Commercial Manager

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 07/10/2022
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Central
Location: Birmingham
The opportunity

We are looking for a highly commercial finance expert who brings the obvious financial background and technical knowledge but that knows how to interpret that and how to work with senior members of the organisation to help drive forward growth and also maximise profit across the specific business units. This role is integral to the success of those businesses and as CM you will be the right hand person to the MD in all this financial and commercial.

This is an opportunity for a confident and experience individual to make a mark in a fast growing organisation and with MD’s and the group CFO.

The opportunity for personal advancement and development is undoubtably there for the right person.

Your key duties will be:

  • Creating and delivering insightful reporting, analysis and commentary for monthly entity board
  • Delivering monthly and quarterly analysis, and presenting where required at relevant meetings, to the senior stakeholders
  • Responsible for management of a team, specifically credit control cash office for the Reddens entity when formed
  • Preparation and presentation of business plans and forecasts, including meeting with stakeholders to help set and challenge
  • Identifying areas that are not performing to expectation, and providing recommendations for improvement
  • Analysis and challenge of requests for investment, including recruitment, to ensure ROI in line with group expectations
  • Coaching those in entities to upskill knowledge and performance in relation to financial management i.e. providing financial insight and support such as basic awareness P&L management, inductions into finance responsibilities, understanding the balance sheet etc.
  • Collaborating and liaising with the firm’s central finance teams (including finance director, head of financial operations and group financial controller) as and when required
  • Working alongside and collaboratively with the group commercial managers sharing knowledge, skill sets and supporting one another
  • Responding in a timely manner to ad hoc analysis and information requests
  • Supporting on due diligence for M&A activity and integration
  • Identifying alternative income sources e.g. grants, regional development and growth fund income
  • Supporting the creation of separate business entities
  • Long term financial forecasts (for subsidiary and brand entities) and modelling – including P&L, Balance Sheet and Integrated Cashflow
  • High-level Business Planning scenarios, working with senior leaders to reflect business strategy
  • Working with senior leaders on the annual financial plan as well as target setting and forecasting
  • Assisting with M&A – including opportunity assessment, deal structuring and due diligence
  • Treasury and Funding, including the maximisation of divisional cash position and cash flows, minimisation of lock up and work with MD and the CFO as well as other finance professionals to ensure the individual entities, are appropriately funded
  • Responsible for SRA intervention work

What you’ll need:

  • To be a qualified accountant with one of the following qualifications (ACA/ACCA/CIMA)
  • Demonstrable experience with a commercial mind-set in a similar role, in particular working closely with either main board level or subsidiary board stakeholders
  • Intermediate-level Excel skills at a minimum, in particular being able to create appropriate financial models and communicate effectively
  • The ability to be comfortable working across a number of IT platforms
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport, credibility and manage expectations with senior stakeholders
  • To be a commercially aware self-starter, pro-active with the ability to work in a team and comfortable working at both a strategic and detailed operational level
  • To be confident in prioritising workload amongst senior stakeholders
  • Flexibility and the ability to operate in a changing environment
  • To be highly enthusiastic, willing to go the extra mile and be happy to go beyond the job description
  • To be respectful towards others and have a positive, willing and ‘can do’ attitude

How we work:

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work. We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, Lincoln, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role can be a blend of home and office based work with some travel into our Birmingham office.

Meet the team:

Shakespeare Martineau is part of the Ampa group. As a group Ampa is currently in a period of innovative, strategic growth, across all of our individual brands. We are constantly enhancing our presence within the consumer market under Lime Solicitors, handling large volumes of loss recovery claims within our growing Corclaim division, and accelerating our debt collection services under a new, separate entity soon to be launched. Our focus is on proactively building and developing our service offerings while enabling our people to flourish, in a fast-paced environment where every individual contributes to our growth trajectory. Our people are what makes us so special; by understanding what they want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win. We bring different backgrounds, personalities and ideas together while empowering our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility. We self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do.

To further enable this, we are looking for a Commercial Manager to join our team, working alongside the MD responsible for those business entities and other senior entity leaders with direct responsibility to the Finance Director and also working with wider finance colleagues across the group including the CFO, Head of Finance Operations and Group Financial Controller.

With this in mind, we’re well on the way to achieving our goal to double in size by 2023 and become a UK top 30 group by 2025.

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

Check out our amazing benefits here

Find out more about us:

Ampa was launched in 2021 having outlined a strategy to attract mergers, acquisitions and talent to our ‘house of brands’ representing the best in legal and professional services; while at the same time rocket-fuelling growth across our current business, including launching new brands and propositions.

Shakespeare Martineau, Lime Solicitors, Marrons Planning and Corclaim, which are all part of Ampa, have been ranked one of the top 10 law firms to work for by Best Companies, as well as 58 in the top 100 Midlands companies and top 50 in the large London companies. Sussex law firm, Mayo Wynne Baxter (MWB), joined the group from May, becoming the group’s regional legal anchor brand for the South-East, except for its personal injury and clinical negligence teams, which will join Ampa’s existing Lime Solicitors.

In addition to MWB, we have recently welcomed two other brands into the group: Cyber Security Company CSS Assure and Coadax, a strategic advisory consultancy.


Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.