Technical Accounting Senior 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

The Technical Advisory and Policy team owns and advises on group accounting policy and its application globally. The team also advises on regulatory reporting policy.

In particular the team:

Provides accounting advisory support on a wide range of queries, transactions and projects, partnering the Markets and Centre in making financial decisions.Supports high quality external and internal reporting delivery.Supports the interpretation and implementation of new accounting developments and inputs into Aviva’s lobbying position.Owns Group reporting manuals in respect of IFRS and Solvency II.Provides relevant training.The Person

Supports the Head of Technical Accounting to deliver best in class technical accounting advisory support in line with corporate centre activity of a FTSE 100 reporting entity including mergers & acquisitions, share based payments, pensions accounting, financial instruments, derivatives and hedge accounting.

Duties & Responsibilities

Supports the Head Technical Accounting in:

Leading on accounting advisory support on a range of queries typical for a FTSE 100 Financial Services entity, transactions and projects.Review and quality assurance of external and internal reporting deliveries.Engagement and issue resolution with external audit on technical accounting matters.Interpretation and implementation of new accounting developments.Contributes to updates to Group accounting manuals.Provide training to wider finance on areas of expertise.Perform role responsibilities in a way that minimises operational risks and take timely action when issues arise.Skills & Experience required


Degree level or equivalentQualified accountant with in depth knowledge of IFRS and experience of technical issues common to FTSE 100 corporate centre activity.Skills/Knowledge:

Strong analytical and problem solving skills.Articulates complex analysis to a wide range or audiences.Excellent written and oral skills.Strong interpersonal skills and stakeholder management – can work with colleagues across disciplines and is credible with senior management.Exercises sound and balanced judgement in complex situations.Commercially astute, and able to translate between business actions and financial implications.Proven ability to manage a diverse portfolio of work.Can flex priorities in line with changing business needs.Attention to detail and controls focus, strives to keep the business safe from financial misstatement.Experience:

Experience of the regulatory reporting environment within which Aviva operates including ESMA and FRC requirements.Broad but less in depth knowledge of other reporting bases used by Aviva.Excellent technical accounting analysis skills including experience of researching, understanding, interpreting and applying accounting standards.Additional 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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