, Oxford or London

£65,000

This is an exciting international Financial Controller opportunity working for a fast growing and award winning technology business, based in Oxford or London To support the ongoing growth, there is a need for a talented and motivated Financial Controller. This individual will work with the CFO and global senior management team. The company supports a flexible, hybrid work environment.

As Financial Controller you will be responsible for managing the finance function, reporting directly to the CFO. Other responsibilities will include:

  • Budgeting and planning. Prepare meaningful analysis for strategic business decisions and model financial forecasts
  • Cash management. Calculate and accurately present current and future cash position in real-time
  • Financial process planning & implementation. Develop and follow through processes to streamline operations
  • Coordinating across company secretarial activities including with Human Resources and Legal
  • Partner with key external stakeholders to achieve financial reporting requirements and goals
  • Take ownership of various financial projects and ensure that all projects meet established deadlines
  • You will have a strong financial reporting background having dealt with challenging technical financial reporting and accounting issues
  • You must hold a relevant financial qualification
  • High degree of proficiency in working with various financial applications and reporting tools
  • Exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Proactive with a positive ‘can-do’ approach
  • Team player; able to actively contribute and participate as a member of the wider team
  • A sound business understanding as well as being commercially and risk aware
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Strong project management skills

A dynamic, self-starter who seeks to innovate and can work effectively as part of a virtual team. This role offers you a great chance to work with an impressive interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial team. We require a talented and technical individual who has the drive, enthusiasm and motivation to support the ongoing development of this dynamic and growing business. As Financial Controller, you must have the ability to develop financial reporting to highlight the challenges and future needs of the business. This role requires an individual who can add considerable value to this thriving international business.

Why 2021 is so important

I saw a poster in the tube at the end of 2016 that said “Thanks 2016, it’s been weird”. I think it is fair to say things got progressively weirder from then on.

2020 brought so much fear, mourning, anxiety and struggle but people are emerging in 2021 with the realisation that this year means so much as individuals and also communities. On a global scale now is the time to address issues such as climate change. In 2020 the hole above the Artic actually closed. It shouldn’t have taken a global pandemic to achieve this but can we sustain this progress once the pandemic is over? This year and the next will decide. On a personal level people are experiencing the need for positive change. Individuals are realising what is important to them and acting. No more waiting. No more procrastinating. Now is the time that changes are being made to make their lives more fulfilling, rewarding and purposeful.

Never before have there been so many resources available to help achieve this change. As part of that change those with the skills have trained to help guide people through those decisions – life coaches, career advisers, professional coaches, recruiters etc. If you’re looking for change, start by opening the door to guidance with making the decisions you need to make and taking the steps you need to take. At William Scott Associates we are here as individuals but also as part of the recruitment community to support you in the direction you choose to take.  We are happy to discuss options that are available to you, steps needed to reach your goals and make 2021 count for you.

Senior UK Legal Counsel

£125,000pa + 30% bonus + £7,500 Car.

Our client is a global technology business with annual revenue of circa €12 billion.  Due to ongoing growth the UK business requires a Legal Counsel.

Reporting the Group General Counsel you will be responsible for the following:

  • Drafting, negotiation and advising on a wide variety of IT contracts
  • Qualified solicitor or barrister with 6+ years PQE gained in a commercial law firm and/or large in-house legal department
  • Must be experienced in the negotiation and drafting of very large commercial contracts, ideally in the IT and financial services market place.
  • Corporate and regulatory/compliance experience would be an advantage.

This is a critical role offers a great opportunity to be introduced into a dynamic and expanding global business.

Assistant Audit Manager or Manager, Cambridge

Due to the recent growth in the region, we have multiple clients in Cambridge looking for audit assistant managers and managers.

It’s an exciting time to be in and around Cambridge as various industries grow. If you’re thinking of working for a larger firm or would like to relocate out of London please get in touch.

 

To apply you will need:

Qualifications:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and have completed Chartered Accountant qualification or equivalent. ACA, ACCA and ICAS preferred

 

Essential skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with accounting and financial frameworks such as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and UK GAAP
  • Strong analytical, communication, project management and report writing skills

 

Employment experience:

Approximately 3+ years’ experience as an Auditor

Please message Elizabeth Tabor or Becca Moore for more details: elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com / rebecca@williamscottassociates.com