Finance Manager

About us

aql is a fast-paced, rapidly growing and award-winning datacentre and wholesale telecommunications company based in the centre of Leeds. We provide services to many UK telecommunications operators and to thousands of large retail, government and other high-profile organisations.


We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and adaptable Finance Manager who loves to be in a busy and changing environment.
You will manage a small finance team, reporting into the Finance Director. You will be involved in a range of financial activities, ensuring they are carried out effectively and efficiently and to a very high standard of accuracy.
You will be a pro-active and forward-thinking individual who has a demonstratable ability to understand commercial and financial aspects of a business.

Responsible for

  • Preparation of management and financial accounts
  • Co-ordinating activities undertaken by the finance team to ensure smooth operation of the finance function
  • Providing a high-quality financial service to the business and senior leadership team
  • Pro-actively seeking improvements within the business and financial processes and controls
  • Identifying financial risk and opportunity
  • Working closely with the Finance Director to deliver the financial and corporate reporting required for the business activities of aq (Limited) and related parties
  • Ensuring statutory compliance with financial processes, including full support and co-ordination of audits
  • VAT, Corporation Tax, National Statistics, R&D and other preparation and submission
  • Balance sheet reconciliation processes
  • Overseeing Credit Control, Sales Ledger and Purchase Ledger processes, activity, reporting and cash impacts
  • Payroll, pensions, PAYE and other staff-related payment and reporting processes
  • Information security for financial information and processes within the finance team, taking consideration of the wider business implications and awareness needs
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Support for ISO, as necessary, to deliver the business needs
  • Daily and monthly cash flow forecast and monitoring
  • Month-end and ad hoc Board Report preparation
  • Banking and bank administration
  • Team training, 1-2-1s and objective setting
  • Other reasonable ad hoc duties, as required of the role, including supporting smaller related entities in ad hoc reporting and returns, as necessary
  • Understand the requirements of ‘Making Tax Digital’


  • Will be able to lead and work well as part of a team
  • Have excellent attention to detail
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Will have an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, as a minimum: SUMIF(S), VLOOKUPS, • Pivot Tables
  • Ideally will have experience in the use of larger datasets and creation of corporate/ board reports
  • Will have at least 4-5 years‘ finance experience, having prepared financial accounts, corporation tax returns, VAT returns and other statutory returns across a variety of small or medium-sized businesses
  • Are studying towards or qualified ACCA/ CIMA/ACA or other similar qualification
  • Have experience in using Sage 50, Xero and other accounting software products


  • Convenient location in South Bank, a five-minute walk from the station
  • Free car parking
  • On-site gym
  • Cycle to work
  • Free fruit every Monday and Wednesday
  • Free payday company breakfast
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension
  • Free access to events held at Salem Chapel
  • Corporate MCard annual pass scheme