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Director of Group Reporting job description
The role will take responsibility for all consolidated management and statutory reporting across the Group, Financial Planning & Analysis activities (including budgeting, forecasting and five-year plan), advising on technical accounting issues and major non-routine transactions, and ensuring robust financial control across the business.
• Identify, and drive to implementation, continual improvements to the management information, financial systems and decision making practices across the Group, including developing the FP&A function.
• Coordinating the group-wide reporting process, including consolidation of monthly management accounts, forecasts, budgets, key performance indicators and five-year plan for presentation to the Senior Management Team, and Board
• Working closely with divisional Finance Directors, Corporate Finance, Tax and Treasury to ensure consistency of financial reporting and insightful management information; maintaining strong relationships with operational finance teams to ensure that issues are anticipated and resolved constructively on a timely basis.
• Working with divisional Managing Directors, Finance Directors and finance teams to provide support, analyse and challenge Group results, identifying opportunities to improve the financial performance of the Group.
• Managing statutory financial reporting for the Group to PLC standards, including liaising with group external auditors to ensure that interim and year-end audits are well planned and coordinated; and production of the Annual Review document in conjunction with the Communications team.
• Ensuring that financial control is maintained across the Group, including robust governance processes and that the Audit Committee is satisfied with these processes.
• Coordinating the documentation of financial processes and controls across the Group, including identification of areas for improvement and remediation.
• Assisting the Managing Directors and their teams to develop commercial solutions to proposed equity and financing deals, ensuring that accounting treatments comply with current regulations.
• Providing commercial technical accounting support and advice to operational teams.
• Building, managing and motivating the Group Finance Team to deliver quality output to deadline. Managing their career development and overseeing the development of a talent management plan for the wider finance community.
• Ad hoc projects as required.
• Qualified accountant (ACA preferred) with experience gained in a commercial environment. Experience of management and statutory reporting, FP&A and group consolidation in a complex multinational company.
• Confident, skilled communicator with extensive experience of managing relationships and influencing at all levels.
• Strong business acumen and commercial awareness of financial performance issues in a cross-media business.
• Ability to identify issues and develop pragmatic solutions; present such solutions in a clear, concise, robust yet diplomatic manner.
• Ability to build and lead a motivated and collaborative team.
• Drive and enthusiasm, and a desire to assist the business in achieving an ambitious growth strategy.
• Ability to prioritise tasks and deliver output, flexibly and in a pressurised environment.
• Demonstrable experience of identifying and implementing process improvements in a complex environment and a commitment to improve the effectiveness of reporting across the Group and to use this reporting to influence business decisions.
• Excellent and current technical accounting skills
• A genuine passion for the business