Assistant Global Controller

England, Essex, Brentwood
30 Oct 2018
13 Nov 2018
James Dwyer
Senior Management
Accounting, Finance, Risk / Compliance
Contract Type

Purpose of Position:

Manage accounting policies, corporate compliance and internal control within EMEA region to independently ensure the region is compliant on all aspects of financial control and reporting. Manages Corporate driven projects including balance sheet review requirements, transfer pricing environment, revenue recognition updates, new accounting system or software requirements, etc. for the EMEA region.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create and deploy accounting policies effectively across the EMEA region for existing and new transactions
  • Manage local SOX, ACP and CSAQ processes for EMEA region
  • Perform onsite business process and balance sheet reviews at the EMEA locations as appropriate and necessary
  • Manage balance sheet review program to ensure appropriate quality and timeliness of procedures performed in alignment with Corporate policy and established goals
  • Manage internal control compliance monthly monitoring and oversight of locations including reviews of key account reconciliations
  • Maintain Blackline software for the EMEA region as administrator including Global roll-out of project to all EMEA locations
  • Support business controllers and finance leads in contract preparation and review for adequate revenue recognition
  • EMEA business lead on certain Corporate led projects such as Concur, Transfer Pricing, etc.
  • Work with local entities and Corporate Tax to ensure tax defensible position
  • Manage through FBS - participate in daily management and develop metrics that ensure internal controls are reviewed and discussed as part of daily management
  • Providing ad-hoc accounting advice on a range of topics to associates at all levels across the EMEA Region and in the wider organisation under US GAAP (IFRS for local statutory reporting)
  • Ensure successful execution of annual Inventory count process by monitoring frequency of counts, reviewing count procedures and results and implementing documentation requirements to ensure control is working effectively
  • Quarterly key account reviews (Allowance for Doubtful Debt, Warranty Reserve, E&O)
  • Monthly Balance Sheet Flux review and follow-up of unusual variances. Initiating accounting adjustments and process improvements where necessary


Business and accounting partner to local EMEA Business Controller/Finance Director, EMEA Shared service centre management and Internal Auditors. Liason to Tax and transfer pricing team.

  • Measures of Performance
  • Local ledgers closed on time and accurate
  • Completion of annual financial business reviews and satisfactory Internal and External Audits
  • Timely completion of all ACP/CSAQ/SOX programs
  • No Accounting Surprises

Background and Skill:

  • Qualified Accountant (CPA/CIMA/ACCA/ACA) - Audit and public accounting experience preferred with US GAAP and IFRS knowledge
  • Experience of working in a high pressure, stretch environment
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Experience with the requirements of a SOX control environment
  • Excellent communicator - both verbal and written

Personal Traits:

  • Highly Technical approach to accounting
  • Open, honest with high level of integrity
  • Naturally inquisitive, ability to critically appraise procedures and processes
  • Ability to work within a team and individually
  • Able to explain complex financial topics to non-financial managers
  • Confident, innovative and self-motivated

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