Finance Transformation / Legal Entity Control and Rationalistion (initial 12-month fixed-term contract) - Up to £100,000 Benefits - International Financial Services Group - Central London Finance Transformation / Legal Entity Control and  …

LH Partners
in London, United Kingdom
Contract, Full time
Last application, 22 Oct 20
Up to £100,000 Base Salary + Benefits
LH Partners
in London, United Kingdom
Contract, Full time
Last application, 22 Oct 20
Up to £100,000 Base Salary + Benefits
Posted by:
Phil Han • Recruiter
Posted by:
Phil Han
Recruiter
We are now recruiting for a successful international financial services group that has been going through an exciting period of growth and acquisition. Due to a continued drive towards process and business improvement, they are running 2 high-profile and important finance transformation projects to help simplify and rationalise their complex legal entity structure. This position will be offered on an initial 12-month fixed-term contract. Our client is looking for a qualified accountant with finance transformation experience, specifically around legal entity simplification and rationalisation (ESSENTIAL), along with strong technical accounting skills and corporate restructuring experience.

Profile Criteria:

  1. Qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) with finance transformation and legal entity simplification and rationalisation experience (ESSENTIAL)
  2. A candidate who ideally has received training from a Big 4 or top 20 practice environment before entering the financial services industry 
  3. Corporate restructuring experience (from a finance and accounting perspective) 
  4. Someone who has worked as a hands-on Finance Business Analyst and Project Manager, able to perform and deliver end-to-end work (instead of a Project or Programme Manager who is just managing teams and projects) 
  5. Good technical accounting skills with Balance Sheet substantiation experience with the ability and know-how with regards to such items as impairments, dividends payments posting/reporting, netting arrangements, dividend species, tidying up holding company balance sheets, etc. 
  6. Must have experience gained in a large, complex, multi-entity financial services PLC environment (ESSENTIAL) 
  7. Immediately available or on a short notice period (ESSENTIAL)

Role Summary: 

This role will be supporting and helping to drive forward the Group's global entity restructure and rationalisation project, taking ownership and control of in-scope EMEA entities to ensure their balance sheets are well maintained and suitably structured in preparation for relevant changes, seeing them through to their eventual transfer or closure. The role will support the wider EMEA Finance department and work closely with both the Group Finance and Tax teams. 

Responsibilities:

  • Take ownership of in-scope EMEA entities as they move away from business as usual controllers.
  • Full balance sheet review, inclusive of intercompany current accounts, intragroup loans, investments, financial assets and reserves.
  • Collaborate in-step plans for entity cleardown and transfer or closure.
  • Proactively challenge proposals and participate in discussions presenting alternative approaches, possible solutions and highlighting potential issues.
  • Understand, rationalise and action capital transactions and reserve accounting.
  • Project manage actions required for entity restructure, ensuring full awareness and cooperation of related teams within Finance and wider departments.
  • Ability to build a strong working relationship with wider Finance function, inclusive of EMEA and Group Finance and Tax.
  • Ability to work closely with all aspects of the business as and when necessary, including Company Secretarial, Tax, Legal, Regulatory etc.

Risk responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for ensuring full awareness and adherence to internal policies related to you, your role or any other activities for which you have a level of responsibility. Ensure compliance with operational risk requirements (e.g. cultural behaviours, security policies and regulatory requirements).
  • Complete mandatory training by the required deadlines.
  • Act with integrity and due skill, care and diligence in carrying out duties.
  • Set and own relevant policies in accordance with the overarching framework set out by the Risk function.
  • Delegate controls to the business and other functions with regards to their respective policies.
  • Monitor implementation and performance of relevant controls across the firm.

Skills and Competencies Required:

  • Strong personal organisational skills, including multi-tasking, prioritisation, delivery and project management skills.
  • Full balance sheet understanding with substantiation experience.
  • Legal entity rationalisation experience.
  • Strong technical accounting skills.
  • Self-starter with an ability to work alone and a willingness to learn.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships across functional areas.
  • Ability to analyse problems, propose remedies and implement a solution.
  • Service orientated, adaptable and resilient.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic and flexible.
  • A team player.
  • Takes ownership and responsibility where appropriate.
  • Good mentor and role model.

Experience Required:

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with solid post-qualification experience 
  • Experience working in the financial services sector an advantage.
  • Skilled in applications such as Oracle, Excel, SmartView/ASO, Discoverer.
  • Experience interacting with stakeholders across different departments.
  • In-depth knowledge of what a good control environment looks like.
  • Strong attention to detail is essential
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