Financial Controller

Ref: AG/788747

Salary: £75k - 85k per year + bonus, pension & health care

Location: City of London, Greater London, England

Type: Permanent

Market: Commerce & Industry

Grafton Banks Finance is currently recruiting for a Financial Controller for a growing and respected insurance company in the City. The role is varied and required someone to lead a team of eight junior level finance staff. You will need to be a fully qualified accountant ideally with broker experience and be practice trained within Audit initially although not essential. You should however have confident leadership skills and be able to deal with SOX controls as well as the commercial analytical elements of the position. Areas of responsibility include:

  • Key member of the leadership team, playing a key role in broader development of the finance function, challenging the status quo of our processes and formalising our documentation and controls framework
  • Management of the finance team, driving engagement and a culture of high performance and developing the teams
  • Delivery of timely, accurate financial information and analysis
  • Overseeing the month-end close process, critically reviewing results and variances and ensuring integrity of the numbers, adhering to Group timetable and instructions
  • Presentation of monthly results to board and management meetings, clearly documenting and articulating drivers for variances to budget, key accounting judgements, and opportunities and risks to the budget for the financial year
  • Reviewing balance sheets each month to ensure all reconciliations are performed and signing off as to the accuracy of all balances
  • Responsible for the budget and forecast processes and supporting the Group budgeting and forecasting cycles, modelling the balance sheet and cash flow
  • Building strong relationships with external audit team, providing single point of ownership for audit delivery, driving efficiencies and ensuring the process is managed to tight deadlines
  • Ensuring the company are compliant with all Group policies and relevant technical accounting pronouncements and standards
  • Ensuring appropriate financial controls and processes are in place to ensure accurate and timely production of financial information
  • Design and implementation of control checklists and establishing repository for supporting documentation to evidence operation of controls
  • Responsible for SOX compliance and adherence to instructions from Group regarding this
  • Responsibility for indirect and direct tax
  • Responsible for CASS compliance including managing the CASS audit
  • Responsibility for operational finance, working closely with the operations team to ensure robust processes and controls are in place and any issues dealt with timely
  • Assist with ad hoc finance projects and provide support to the CFO

This position is set to grow and develop over time as it takes on responsibility for more entities within the group. You can expect to receive a competitive benefits package to include a bonus, pension and private health care.

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