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Finance Systems Implementation Project Manager

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The BES Group are the leading end to end solution provider in the Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance sector. Our team of experts (hand-picked by our Careers Team) cover an extensive range of engineering services.

We’ve gone from strength to strength over recent years, welcoming the very best risk management businesses to our Group. As a result, we’ve grown both our team of experts and our suite of solutions in line with our customer’s needs. We’re private equity backed, which means we have the flexibility and support to move quickly and grow faster than any other company in our industry. We’re innovative and forward thinking and have the awards to prove it, but most of all we’re focused on helping make sure our customers leave nothing to chance.

Our head office is based in central Manchester and is the home to many of our central functions. To support our continued ambitious growth plans, we are delighted to be recruiting for a Finance Systems Implementation Project Manager to join our fantastic IS team.

What are we looking for? 

This role offers an outstanding opportunity to join BES Group at a key moment in the growth of our business and the evolution of our Group shared service and systems landscape

We are a highly acquisitive, private equity backed business.  Our strategy is to migrate acquired businesses onto our Group Dynamics 365 Finance system and this role is central to that goal.  You will be responsible for the project management of the work to both onboard new acquisitions to the Group finance system and to improve our Group finance system functionality and processes.

Our Group Dynamics 365 Finance system went live to a subset of businesses in 2023.  We now have a long and constantly growing pipeline of acquired businesses to migrate on to the system.  The ability to successfully and predictably migrate acquisitions onto our Group shared service platforms is viewed by our executive board as a critical capability that brings substantial additional value to our business. 

The are 3 skills of particular importance to success in this role:

– Solid project management skills with an ability to bring discipline, structure and a repeatable methodology to our finance system migrations.

– An ability to lead, work with and bring together a diverse range of people, from finance, operations, IT and external partners into a single project team.

– Finance domain knowledge with a solid understanding of financial processes and finance system functionality providing you with credibility and the ability to knowledgeably direct project work.

Whilst our technical environment is Microsoft centric, implementation experience with Dynamics 365 is not essential through preferrable.  We are open to working with someone who brings a track record of leading implementations with other leading finance systems and helping them grow their Dynamics 365 skills.

We are a relatively small change and IT project team tasked with a significant responsibility for transforming and continuously improving our business operations.  This role most of all demands someone with passion for their work who is able communicate with ease with staff across our business.

What will I be doing?  

Key Responsibilities:

Owning, maintaining and reporting on to executive governance on our overall schedule for migrating acquired business onto our Group Dynamics 365 platform.

Leading the planning, execution, and delivery of individual finance system migration projects.

Building and leading a cross-functional team, including IT, finance, operations and external consultants.

Developing detailed project plans that consider all stages of the migration process, from initial analysis and design through to development, testing, and deployment.

Managing project timelines, resources, and budgets effectively, ensuring projects are delivered on time, within scope, and budget.

Managing and owning the relationship with third party implementation and support consultants.

Providing guidance and leadership to project team members, fostering a collaborative and performance-driven environment.

Establishing a documented, repeatable migration methodology as a Group asset which enables the successful and predictable migration of new acquisitions.

Owning and leading the implementation of the improvement backlog for our finance system..

Success of this role will be measured by:

The successful implementation of Group finance processes across acquired businesses

The establishment of a finance system project team and migration methodology as a both a Group asset and capability

Your contribution to building a collaborative, innovative and supportive environment withing your project team as well as the wider business

What makes BES Group a great place to work? 

We genuinely care. It’s basic, human instinct that runs through every person that works at BES Group. Knowing we always do the best job we can with absolutely no compromise means everything.

If you work for us, you will get the below and, so much more: 

A competitive salary from £80,000 (negotiable, depending on experience)

A flexible working approach.

Amazing head offices in the heart of Manchester city centre

Development opportunities across the business

Discretionary annual company bonus and yearly salary review

25 days leave per year plus bank holidays (and an extra day off on your birthday to celebrate you!)

Access to lots of discounts and benefits via our company benefits portal including; retail, fitness, holiday and cinema discounts

The support of a superb employee assistance programme

Electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme

Opportunities to attend volunteer days

Company contribution to charity fundraising you participate in; we want to support charities you are passionate about!

Employee Suggestion programme, because we value input from everyone in the BES Group

Up to 10% pension 

What experience do I need?

Essential

Proven experience as a project manager in finance and accounting system implementations, ideally (but not essential) with Dynamics 365 Finance,

Experience using project management software and tools and reporting status to executive governance committees

A strong understanding of finance processes and reporting, ideally through time spent as in a corporate accounting role

Experience managing third party implementation consultants and IT suppliers.

Experience operating and working in a business with multiple trading entities, ideally in a private equity environment

Key Skills

Outstanding IT and finance project management skills.

Ability to manage complex projects and multi-disciplinary teams.

Strong understanding of financial principles and accounting practices.

Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with high attention to detail.

Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels and work closely with them to identify acceptable solutions to business problems

Qualifications & training:

Ideal but not essential

A finance and accounting qualification (or exposure to) e.g. CIMA, ACCA

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, or related field.

Certification in Project Management (PMP, PRINCE2, or equivalent)

To apply for this role, simply click “Apply”. We ask for some basic contact information and a CV or your LinkedIn profile, it’s that easy! Please keep in mind, successful candidates will be required to complete the relevant background checks as part of the recruitment process. 

We want to inspire everyone to see how important safety is and we expect the same from our people.  And if you’re on the same page as us about that and you’ve got the right skills, experience and attitude, you’ll fit right in. Simple. We’re all about diversity and inclusion and that means we want our people to be themselves.  We’re delighted to be an equal opportunities employer and that will never change!

BES Group, Your Safety, Our Focus

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