Financial Controller

  • Location:

    London, England

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  • Salary:

    Up to £60000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Phil Southern

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

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  • Consultant:

    Phil Southern

A Large Multi Academy Trust based in London are looking to recruit a new Financial Controller as soon as possible. Following a restructure of the team, this role will report into the Deputy Finance Director and be part of the senior Finance team. The ideal person have qualified in audit and have a few years post qualified experience, and team management skills.

  • CCAB qualified ideally ACA
  • Strong audit background and training in a recognised accountancy practice. Career progression in a large organisation for a few years and managed large volume of data ideally across a multi-site network
  • Staff management experience
  • Strong technical knowledge and experience in preparing statutory accounts
  • VAT returns experience
  • Key areas of knowledge - Treasury and Accounts Payable management
  • Advanced Excel
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and use of own initiative to manage a varied workload


  • Take responsibility for the year end audit files and preparation/supervision of draft statutory accounts for the Group and subsidiary entities in accordance with Charities SORP, Companies Act and GAAP. Liaise with auditors and ensure timetable and deadlines are met.
  • Central compliance management and meet reporting requirements to the EFA/DFE. Keep good working knowledge of the different DfE funding streams and mechanisms.
  • Preparation of an annual budget and forecasts for:
  • Unrestricted and restricted investments and financing activities;
  • Depreciation and amortisation of the Trust's assets and goodwill.
  • Balance sheets control account reconciliations including bank reconciliation, petty cash, purchase ledger, staff loans, credit card, and PAYE/NIC;
  • All other balance sheet accounts.
  • Monthly reviews of Central departments/Fundraising divisions:
  • Divisional Trial Balances;
  • Reconciliations for restricted and endowment funds
  • Review year end capital accruals;
  • Review feasibility costs and identify costs to be written off/ capitalised;
  • Consolidate fixed asset property register by school - Liaise with relevant architect/surveyor to ensure the register accurately reflects any additions/disposals/useful economic life and ensure temporary classrooms/demolished buildings are removed from the register as required;
  • Identify properties into freehold, short and long lease hold for statutory accounts purposes.
  • Termly review of profit & loss accounts and balance sheets for Academy Projects Ltd.
  • Preparation of all VAT returns, management of all VAT inspections and compliance matters for two entities. Advise schools re VAT issues.
  • Maintain fixed asset ledgers for all assets, including:
  • Complete Corporation Tax returns.
  • Responsible for the day to day management of the Trust's cash flow and Treasury and preparation of performance reports for the Risk and Audit Committee.
  • Assist with the preparation of the Trust's five years' financial plans, including Income & Expenditure, Capital and Cash Flow forecasts.
  • Monitoring and preparation of reports for all schools, reserves and cash flow for the Risk and Audit Committee and Management Team meetings.

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