Senior Finance Manager – Reading

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Job Issue Date:
2019-08-15 04:45:25

Job Start Date:
2019-11-30 00:00:00

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The Senior Manager – Accounting & Reporting is responsible for the financial accounting and reporting function, predominantly for the EMEA Region, but also for the International P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow reporting, including Regional & Country monthly financial packages. The role also ensures EMEA compliance with US GAAP, Sarbanes Oxley and Telecommunication policies. Takes the lead in accounting issues, projects, ad hoc reporting and financial analysis, plus manages the annual External Audit for the Region. This role is the right hand person to the Director EMEA & Asia Pacific and is their primary delegate. The position is based in Reading, UK, with some European and International travel.

Core Responsibilities

Quality central financial accounting for the EMEA Region, in addition to Controlling and Reporting for the International Region; consolidated Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow reporting.
Internal financial reporting and analysis, including oversight of the EMEA monthly close.
Finance Transformation initiatives within EMEA and across International. Responsible for identification and implementation of continuous process improvement and efficiencies.
EMEA Intercompany accounting including reconciliation, review and reporting. This incorporates Transfer Pricing and liaison with the US intercompany team & Treasury on tactical and strategic aspects.
Oversight of Fixed Asset US GAAP accounting and lease accounting.
Reviewing and booking EMEA centrally prepared accruals and provisions.
Oversight of foreign exchange revaluation and translation programs and FX impact on results.
External Audit co-ordination and liaison point for EMEA centrally based audit activities, primary point of contact for external auditors in EMEA.
Oversight of quality & completeness of EMEA BlackLine reconciliations, maintaining EMEA SOX controls and testing and co-ordinating Quarterly, Interim and Year End Audit activities.
Subject matter expert for EMEA US GAAP and technical reporting issues, including agreeing new and revised accounting treatment. Key point of contact for US General Accounting and Corporate Accounting teams. Also key contributor with IFRS implementations and other local accounting changes.
Key EMEA Accounting/Finance business contact for IT – co-ordinates entity mergers, company code set up and SAP testing.
Support to the business for Accounting/Finance aspects, e.g. input for customer RFPs, leasing arrangements, etc., working cross-functionally with Legal, Tax, Sourcing, Pricing and Contract management, FP&A, Facilities.
Leading and participating in International Accounting/Finance projects as required.
Accounting liaison with the International Tax Department, including providing Tax accounting guidance impacting tax provisions, co-ordinating deferred tax calculations and US taxable income determination.
Management responsibility for the EMEA Regional Accounting Team, including supervision, development and succession planning.
Strategic and tactical partner to Director EMEA & Asia Pacific
Direct country or functional responsibility may be added to the role.


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or equivalent experience required
Professional Accounting Qualification ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CPA or equivalent.
Big 4 Accounting Firm experience combined with experience with at least one (preferably two) large Public traded Global multi-currency accounting environment
Directly related experience with a strong US GAAP Technical Accounting background
Proficiency in advanced accounting concepts, including core financial statement preparation of Balance Sheets, Profit & Loss Accounts and Cash Flow.
Proven experience in Accounting, Analytical, Projects and People leadership
Strong computer skills utilising Microsoft Office, especially in Excel and PowerPoint. Proficiency with global accounting software ERP packages, preferably SAP, and analytical tools such as CPM / Essbase.
Proven management skills and supervisory experience
Demonstrated ability to lead projects to successful conclusion, and to build strong performing teams.
Strong knowledge and technical acumen for the accounting validation of business results
Ability to make sound business decisions quickly under pressure
Excellent communication and presentation skills; comfortable with presenting to executives