Financial Control Manager

Financial Control Manager

Guernsey, Haywards Heath or Salford Quays
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Are you passionate about the value and security of controls and how these lead to efficient and effective control functions across a Group? We’re on the lookout for a Financial Control Manager to join our Finance team in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, Salford Quays, Manchester or Guernsey to support our growth journey.

With the introduction of new finance systems, planning for TM1, onboarding Workday as a replacement for the general ledger and deployment of an ERP, it’s a great time to join our fun and high-performing team on the onset of an exciting journey.

With strong leadership inspiration and coaching skills, together with robust analytical, communication, influencing and organisation skills, you’ll be accountable for the design and maintenance of the Group’s financial controls framework along with the wider finance senior leadership team. 

Supporting the business during its five-year plan, including current and future growth plans, you’ll provide and maintain an enhanced control environment as a specialist financial discipline whilst maintaining some independence to the wider operating model, allowing impartial assessments that are proportionate and risk based, aligning to the Group’s overall risk appetite.
Job responsibilities
  • Accountable for the design and continual monitoring of the Group’s financial control framework, across finance and the wider business
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring and escalation is in place on key operating financial metrics
  • Accountable for the storage, training and maintenance of key policy and procedure documentation across the Group, ensuring control reviews and evidence is in place across the teams
  • Assess business and finance change for key control identification, control weakness and gaps requiring mitigating controls, while working with business and change leaders to ensure these are understood and accepted into the change delivery programme
  • Lead the investigation, review and recommendations following a material error, omissions of evidence of lack of oversight in a financial transaction(s) across the Group
  • Working with Compliance, Risk and internal audit to ensure the finance KRIs, risk control framework and key controls are resilient, proportionate and effective
  • Lead the ongoing review and continuous improvement of controls, across all of finance, in place for the preparation of all financial statements (internal and external reporting)
  • Ensure proportionate oversight in second and first line financial controls are in place across the business and within finance reconciliation, as well as maintaining audit trails to ensure proportionate safeguarding the risk of fraud, error or omission
  • Ability to provide cover for finance systems and finance operations manager
  • Horizon monitoring in financial service regulatory change that could impact the Group, provide assessments and recommendations across the finance functions and SFLT
  • Lead deep dives across the business and within finance of key financial transactional processing to ensure proportionate and appropriate controls are in place, providing a written assessment for the relevant business owner
Skills, knowledge & experience
  • Qualified accountant ACCA/ACA and Insurance accounting, IFRS or UK GAAP together with direct and indirect tax
  • Significant qualified accounting experience and leadership of an accounting function within a regulated market
  • Experience in growing and developing frameworks and strategy in a high-growth business
  • Experience in a Group accounting function across multiple tax and regulatory jurisdictions
  • Experience in SOX, COSCO frameworks across a multi-divisional Group
  • Work effectively under pressure and think clearly and logically in challenging situations
  • Empathetic approach to leadership with an ability to get the best out of a wide range of stakeholders
  • A driven attitude to deliver controlled change and rapidly overcome obstacles
  • An agile approach to project management and able to rapidly react to changes in business priorities to take advantage of emerging business and customer opportunities
What can we do for you? 
We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…
  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • A day off for your birthday
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid
Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

​So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today.

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