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Financial Controller

Location: Greater London, City of London
Specialism: Finance
Ref: RB18769
Salary: £47,000 - £52,000 per year Excellent Benefits
Date Posted: 19/11/2021
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International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) was established in 2000 and now located in an enviable position overlooking the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral, IDRC is one of the world’s leading global facilities for arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, and also provides rooms and support services for Public Inquiries, meetings, training courses and seminars.

IDRC offers advanced virtual solutions. Our Virtual Hearings Team provide an experienced interface between participants and technology, offering guidance and support before and throughout proceedings. We also provide a full range of professional and expert support services- from court reporting to catering, IT to interpreters, voicemail to video conferencing and disciplinary hearings for a wide range of professional institutions.

IDRC are now seeking a Financial Controller to take over the leadership of its day-to-day finance function.  This is a newly created role triggered by a combination of expansion and a decision to re-focus our CEO’s energies towards more client-facing work. The position calls for a qualified accountant with minimum of three years’ practical experience running the day-to-day accounting and monthly management reporting functions of a small business.  This position will have the support of a finance assistant and in essence, therefore, it is a hands-on role. 

The key responsibilities will be:

  • Manage day to day duties of finance, ensuring high levels of overall productivity and accuracy.  Tasks include invoice data entry, processing receipts and payments, daily banking, customer/supplier account and bank reconciliations, and monthly payment runs
  • Maintenance of payroll systems, including calculation of monthly payroll and payment of salaries, generation and distribution of documentation, RTI submissions and liaison with HMRC and pension scheme providers
  • Ensure operational deadlines are met – payment runs, tax filings, end of month reconciliations, monthly management accounts
  • Monitor overall cash balances and manage cash flows accordingly
  • Advise staff and external parties of any accounting policies and deal with queries
  • Ensure and promote staff compliance with appropriate internal control procedures (e.g. proper invoice checking and authorisation prior to payment)
  • Monthly reporting of management accounts, including comparison of actual results to budget, and forecasts of income, expenditure and cashflows
  • Providing commentary on financial results, highlighting key features and emerging trends
  • Engaging with individual business units to enhance their understanding of the financial
  • results and, more generally, to raise their levels of commercial awareness
  • Preparation of annual statutory accounts and full year-end working paper files; liaison with auditors
  • Calculation and submission of quarterly VAT returns

Essential requirements:

  • The successful candidate will have a full CCAB or CIMA qualification and proven experience operating at a senior level
  • Sound technical accounting skills – this is not a role that requires state-of-the-art knowledge of formal accounting standards, etc., but it does require a very solid grounding in traditional book-keeping skills
  • Demonstrable experience within a similar company accountant role, ideally within a professional services environment
  • Highly proficient with both Excel and Sage 50 accountancy packages and familiar with online banking and credit card receipts and payment systems
  • An all-rounder with a hands-on ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to lead, motivate and be part of an efficient and effective team
  • Strong team player used to working with multiple stakeholders with diverging interests

The closing date for applications is Sunday 5th December 2021. Applications will be under constant review before the closing date so please submit your application to our retained search agent Robertson Bell. Apply now to be considered!

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