Noble Foods has developed from its origins as a small family business in the 1920's to a multi-divisional, fast moving food business with a turnover in excess of £650 million and employing over 1700 people in the UK and France. As the leading supplier of fresh eggs to major retailers via the brands Happy Eggs Co, Big & Fresh and Eggs For Soldiers, Noble Foods individually grades, packs and delivers over 72 million eggs per week. In order to benefit from a fully integrated business, Noble Foods owns and manages 5 chicken feed mills, 4 major packing stations and a portfolio of farms as well as maintaining relationships with over 330 independent producers. In 2010 Gu Desserts was acquired and most recently a renewable energy business was added to the group.
Currently privately owned Noble Foods is now taking important steps to further develop and grow, with a possible public listing on the London Stock Exchange in the next few years. As a result a new role to support the Group Financial Controller and CFO has been created. Based at the Head Office near Witney the Assistant Group Financial Controller will manage a team of 3 taking responsibility for all aspects of corporate and statutory reporting, IFRS implementation and the overseeing of the management and budgeting for central costs.
As the technical expert for the group you will establish and maintain the Group Accounting Policies manual, develop and improve controls and standards in line with a Plc environment and oversee the preparation of the monthly reporting pack. You will standardise the reporting framework across the businesses, reduce the reporting timetable and monitor the Group working capital and capex programme. All tax issues will come under your remit including VAT, PAYE, NIC, Capital Gains and Corporation Tax and you will be able to understand, communicate and manage the impact of any changes. You will lead on the daily management of the Group borrowing and invoice discounting facility, ensuring costs are minimised. You will evaluate the current consolidation system and improve or replace it as appropriate. The payroll function, with a team of 4, will come under your management and you will ensure that it is run effectively and efficiently.
The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant (ACA) with previous experience in a similar corporate role, ideally within a Plc. You will be able to demonstrate excellent technical skills, coupled with a desire to develop and improve systems and procedures. As a senior member of the team and a trusted advisor you will support M&A activities, scenario planning and assist with the possible future listing of the business. You will therefore be able to demonstrate gravitas, a high degree of professionalism and superior attention to detail.
This is an exceptional opportunity to join a business at a fascinating stage of its development and the scope for future progression is excellent.