AGC Finance Manager

30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Aviva provides around 31 million customers worldwide with insurance, savings and investment products. We are the UK’s largest insurer and one of Europe’s leading providers of life and general insurance. We combine strong life insurance, general insurance and asset management businesses under one powerful brand. We are committed to serving our customers well in order to build a stronger, sustainable business, which makes a positive contribution to society, and for which our people are proud to work.

Aviva’s a new global operating model for Finance, based on shared services supporting the markets and a leaner corporate centre consists of four pillars.

The four pillars of this global operating model are:

Aviva Finance Markets (AFM): a commercial team who will be a co-pilot to the market CEOs and business leadership teams.Aviva Finance Operations (AFO): a highly effective and agile team managing resources and providing excellent services to the rest of our function.Aviva Finance Technical (AFT): a team of Finance experts who will leverage our global technical expertise in areas like investments, tax, hedging, re-insurance and actuarial advisory to provide “solutions” which are consistent across Finance.Aviva Finance Corporate (AFC): an insight-oriented team who will own headquarter functions such as Investor Relations, Capital Allocation, Treasury, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Mergers & Acquisitions.The Team

This role is part of the Aviva Finance Operations (AFO) team: a highly effective and agile team managing resources and providing excellent services to the rest of Aviva’s Finance function. This team, under the leadership of our global process owners, will be responsible for our core Finance operational and reporting processes.

The financial accounting for AGC legal entities – including reporting to legal entity boards, delivery of board MI and statutory accounts, and support to related governance forums such as the Aviva Group Centre Legal Entity Oversight Committee.

The Person

We’re looking for a qualified accountant with demonstrable post-qualified experience, ideally gained within a large insurance company environment. You will have a strong mix of relationship management and technical accounting skills (across both IFRS and Solvency II), and a good understanding of both life and non-life insurance products and markets.

You will be able to understand and interpret large amounts of data and narrative, and summarise it into succinct, meaningful and insightful commentary. You will have a proven record of delivering to time and quality, and experience of pro-active stakeholder management across a range of disciplines and seniority levels.

This is hugely varied role, and while you will need to be comfortable with dealing with a broad spectrum of responsibilities and tasks, it will provide the successful candidate with a diverse range of development opportunities and a strong position to progress their career within Aviva.

Duties & Responsibilities

Will need to exercise considerable knowledge and skill to determine “how” to achieve prescribed outcome.Lead certain Reporting Production cycles e.g. QMI, MI, forecast, statutory accounts, etc. ensuring timely and accurate delivery of reports to different stakeholders, and making sure reports are produced in line with the established controls (FRCF or other). Manage workload allocation for certain activities outside cycle.Support and contribute to the production of deliverables for the different cycles., e.g. HY, FY, Forecast , Plan, Remco, etc.Support production of appropriate commentary and analytical review to support reporting deliverables for all reporting cyclesSupport in the design, testing and implementation of processes for production of team deliverables.Be key point of contact and act as source of expertise in the AGCF team for allocated areas of responsibilities covering both reporting content and processSupport the review & challenge of deliverables, work closely with other CAO teams to identify and resolve issues using knowledge about the business, Aviva and accounting.Work collaboratively with customers to agree deliverables, design reports, timetables, etc.Preparation of IFRS reporting and accounting technical papersActively contribute to creating an appropriate team culture within reporting production and wider CAO reportingSupport Grade E / HoF in oversight and review of key processes/controls within AGCF team and ensure controls are adequately documentedMaintain FRCF documentation and ensure remains up-to-date and relevant for all reporting cycles ensuring Grade E and HoF are regularly notified of issuesContribute to key outputs prior to HoF/Grade E reviewDeputise for grade E’s (AGCF) as appropriateWork collaboratively with CAO reporting team members, wider finance team and those outside finance.Delivery of all relevant financial reporting to Group for the Aviva Group Centre companies including regulatory reporting, MI and statutory reporting.Responsible for working closely with the AGC Business Partnering team to deliver the AGC plan and regular forecasts of the AGC cost base.Provide support to business transactions including M&A, capital transactions and internal restructuring projects working closely with wider AGC teams including Tax, Capital, Legal and M&ASkills & Experience required


Degree level or equivalentQualified AccountantSkills/Knowledge:

Strong technical accounting capabilitiesUnderstanding of all areas under direct controlAbility to work through other colleagues within and outside CAO team, including those from different disciplinesGood interpersonal skills, in particular ability to deal and be credible with senior management both within and outside CAO teamCommercially astute, and able to translate between business actions and financial implicationsStrong written skills and ability to distil and communicate complex issuesSound judgement and ability to identify and articulate risks and opportunities in a balanced mannerStrong prioritisation skills and ability to work with appropriate flexibility on multiple deliverablesProven track record of process delivery to a high standardExperience:

Good project / process management skills (design / implement / improve)Cultural and political awareness and ability to deal with people from different backgroundsStrong influencing skills across organisational and geographic boundariesStrong knowledge of IFRS, but also awareness of related capital / regulatory / solvency requirementsStrong controls focus to avoid financial misstatement and messaging errors.Strong knowledge of Excel and Magnitude, coupled with strong analysis and problem solving skillsAdditional Information

Bring to Aviva what makes you different and we’ll support you to do the best work of your life. We encourage applications from everyone who wants to help us achieve our purpose of helping our customers to Defy Uncertainty.

Becoming a more inclusive and diverse organisation is a business imperative. 87% of our people feel that people from diverse backgrounds can succeed at Aviva. We are accelerating our strategy through innovative practices and expert partners.

One of Aviva’s core values is Care More, and this is brought to life through the flexible ways we like to work. This may include working from home some of the time, of flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and career responsibilities, further studies and hobbies.

We prefer all applications to be submitted online, however if you require an alternative method of applying please contact Alistair Buchanan in the Resourcing team.

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