Investment Controls Manager

York, UK
14 Jun 2019
18 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for an Investment Controls Manager to lead the Investment Controls team. As Controls Manager you will be responsible for supporting the Unit Pricing activities and wider Financial Reporting cycles through maintaining a strong control environment and delivering robust financial and accounting MI to key stakeholders every month.

Investment Operations are a diverse team of about 55 people whose shared purpose is to calculate, verify and distribute 15,000 unit prices every day for c£150bn of investments. Our customers demand absolute confidence in the value of their pensions and investments, and we pride ourselves in our very high standards of accuracy and timeliness.

Leading a team of 10, you will be responsible for maintaining a strong control environment and for accurate, timely, insightful accounting and management information for monthly reporting and governance purposes.

Purpose of the role:

The Investment Controls Manager has a key leadership role in transforming the culture of the Investment Operations function, unlocking the potential in themselves and every member of their team through effective coaching, personal development and improving the levels of resource fluidity in the team.

The Controls Manager will support the development of a culture of controlled continuous improvement through the ruthless application of Systems Thinking methodologies.

The role requires someone who:
  • Is a role model for a team going through significant operational and cultural change
  • Accepts nothing less than process excellence (using Systems Thinking as standard), eradicating inefficient, poorly-governed or bespoke process solutions
  • Recognises the potential in every member of the team, and is passionate about their responsibility to release it
  • Enjoys a challenge where no two days are the same

Duties & Responsibilities:

The role is a key member of the Investment Operations leadership team and will have significant leadership role to play across the entire function. In addition, the role holder will:
  • Ensure that a strong control environment, based on an appropriate operational risk appetite, is maintained within Investment Operations to minimise the risk of unit pricing errors
  • Drive a cultural change within the team so that effective performance management and personal learning and development are at the absolute heart of how we work
  • Improve team skills and knowledge to meet immediate and emerging operational needs
  • Support individual aspirations
  • Anticipate and preparing for the challenges of the future
  • Continually improve the efficiency of our operational processes through automation and application of Systems Thinking methodologies across the Investment Operations function
  • Be a respected mentor and coach to a range of colleagues

What skills & experience are we looking for?

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant with experience of leading a small team through significant period of change.
  • Knowledge of internal unit pricing operations
  • Detailed knowledge of financial markets, securities and investments
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to influence, lead and manage others
  • Experience of Unit Linked Fund Accounting and Investment Management/Accounting systems is desirable

What will you get for this role?
  • Salary of Up to £42,000 depending on skills, experience and qualifications
  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme
  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review
  • Minimum holiday allowance of 29 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days
  • Up to 40% discount for some Aviva products through "My Aviva Extras" plus discounts for Friends and Family (some exclusions apply)
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme

We care about the well-being of our employees:

How you feel at home, work and all aspects of your life are important to us. Our programme - 'Be Healthy', 'Be Mindful', 'Be Secure' and 'Be Awesome' supports your physical, mental, financial and social well-being.

Here are just a few highlights:
  • You'll be able to download Aviva Digital GP - a 24/7 personal GP service that enables you to get a video consultation with a GP and pharmacy service at the touch of a button
  • We offer all UK employees subscriptions to Headspace for FREE
  • We have subsidised 70% off the normal gym membership prices, meaning for a reduced monthly fee you will have access to a wide range of fitness venues.

Additional Information:

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, or flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and carer responsibilities, further studies and hobbies.

Our diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives are shaping an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or those with other caring responsibilities. Our approach helps to ensure that Aviva is a place which values difference and provides equal opportunities for all.

As a disability confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, (As defined in The Equality Act 2010) whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. (By 'minimum criteria' we mean that you must provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential).

Please apply through the website and then email the contact listed in the advert to notify us that you meet the conditions for the guaranteed interview scheme.

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