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Senior Finance Manager (12 Month FTC)

  • A+E Networks EMEA
  • Hybrid (Hammersmith, London, UK)
  • 10/05/2024
Full time Accounting Finance

Job Description

About the role and the team

Leading a team of three, the purpose of this role is to pro-actively offer insights and proposals to ensure internal controls, processes and working practices are appropriate, complete and efficient, whilst fulfilling the needs of an expanding business and delivering the governance finance requires. This will include looking where possible to utilise all available systems within the organization to provide timely, accurate financial reporting and relevant KPI’s for the Group so that the management team has the information it needs to support commercial strategies and tactical decision making.

They will also be required to rigorously manage the balance sheet, working capital and the processes and controls required to ensure that both the business and the finance function operate efficiently.

The role has overall accountability in ensuring that the Group is compliant on all tax and treasury matters.

This is a 12 month FTC maternity cover position. This role will be hybrid based in the London office, working on exciting, award-winning brands like Sky HISTORY and Crime+Investigation.

About Us

At A+E Networks EMEA, we share stories that matter, inspiring and exciting our audiences with hit US franchises (The Curse of Oak Island, Pawn Stars), must-see docudramas (Royal Kill List and Colosseum), and original commissions (Sex: A Bonkers History with Amanda Holden, Royal Autopsy, Cops Gone Bad with Will Mellor). Over the past few years we’ve championed our own original programming and relished in the successes of recent series’ such as The Unbelievable with Dan Aykroyd, Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman, The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Royal Mob.

We welcome talented candidates with infectious enthusiasm who love what they do, and are ready to learn, develop and thrive. Here you’ll find a community of innovative, creative and inspiring people who aren’t afraid to embrace responsibility and try new things collaboratively, as a team.

We are a certified Great Place to Work® with a can-do, motivated culture that believes in working to live, not just living to work. Every employee has a voice and is encouraged to be themselves and be ambitious. With offices in Rome, Madrid, London, Warsaw, Munich and Johannesburg, we are a truly international organisation that celebrates difference and diversity.

As an inclusive employer, we value the diversity of our teams and want our workforce to reflect our wider society. We encourage and welcome applications from people from under-represented backgrounds and are keen to make sure we are inclusive and accessible to all. Pease do let us know if you require any adjustments or assistance for meetings and communications with you when you apply for a role with us. 

Key responsibilities:

Controls and Process Management 

  • Pro-actively designing, offering insights and evolving appropriate processes and controls for the business and the finance function, to deliver on its obligations and help the business to understand the purpose of the finance function and the disciplines it promotes by looking at working practices, improving data/spreadsheets and better utilising systems. 
  • Manage the Payables transaction processing to ensure that supplier queries are dealt with on a timely basis so the working relationships with external and internal stakeholders are maintained and the Group’s working capital is not adversely impacted. 
  • Work with the regions (Poland and South Africa) to ensure all appropriate controls are in place and ensure the external advisors are fulfilling their duties. 
  • Ensure that there are adequate controls in place in all Payroll areas in the Group. Complete the financial review of the monthly payroll and obtain relevant approvals. Prepare consolidated monthly reporting on payroll costs, headcount and attendance and review resulting outputs alongside HR and the payroll service provider (both UK and regional). 
  • Review the Travel and Entertainment Policy and ensure it is properly applied and that adequate controls are in place to keep the costs within budget. Also ensure that all relevant benefits tax regulations are complied with. 

Management Results and Reporting 

  • Lead the completion of the balance sheet and cash flow, with comparative against budget and forecast. 
  • Oversee and review all monthly balance sheet reconciliations by the whole finance team so that rigorous financial control of the balance sheet is maintained. 
  • Oversee the work carried out by the financial accountant to ensure accurate recording of month-end balances 
  • Prepare the forecasts, budget and 5YP numbers for payroll, capex and depreciation, interest, tax and cashflow and oversee the production of the other overhead areas completed by the financial accountant 
  • Manage the overall related party recharge process, including tracking monthly against budget/forecast, reviewing all invoices being sent out to the relevant entities and ensuring the recharge accounts are clean on the balance sheet 

Statutory Reporting and Responsibilities 

  • Liaise with external advisors and prepare the Company and Group statutory financial statements and accompanying notes, establishing an audit regime within finance and across the Company which is both cost effective and operationally efficient. 
  • Work with external advisors to improve processes and find further efficiencies on audit hours spent. 
  • Overall accountability for all tax and regulatory compliance issues including ownership for the timely preparation of tax computations for VAT, Corporation Tax, PSA and BIK and liaison with the relevant external advisors for completion and submission. 
  • Complete the ONS returns on a monthly/quarterly/annual basis. 
  • Lead the annual PSA process, filing the return and payments. 

  

Cash Flow Management 

  • Prepare, on a monthly basis, a rolling cash flow forecast together with commentary and variance analysis to highlight any exposures and risk mitigation using the Company cash flow forecasts provided by the finance team. 
  • Rigorously manage the Company’s cash flow by ensuring reconciliations are completed and any variances or discrepancies are investigated through to satisfactory conclusion. 
  • Ensure efficient usage of the Company cash flow, particularly around foreign exchange risks. 

Other 

  • Undertake the line management, training, development, appraisal and motivation of your direct reports to ensure all logistical tasks are carried out on time and to a high standard and that objectives are being met. 

To be successful in this role you will be / have:

  • qualified accountant with a minimum of five years PQE
  • experience in managing delivery of process and control improvement
  • to date technical knowledge on accounting regulations
  • to date awareness of tax legislation in the UK
  • ambitious and a team player, keen to add value
  • problem solving and decision making skills
  • Microsoft Excel skills, pivot tables and look ups are essential, modelling skills are desirable
  • communication skills (both face to face and written); to work effectively and productively with both financial and non-financial personnel
  • use of financial systems, such as SAP
  • numerate with a strong attention to detail to enable accurate, timely and relevant information with added value
  • experience in UK & International within multi-currency environments, ideally within a media environment
  • to build relationships and quickly develop an understanding of the broadcasting business
  • adaptable and positive approach to a varied workload

Please review our Company Values below before applying for this role:

THINK NEXT

  • Embrace and anticipate change
  • Invent for tomorrow
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Identify future trends and seize opportunities
  • Be ambitious, don’t be afraid to aim for bigger and better

OWN IT

  • Commit to your idea and run with it
  • Embrace responsibility
  • Everyone has a voice at all levels in the organisation
  • Be brave, be daring - overcome obstacles
  • Acknowledge mistakes and learn from them

FIGHT AS A FAMILY, WIN AS A TEAM

  • Be passionate about your ideas
  • Challenge, collaborate and unite
  • Celebrate everyone’s success
  • Build friendships – we work at our best when we’re in it together

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

  • When you love what you do, your enthusiasm is infectious
  • Be proud of our brand and bring it to life
  • Channel your heart and passion into everything you do

BE YOU

  • Let your personality shine
  • Be honest with yourself and with others
  • Champion differences in people
  • Keep developing your potential