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Financial Reporting Accountant (12 months Maternity Cover)

Employer
M&G plc.
Location
Edinburgh, UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
24 Jan 2021

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Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

At M&G our vision is: to become the best loved and most successful savings and investment business and we're looking for people who are excited about joining us on our journey. We're digitally transforming and investing heavily in technology and innovation to develop new and improved customer propositions that really raise the bar for our customers. To help us achieve our vision we're looking for exceptional people who live our values and behaviours and who can inspire others; embrace change; deliver results and keep it simple.

We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain exceptional people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationality, disability, or military service and welcome those who have taken career breaks. We will consider flexible working arrangements or home working arrangements for any of our roles.

What you can expect from us:
We are committed to creating an environment where you can be exceptional at all you do. To help us deliver this, we promise to:
  • Challenge Your Limits by creating a stimulating working environment and providing opportunities for you to be involved in meaningful and challenging work
  • Support Your Aspirations with a commitment to learning and development that helps you achieve and build your experience with people who want you to succeed
  • Value Your Input whereby leaders and managers will involve you in key decisions, listen to your thoughts and recognise the important contribution you make
  • Balance Your Life through a work life partnership that focuses on making this an inclusive, diverse and friendly place to work and offers the flexibility and support that enables everyone to be at their best

How do we support our employees:
All M&G plc employees will be supported in the workplace through our LifeWorks employee assistance programme which is run by Canada Life. If you need counselling, confidential financial or legal advice. T he service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers access to qualified professionals who can provide specialist information, advice and support on many issues. It offers a broad range of services, including help with family issues, maintaining work/life balance and mental health support.
The Role:

M&G plc is a FTSE 100 company created in October 2019 when the business demerged from Prudential Plc. As a result of impending maternity leave an opportunity has arisen to join the Group Reporting team in Edinburgh.

M&G plc is required to report its consolidated IFRS financial statements to the market twice a year as well quarterly Management information and regulatory Group Solvency 2 reporting. This role will play a key part in contributing to the process that underpin the overall preparation and delivery of the Group's financial reporting.

The role will have a broad range of responsibilities including preparation of IFRS disclosure notes; contributing to papers for Audit Committee and other governance forums; reporting quarterly management information to the Board; and involvement in technical accounting decisions and analysis.

In addition, there are substantial change projects currently in progress across the business which will have a notable impact on the Group Reporting team and their processes. This aspect will also be an important component of the role.

It is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic accountant to support the ongoing evolution of the M&G plc Group Reporting team as the business continues to grow and gain stature as a standalone company.

Key Work Level Accountabilities:

Experienced Colleague:
  • Accountable for providing a quality service or product to customers and stakeholders, using skills/experience built through significant practical experience or training
  • For team leaders, accountable for ensuring the team the role supports is delivering a quality service or product
  • Works within established frameworks and procedures, with the freedom to interpret them to solve a range of problems
  • Delivers outputs that are clearly defined, using discretion over how to achieve them
  • Makes suggestions for improvements to the work of the team, based on previous experience and knowledge of similar situations

Key Responsibilities for this role:
  • Support the preparation of the Group IFRS financial statements, including ownership of a number of notes to the accounts, produced to auditable standards
  • Support the process to produce the other financial sections of Group reporting
  • Support the preparation of the Group's Solvency 2 reporting, including ownership of selected quarterly and annual QRTs
  • Contribute to the production of the Board and Group Executive Committee monthly reporting as directed by the Group Financial Reporting Manager
  • Input to papers required for the Group Audit Committee relating to the Group reporting process, excluding the technical analyses
  • To support the implementation of new accounting standards
  • Actively contribute to the delivery of other finance change projects that impact the Group reporting process
  • To support the delivery of initiatives required as part of the demerger project to ensure Group reporting processes meet all reporting and control requirements of a newly listed plc
  • To maintain effective working relationships with other teams in MGP Finance ensuring that Group reporting needs are communicated, understood and met
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and take personal accountability to maintain and enhance controls you are responsible for to support improvement of the overall control environment, customer outcomes and a reduction in M&G Prudential's operational risk


Key Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • Working knowledge of IFRS and Solvency 2 reporting requirements
  • Working knowledge of financial reporting regulatory requirements and legislatory frameworks
  • Knowledge of M&G Prudential products, systems and distribution methods would be beneficial
  • Experience of dealing with complex transactions and associated accounting
  • Some knowledge of industry trends, best practice and developments


Experience:
  • Experience of the production and delivery of financial reporting in a life and pensions organisation. Asset management experience is also beneficial
  • Some experience of finance change programme delivery
  • Experience of insurance accounting, including requirements of UKGAAP and IFRS


Personal attributes/skills:
  • Highly analytical and skilled problem solver, with a strong commercial mind-set, and the ability to distil complex ideas or problems into simple, effective plans and solutions
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence effectively with productive, successful relationships with demanding senior stakeholders
  • Ability to assess, react quickly and decisively to problems, taking tough decisions where needed or escalating issues as appropriate


Qualifications:
  • Qualified accountant

Work Level: Experienced Colleague
Recruiter Name: Simone Morris
Closing Date: 20 January 2021

We live by four behaviours at M&G and we ask all our employees to:
  • Inspire Others - Support and encourage each other, creating an environment where everyone can contribute and succeed
  • Embrace Change - Be open to change, willing to be challenged and able to adapt quickly and imaginatively to new ideas
  • Deliver Results - Focus on outcomes, set high standards and deliver with energy and determination
  • Keep it Simple - Cut through complexity and bureaucracy, be clear and decisive and never overcomplicate things
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