Abingdon, UK


Group Financial Controller - Abingdon (Hybrid) - Salary up to £90,000
Apointe are pleased to be teaming up with an exciting media company based close to Abingdon, a real forward thinking company that are looking for an exceptional Group Financial Controller, this is a new role within the company as they look the shake up the Finance function transforming the team into a real "value add" department.
The company is going through a phase of strong growth and with the addition of a new CFO that has already made some major changes by implementing new finance systems, processes and staff development things are heading in a brilliant direction.
As the Group Financial Controller you will be highly effective both tactically and strategically. A proven track record in financial control and adeptness in dealing with the associated risks and complexities is an important requirement. Consumer finance experience would be preferable, but is not a must. Strong technical skills are essential as well as excellent leadership and people management skills.


Desired Experience:
  • Comprehensive experience and expert technical knowledge of key accounting standards and policies including IFRS and UK GAAP as well as regulatory reporting experience. This includes critical areas of technical expertise relevant to company such as capitalisation of development costs, provisions for impairment, tax R&D, VGTR and FTR
  • Experience of operating in a large private business (£1bn valuation) or listed company. Including working alongside senior management in external stakeholder communications and where appropriate, to affect announcements, and quarterly trading updates
  • Strong leadership skills and experience of managing large teams
  • Sound knowledge of the regulatory and legal environment in which the company operates.
  • Ability to present findings in a structured and well thought-through way, particularly when addressing a non-expert audience. Strong presentation skills; able to stand in front of the Board, audit committee and executive team, and speak fluently about financial reporting.
  • Proven ability to deal with ambiguity and operate in a business environment with matrix reporting lines, delivering through virtual teams.
  • Making good decisions; Managing the stakeholder relationship; Developing the strategy; Delivering business results; Influencing; Bringing innovation to problem solving; Making change work.



Salary & Benefits:
Salary of up to £90,000 on offer plus a whole raft of Benefits including:
Salary sacrifice Pension - Staff discounts of up to 50% off of their products - Income protection - Life Assurance - Company social events throughout the year - Critical Illness cover - Interest free loans - Cycle to work scheme - Private Medical - Dental and more!


Key Responsibilities:
  • Ensure a cohesive company financial reporting cycle
  • Lead the financial integration (systems and process) change programme to significantly enhance the Financial Control function including all aspects of management and financial reporting. This will require significant change leadership for a major programme including communication and stakeholder management as well as technical leadership.
  • Manage the financial reporting cycle including being the lead contact with the external auditors, producing the year end financial statements and annual report including all areas of technical accounting and reporting and presenting progress on a regular basis to the CFO and Co Founders.
  • Accountable for Financial Controls Framework and maintaining highest quality financial controls throughout the group.
  • Accountable for company secretarial duties for all legal entities including compliance, reporting, processes and registrations
  • Lead a team of finance professionals (10 team members) in the management accounting and financial reporting teams which will include both contractors as well as permanent employees. Conduct a review of the team and structure, and consider evolving the organisation design to best suit the companies current business and strategy.
  • Key lead role in risk and audit committees including all financial reporting matters such as the preparation of judgement papers on matters of significance and identifying potential or actual financial risks, ensuring appropriate escalation and mitigation.
  • Representing the company at appropriate meetings with external parties including the external Auditors, legal, tax, banking partners, other regulators and industry bodies.
  • Responsible for supporting FP&A team in group wide cost control (actuals and forecasts) the preparation of the Group annual budget, monthly & quarterly forecasts and financial aspects of business plans and appropriate analysis / challenge to improve performance.
  • Fostering commercial partnering through periods of change, evolving and maintaining these relationships.
  • Working with FP&A team to support them in the development of proposed business planning scenarios with guidance on profit, capital and risk considerations.
  • Together with other senior finance members, define and develop finance strategic projects and gain support at the executive level.