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GSS was founded in 1989 to provide high quality plant and labour to the Royal Navy and the maritime construction industry, and quickly proved its worth.

However an injection of fresh purpose was added in 2005, when the Managing Director (MD) took part in a management buy-out, which led to an expansion of the fleet, with bigger vessels and increased capabilities.

The management buy-out also saw GSS diversify successfully into other markets and undergo significant growth, more than doubling its workforce in just four years. With this growth as marine consultants as well as marine contractors, the company has been moving more and more into long-term, large-scale contracts, while still retaining the capacity to handle smaller one-off jobs.

Based in Rosneath, GSS turns over in the region of £14m annually, employs over 70 people with a small finance team of 3. 

Internationally GSS is supporting dredging, oilfield work and bridge construction in Angola, PNG and Denmark respectively.

Projects supported by GSS include coastal work, bridge and marine work, piers and jetties, pipe and cable laying, welding and diving support and marine piling. GSS undertake both MOD and major civil contracts in both Britain and Europe. This has included a significant expansion into the renewable energy industry, particularly in construction support and, repair and maintenance of offshore windfarms.

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Financial Controller

GSS is seeking an experienced finance professional to join the business in this newly created Financial Controller position. Reporting to the MD you will head up the finance function during a wider ‘levelling up’ initiative across the business. You will be empowered and encouraged to improve and upskill the department to deliver improved commercial business partnering as well as core operational financial compliance.

Using your skills and experience you will take full ownership of the finance team, ultimately responsible and accountable for the delivery of high quality, regular and on time financial and management information to stakeholders across the business.

One of the first projects you will undertake is to facilitate the internalisation of the monthly financial reporting and analysis from the external accountants. This will allow you to develop more timely, detailed and insightful financial and MI reporting.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the senior management team, leading the finance department of a long standing, expanding, international Scottish business servicing a global market.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced accountant with demonstrable experience of overseeing and delivering improvements to financial processes, controls and systems. You will also be experienced at supervising, coaching and developing colleagues.

You will bring a high degree of emotional intelligence, able to effectively and professionally manage up and down. You will be able to demonstrate a solutions focussed mindset with the ability to identify, clearly articulate and deliver improvements that will make a tangible added value impact on both the department and the wider business.

To succeed you will enjoy the passionate, team focussed and positive culture. The successful candidate will present with the drive, ambition and gravitas necessary to take full advantage of this excellent developmental position.

Skills, Knowledge, and Competencies:

  • Qualified Accountant (ICAS, ACCA, ACA, CIMA) or Qualified by Experience;
  • Experience developing financial models;
  • Excellent knowledge of the use of Excel as an analytical tool;
  • Experience of accounting software (Sage 200 is advantageous, but not strictly necessary).

Sound like you? Why not view the job description to find out about the duties and responsibilities.

If you would like to have a confidential discussion on the role please get in touch with Stuart Cadger, Managing Consultant, on 07732 499 307 or by emailing HERE. 

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