Group Financial Controller ______

To oversee and drive the group financial reporting control. This will include all statutory filings as well as board reporting. It will include global taxation compliance and external audits for the whole Calastone Group, being Calastone’s UK (parent) company and its wholly owned international subsidiaries.

Including, but not limited to, ad-hoc project work and analysis, system enhancements and month end processes. The role will report direct to the Finance Director and have frequent exposure to Calastone’s CFO, other C-Suite members, and professional advisors. The successful candidate will have a strong appetite for improving processes and delivering accurate, high-quality information to the Finance Director and CFO.

Key Responsibilities

Accounting:

  • Facilitate the delivery of accurate, timely Profit & Loss Account & Balance sheets with fully reconciled month end files and board operating report
  • Responsibility for improving finance processes and reporting efficiency across the group, including international taxation matters and structure work
  • Lead cash management processes (A/R and currency balances) to maintain strong cash conversion
  • Drive automation and efficiency within financial reporting of group, acting quickly to improve manual processes
  • Work to develop financial accountant and assistant accountant and to take the lead on automation projects to improve finance function efficiency
  • Overall control of Revenue recognition, but with increased emphasis on process and controls feeding into Revenue reporting, working with financial accountant to agree actuals
  • Overseeing overall billing system, driving change request system & using/improving automated CTN system to improve efficiency.
  • Oversee the credit control process and work with accountants to provide quality automated weekly reports & continuously drive debtor day reduction and cash conversion
  • Drive continued improvement to key finance related KPIs, including debtor days & use of automated credit control & monitor of group cash balance & debt covenants
  • Maintaining & overseeing key reconciliations including but not limited to accruals, deferred revenue and prepayment/amortized expense schedules
  • Oversee concur integration and work with accountants to further enhance integration efficiency and automated reporting
  • Increase NetSuite automated reporting by working with team members and external consultants
  • Manage integration of banking systems into NetSuite to create feeds and automated entries across all accounts, facilitating weekly bank reconciliations and cash conversion reporting
  • Full ownership of accounts preparation & annual statutory audit process, including tax reporting of the group & ensuring deadlines are met across the subsidiaries.
  • Involvement in annual budget process including facilitating cost centre budget papers delivery
  • Document/enhance accounting processes & controls, considering where improvements & automation efficiencies can be achieved
  • Provide accounting information to outsourced accounting firms to prepare local tax returns for foreign subsidiaries
  • Take ownership of all financial reporting and tax filings globally, including consistent filing deadline monitoring
  • Oversees compliance work for existing and new subsidiaries rollout
  • Ensure the delivery of timely accurate MI to cost centre owners and provide business partnering in relation to resource allocations with regards to impact on full year departmental spend

 

Financial planning & Analysis

  • Role will include some exposure to the FP&A function, including reconciliation of revenue actuals by region/vertical to forecasts
  • Supporting forecasting process and use of salesforce reporting
  • Ad-hoc analysis on key customer accounts

 

Required Knowledge & Experience

  • Top 50 practice qualified accountant (ACA preferred)
  • Experience of preparing and reviewing SME financial statements and good working knowledge of corporate taxation (including payroll) and overseas tax reporting considerations.
  • Industry experience post qualification working in a financial reporting related role
  • Experience of multi region reporting and currencies is preferable
  • Experience of NetSuite would be of benefit but is not a requirement
  • Experience of cost centre and multi product accounting
  • Good working knowledge of Excel e.g. pivot tables, Vlookup etc
  • Experience of working in PE business, technology and financial services based is preferable though not essential

There will also be a variety of project-based work, much of which is time-critical.

 

Person Specification

  • A motivated, enthusiastic self-starter with strong work ethic
  • A desire to own and manage the technical accounting requirements of the business
  • Good team player who is looking to develop quickly but needs to be self-sufficient
  • Articulate and able to communicate well in written and spoken English
  • Needs to enjoy a demanding, fast paced and changing working environment
  • Gravitas and presence are required in dealing with internal and external stakeholders
  • Needs to be able to hold their corner and to be able to deal with a spirited work environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A commitment to quality and a thorough approach to work
  • Highest levels of professionalism, honesty, and integrity

 

Location 

London