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The Finance function, delivers an integrated, sustainable and high quality accounting and reporting service to business and Finance customers. The Divisional Financial Controller (DFC) is critical in ensuring smooth operation of the Finance control, accounting and reporting (A&R) processes across Finance to a high level of quality and consistency.
Divisional Finance Controller Job Description
Accounting and Reporting
Own the overall, or consolidated, Divisional financial position – demonstrating a clear understanding of the division’s current and predicted financial performance, cost drivers, key risks and in year financial issues
Deliver high quality monthly numbers and commentary and present the financial results to the Divisional Board or Department with FD/FBP as required – to include proposed actions and recommendations.
Lead year end reporting and audit liaison for responsible business areas
Consolidate, challenge and interpret Divisional non-financial information, including compliance and regulatory information.
Finance Control and Advisory
Ensure financial performance information from Finance CoE is robust, timely and accurate taking into account the risk levels within the forecast with options to mitigate as appropriate.
Understand and challenge the financial position of each business area, holding budget holders to account for their performance against budget/forecast and supporting the Divisional teams in further analysis as required
Provide value adding commentary to corporate and executive reporting as well as Divisional packs
Support the Divisional Finance Director in delivering, demonstrating and reporting value for money and efficiency
Lead the intervention, investigation and resolution of in-year and short term financial issues
Budget and Forecast
Deliver the annual Divisional budget for review to the Divisional Finance Business Partner and Finance Director
Ensure accurate quarterly forecast during the year, based on relevant and timely updated business information
Accurately project the financial implications of forecasts by assimilating multiple information feeds and spend analysis and reforecasting the budget accordingly
Controls and Compliance
Support good local cost control and cost management behaviour in the business, promoting good financial disciplines and risk management processes
Advise the business on ways of assuming greater degrees of financial accountability
Support delivery of a robust and effective internal control framework and compliance environment within the Division, addressing risk management process, Fair Trading, internal controls as well as any external reporting requirements.
Support the development of a high performance culture within the Finance CoE, acting as a role model
Deliver recommendations and solutions to address short term financial issues, including cash management
Work with process team leads (and their staff) to identify and resolve the root cause(s) of financial/service delivery issues or problems.
Judgement and Problem Solving (Level 4)
Relationship Building (Level 4)
Flexibility and Resilience (Level 4)
Results Focus (Level 3)
Quality Focus (Level 3)
Influencing and Persuading (Level 3)
Communication – Written and Verbal (Level 3)
Developing Self and Others (Level 3)
Planning and Organising (Level 3)
Stakeholder Focus (Level 3)
Leading and Motivating (Level 3)
Teamwork and Collaboration (Level 3)
Essential - Professional accounting qualification e.g. ACCA, ACA, CIMA, or equivalent qualification
Free Job Description Divisional Finance Controller
The DFC will play a key role in ensuring that actual and forecast numbers and commentary are robust, relevant and insightful and that the CoE is delivering these outputs as an effective service into the different business areas.
This will include building effective working relationships across the business and CoE to gather and assimilate information, challenge numbers and support financial management of the businesses.
Finance Effectiveness Programme
Work with Process Leads and the Finance Director CoE to ensure consistent/effective processes are in place to ensure high levels of delivery consistency and quality
Lead/support quality initiatives within the CoE’s, reflecting a continuous improvement approach.
Business Relationships & Partnerships
Lead the development of strong working relationships with key Divisional business leaders/budget holders in the area of responsibility
Develop and build effective relationships with Senior Management in the Finance and Business division
Maintain a strong and up-to-date knowledge of the Divisional business and its key issues / risks
Ensure that relevant information is fed back and discussed with team members in the Finance CoE
Lead and develop a professional, collaborative and multi-disciplined team of Continuous Accountants, ensuring they are motivated through set objectives which are assessed on a regular basis. (Only applicable for DFC roles assigned to specific continuous output Divisions)
Facilitate self development by identifying and meeting own skill development needs and future career opportunities with the support of the CoE Finance team
Facilitate collaboration between team members through sharing information, collaborating on decision making, and taking mutual responsibility for the work of the team.
Undertake such other duties and tasks as may lie within the scope of this post to ensure the effective delivery and development of the service.