We are currently supporting a Private Equity backed business who are looking for a Group Financial Accountant to take ownership of the Group Financial and Statutory Reporting requirements. You will lead this function for complex transactions which will include exposure to policies and assessments on varying M&A opportunities and integrations. You will review the central subsidiary accounts and reporting packs under the IFRS standards and varying local GAAP whilst taking ownership of the year-end and supporting ad-hoc audits.
Updates on developments in IFRS
Technical accounting review of significant and unusual transactions
Provision of IFRS training
Effective and efficient resolution of accounting policy issues, with assistance from the Group Financial Controller.
Timely communication of key issues and decisions with the Group Financial Controller and CFO, including formal updates through Group Accounting Issues meetings and a Group Accounting Issues tracker
Regular discussion on IFRS developments.
Review as needed of the accounting of significant or unusual transactions.
Provision of IFRS training on hot topics where required, e.g. revenue recognition.
Seeking of technical assistance from external auditors where required and sharing of significant contract accounting papers.
Group Accounting Issues meetings and tracker in place to communicate accounting issues formally.
Accountability for technical accuracy and completion of accounting issue papers
Review of IFRS financial statements disclosures
Provide guidance on new accounting requirements
Accounting papers in place for all significant contracts.
Sign-off on financial statements disclosures.
Accountability for the group accounting policy manual
Interpret requirements in a way the school finance teams will understand
Implementation of new accounting and reporting requirements
Issue identification with material acquisitions, during the due diligence and integration phases
Group accounting manual is relevant, complete, accurate and user-friendly.
Sign-off on acquisition project documentation and contracts from an accounting perspective.
Whilst the role is an individual contributor there is an expectation that the individual is able to provide support, training and guidance to the global team on new accounting requirements
Self-starter responsible for ensuring keep up-to-date on new accounting requirements
Provide quarterly (as required) accounting updates to Regional & Central Finance teams
IFRS and UK GAAP/Local GAAP exposure
UK Corporation Tax exposure
Consolidations experience, from a multi-layer perspective
International exposure and reporting
Professional accountancy qualification, ideally an ACA from a Big 4 or top tier practice
High levels of personal integrity
Conscientious and able to focus on completing work to a consistently high standard
Flexible and positive approach to work
Excellent organisational and time-management skills; high attention to detail
Ability to work to tight deadlines and able to prompt others to ensure deadlines are achieved
Adaptable to working in a fast paced, ever-changing environment