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Head of Financial reporting

Trace Recruit
£55k - 65k per year
Closing date
7 Dec 2020

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Finance & Legal
Full Time
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Head of Financial Reporting, South East London – Higher Education, up to £65,000

A London based university is looking for a Head of Financial Reporting and Compliance to manage the Financial Accounting team. Suitable candidates will have an accountancy qualification and substantial management experience. They will also be a strong technical accountant, that is willing to represent the financial directorate to the wider organisation and external stakeholders. This role sits as part of a large finance function, reporting directly into the Assistant Director of Finance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Planning, coordinating and organising the work of the FRC team with an emphasis on quality processes and outcomes.
  • Management and development of staff within the team
  • Continuous improvement mindset, suggesting and implementing improvements to systems and processes
  • Providing proactive advice to senior managers on key risks and financial outcomes at project, business unit and corporate levels
  • Providing training to team members and to foster knowledge sharing amongst the team and the wider Finance Directorate
  • Representing the Finance Directorate on internal working groups, project teams, committees and external assignments as necessary
  • Provision of management information, analysis, forecasts, technical financial accounting input, advice and reporting to senior staff
  • Provision and review of monthly balance sheet reconciliations, along with high level analytical summaries to seniors
  • Integral role in helping to prepare the consolidated financial statements and maintaining the consolidation model
  • A key contact for the external auditors during the year end audit
  • Responsible for the collation of data and submitting routine compliance returns to the Office for Students
  • Ensuring compliance with the University’s financial regulations, procedures and implementation of audit recommendations
  • Responsible for bringing together the treasury forecast and advising on cash requirements
  • Work associated with and\or preparation of various compliance and statutory returns
  • Compliance: statutory and other compliance requirements; HMRC and Other audits; VAT, Corporation and Other taxation; providing taxation advice; other statutory and compliance returns
  • Developing the FRC Team Procedures Manual
  • Ensuring the relevant financial reporting standards are followed
  • Providing financial reporting advice and modelling the impact of changes to help in the decision-making process
  • Development and ownership of the Chart of Accounts

Key Skills & Qualifications:

  • Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA accountant
  • Must have team management experience and enjoy the leadership element to the role
  • Not for Profit experience, particularly higher education, would be a bonus but not essential
  • Highly computer literate with advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and computerised accounts systems
  • Proactive, solution focussed individual
  • Ready to drive for improvements and change within the team
  • Strong presenting and interpersonal skills


Trace is a London based specialist Accountancy & Finance recruitment consultancy. We deliver permanent and interim briefs in London and the Home Counties across Industry & Commerce, Financial Services and Not for Profit.

Our Consultant's specialise in a Market and either Permanent or Interim, and are trained with a suite of tools to offer an additional level of service and assessment so often promised but rarely delivered by our competitors that ensure we live up to our promise - Tracing Talent that Fits.

We believe that it is our intuition regarding person and company "fit" that makes the difference. But how do you quantify "fit" - and how is it measured?

We believe in 3 layers of fit when assessing a candidate:


1. Has the candidate got the right qualifications and experience?

2. Are they any good at what they do? Are they competent?

3. Will they fit into the organisation?


Currently the third layer is typically based on an instinctive point of view by the recruiter you engage with. Trace has launched the Predictive Fit Profiler to help assess “fit”. As part of our recruitment process every candidate we represent will complete the online profiler assessing, personality type, thinking style, cultural compatibility and motivations bringing an extra level of insight into our process, increasing the success rate of the recruitment we deliver. We are also able to profile your team so we can match your internal culture carries against external talent.


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