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Dedicated to “helping you make it”

At Rapid we have been helping people to create great careers for themselves since 1979. We are a growing company with the opportunity for you to make a difference,  and we are ready to reward you for your achievements.

Our working environment rewards people who bring innovation and creativity to their roles, work well with others inside and outside of the organisation and are committed to delivering the highest quality service to our customers. We expect you to embrace our Core Values - having a great attitude, being successful, acting in a professional way and adopting a ‘be better’ mindset. You will benefit from a culture of ongoing professional development with all the advantages of a dynamic, successful organisation. Hear some of our staff’s views on what they enjoy about working for Rapid.

Rapid is an Equal Opportunities employer.

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Financial Controller


Financial Controller

Salary range £60,000.00 - £67,500.00
Full Time
Location: Colchester / Hybrid

Purpose of the Role

To provide inspirational leadership and strategic direction to support delivery of Rapids sales and profit growth throughout the UK, resulting in additional Market Share. Assist in delivery of world class strategies and profit through leadership and development. To oversee and manage all aspects of the Company’s finances and ensure the Finance Department fully supports the Company’s financial management and accounting needs. To ensure by utilising the technical accounting resources within the Department, that all the general ledger, management accounting, cost accounting, treasury and statutory reporting deliverables are executed to the agreed timetables and work quality standards as required by the Managing Director and their professional advisers.

Key Accountability

• Provide leadership, strategic management and motivation for functional teams and the business, role model leadership behaviours, coaching and challenging.

• Deliver against the Company Goals as framed by the Purpose, Vision, Goals and Values.

• Create and implement a financial strategy and plan that reflects and considers the overall corporate objectives and values of Rapid, to facilitate continual growth.

• Maintain a high level of understanding of the business in all divisions and contribute to the development of corporate strategies, taking a wide view of ‘whole business’ topics

• Deliver effective performance management to ensure our people operate in an environment of high challenge, high support to leverage a greater performance • Direct and monitor financial goals, objectives and budgets

• Work in collaboration with all Directors to develop functional and organisational budgets

• Oversee cash management and investing activities • Provide financial analysis, developing cash flow and budget projections

• Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, standards and guidelines, co-ordinate steering group breakthrough projects and ensure administrative controls, quality and procedural efficiencies

• Develop plans for business opportunities within functional area

• Create financial modelling, participate in strategic and tactical planning and implementation

• Assess and negotiate complex proposals and contracts where necessary.

• Effectively influence and operate across multiple organisational and functional boundaries

• Ensure confidentiality and reliability of Rapid data

• Work in partnership with all Steering Group and specialists for the overall success of Rapid

• Ownership and contribution to resolving any internal conflicts in a timely and professional manner

• Keep up-to-date with the latest financial business thinking and implement as appropriate to the business context

• Maintain and regularly review own personal development plan, utilising a wide range of development opportunities

What are our core values?

• Bring energy to the team every day

• Motivate and inspire others with a positive outlook

• Build meaningful relationships with colleagues and contacts

• Address problems in a positive way

• Listen carefully, reflect and think broadly, with agility

• Prioritise own workload and be proactive in the pursuit of goals

• Accountable for own performance delivering business goals over personal gain

• Always set expectations and dependencies and deliver to them

• Contribute to the success of Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives

• Diligent approach to the detail but not losing sight of the objectives

• Maintain a work/life balance and not be easily distracted

• Always punctual with a professional approach

• Dependable due to reliability, flexibility and integrity

• Exceed both customer and colleagues’ expectations

• Proactively communicate internally to enhance the success of our own common goals

• Take pride in sharing your, or Rapid's success externally

• A high degree of learning ability and drive and ambition to succeed

• Confident and can articulate strengths and development areas

• Listen well to constructive feedback from line manager and give feedback with good intent

• Positive attitude towards shared goals and set challenging personal objectives

• Constantly look for innovative working practices and processes

• Embrace change willingly and actively participate in Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives

• Belief in the ability for new technology to improve our environment and wellbeing

Here's what some of our team members have to say about working for Rapid...

“Defining Rapid in one word is Teamwork. If it wasn't for the hardworking and efficient colleagues around me then working at Rapid wouldn't be such the pleasure it is! With the determination and support from all employees Rapid wouldn't function at its best.

Having worked at Rapid for over 17 years I have seen many changes, but there's one thing for sure, Rapid will continue to strive to do its best!” - Amie Davies, Customer Support Executive

Getting to know Rapid's "Core Values"

Core Values

Core Values

Teamwork. Enjoyment. Motivation. Positivity. Just some of the feedback from Rapid's staff who took part in a series of Core Values workshops during the autumn.

The workshops were organised to give employees a greater understanding and appreciation of the company's Core Values - "Great attitude", "Be successful", "In a professional way" and "With a 'Be Better' Mindset" - which were launched earlier in 2017. Each session saw around 12 members of staff from different departments participating in a series of collaborative exercises, with the emphasis very much on fun, teamwork and getting to know each other more.

Staff explored the ideas underlying each of the Core Values, how the attitudes and behaviours could be incorporated into their everyday working lives and how the values shape company culture. Staff were asked to leave feedback on the sessions and their comments reveal how enjoyable and beneficial they found them to be. Aside from a polite 'hello' or 'goodbye', many employees may never have previously spoken to the colleagues they worked with during their session. But they left saying things like "We are not little teams but one big team", "Now I understand what core values mean."

If there were sweets and biscuits involved then they played a useful role!

Denise Bird, Rapid's HR manager and Core Values co-ordinator, said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed these workshops over the past four weeks. It was great to see people from different areas interacting together and getting to know each other better, sharing ideas and discussing what Core Values mean to them."

Our Core Values programme continues to be delivered through workshops and our GPTW (Great Place To Work) programmes. For more information about Rapid's Core Values see the section above.