Interim Financial Controller (Maternity Cover)

London, United Kingdom
Finance – Finance
Temporary
Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability.

Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people.

We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.

It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA.

Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working  life that helps us thrive, not stick. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey  to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

Interim Financial Controller (Maternity Cover) to join us in our London office, on an 18-month contract.
We’re looking for an experienced financial controller, reporting to the Finance Director, to lead a team of 13 (with four direct reports) and undertake all aspects of financial management. This will include corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, as well as development of internal control policies and procedures, ensuring SOX compliance.

As the Interim Financial Controller you will:

    • manage all accounting operations, taking responsibility for the month-end and year-end close processes. You’ll ensure the accurate entry of all journals and final GL balances, including a review of month-end balance sheet reconciliations and control accounts for the UK business
    • prepare timely and accurate monthly management accounts for operational management (IFRS) and owners (US GAAP)
    • produce annual individual entity statutory accounts in accordance with IFRS
    • lead, supervise, and coach the team, setting and reviewing performance objectives of the team
    • produce and issue finance elements of FCA quarterly reporting
    • oversee the monthly processing of payroll and payments to employees
    • oversee the reconciliation of broker accounts, production of insurance bordereaux, and ensure the correct payments are made to our insurance partners 

Responsibilities include:

    • reviewing and updating the internal control environment, ensuring that adequate controls and reconciliations are in place for all aspects of the finance department, and that they’re compliant with SOX requirements
    • being a certifier for quarterly SOX reporting
    • playing an active role in assisting management with the risk assessment process and embedding a risk management culture throughout the organisation
    • ensuring returns for Corporation Tax, VAT and other relevant taxes are submitted, payments made on time and all relevant regulations are complied with
    • being a confident user of Access Dimensions and/or other major accounting packages
    • working closely with IT to ensure users have access to the key components of the accounting system, receiving training and having the reports available to facilitate decision making and problem solving
    • being a decision maker, involved in finance related projects (currently around improvements to PO system and revenue reconciliation process)
    • liaising with different departments to make sure the finance department is properly supporting the needs of the operating businesses
    • managing relationships with auditors, tax advisers, brokers, the parent company and others as applicable
    • keeping key stakeholders up-to-date on progress against key milestones
    • carrying out any further tasks for which your qualifications and experience are suited
    • working with the parent company on any finance-related questions 

What we’re looking for:

    • a qualified accountant with at least five years of financial controllership experience
    • experience of balance sheet management, ensuring that all accounts are fully reconciled, accurate and up-to-date
    • a passion for improving financial reporting within the business
    • a desire to continuously review internal controls and procedures to ensure adequate financial and non-financial checks and balances are in place, safeguarding the validity of the balance sheet
    • evidence of ownership for driving the year end audit process and responsibility for tax compliance including managing VAT and PSA returns
    • previous experience of operating at a senior level, with high levels of accountability
    • an individual who is self-driven, highly motivated, analytical and able to make sound financial decisions
    • people management and experience of developing and coaching a team
What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
• life assurance (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
• a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• an automatic enrollment pension (employer-matched at 5%) 

The fun stuff
Passed probation? Time to pick and mix from things like:
• a full gym membership
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.

Our values

Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering.

In practice, these will mean something unique to every  person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

Empowerment
We believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretchthemselves

Authenticity
We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive

Simplicity
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customerstime andeffort

Learning
We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them

Pioneering
We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better  experiences