Group Financial Controller

  • Circa £75k + Bonus + Benefits
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • The Link Financial Group
  • 14 Aug 17

The Link Financial Group is one of Europe’s largest Purchasers and servicers of consumer, SME and leasing credit, with over €15.5bn of receivables under management and 9 offices in 6 countries (UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Portugal) employing more than 575 people. The Group has two main trading activities, being the servicing of portfolios on behalf of third parties and funds and an advisory business contained within LCM Partners Limited. Within the Group there are two FCA regulated entities which require regular reporting. The Group Finance Team is a small team working at the London, Victoria 0ffice.

The Link Financial Group is now looking for an experienced Group Financial Controller to manage the monthly Group reporting, the year-end financial reporting process and all taxation aspects of the UK entities. The role will report directly to the Group Finance Director and be responsible for all financial management and controls relating to the Link Financial Group, the Groups investment advisory business and various SPVs. The role will include the management of a qualified financial accountant and will liaise directly with the UK and overseas finance managers.

The responsibilities include, but are not limited, to the following;

  • Preparation of the monthly group management pack including analysis of the individual businesses, development of meaningful KPIs and cash flow forecast
  • Responsibility for the oversight and preparation of the consolidated Group Financial Statements and underlying year end reporting packs including liaising with Group auditors
  • Responsibility for managing the preparation of the annual tax computations in conjunction with Group tax advisors  and IXBRL reporting
  • Involvement in the preparation of the annual Group budget and the budgets for certain individual group companies
  • Oversight of the Financial Accountant in terms of ensuring reconciliations, accrual and prepayment schedules and intercompany balances are properly prepared
  • Responsibility for the preparation and submission of the quarterly Group VAT return and acting as primary contact with external advisers and HMRC on all matters relating to VAT
  • Oversight responsibility for the accounting system (Navision) including year-end closing, providing guidance to other users, report development when necessary and the setting up of new users and accounts
  • Oversight and review of an assistant account working for the in-house legal company
  • Responsibility for implementing a consolidation package to enhance the year-end progress
  • Develop MI reporting
  • Process requests from the business

Qualifications & Experience

  • Strong Academics, minimum a 2:1 degree
  • Qualified professional accounting qualification - ACA, CIMA, ACCA or equivalent
  • 8+ years' experience working within a financial control environment as a Finance Manager or Financial Controller within the financial sector, consultancy or professional services organisations
  • Experience of operating in an FCA regulated environment
  • Working tax knowledge
  • Microsoft Office - particularly strong excel skills
  • knowledge of Microsoft Navision would be a benefit
  • Ideal canidate must be able to prioritise, manage their own time and have a hands-on approach
  • Previous experience at managing a team and liasing with teams in different offices
  • Experience working across European Offices an advantage/Cross border multi-currency experience (especially €)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Robust communication skills - articulate, confident and self-assured