Interim Financial Controller

Restaurant Chain

Ref: SVS52753

Temporary & Contract
London, UK
Up to £75,000 pro rata, depending on experience

Our client is a well-known restaurant business with offices based in central London. They are seeking a qualified Accountant to join their Finance team on an initial 6-month basis in order to support the business until a new permanent colleague joins. This role would be a great fit for a qualified accountant with at least 2 years' post-qualified experience. The successful candidate will sit within a friendly team with three indirect reports across Payroll, AP and Management Accounts. This role offers hybrid working.


  • Ensure the smooth and seamless day-to-day running of the Finance department. 
  • Ensure that all internal and external reporting requirements are met accurately and on time. 
  • Ensure that all financial and tax regulatory and compliance requirements are met in a timely manner.
  • Continually improve the effectiveness of the Finance department and relevant systems. 
  • Take responsibility for producing accurate and complete weekly, period and quarter-end financial reporting. 
  • Manage the Finance team and ensure maximum optimisation. 
  • Oversee the Accounts Payable function to ensure that payments are made accurately, on time and that differences are reconciled.
  • Produce the annual budget and reforecasts throughout the year including P&L, balance sheet and cash flows.
  • Take responsibility for the audit process and preparation of financial statements. 
  • Take responsibility for all tax compliance including the accurate submission of corporation tax files to HMRC as well as VAT submissions. 
  • Oversee the Payroll function (including pensions and expenses) and ensure the accuracy of payments made.
  • Continually improve and automate the firm's systems, including updating processes and controls to improve efficiency. 
  • Ensure that balance sheet reconciliations are carried out each period.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for the business's insurers, for both claims during the year and the annual renewal process.
  • Ensure that utility contracts are renewed and achieve savings where possible.
  • Provide ad hoc project support as required alongside the Finance Director and other members of the Senior Management team. 
  • Business partner with budget holders to help them set budgets and monitor performance.


  • Qualified accountant (ACA, CA, ACCA or equivalent) with at least 2 years' post-qualified experience.
  • Strong technical skills with demonstrated quality and accuracy. 
  • Commercially-minded and proactive.
  • Strong problem solving abilities.
  • Able to manage a team and optimise results.
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Strong IT skills including Excel, PowerPoint and Word. 


To apply for this role, please use the Apply button, or alternatively, email your CV to Sam van Staden: quoting reference SVS52753.

Please note that due to the expected volume of applications, we will only be able to respond to those candidates whose experience matches the requirements of our client. We are sorry, but if you have not heard from us within the next ten days, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Walker Hamill has been a specialist finance and strategy recruiter for over 30 years. We have an extensive client group, including major multinational listed organisations, private equity backed businesses and privately owned companies. We recruit across all sectors and have particularly strong client relationships in media, retail, pharma/biotech, technology, property/real estate, leisure and business services. Headquartered in London, we have additional offices in continental Europe. For more information, please see

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