UK Accounting Specialist
£70000 - £80000 per annum
Sellick Partnership has been engaged to recruit a UK Accounting Specialist for an instantly recognisable global financial services organisation in Manchester.
The Finance team in Manchester helps internal stakeholders by providing world-class accounting operations and control and decision support while instituting world-class change management.
As the lead accounting specialist for the UK Controllers you will support the UK Financial Controller in ensuring that generally accepted accounting practice (US GAAP and IFRS) and the corporate accounting policies (CAP) are adhered to for all UK entities and statutory reporting is of a high quality. This will include ensuring the Financial Statements across the group entities in the UK are consistent, in line with External Auditors expectations, meet accounting and disclosure requirements and represent the entity's business and transactions correctly.
This will include working closely with the external auditors and Technical Accounting group to ensure that the books and records correctly account for both standard and non-standard transactions and identify where IFRS and US GAAP diverge. Where the two GAAPs diverge ensure that there is well documented and the appropriate adjustments are made in the IFRS ledger. Through the audit cycle working closely with the legal entity controllers ensure that the audit is well managed and effective.
A key part of the role will be to ensure that UK Controllers are ready for accounting change so a proactive approach will be required to identify and articulate what needs to be implemented and the associated time lines. From time to time detailed papers will need to be written to support the position the business has taken that will stand up to scrutiny from the external auditors.
There will also be opportunities to bring your experience and insight to the wider group in support of particular transactions or identification of issues where the solution will be outside of Finance. Thus being able to work across different areas and building robust relationships will enable you to have a far reaching impact.
This role includes excellent growth potential within Finance and can also serve as a gateway to other areas within the business. Your success will largely derive from your technical and analytical abilities as you take on multiple projects/tasks within tight timelines. The quality of your work product will also be key and should demonstrate attention to detail and sound judgment.
The successful applicant will be a qualified ACA, ACCA or CIMA coming from a similar role coupled with a strong academic record and ideally have Financial Services experience.
It is essential you have in depth knowledge of IFRS and US GAAP and a proven track record in translating accounting theory into practical application.
You will have experience within working with complex departments; have great verbal and written communication skills and in-depth knowledge of 'controls'; regulatory reporting experience ideal; experience of a fast moving, complex, highly controlled, multi-national/ functional organisation; analytical with an inquisitive/challenging mind set and significant experience of accounting systems and processes (e.g. advanced user of excel)
Due to the multi-faceted nature of this position it is essential that the successful individual has proven experience in relationship building, influencing others as well as managing people and projects.
In a workplace where teamwork is essential, excellent people skills are a must. Likewise the individual must be diligent with has a keen eye for detail and an analytical mind. If you consider yourself to be a committed, motivated individual, who can demonstrate the above skills then we would be pleased to hear from you.
If you would like to apply for this role or would like to find out more, please apply online or contact Jonathan Moss at Sellick Partnership on 0161 834 1642.