Control Accountant

Control Accountant

Guernsey, Haywards Heath or Salford Quays
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We’re on the lookout for a zealous Control Accountant to join our Finance team in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, Salford Quays, Manchester or Guernsey. It’s an exciting time to join us as we begin a new journey with new systems that’ll add value and security of controls, helping us to develop efficient and effective control functions across the Group.

You’ll be responsible for supporting the design and maintenance of the Group’s financial controls framework, together with the wider finance senior leadership team. Supporting our high-growth plans with agility, you’ll provide and maintain an enhanced control environment 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
  • Support the design and continual monitoring of the Group’s financial control framework, across finance and the wider business
  • Provide appropriate monitoring and escalation is in place on key operating financial metrics
  • Support the administration of training and maintenance of key policy and procedure documentation across the Group, providing association reviews and evidence across the teams
  • Provide reviews of business and finance change for key control identification, control weakness and gaps requiring mitigating controls, working with business and change leaders to ensure these are understood and accepted into the change delivery programme
  • Conduct investigation, review and initial 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
  • Support 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)
  • Provide cover during absence for the Financial Control Manager
  • Support administration of horizon monitoring in financial service regulatory change that could impact the Group, provide assessments and recommendations across the finance functions and SFLT
  • Conduct 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
  • Management, coaching and feedback to direct reports to achieve KPIs and SLAs, and conducting regular performance reviews, including probationary reviews and annual appraisals, monitoring absence, performing disciplinaries and assisting in the recruitment process
Skills, knowledge & experience
  • Qualified accountant holding ACCA or ACA
  • Knowledge of financial services or similar regulated environment
  • Internal or external audit experience
  • Desirable to have previous exposure in a Group accounting function across multiple tax and regulatory jurisdictions and with previous exposure in SOX, COSCO frameworks across a multi-divisional Group
  • Strong analytical, influencing and organisation skills with high level of oral and written communication skills, communicating effectively with senior managers, colleagues, internal and external stakeholders
  • Results driven with a constant eye on the detail but understand the audience
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.

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