What's in a day?

The job description says it all you'll be handling the accounts. It's just that in the hospitality industry you'll be doing it in the vibrant atmosphere of a hotel, contract caterer, pub or restaurant company rather than in a stuffy corporation.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Producing  and analysing all financial information, such as monthly profit and loss accounts
  • Maximising revenue
  • Ensuring that accurate accounting records are kept of the income and expenditure of the business
  • Providing information to management to assist in forecasting and budgeting
  • Training and motivating your team

What sort of hours will I work?

No worries about grueling hospitality shifts for you – this is an office hours job, say the team at Blend Recruitment.

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What's the best bit about being a financial controller?

Hospitality is one of the UK's fastest-growing industries - and lets face it, it's much sexier being a financial controller in a lively hotel or restaurant than in a dull factory or office.

And the worst?

There's a lot of maths – but if you’ve chosen this as a career you probably revel in it.

What skills do I need?

  • Effective communication skills to liaise with other departments
  • A knowledge of hospitality and the importance of being customer-focused
  • Confident in forecasting and preparing budgets
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Team leadership, training and delegation skills
  • Efficient in producing and analysing financial reports

What qualifications do I need?

You won't get anywhere without being a trained accountant, with qualifications from bodies such as ACA, ACCA or ICAEW. If you’re starting out, make sure you’re studying for the relevant certification by contacting, say, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Who would it suit?

Someone with a number crunching, analytical brain, who knows their way around a P&L account and loves the hospitality business.

What sort of salary can I expect?

The average salary for a financial controller in the UK starts at around £35,000, but most are advertised in the mid £40,000s with bonuses and benefits.
Source: Caterer.com - 2009

Where can I go from here?

The obvious next move is to become a finance director, or a cluster financial controller or group financial controller with a large company – or you could take your well-honed experience off to another industry.

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