Group Accountant

Software Personnel International
Haywards Heath
09 May 2017
08 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Group Accountant

Haywards Heath, Sussex

Permanent Salary to £50,000

If you are driven to succeed and are a Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA/CA) with 2+ years PQE, we would love to hear from you.

Our client is a high-growth fintech with a mission to change the customer experience of insurance for the better by using social media and mobile.

The company employs 60 (and growing) staff across two sites in Haywards Heath, Sussex and Farringdon, Central London.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to grow their career and play a significant role in the growth and development of the business. You will play a key role, taking ownership of accounting day to day, managements accounts, an international launch and 2nd round fund raising.

Overall Job Purpose - Group Accountant

To control and provide information essential to manage the Company’s financial resources and to maintain and control the Company’s financial accounting records in accordance with established UK accounting conventions. To manage the Finance Assistant.

Key Responsibilities - Group Accountant

  • Provide timely and accurate financial support to the Company, to help ensure the achievement of our goals and to provide early warning of any issues.
  • Create financial reports and updates to provide accurate and timely financial and management information (including flash sales reporting and the monthly Management Information Pack) to monitor performance and enable the proactive and effective management of resources.
  • Manage the performance of the Finance Assistant, taking prompt action to address shortfalls in performance, identifying development needs and arranging appropriate development activities, to enable them to perform to the required standards and provide adequate absence cover.
  • Operate management accounting systems and procedures to ensure required standards and relevant regulations are followed and the assets of the Company are safeguarded.
  • Support annual business planning and ongoing budget management processes to ensure accurate recording, maintenance and monitoring of budgets and forecasts.
  • Monitor revenue and expenditure results against forecast and prepare reports so that future income trends are accurately forecast and issues / risks promptly escalated.
  • Track the Company’s current and projected cash-flow needs to ensure any potential shortages in cash resources are progressed and communicated to the Head of Finance on a timely basis.
  • Control, collate and reconcile information from the financial systems to ensure its accuracy and availability for translation into the required format on a timely basis.
  • Monitor revenue and expenditure results against forecast and prepare reports so that future income trends are accurately forecast and issues / risks promptly escalated.
  • Produce statutory accounts for the Group that meet the rigour of audit.
  • Manage the Group’s tax compliance obligations including tax planning, preparation of corporation tax and quarterly VAT returns and EIS compliance.
  • Deliver timely and accurate reporting to our insurance partners (Bordereau reporting) and other stakeholders as required.
  • Create data to support the Head of Finance and CEO in fundraising and investor relations.
  • Working with the Head of Finance, draft and implement finance policies, systems and procedures to meet statutory, regulatory and good practice requirements.
  • Work with the Finance Assistant and Operations team to ensure customer money is tracked, reconciled and handled according to FCA and insurer requirements.
  • Manage credit control, accounts payable and receivable activities, as well as staff expense management, to ensure accurate and timely processing and payment.
  • Control the calculation and payment of salaries and pensions so required timescales and standards of accuracy are met.
  • Control, collate and reconcile staff payments and expenses in order to ensure management control and accurate P11D returns, and to support income tax self-assessment.
  • Work collaboratively with teams across the organisation to determine internal customers’ needs and make improvements in response to feedback.
  • Provide advice and support to colleagues in order to promote the maintenance and development of appropriate financial procedures and systems throughout the Company.
  • Provide ad hoc management information and undertake ad hoc assignments as required.

Person Specification


  • Detailed working knowledge and understanding of financial accounting systems, procedures and statutory accounting and reporting requirements
  • Working knowledge of payroll and associated HMRC rules & regulations
  • Working knowledge of Company’s employment policies and procedures
  • Commercial awareness


  • Commercial awareness
  • Analytical and numerical abilities
  • Effectively applies technical knowledge with good judgement and awareness of impact
  • People / performance management and motivational leadership skills
  • Administrative and planning skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail and quality
  • Works calmly under pressure
  • Prioritises workload effectively to meet deadlines and urgent demands
  • Works on own initiative and with minimum supervision when required
  • Flexible and takes a hands-on approach to getting things done
  • Credible and able to build strong relationships with stakeholders (internal and external) including suppliers and business partners
  • Highly collaborative working style
  • Customer service skills
  • Challenges and influences to ensure the customer is at the heart of decision making
  • Maintains a high level of functional knowledge and applies it effectively
  • Microsoft Office competency levels: Advanced Excel and PowerPoint, Intermediate Word
  • Strong proficiency in financial modelling
  • Expertise in Xero financial systems and Spotlight or other reporting / forecasting tools that work with Xero is desirable

Education and Professional Qualifications

Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA/CA) with 2+ years PQE

Educated to degree level or equivalent