BES Careers

BES Utilities values its employees and places them at the heart of the company

BES Careers

BES Utilities values its employees and places them at the heart of the company

We are always on the lookout for new people to join our company, and you could be that person.

Take a look at the job descriptions below and then apply if you think you could be part of this successful business.

Management Accountant

The Management Accountant is a key role within the Group Finance team, with direct responsibility for accounting and reporting of the BES Gas supply business, and providing support to the wider group functions of the team. This is the lead finance role for a £20m turnover trading organisation, covering all aspects of financial management and hence provides significant scope for skills/role development.

Vacancy Reference:Management Accountant
Location:Fleetwood
Employment Type:Full Time- Permanent
Salary:Competitive

The Management Accountant is a key role within the Group Finance team, with direct responsibility for accounting and reporting of the BES Gas supply business, and providing support to the wider group functions of the team. This is the lead finance role for a £20m turnover trading organisation, covering all aspects of financial management and hence provides significant scope for skills/role development. 

The Management Accountant is a key role within the Group Finance team, with direct responsibility for accounting and reporting of the BES Gas supply business, and providing support to the wider group functions of the team. This is the lead finance role for a £20m turnover trading organisation, covering all aspects of financial management and hence provides significant scope for skills/role development.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Ownership of the month end process, including preparation of management accounts, balance sheet reconciliations and control, and detailed variance analysis on customer numbers, consumption volumes, price and cost variation, and Opex.
  • Production of monthly financial performance reports for executive review and for quarterly Board reporting.
  • Bank and cash management, including short-term and long-range cash forecasting and balance optimization.
  • Developing and maintaining forecast models and ownership of the annual budgeting cycle and mid-year re-forecasting routines for the BES Gas business.
  • Preparation of the year-end audit files and key point of contact for external auditors.
  • Preparation of VAT / CT tax returns / coordinate with Group tax advisers.
  • Responsibility for intra-group cost allocations, pricing, and transfers.
  • Support the continuing professional development of other junior members of the Group finance team.
  • Provide financial support/modelling/analysis to the Commercial team on the financial performance of the Gas portfolio:
  • Customer numbers & demand modelling
  • Hedging strategy, reporting, & performance
  • Financial analysis of Costing / Pricing / Margin strategy
  • Evaluation of opportunities / new channels / portfolio optimisation

Knowledge and skills

  • Highly developed understanding of financial/management accounting practices.
  • Utilities / Financial Services / Regulated market sector awareness.
  • Budgeting/forecasting/modelling within a complex customer life cycle
  • Advanced Excel / MS office ability
  • Competency with SAGE or similar financial accounting software
  • Experience in billing systems / CRM data interrogation highly advantageous

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Passed finalist / newly qualified CIMA/ACCA/ACA
  • Minimum of 5 years‘ experience in a finance role
  • Degree educated / strong academic background

Competencies & Behaviors

  • Self-starter and able to identify & develop solutions
  • Committed to professional development
  • Able to explain and interpret complex financial information
  • Attention to detail
  • Driven by a desire to make improvements
  • Passionate about customer experience
  • Able to work in fast pace environment

Assistant Accountant

The Assistant Accountant is a key role within the Group Finance Department. Within this position you will have direct responsibility for producing and analysing the performance for one of the group businesses, Commercial Power and providing support to the wider business.

Vacancy Reference:Assistant Accountant
Location:Fleetwood
Employment Type:Full Time- Permanent
Salary:Competitive

The Assistant Accountant is a key role within the Group Finance Department. Within this position, you will have direct responsibility for producing and analysing the performance for one of the group businesses, Commercial Power and providing support to the wider business.

Excellent career opportunities are available and study assistance will be provided to support and develop the individual.

Role and Responsibilities (but not limited to):

  • Preparation of monthly management accounts and reporting pack, including variance analysis and balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Be a point of contact and provide day to day finance support to the business.
  • Embrace and implement process improvement for the finances of this entity.
  • Support the Group Financial Controller and other members of the Finance team with:
  • HMRC returns (VAT, Corporation Tax, P11ds etc)
  • External Audit
  • Banking and Treasury Management
  • Board reports
  • Preparation of Bank and Balance Sheet Reconciliations
  • Maintenance of Fixed Assets and calculation of Depreciation
  • Assist with Credit Control including review of Aged Debt and Cash Flow Reporting
  • Support Payroll with processing, controls and transacting payments
  • Purchase ledger invoice processing and payments as support for accounts payable team.

