Head of Finance - Onboarding

Salary/Rate:£70,000 - £90,000 per annum + bonus
Job type:Perm

About the Role

Sewell Wallis are currently recruiting for a Head of Finance for a leading property business with offices in Stockport.

With a highly impressive portfolio of properties throughout the UK and significant growth plans through ongoing acquisitions, this is an exciting time to join the organisation.

You will be a qualified Accountant, ideally ACA with experience across both Audit and Transaction Services.

Reporting to the Head of Financial Operations you will be responsible for ensuring that all asset and corporate acquisition activity undertaken by the group is managed effectively as well as taking the lead on the collaboration between the Transaction, Portfolio Management and Finance teams in driving the growth strategy of the business.

Responsibilities will also include:-

  • Project managing the acquisition of logistics property assets and entities into the Group
  • Working closely with the Transaction teams to progress & execute opportunities in line with agreed timescales
  • Assessing impacts on projects and post-completion asset management strategy, and identifying any additional information requirements of the Group
  • Acting as a key point of liaison for commercial finance teams within the Group (Logistics finance, FP&A) and supporting them in understanding impact of new acquisitions on group finances and internal reporting
  • Providing support during meetings with 3rd parties and act as a key point of contact for legal advisors and other 3rd parties in answering queries and providing updates / information needed throughout deal processes
  • Managing the handover of acquired assets to internal management teams and panel legal firms for ongoing asset management
  • Leading on commercial contribution of Onboarding function through close collaboration with other business areas, including Insurance, Legal, and Company Secretarial
  • Maintaining efficiency and supporting strategic goals of the Group, including input into new systems implementation projects
  • Ad hoc project work


  • Fully qualified Accountant, ideally ACA / ACA within a Big 4/Top 10 firm
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities
  • Ideally an understanding of acquisition accounting - asset and entity level - under IFRS
  • Familiarity with property transactions and property accounting
  • Understanding of UK taxes for property groups and statutory audit procedures
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to liaise with key stakeholders across the Group
  • Experience within Transaction Services and Audit


  • Competitive salary - £70k - £90k plus bonus
  • Discretionary performance linked bonus up to 20%
  • Excellent benefits package including pension, health and life insurance
  • Onsite gym

This role will also involve regular travel to their London office.

For further details please contact Emma Dugdale.

To apply please send your CV, quoting our reference and specifying which website you saw this position advertised on. Due to the high volume of applications please accept that if we have not responded to your application within seven days, your application has not been successful. Sewell Wallis is a specialist recruitment company with a vast amount of experience in our industry we offer permanent, temporary and interim recruitment support for accounting and finance, human resources and business support positions. We recruit at all levels within finance from Purchase Ledger Administrator and Credit Controller level through to Financial Controller and Director positions. With offices in Sheffield and Leeds, we are well situated to cover all of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Manchester. Please visit our website for more information on accountancy and finance jobs and human resources or business support positions.

Job ref: ED/4687Post Date: 09.05.24

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