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Head of Finance

Location: Sheffield, Meadowhall

Salary: £45,000.00 to £65,000.00 /year

Solutionhost Group Ltd provide Health & Safety and Employment law software solutions and consultancy. A Family run business started in 2004 the business has seen year on year growth and now has over 6000 active clients. Success is attributed to high levels of customer service and professional conduct at all times. The company has an extremely low staff turnover due to the opportunity for all staff to share success and the friendly work environment where the philosophy is “everyone is on the same team”.


This is an exciting opportunity to join a business which has recently been acquired by the Citation Group, who are ultimately owned by the private equity firm Hg Capital.

Working closely with the Solutionhost Group Ltd Leadership team, the Head of Finance will provide sound financial advice and support to a growing and ever-evolving business.

The individual will be required to manage a varied range of responsibilities.

This will include responsibility for driving all reporting processes, ultimately ensuring the delivery of timely and accurate financial information. This will include the production of monthly and annual accounts, annual budgeting and forecasting, cash forecasting and management, and any required bank & investor information.

The individual will also be expected to support the business in their drive for profitable growth by providing ongoing business analysis and commercial support with any strategic projects.

This is a broad, all-encompassing finance position which is a fantastic opportunity for future progression into a FD position.


Finance Director followed by group CFO


Monthly and Annual Accounts

  • Overall responsibility of P&L, Cash flow and Balance Sheet from both an actuals and forecasting perspective
  • Review and oversee the preparation of monthly management accounts, ensuring adherence to reporting timetables
  • Reporting of results (including supplementary information) via the management accounts and related Board pack, including business analysis & commentary on results
  • Consolidate all financial reporting into Group reporting structure

Ownership of Technical Reporting and Control Environment

  • Ensure financial integrity of statutory account and management accounts, including adherence to UK GAAP (for statutory reporting)
  • Compliance with statutory Corporation Tax, VAT and PAYE requirements, including accountability for:
  • Timely and accurate preparation of Tax / PAYE submissions and payments
  • Submission of quarterly VAT returns and monthly VAT payments on account
  • Introduce a more formal control environment to mitigate financial risk, whilst also seeking efficiencies and smarter ways of working.

Budgeting & Forecasting

  • Liaising with various stakeholders both within finance and the wider business to understand, and be able to, forecast and report the full picture
  • Ownership and coordination of all budget and forecasting processes, including responsibility for:
  • Reviewing submissions to ensure robustness
  • Preparation of relevant management information packs with analysis
  • Ensuring timetable and budget requirements are adhered to

Business Analysis and Commercial Support

  • Build and manage relationships with the leadership team and the wider business such that relevant analysis, support and advice can be provided to inform decision-making, resource planning, pricing, investments, etc
  • Ongoing provision to the business of meaningful analysis of run rates, trends, business behaviours, customer behaviours etc. - using the analysis to challenge performance and identify opportunities for growth
  • Work with business managers to drive performance in their areas to ensure that the business objectives are achieved
  • Work with the business to help them develop their understanding of company finances and impact of decision making
  • Tracking of business and financial KPIs

Transitional Finance

Lead the team in the management of:

  • Credit control
  • Accounts payable
  • Capital expenditure
  • Payroll
  • Expenses and petty cash management

Financial Systems

  • Where appropriate, manage financial system projects within the business - this may include implementation of a new system, upgrades to the existing system or implementing process changes

Stakeholder management

  • Be a key point of contact for certain key stakeholders including:
  • EPM leadership team and wider business
  • External auditors and advisors
  • Other group companies
  • HMRC (Tax / VAT / PAYE) - if required
  • Coordinate all audits / visits from key stakeholders and ensure any suggested remedial actions are resolved in a timely manner

In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed above, the job holder is required to perform other duties as assigned by management.


  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified, with minimum 3 years PQE
  • Must have sound accounting knowledge and experience and have a good depth of

understanding of financial reporting under UK GAAP

  • Strong attention to detail but also able to think strategically
  • Good excel and modelling skills will also be required
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience of working with / partnering teams outside of core finance, preferably including leadership team level
  • Ability and desire to work in an ever-evolving environment
  • Specific industry or service sector experience is desirable, but not required
  • Must know sage accounting systems

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