Knowledge and skills

  • Understanding of finance in a Small/Medium-sized owner-managed organisation and preferably experience in larger corporate-style business.
  • Self-starter comfortable working under own direction and within the team
  • Analytical, able to interrogate data and provide insight using Excel/other tools
  • Experience of accounts preparation and HMRC returns
  • Good communication skills and ability to engage/support non-finance colleagues

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Minimum AAT qualified, preferably part-qualified in CIMA/ACCA and committed to becoming professionally qualified (study assistance will be provided)
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience within a similar finance role
  • Excellent understanding of accounting principles and techniques
  • Experienced using SAGE or other comparable accounting software
  • Strong MS Office skills / advanced excel skills

Please note if successful you will be required to attend an interview with the hiring manager within 1 week of the closing date.

CRM Developer

The CRM Developer will be expected to have an understanding of the software development life cycle and project management methodology, and be able to demonstrate a systematic, disciplined approach to problem solving.

Vacancy Reference:CRM Developer
Location:Bispham
Employment Type:Full Time- Permanent
Salary:Competitive

Role and Responsibilities

  • Work with the business to identify technical solutions for business requirements
  • Develop, modify and maintain the internally developed applications across the business
  • Providing expert advice and support when systems are being upgraded or installed
  • Ensuring written technical documentation is created and maintained
  • To develop and maintain positive relationships with partners and stakeholders
  • To provide clear and cogent reports to required deadlines for the development team manager and key stakeholders as required

Knowledge and skills

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011+ – 3+ years’ experience customising and developing
  • Experience of Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM beneficial.
  • C#.Net – 1+ years’ experience
  • SQL (T-SQL) – 1+ years’ experience
  • SSIS – 1+ years’ experience
  • Microsoft Tools
    • Visual Studio 2013+
    • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Unit testing
  • High level of analytical and problem solving skills

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Degree educated or equivalent – Programming, Computer Science or related field
  • 3+ years working as part of a development team in a Microsoft Dynamics role

Collections Advisor

Working as part of a successful team, you will be responsible for cash collection, reinstatement of customers’ Direct Debits and dealing with any customer queries that may prevent payment. 

Role

Working as part of a successful team, you will be responsible for cash collection, reinstatement of customers’ Direct Debits and dealing with any customer queries that may prevent payment. 

Inter-departmental relationships are key to this role and you will liaise with other teams as you work towards business objectives and driving the business forward.  No two days are the same in this fast-paced but enjoyable work environment!

Role and Responsibilities

  • Make a high volume of outbound calls to chase unpaid invoices along with dealing with customer inbound calls
  • Follow our company policies regarding “treating the customer fairly” and complaint management
  • Dealing with queries about payments
  • Negotiating payment plans
  • Resolve complex customer queries promptly and efficiently
  • At all times provide an excellent customer service
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Take payments over the phone
  • Approve or deny applications based on company standards and requirements
  • Create direct debits
  • Customer Service

Key Experience Required

  • Ability to listen and negotiate winning solutions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork, organization and communication skills
  • Attention to detail and analytical background
  • Previous experience of data input/data maintenance within an in-house system

Operations Administrator

Role and Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities, but not limited to:

  • Working as a member of the Administration Team, you will on board our new customers, ensuring customer details are processed accurately and efficiently
  • General administration duties
  • Analysing and maintaining the accuracy of customer data within the industry
  • Obtaining meter reads, recording and updating customer reads accurately
  • To ensure all tasks are completed with speed and accuracy for data collection
  • Processing & sense checking contracts into the team from various departments & third parties
  • Dealing with industry data & flows alongside metering/department queries
  • The ability to work as part of a busy team & other departments within the business
  • Implementing Cot & retention customer agreements
  • Updating full suite of MS Office software with accurate information

Key Experience Required

  • Proven numerical and analytical skills to a high standard
  • Strong administration skills
  • Microsoft Office
  • A high level of confidentiality
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work accurately, with attention to detail

Operations Advisor

Working as part of a successful team, you will be responsible for cash collection, reinstatement of customers’ Direct Debits and dealing with any customer queries that may prevent payment. 

Role

Working as part of a successful team, you will be responsible for cash collection, reinstatement of customers’ Direct Debits and dealing with any customer queries that may prevent payment. 

Inter-departmental relationships are key to this role and you will liaise with other teams as you work towards business objectives and driving the business forward.  No two days are the same in this fast-paced but enjoyable work environment!

Role and Responsibilities

  • Make a high volume of outbound calls to chase unpaid invoices along with dealing with customer inbound calls
  • Follow our company policies regarding “treating the customer fairly” and complaint management
  • Dealing with queries about payments
  • Negotiating payment plans
  • Resolve complex customer queries promptly and efficiently
  • At all times provide an excellent customer service
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Take payments over the phone
  • Approve or deny applications based on company standards and requirements
  • Create direct debits
  • Customer Service

Key Experience Required

  • Ability to listen and negotiate winning solutions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork, organization and communication skills
  • Attention to detail and analytical background
  • Previous experience of data input / data maintenance within an in-house system

HR Manager

We have a fantastic opportunity for a HR Manager to join us on a 12-month fixed term contract. We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised, quick learner to join our company and hit the ground running!

