Job Ref: PH02512 Role Summary The Finance Controller for EQ Paymaster is a new role, reporting to the divisional Finance Director, and will take primarily responsibility for all day to day financial accounting, reporting and working capital management. EQ Paymaster is going through an exciting time, with the consolidation of two previously separate trading divisions, a new acquisition being integrated, and a finance system integration project running. The Finance Controller will take a lead role in all of these initiatives, designing and implementing consistency and best practice across finance processes. Critical to the role is a strong finance process and controllership skill set, allied with a commercial outlook and a positive attitude to problem-solving. The role will initially manage 2 direct reports, with potential for more in future as the division grows and restructures. Department Information Our Finance Team are an integral part of our decision making process and are responsible for analysing risks, providing financial and business insight and formulating strategies to drive performance, as well as managing the divisional financial reporting. Core Duties/Responsibilities Oversight of all day to day financial accounting (performed through a Group Shared Service function offshore), driving quality, automation and efficiency. Preparation of all monthly stakeholder financial reporting, improving the breadth and quality of management information available and driving consistency across the division. Balance sheet oversight and review of reconciliations. Management of the cash forecasting cycle (receipts) and driving working capital improvement. Development of Financial and Business KPIs and embedding into BAU. Integration of acquisitions into standard finance operating model. Supporting the planned Finance system migration. Act as a catalyst in working with business unit leaders in assisting them with cost-out opportunities. Take a divisional view on such opportunities rather than reviewing business units in isolation. Technical expert within the division, advising Finance Business Partners around accounting treatment and accounting standards. Review of all new contractual and proposition arrangements from an accounting and taxation perspective. Deputise for the FD in key monthly and quarterly meetings. Skills, Capabilities and Attributes A qualified accountant (ACA preferred) with significant controllership and commercial experience. Experience of driving process efficiency, streamlining tasks and driving quality of output. Demonstrable experience in using financial information to drive business benefits in terms of improved efficiency, and additional revenue and margin. Experience of finance system migration (Workday would be ideal). Strong stakeholder management and proven business-partnering skills. Technically strong, with a good understanding of revenue recognition and project accounting (ideally within a business services environment). Experience of integrating acquisitions would be ideal. Strong view of best practice in running financial accounting functions (management accounting, transaction processing, working capital management, reporting). Experience working with Finance Shared Service Centres. Comfortable working within a complex and fast-moving organisation, and across a matrix structure. Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present financial information in a compelling way to a financial and non-financial audience to support effective decision-making. Confident enough to deputise for EQ Paymaster Finance Director when required, and to present information to Board Execs and other senior stakeholders. Financial modelling ability. Strong PC Skills - high level of proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint and Finance systems (Agresso and Workday would be advantageous). Ability to coach and inspire other less experienced team members through sharing expertise and best practice. Enthusiastic people manager with demonstrable experience in coaching and developing staff. Flexible to the demands of a fast-paced business with a significant amount of change. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. Please note any offer of employment is subject to satisfactory pre-employment screening checks. These consist of 5 year activity & GAP verification, DBS or Access NI, Credit and Sanctions checks.