Financial Controller

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • Apr 18, 2023
Full time Finance

Job Description

Financial Controller

Based: High Wycombe / Hybrid
Term: Full time
Salary: c.£65000 - £80000 pa + excellent benefits

About the role:

The UK Financial Controller will be responsible for the preparation of financial reporting and implementation of internal controls within the UK business. They will have strong relationships with all the key stakeholders, and ensure that timely and accurate management reporting is available to key decision makers and that well controlled and efficient transaction processing is in place.

They will be a business partner for the brands based in the UK, helping with commercial decision support.

This role will be reporting directly to the Regional FD and be part of the broader UK management team. They will manage a small team within the UK. The ideal candidate will have listed company experience gained in an international group.

Essential functions and major responsibilities:

  • Monthly management reporting delivered accurately and on time
  • Effective and efficient accounts receivable and payable processes
  • Business partnering for Focusrite brands
  • People management of UK Finance team

Management Reporting:

  • Preparation of monthly financial reports for FAEL Boards/Management teams, including oversight of ledger reconciliations, journals, accruals and prepayments and variance analysis
  • Support preparation of monthly results and commentary to Group Finance on a timely basis
  • Work with commercial business teams in preparation of quarterly reforecasts
  • Work with commercial business teams preparation of annual budget and three year plan
  • Management and tracking of internal controls in place across record to report process

Finance Transaction Processing

  • Effective and efficient intercompany transaction process in place across geographies and brands for accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Efficient and timely intercompany transactions, reconciled on a monthly basis
  • Look for opportunities for process and control improvement particularly regarding the use of technology and automation

Statutory and Tax compliance

  • Work with UK auditors to deliver timely resolution of queries and a smooth audit process
  • Support preparation of tax computations and filings, working with Group tax accountant,
  • Monitor and manage indirect tax compliance

Business Partnering

  • Work with UK management teams to support commercial forecasts and budgets
  • Assist with preparation of financial support for assessment of investment and business change project, including return on investment metrics in place

People Management

  • People management of UK Finance team
  • Part of the UK management team

About you:

  • Qualified Accountant
  • Preferably 5 years’ post qualification experience
  • A team player who is hands on and pragmatic with good people management skills
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills, with a track record of process improvement
  • Effective communication and influencing skills, with an ability to build strong stakeholder relationships
  • Experience of working within ERP systems, preferably Oracle Netsuite
  • Strong Excel skills including pivots, vlookups, sumifs etc.
  • Experience of working in a multi national listed company operating in a fast paced environment

Job Conditions:

UK based in High Wycombe with hybrid working available. Minimal travel will be required. 37.5 hours per week.

About Us

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio group that develops and markets music technology products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, its solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity – ‘we make music easy to make’.

The Focusrite Group trades under eleven established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Oberheim, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Ampify Music, Linea Research and Sonnox. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in and we enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture which encourages innovation. This culture, combined with a passion for the inspirational solutions we create, has led to the group winning numerous accolades, including four Queen's Awards for Enterprise and the AIM Company of the Year Award 2021.

The Focusrite Group is dedicated to building a great place to work and as an equal opportunity employer we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The group mission is to cultivate an equitable culture, internally and externally, where all people feel they are welcome and positively represented, whether office-based or working remotely. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible/hybrid working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, free breakfast/lunch in the canteen at Focusrite HQ. We arrange company training sessions and encourage personal development.