BES Utilities is an independently owned company, based in Lancashire. It aims to be the lead supplier of gas and electricity to small and medium enterprises, providing first-rate utility services across the UK.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a HR Manager to join us on a 12-month fixed term contract. We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised, quick learner to join our company and hit the ground running!

You will be highly motivated and able to use your initiative in a busy environment.

The Business:

BES Utilities are an independently owned group of companies, comprising Business Energy Solutions Ltd and BES Commercial Electricity Ltd based in Lancashire. BES Utilities aims to provide first-rate utility services to businesses across the United Kingdom. This is an exciting time to join the centralised HR team and you will play a fundamental role in supporting the Group HR Director and Group HR Manager in delivering the HR strategy going forward.

Responsibilities and Duties (but not limited to)

General

  • To provide a pro-active HR service to ensure managers receive appropriate advice, guidance and coaching on key HR issues.
  • To provide managers and employees with clear, professional expertise and advice which supports the achievement of the company’s objectives and embraces best practice, innovation, continuous improvement and meets regulatory and legislative requirements.
  • To work pro-actively with the HR team to deliver a consistent, competent and valued HR service.
  • Support managers to effectively manage all employee relations issues, ensuring legal risks are identified and minimised.
  • To provide excellent standards of service and ensure the HR function is managed within the overall aims of the group.
  • To ensure effective internal communication tools are in place and utilised effectively to ensure all employees are informed of new developments, initiatives and changes.
  • Monitor and review the effectiveness of HR policies and practices against key HR performance indicators, external benchmarks and current best practice.
  • Where appropriate and in conjunction with the Group HR Director and Group HR Manager, introduce improvement plans and initiatives.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of employment legislation, best practice and innovative developments.
  • Effectively manage and support TUPE processes.
  • To prepare reports for the Group HR Director Group HR and Manager on HR-related issues highlighting key developments, recent changes, key issues and potential business risks.
  • Undertake HR project work where required.
  • To provide support across the Group as and when required in relation to all aspects of HR

What you need to do now

If you’re interested in this role, click ‘apply now’ to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.

Please note if successful you will be required to attend an interview with the hiring manager within 1 week of the closing date.

If this job isn’t quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

Senior Commercial Finance Analyst

An excellent opportunity for a Senior Commercial Finance Analyst to join BES Utilities based in Fleetwood.

An excellent opportunity for a Senior Commercial Finance Analyst to join BES Utilities based in Fleetwood.

The role plays a crucial part in supporting the Head of Commercial Finance with financial planning and forecasting, along with review and commentary on results and performance of the business.

This role will offer you fantastic exposures, along with ongoing development and progression within the business and play a key senior member to the company.

Roles and Responsibilities (but not limited to)

Portfolio Management & Profit Improvement

  • Producing margin & ROI analysis to support sales management and new customer acquisition
  • Developing existing customer portfolio analysis to support the management of profitability and retention strategies

Generating and analysing daily, weekly, and monthly reports of:

  • Gas and Electricity wholesale markets
  • Industry / regulatory indicators
  • New customers and sales channel performance
  • Existing Customer portfolio performance
  • Supporting the Finance team in business planning & forecasting, as well as monthly management reporting and board routines
  • Partnering the Commercial team in pricing & product development, strategy and processes
  • Supporting the Operations team in customer, department and staff performance
  • Provide accurate and timely insight, including working to tight deadlines

Strategic & Operational KPIs

  • Work with senior management to develop and produce appropriate KPIs / dashboard reporting for group and individual business line board / management meetings
  • Support Operational management within BES Utilities in the development of departmental KPIs to support decision making, performance management, planning & forecasting and controls
  • Develop an MI reporting function that can support the business by providing automated regular KPI reports, as well as ad hoc support
  • Managing and supporting Portfolio Analysts x2

Competencies, knowledge and skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Be naturally curious with a problem-solving mentality
  • Keen to develop and willing to learn new skills
  • Highly numerate with strong commercial awareness
  • Able to communicate reports & findings to operational colleagues
  • Able to adapt to new systems
  • IT literate

Experience Required

  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Strong technical and problem solving skills
  • Competent EXCEL user, with higher skills preferred (e.g. VBA, database management, SQL or equivalent)
  • Experience of delivering key insights from complex and sometimes incomplete data

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Minimum GCSE Maths, English (A-level preferred)
  • Analytical or Reporting qualifications beneficial
  • Degree educated in a relevant discipline
  • Part Qualified / Recently Qualified ACCA or CIMA

What you need to do now

If you’re interested in this role, click ‘apply now’ to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.

Please note if successful you will be required to attend an interview with the hiring manager within 1 week of the closing date.

Join the team

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