Financial Controller

London (Central)
£65,000 - £75,000
03 Aug 2018
17 Aug 2018
Senior Management
Contract Type

What is Uniplaces?

Uniplaces is building a trusted, global brand for students. We believe in empowering student mobility and we have started by making the process of finding accommodation easier. We’re solving real life pains and we’re backed by top tier investors such as Atomico, Octopus Investments, Shilling Capital Partners and Caixa Capital to help us achieve this better and faster.

We are an internationally minded company with an extremely talented team and global ambitions. Our decisions are driven by our core values of Passion, Impact, Trust and Team Spirit - with which we aim at having a company where everyone feels accountable and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Overview of Role

Reporting to the Finance Director, the Financial Controller will be responsible for the smooth running of the Finance operations team as well as playing a key role to the wider business as a leader within the finance team. You will be managing a team currently split across London and Lisbon with a remit to build a best in class finance operations function appropriate for the size and scale of our business. This role is ideal for someone who wants a broad and wide reaching finance role, requiring both technical expertise and honed communication skills. The preferred candidate will be experienced, able to adapt to change, and someone who enjoys working with in a dynamic fast paced environment.

Key Responsibilities:

Own and run the month end process, produce management accounts (P&L, cashflow, balance sheet, budget variances) for our leadership team and board reporting

Ensuring a robust financial control environment through the implementation and provision of appropriate governance and authorisation processes

Delivery of regular internal management reporting and analysis

Consolidation of group results and ensure quality control over transactions and financial reporting

Production of statutory accounts

Completion of VAT returns and compliance with local regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions

Working with advisors on management of our share option scheme

Promote the improvement of current financial processes and systems to build a scalable finance infrastructure that will support ambitious business growth

Co-ordinating GDPR compliance and acting as our Data Protection Representative, maintaining a register and informing the ICO of any data breaches

Advocating a proactive and collaborative approach to business partnering across all areas of the company; working with stakeholders to help them and their teams understand the impact they have on business performance

Supporting in key M&A analysis including co-ordination of financial due diligence with the FD and non-exec chairman

Ownership of production of financial statements and smooth running of external audits both in London and Lisbon; management of audit and accounting external relationships

Ensure that accounting policies comply with relevant accounting standards and that company policies are followed and that the group is compliant with tax law across the multiple jurisdictions in which it operates

Building, managing and developing the finance operations team, which currently consists of 4; setting of personal and team objectives and goals that support both business priorities and individual development plans

Skills & Experience:

Strong academic track record

Previous experience working as a financial controller (preferably within start up environment)

A qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or equivalent) with several years post­ qualified experience

Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures

Netsuite experience preferred

Strong attention to detail

An understanding of technology businesses and working within a high transaction­/volume entity

Intellectually capable, with an ability to quickly assimilate new data and information into a commercial picture

Hunger and desire to grow with the role and the business, focused on realizing ambitious growth aspirations. Approaches their work in an energetic and resilient manner

Proven track record in management of teams and commitment to development of employees to foster a financial business partnering collaborative culture

Ability to build strong interpersonal relationships across the business while being able to provide the necessary business challenge in a respectful and productive manner

Appreciation of the importance of a robust financial control environment and governance processes  with an up to date knowledge of key accounting policies relevant to Uniplaces

Experience with financial management and statutory reporting

Excellent communication skills (both written and oral), preferably with commercial exposure in previous roles

Person Specification:

Flexibility with regard to travel; prepared to spend up to 6 days per month in Lisbon as a part of the role

Positive proactive can do work ethic with ability to work autonomously and also collaboratively as required

Ability to motivate team, defuse and resolve tensions and prioritise according to business priorities

Unflustered about working in a fast paced dynamic and ever changing work environment

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