Head of Accounting & Reporting

England, London
£90000 - £100000 per annum
Oct 10, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
James Skeath
Job Role
Group Accountant
Contract Type
Full Time
Level of qualification
CIMA, Qualified

Assure financial integrity and transparency of accounting and financial reporting. Deliver consolidated month and year end accounts and report for statutory entities

Client Details

My client is a private equity backed distribution business with offices all over the world. Currently going through a spree of acquisitions, they are looking to hire a Head of Group Reporting.


  • Secure the consolidation of the Group Accounting and timely closing

  • Secure all tax requirements and strategy at group and local level

  • Interface with Auditors and tax advisors

  • Implement a best in class closing process

  • Secure the control environment in the group for financial processes

  • Implement standard chart of accounts for the portfolio company

  • Develop, deploy and ensure compliance to accounting policies & directives.

  • Decides on individual judgemental complex accounting issues

  • Oversees end accountable for the Internal Financial Control Framework, the statutory filing, the consolidation and reporting of financial entities, incl. sign off of external reporting

  • Sign off financial statements of significant entities in shared accountability with Business Partners eg. CFO, Country Accounting teams, CEO

  • Drives and oversees improvement projects related to accounting processes and controls together with process owners & future SSC

  • Proactively participates in finance committees (Finance MT's, Audit & Review, etc.) to align Accounting & Reporting to Finance in Countries and SSC's

  • Needs higher detailing of interfaces/RASCI's with Business Partner, Accounting, FP&A and SSC

  • Manages and supervises Accounting resources. Ensures robust Accounting workforce

  • Responsible for Finance Knowledge Management

  • Ensure compliance against internal finance control processes

  • Focus on significant Reporting Units and ensure processes are in place to assure performance across all Reporting Units

  • Drive specific topical improvements/ projects e.g. inventory, intangibles

  • Accountable for helping the Business Partner assure the integrity of financials

  • Has a stake in financial integrity along with the Business Partner

  • Requires higher-level skill-set not required in the existing profile of people performing the work today

  • Together with HR, manage / support HR relevant processes in the countries (staffing, redundancies, mapping to new roles, etc.) to transition into new organization

  • Cooperate with other initiatives & enable work streams

  • Manage and coordinate transition of activities in the Group; coordinate people processes with HR

  • Use enablers (processes, procedures, systems) needed to transition towards future operating model

  • Identify and drive improvement initiatives on core Accounting & Reporting processes in the region, quick wins and realize benefits for the Accounting & Reporting function; trigger improvement areas

Reinforce the integrated plan for the initiative, aligned with other transformation initiatives


  • An experienced qualified accountant, ideally ACA from a prestigious accounting firm

  • Progressive experience in financial consolidation, accounting, reporting, analysis and internal control

  • Strong working knowledge of new UK GAAP and IFRS - ability to understand and interpret accounting treatments for new transactions or policy changes.

  • Proven track record of delivering statutory accounts for a number of companies accurately, on time and successfully through the audit process.

  • A mind-set focused and aligned on achieving process improvement - experience of undertaking formal and informal financial process reviews is essential.

  • Working knowledge of UK tax principles.

  • Experience of accounts consolidation for a medium or large group including eliminations, adjustments, disclosures etc.

  • Ability to analyse and interpret the key trends that affect the business as a whole.

  • Excel proficiency (pivot, dynamic files creation, macros, …)

Job Offer

A highly competitive package is on offer