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Director, Financial Control and Corporate Reporting

GoCardless

GoCardless

Accounting & Finance
London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2024

About us

At GoCardless we believe bank payments are the best way to pay and get paid. We also believe that bank account data is a powerful tool to make better, faster decisions. We’re making it easy to use both- for businesses everywhere.

GoCardless is used for domestic and international payments by 75,000+ organisations and counting, processing more than $30 billion across 30 countries. We’re an award-winning London based fintech, with additional offices in Riga, Paris and Melbourne.

The role

You will be a technically proficient accountant with Big 4 experience auditing public companies at Director or Senior Manager level. In this new role, heading up the Financial Control and Corporate & Regulatory Reporting teams (10, with 3 direct reports), you will be responsible for the quality of financial reporting. meeting the standard of excellence expected at GoCardless. With executive oversight, the delivery of key transformation projects will be executed, including the optimisation of financial controls. You will coach and develop the team responsible for accounting, month end close, as well as statutory and regulatory reporting. A major part of the role will be to manage group and standalone entity audits to ensure efficient execution. This is a high profile role providing an opportunity to shape the evolution of a critical function, continuing the development of a high performing team. As well as the rigour you will instil in the performance of core activities, you will be exposed to a wide variety of cross functional projects, collaborating with senior stakeholders across the business.

What excites you

  • The timely and accurate month end reporting to GL level, providing effective oversight, ensuring effective monitoring and compliance with controls.
  • Leading audit engagements and the efficient and timely completion of the annual group audit.
  • Focused on excellence in the preparation and quality of the annual group consolidated accounts (prepared under IFRS), subsidiary statutory accounts and regulatory reporting to the FCA, ACPR and US state regulators.
  • Accountable to the boards of directors and to the Risk and Audit committee.
  • Responsibility for financial reporting as required under financial service regulation applicable to payment service providers in multiple countries.
  • The assessment, implementation and optimisation of financial reporting processes and controls.
  • Leading and collaborating with your direct reports, coaching the skills to help them solve problems. Providing hands on support to the Financial Controller, and to the Corporate Reporting lead.
  • Operational Finance and leading a function with a wide remit. Providing direction and oversight over accounts payable, expenses, processing payroll/ payroll taxes, VAT compliance, in addition to accounting processes.
  • The ongoing development and execution of the strategic roadmap for Financial Control and Corporate & Regulatory Reporting.
  • The management of relationships with internal service providers including the teams responsible for billing, collections and payroll, as well as third parties, including Netsuite (ERP) and Expensify.
  • Contributing to projects and initiatives, frequently in a leadership role.
  • Advising and enabling Product Development and multiple other disciplines, helping ensure compliance whilst enabling commercial activities.

What excites us

  • Big 4 trained with experience in assurance at Director or Senior Manager, and having audited public companies, you will come direct from practice or with industry experience in a similar role.
  • ACA qualified (or equivalent) with substantial PQE experience.
  • Skills in implementing or auditing SOX (or equivalent) controls, or otherwise proficiency in their application.
  • A deep understanding of financial controls frameworks, and the know how to identify and address deficiencies and to optimise controls .
  • An expert in IFRS with proven skill in the development of accounting policy and in responding to technical accounting challenges. Knowledge of US GAAP is desirable.
  • An exceptional project manager, proficient in the management of audit delivery.
  • The proven ability to lead and develop a team including both qualified and part qualified accountants as well as other specialists, all at varying stages of their professional development.
  • The commitment, desire and skill to execute changes to ways of working that improve the efficiency and reliability of financial reporting.
  • Receptive and responsive to the requirement of the consumers of management information.
  • An embracer of automation, efficiency and simplification.
  • Initiative, a strong sense of ownership, and the drive required to thrive in a fast paced, high growth business.
  • The ability to lead cross functional teams, and the gravitas to influence decisions at a senior level. Assertiveness when required but collaborative in approach.
  • A good understanding of the Payment Services Regulations is a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of NetSuite or similar accounting packages.

We don’t expect you to meet every requirement. If you’re excited by this role, we encourage you to apply.

(some of) The good stuff

  • Wellbeing - stay healthy with dedicated support and medical cover
  • Work away scheme - you can apply to work away from your country of residence for up to 90 days in any 12 month period
  • Adaptive Working - allows you to work flexibly, around your lifestyle
  • Equity - all permanently employed GeeCees receive equity so we can share in the success we achieve together
  • Parental leave - to suit everyone embarking on life's great adventure
  • Time off - generous holiday allowance, + 3 annual volunteer days, + 4 annual business-wide wellness days (‘GC Fridays’)

Life at GoCardless

We're an organisation defined by our values; We start with why before we begin any project, to ensure it’s aligned with our mission. We make it happen, working with urgency and taking personal accountability for getting things done. We act with integrity, always. We care deeply about what we do and we know it's essential that we be humble whilst we do it. Our Values form part of the GoCardless DNA, and are used to not only help us nurture and develop our culture, but to deliver impactful work that will help us to achieve our vision.

Diversity & Inclusion

We’re building the bank payment network of the future and our ambition is to move money anywhere, for anything, for anyone. If we’re going to achieve this goal, we need to build a team of ‘GeeCee’s’ that is as wonderfully diverse as the world we live in - with a multitude of perspectives, experiences & backgrounds.

We’ve got a long way to go, but here’s how we’re doing as of June 2023;

42% identify as women

28% identify as Black, Asian, Mixed or Other

9% identify as LGBTQIA+

9% identify as neurodiverse

2% identify as disabled

We’re rooting for you during your application and GoCardless aims to provide reasonable adjustments to make our recruitment process as remarkable and accessible as we can. Please speak to your Talent Partner if you need extra support.

If you want to learn more, you can read about our Employee Resource Groups and objectives here as well as our latest D&I Report

Sustainability

We’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment, leaving a more sustainable world for future generations. In 2021 we became co-founders of the Tech Zero coalition, a group of businesses committed to taking climate action as part of the UNFCCC Race to Zero. We aim to reduce our impact and to create positive change on the natural world. Check out our sustainability action plan here.

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