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The Snapshot – The successful candidate will be the company’s first dedicated Accounts Payable hire; 

They will own the accounts payable process and help build robust internal control processes, safeguarding us through our meteoric growth. This role will implement a new AP process from day 1 and will transform the AP function here in their first few months. Not only will they be responsible for ensuring AP ledgers are clean, but they’ll also be pivotal in the onboarding of a new ERP and accounting system, ensuring we have a best-in-class AP function using these systems. You will work directly with our Finance Manager to build a best-in-class Accounts Payable function. Overall this is a role that offers lots of exciting growth opportunities and autonomy!

What is THIS?

THIS is a high-growth, VC-backed emerging leader in producing plant-based food. Meat-alternatives, to be exact. In fact if we’re being reallllly exact – our products are at the leading-edge of the plant-based sector in terms of taste, texture and appearance. Here’s our insta, for a quick stalk – https://www.instagram.com/this.uk

It’s worth mentioning that since our launch in June 2019, the company has experienced extremely significant growth in revenue – 188% in the last year. We have strong aspirations to continue this growth trajectory as we aim to be the no.1 plant based brand in the UK and beyond and we believe we have the team (50 plus and growing) and investment to do achieve this. 

Why are we doing THIS?

We’re Andy and Pete – co-founders of THIS. Our last job entailed selling tonnes (literally tonnes) of meat. Then we felt bad. Also, we felt like meat-alternatives weren’t realllllly for people who love the taste of meat. We felt like they were for people who like sandals and socks. So we’ve basically ended up making THIS for ourselves, but we’d love other meat-lovers to nom nom it too. THIS is a game-changer. 

At our core, we believe:

  • Stereotypes around plant-based food need to be bulldozed
  • Guilt-trips don’t make people hungry
  • Plant-based food should mean zero-compromise – this is how we can recruit more meat reducers to the category

What will you be getting up to?

  • This is a unique opportunity to gain a variety of experience in a fast-paced, food manufacturer and sector visionary. 
  • Owning the Accounts Payable process end to end – from payruns to payment reconciliations
  • Working closely with an internal/external bookkeepers on invoice posting and bank reconciliations
  • Implementing robust PO processes and 3 way matching systems
  • Designing and driving an approval process with the Finance Manager
  • Ensuring aged AP ledgers are brought up to date, and ensuring that they are kept clean moving forwards.
  • Building out reporting of aged payables and liabilities with key suppliers
  • Exciting involvement in the implementation of new ERP & Accounting system to keep up with company growth
  • Potential to assist with monthly payroll

Hello… Is it you we’re looking for…

  • Someone who has 2-4 years of experience in Finance & Accounts Payable
  • A HUSTLER. This person will need to get sh*t done in a major way and knock through what will seem like brick walls. 
  • Has experience in implementing AP systems in growing companies, specifically PO processes, and moving to automated payment runs
  • Positive attitude, proactivity, and a tenacious character: things in our business can change very quickly, so being comfortable reacting quickly to unexpected opportunities and challenges is super important too! 
  • Ability and interest to work cross-functionally, we’re a small team and believe that strong collaboration will take us further than working in silos 
  • Honesty & integrity – a conviction in your work to improve your small patch of the world for yourself and for others 
  • Has a strong eye for detail and has the gumption to challenge an invoice when needed. You’ll be the crucial line of defense on payments so we’ll be relying on you.
  • We don’t take ourselves seriously and we laugh at the most silly, stupid things… So you don’t need to be a stand-up comedian but having a sense of humour is defo necessary.
  • Team player: we’re colleagues but also mates (unless we’re playing table tennis) 
  • Builds good rapport with suppliers, this is so important in a small company
  • A doer, eager to learn and with a strong sense of ownership and a keen eye for detail 
  • Someone with experience with using a mid-tier accounting system (NetSuite, Sage, SAP etc – ideally NetSuite)

Other stuff 

As a fast growing business, everyone who joins us needs to be ready to roll up their sleeves and carry out tasks away from their core focus because – they just need to get done. That could be helping to prepare samples for a customer meeting, trying new products and giving tasting notes, packing cold bags into boxes or a lot of other random stuff that comes up. They’re not always the most glamorous jobs, but from the founders down, the whole team gets involved! 

From our side 

  • A competitive salary that fairly recognises your experience and potential. 
  • We are offering share-options in our company to everyone who joins us at this early stage 
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank-holidays – we care about our team’s wellbeing, so we make sure you have time to fully switch off, rest, and recharge. 
  • Flexible working hours – We’re not a 9-5. No-one will tap their watch if you prefer to start late and finish late because you like to go to the gym before work. Our focus is on your ability to deliver for the business, not your ability to keep strict working hours. 
  • You’ll have a £500 wellness allowance every year (pro-rata) to spend on things that will improve your physical and mental wellness like gym memberships, fitness classes, counselling, dentistry, physio, meditation apps and more.
  • To further support mental health, the company pays for Spill, a mental health wellness provider that gives everyone access to qualified therapists and mental health resources.
  • A values-led working environment that encourages putting people first, honesty, curiosity and leadership. 

The chance to have a meaningful impact 

As a relatively small, albeit growing, team you’ll be exposed to – and have the chance to contribute towards – challenges and projects at all levels and in all areas of the business. A good idea is a good idea, regardless of the experience or seniority of who came up with it. 

We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to apply with your CV and cover letter and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! 

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