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Legal Entity Controller

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26 Jul 2021

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A Legal Entity Controller is urgently required to lead the Finance Custodian organisation for the UK&I of a leading FMCG organisation. The purpose of this role is to ensure the company's results are reported consistent with corporate and statutory requirements and deadlines whilst providing accurate, reliable, timely and cost effective information to assist management in decision making. It has statutory responsibility for all UK&I legal entities.

12 month FTC with flexible working on offer - this will include 50% remote and the other 50% split between 3 offices in SE England.


Leadership of the Disbursements, Accounts Receivable, Record to Report and Fleet functions (across 2 locations)

Lead a team of 27 through 4 direct reports

Oversight of disbursements team responsible for the processing and payment of customer invoices and single point of contact roles bridging between SSC and local business units for 3rd party suppliers

Oversight of Accounts receivable team responsible for collecting cash on time from our customers and working cross functionally to clear deductions with a focus on DSO and overdues

Oversight of Record to Report function responsible for reporting company results both internally and externally

Oversight of the fleet function

Internal reporting requirements

Timely reporting under US GAAP for monthly actuals

Review and sign off on quarterly reporting packs

Lead Regional quarterly balance sheet reviews

Ensure all unusual business activities & accounting transactions are documented and comply with policies, and where necessary provide business advice on judgmental items

Handling sensitive data, including salary planning, control of corporate restructuring programmes, bonus reporting, stock option accounting and monthly payroll sign off

Budget holder for custodian costs, including negotiation of tax and audit fees

External reporting requirements

Statutory director & company secretary for all UK&I legal entities

Ensure smooth year end and audit process building good working relationships with internal and external audit teams for group audit (financials & SOX) and local audit

Review of Statutory accounts and filing within statutory deadlines

Maintain Company secretarial records, including attendance and minute taking at Governance meetings

Annual Insurance renewals - maintain relationship with Broker and Corporate team.


Ensure smooth year end tax reporting under both US and UK GAAP building good working relationships with internal tax teams and external advisors

Review of corporation tax returns and filing within statutory deadlines

Senior Accounting Officer for all UK&I entities ensuring appropriate tax accounting arrangements are in place

Ensure all statutory filings are compliant and on a timely basis including VAT, Intrastats, EC Sales, PSA, TAS, Corporate interest restrictions, Country by Country reporting and any other regulatory filings.

Manage relationship with HMRC through CCM


Ensure effective and efficient processes, as well as strong internal controls are in place

Champion Sarbox compliance throughout the organisation and co-ordination of internal audit testing visits

Oversight of remediation plans, monitoring progress and providing regular updates to internal audit and UK&I leadership team


Build and maintain positive relationships with key internal stakeholders including, but not limited to UK&I CFO and GM, key stakeholders across UK&I plant, supply chain and HQ, Shared Service Centre (Warsaw), LE Controllers across Europe, corporate tax team (US & Europe)


* Qualified with a recognised accounting body

* Proven Financial accountancy experience - a minimum of 10 years

* Prior experience of working within an FMCG multi-national

* Experience of leading a large organisation, including transactional teams

* Experience of having statutory responsibility for complex legal entities
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