Financial Controller

Due to the fact that our Chief Financial Officer is retiring in 2019, Badham Pharmacy is on the lookout for a new Financial Controller to be based at our Head Office in Bishops Cleeve. You must be a fully qualified accountant holding ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent to be successful in application for this position.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative and award winning family run business with twenty branches across Gloucestershire & Bristol. The successful applicant will be a dynamic, hands on individual delivering a first class service for Badham Pharmacy.

Job Ref: 20181012/HO/HOF/43
Closing Date: 03/01/2019

Purpose of role

As Financial Controller, you will maintain and develop effective financial control across the business, taking ownership and responsibility for the finance function. This will include the production of financial and management accounts, as well as working closely with the operations of the business to provide commercial decision support.

You will be a major part of the central team and working with colleagues to pro-actively support the understanding of the business performance against budget alongside the fast growth of the business.

You will take the lead in the three year financial plan and forecast and annual audit process.

Primary Duties

Role specifics:

  • Production of month end results, management accounts and financial board packs
  • Assistance in the preparation of annual financial accounts including managing the year-end audit
  • Assist the Board before, during and after an acquisition by forecasting expected EBTIDA, liaising with the banks and solicitors, tracking progress against forecast.
  • Submit monthly payment runs
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory reporting.
  • Liaise with HMRC and other statutory bodies
  • Support the development of the long term strategy for the business, and co-ordinating the rolling 12 month forecast
  • Production of operational cost analysis vs. budget for discussion with Operations' department and management
  • Cash flow reporting
  • Understanding models used for business plans and budgeting
  • Ensuring cash, revenue and stock management processes are clearly followed and therefore reconciliation process is aligned
  • Manage payroll and pension process including auto-enrolment and monthly payroll
  • Control of the balance sheet and monthly pack
  • Manage accounting systems
  • Management of the finance team including staff development and team building
  • Assist HR and other departments by the production of financial ad-hoc data on request.

  • To be vigilant at all times to theft and fraud, both external & internal.
  • Report and investigate all incidents of non adherence to company policies & procedures and/or arouse suspicion. 
  • Key holder for Head Office.


  • Maintain and promote a professional image to patients, customers and business partners at all times;
  • Adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Health & Safety procedures. Financial Reporting Standards and company policies & procedures;
  • Perform any additional tasks, including housekeeping, as requested by the Directors.
  • Promote the Equality and Diversity Policy.
  • Undertake any task reasonably requested by the Directors or Pharmacy Manager that is commensurate with the role.

Personal Specification


  • Fully Qualified Accountant. ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent with demonstrative experience of previous Finance Manager or higher positions.


  • Strong operational finance background is highly desirable
  • Advanced MS Excel skills, modelling and financial presentation skills
  • Advanced MS Word skills
  • Working knowledge Payroll
  • Awareness of worker employment status and be able to provide advice and guidance in conjunction with HR.


  • Excellent people leadership skills
  • Demonstrate a "hands on" approach with the ability to manage and provide leadership to a large team.
  • Operational experience of purchase ledger, sales ledger and cashbook
  • Sage Payroll experience
  • Experience of finance monitoring and control as well as budgetary and year-end disciplines.
  • Retail experience is preferable but not essential

Professional Skills and Attributes:

  • Demonstrates a detail-oriented and attention to detail approach, 
  • Demonstrates good interpersonal skills to build and maintain effective relationships with Staff, patients, external contacts and colleagues, 
  • Be able to work calmly under pressure in a busy working environment, 
  • Demonstrates team working and customer service skills, 
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal communication and good listening skills, 
  • Demonstrates the ability to follow instructions well whilst being discreet and organised.
  • Demonstrates mathematical and scientific skills, 
  • Demonstrates excellent memorisation skills and is an adaptive learner, 
  • Demonstrates confidentiality and record keeping skills. 
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy and the ability to communicate at all levels within the organisation.

  • This Job Description is neither exhaustive nor exclusive and will be reviewed periodically by Badham Pharmacy. The employee is required to carry out any duties that may reasonably be requested by the Managing Director and/or Board of Directors. 

Full job description available on request. 

We value our staff greatly. They are at the centre of everything we do. Here are some of the particular benefits of working for Badham Pharmacy;

  • Competitive salary
  • Good holiday package
  • Pension scheme
  • Staff discount scheme
  • Annual staff party
  • Training & development scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Cycle scheme
  • Long service awards
  • Excellence awards recognising and rewarding talented individuals and teams across the company
  • Family company values

We truly are an Investor in People. We’re accredited Investors in People Silver, the first pharmacy in Gloucestershire to achieve this high standard.

As a family run company we are pleased to be able to say we have several members of staff who have worked most of their professional career with us.

About Badham Pharmacy

Badham Pharmacy is an award-winning independent pharmacy chain headquartered in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Founded in 1940 by Richard G. Badham, the family business is now managed by second generation Peter, his wife Lin and their son Charles. All three are approachable and accessible working within the company on a daily basis. Peter and Charles are practicing pharmacists, Peter is also acting Superintendent Pharmacist. Lin is a registered Pharmacy Technician.

We currently employ over 185 staff across 20 pharmacies and a mobility aids centre. We pride ourselves on our commitment to staff development and outstanding customer service. Our pharmacies offer a full range of NHS pharmacy services and we were the first company in the area to offer a free prescription collection and delivery service.

Badham Pharmacy continues to achieve year on year profitable growth so as to realise the company vision to develop Badham Pharmacy as the largest independent chain of pharmacies, differentiated by its service excellence in the area. In May 2016 we acquired Stow Pharmacy and in May 2017 we successfully opened a new pharmacy in Upper Rissington. In May 2018 we acquired the CSPC Group of Pharmacies.

Winner of Pharmacy Innovation of the Year at the Independent Pharmacy Awards 2018.