Control Accountant

Control Accountant

Haywards Heath
£39,000 to £55,000 depending on experience
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.

Are you looking to grow your career with a fast-growing, dynamic company? Well look no further! We need a Control Accountant to join our Finance team in Haywards Heath, WestSussex.

With responsibility for supporting the design and maintenance of the Group’s financial controls framework together with the wider finance senior leadership team, you'll provide and maintain an enhanced control environment within a specialist financial discipline. Maintaining independence to the wider operating model, you'll allow impartial assessments and challenge proportionate and risk based, aligning to the groups overall risk appetite and commercial strategy.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:

  • have successfully completed ACCA / ACA Accountancy Qualifications
  • have demonstrable experience within financial services or similar regulated environment and how this impacts the arrangements within a finance function
  • be passionate about the value and security of controls and how these lead to efficient and effective control functions across the business

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the design and continual monitoring of the groups 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. Provide 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 ensure the finance KRI’s, 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
  • Conduct colleague management duties including, delivering coaching and feedback to direct reports to achieve KPI’s and SLA’s, and conducting regular performance reviews, including probationary reviews and annual appraisals as necessary.; Deal with all colleague issues including monitoring absence and conducting disciplinaries; Assist the recruitment process where necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with company and other relevant standards / regulations at all times. Maintain department risk registers (as applicable), providing evidence and commentary for controls, updates for Mitigation Actions and maintaining control matrices and attestations. Also, to ensure that your team are aware of their responsibility to identify and report risk.


  • Internal or external audit experience
  • Newly qualified or significant relevant accounting experience
  • Desirable to have previous exposure in a group accounting function across multiple tax and regulatory jurisdictions
  • Desirable to have previous exposure in SOX, COSO frameworks across a multi divisional group


  • Ability to influence and coach colleagues in other teams and departments
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications
  • Strong analytical, communication, influencing and organization skills
  • A high level of oral and written communication skills, communicating effectively with senior managers, colleagues, internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to drive process improvement, based upon analysis of data
  • Work effectively under pressure and think clearly and logically in challenging situations


  • Results driven with a constant eye on the detail but understand the audience
  • 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

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.

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
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • 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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